General News of 2014-06-15

MP blasts Akosa over ‘morgue comment’

Member of Parliament (MP) for North Dayi Constitution, George Loh, has debunked suggestions that sending politicians to the morgue on a regular basis will make them less corrupt and humble.

Professor Badu Akosa on Thursday recommended that ministers and government officials must be made to visit the morgue for an hour as a means to check and control corruption in the country.

In his view, this experience would teach them a lesson that would discourage them from becoming corrupt and running down the nation’s coffers.

This comment by Mr Akosa has been by criticized by some politicians, including the MP for North Dayi who say his recommendation is not strong enough to curb corruption.

Speaking to Citi News, George Loh noted that, “corruption is a societal problem, how many times haven’t we caught a pastor or civil servant or another person who is not a politician engage in corruption.”

He added that “if he thinks the morgue is the answer, then all of Ghana should be lined up and be taken to the morgue every morning.”

However, a political scientist at the University of Ghana, Dr. Evans Aggrey-Darko has supported Professor Akosa’s view saying, it would be nothing different from the legal practice where law students are made to visit prisons before completing their curriculum.

“That is a very serious point that he has made, and I think there is a lot of wisdom in that, what he is looking for is not just the shock therapy or just going to the morgue per say. But this is couched in a language that will make them more humble.

“Why do you think law students are taking into prison, when you ask the lawyers they will tell you that they take them through that situation to make them appreciate the situation in which prisoners live. I have been there before and when you go there and you come home you realize that you have to be more humble,” he added.