Feature Article of Sat, 20 May 201732

I had a sweet dream: The special prosecutor retrieved over GHC20 billion

This is probably the most exciting dream I have ever had. So you could imagine my utter disappointment when I suddenly woke up and realised that it was a dream yet to become a reality.

I was, however, disappointed that all the gargantuan stolen monies (over GHC20 billion) which the Special Prosecutor had managed to crawl back from the culprits won’t be added to the emptied national coffers after all. It was a dream on this occasion, but it will surely come to pass.

It was indeed gratifying to witness the Special Prosecutor exerting dint of effort and winning many bribery and corruption cases from 1992 to present.

In any case, I could only take solace in the fact that my dreams more often than not, come to pass.

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In my estimation though, the Special Prosecutor could retrieve from the corrupt public servants an excess of billion cedis over the figure which was revealed in the dream.

Yes, the Special Prosecutor will legally go after the greedy politicians and other public servants who have been cited in the Auditor General’s report.

And who says that the suspects and their apologists would not grumble and squall over the Special Prosecutor’s lawful and routine interrogations?

Trust me, the chorus bandwagon will sing along their usual ‘witch-hunting’ rendition.

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In other words, if you are not a thief, why be concerned with the presence of the police?

It reminds me of my inquisitive six year old son who once put me on the spot with a question of the existence of witches.

My son posed inquisitorially: “Dad, do witches really exist?”

Upon hearing my son’s seemingly weird question, I became speechless momentarily. I reluctantly broke my silence after a few seconds. I sighed deeply in a desperate attempt to emit my apparent bewilderment.

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I have always maintained that Westerners are not less corrupt than their African counterparts. However, what makes the people elsewhere much more responsible than a Ghanaian and Africans as a whole is the rigidity of the state institutions and the effective laws and regulations.

Elsewhere, though, the laws and regulations are strictly enforced, and as such the vast majority of the citizens and denizens prefer the observance to the stringent fines and the harsh punishments.

It is, however, worth emphasising that in as much as the followers have a duty of obligation, it is up to the leadership to bring sanity into the system by strictly ensuring that all laws and regulations are enforced without fear or favour.

To me, the introduction of a Special Prosecutor is a pragmatic way of tackling the rampant bribery and corruption cases head-on.

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Whilst the enigmatic Adolf Hitler barbarically annihilated innocent people with lethal chemicals and sophisticated weapons, a contemporary corrupt public servant is blissfully bent on annihilating innocent citizens through wanton bribery and corruption.

Consequently, the innocent citizens would often end up facing economic hardships, starvation, depression, emotional labour and squalor which send them to their early grave.

It would, however, appear that the political criminals have the licence to steal. And, if that was not the case, how come the offending politicians and their minions often go scot free?

Tell me, if the bribery and corruption; dubious judgment debt payments; stashing of national funds by some greedy opportunists and misappropriation of resources and crude embezzlement by some politicians do not warrant criminal charges, then where are we heading as a nation?

How on earth can individuals commit unpardonable crimes (gargantuan sleaze and corruptions) against the state and get away with their misdeeds?

In any case, the all-important question the discerning Ghanaians should ask is: will the day come when “Ghana’s political criminals” find they have nowhere to hide?

In sum, it is our fervent hope that the work of the Special Prosecutor will duly circumscribe the existential bribery and corruption cases that have stunted our development.

Columnist: Kwaku Badu

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