Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo said “I have a message from the president…which is we are certainly going to make people who have wronged this country through corruption suffer for their deeds. But we don’t want to do this in a hurry.”
He was speaking at a forum to launch this year’s national anti-corruption and transparency week in Accra.
Osafo-Marfo said that the government’s investigations into various acts of corruption perpetrated against the state are far advanced and that names of some corrupt officials and institutions have been catalogued and will soon be made public.
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“I have a message from the president…which is we are certainly going to make people who have wronged this country through corruption suffer for their deeds. But we don’t want to do this in a hurry.”
“We have the laws of this land and we must use the laws of the land not to…punish anybody because of him or her being an opponent but because they have wronged the system. They have been corrupt in the system. So investigations are still going on and very soon…the results will be out for every Ghanaian to hear and to see,” he stated.
The senior Minister’s comments come barely a month after the special prosecutor’s bill was passed into an act of parliament.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor is expected to help the government handle corruption-related issues among state officials in a nonpartisan manner.
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The bill was first introduced through a certificate of urgency in July.
But it was resisted by the Constitutional, Legal Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament on the basis that it did not fall within the category of Bills brought before the House under a certificate of urgency.
The Special Prosecutor’s office was one of President Akufo-Addo’s key messages in fighting corruption while campaigning in the 2016 elections.