General News of 2014-01-13

Jake dares Mahama over corruption claims

National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey says the president must involve the police if he is determined to fight corruption in his government.

According to the NPP Chairman, corruption is a criminal offence for which the police should be involved in investigating allegations of corruption and prosecute the offenders.

Upon the instruction of President John Mahama, the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) and the Attorney General's Department are currently working to investigate and "retrieve all monies lost by the state".

These include monies unlawfully paid to certain individuals and organizations through dubious contracts as well as those paid as judgment debts.

Speaking on news analysis programme News File on the Joy News Channel on Multi TV and Joy FM Saturday, Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey questioned the exclusion of the police from ongoing investigations on reported corruption cases, particularly those involving government officials.

"Criminal activities are prosecuted the police; why have we not involved the police in dealing with a number of things that have gone on?

"Wouldn't that be a sign to us that definitely we've empowered the police now to go in and prosecute people who they find ...have transgressed the laws?

First Anniversary

Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey also described as Public Relations (PR) gimmick, President John Mahama's declaration that his government was determined to fighting corruption and making it unattractive.

The president was addressing media representatives at the Flagstaff House Tuesday, to mark his administration's first anniversary.

But Jake wants to see more action from the president rather than mere utterances.

"There are certain things that need to happen for us to know that things are happening and that we are not being subjected to words and then to smokes and then to mirrors and then to a whole lot of PR activities to mollify us and to try and redirect our gaze on what is really going on".

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North Dayi, George Loh, who was also on the programme, expressed satisfaction at the John Mahama's performance in his first year in office as president.

The MP commended the president for staying focused despite the several challenges his administration faced in the year under review.

"The president has not pretended that he has not had challenges...he hasn't pretended he has solved all the problems confronting this nation," Mr. Loh said.

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