General News of 2013-12-04

Mahama has shown commitment to fight corruption – Murtala

Government has stated that the President’s numerous statements about fighting corruption are being backed by action to curb the practice.

“The President has made several statements of his preparedness and commitment to fighting corruption and he made following those statements with action, and that is one classical example,” said a Deputy Information and Media Relations Minister, Murtala Mohammed.

The latest report by the Global Corruption Perception Index’s (CPI) on corruption perception for 2013 has ranked Ghana from the 64th position to 63th.

But the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has cautioned government not to be complacent and comfortable with the new ranking as more effective steps must be taken to reduce or possibly eradicate corruption in Ghana.

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Tuesday, Mr. Mohammed noted that the fight against corruption can only be achieved through a strong political will “to prosecute those who are in it and that is precisely what President Mahama is doing.”

According to him, investigations are ongoing into the various corruption allegations which have been leveled against some government institutions and certain individuals “but due processes of law must be followed… the processes of prosecution have begun.”

He urged Ghanaians to be patient because “prosecution is a process and not an event, and we need to respect the laws of this nation.”