Rebuttal Ghana placing 2nd amongst corrupt countries false - Mahama

The Corruption Perception Index report indicates that corruption in the oil-producing West African country is on the increase.

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President John Mahama has condemned a recent Transparency International report that indicated that Ghana ranked second amongst the most perceived corrupt countries in Africa.

The Corruption Perception Index report indicates that corruption in the oil-producing West African country is on the increase.

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However, speaking at a high level meeting on the National Anti-corruption Action Plan in Accra, President Mahama said the survey was wrongly interpreted by the media.

“It is absolutely false and for emphasis I repeat this is absolutely false. Despite all attempts by institutions that sponsored the report to correct this wrong interpretation, leading political figures have continued to spread this false impression.”

“What can be the motivation for a section of our population to be so obsessed in trying to create such an undignified title for ourselves at the expense of our nation’s dignity and our international image?

“I leave the matter to the consciences of such persons. It is sad to say many media networks including our own respected national daily - Graphic - also run along with this falsehood and got the entire country engaged in conversations that should never have taken place," President Mahama added.

He said the situation affected the image of the country amongst all nations.
“Not only did the conversation end up misleading the Ghanaian public, it indeed also gave our country an undeserved negative image amongst the comity of nations and the international community as a whole…There was no ranking in that report and it is absolutely false that Ghana is the second most corrupt country in Africa. We reject it completely,” the president added.

The corruption perception index had indicated that about 71 percent people living in Ghana say corruption has increased over the last twelve months.

The survey, which was conducted by the Afrobarometer, found that while many Africans view corruption as being on the rise in their own country, and believe their government is not doing well in tackling the issue, there are a small number of countries that are seen to be quite effective in addressing public sector graft.

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