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General News Wed, 18 Apr 2001

Government officials to declare assets by the end of April

President John Agyekum Kufuor said on Wednesday that members of his government would declare their assets by the end of April in line with the government's policy of "zero tolerance for corruption!".

He explained that the constitution gives six months for the declaration of assets, which may not be made public.

President Kufuor was responding to questions during his maiden interaction with the press at the Osu Castle to mark his first 100 days in office.

He reacted to a number of issues on the HIPC initiative, the anti-corruption drive of his administration, the minimum wage and other matters of national interest.

Mr Kufuor said public declaration of assets could deter well-meaning Ghanaians from venturing into politics to help in national transformation.

This, he said does not mean that the information to be provided would not be made available to the public when necessary.

Mr Kufuor said his administration has developed a code of ethics on all government officials to ensure that they do not live above the law.

He said the judiciary would be supported to be efficient and fair in the discharge of its duties to ensure the rule of law.

Reacting to a question about the relationship between his government and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the President expressed the commitment to forge cordial relations with members of the previous government.

He repeated is pledge to accord the former President and the Vice-President the necessary courtesy and honour they deserve.

"We are not at war with the NDC. We want to do civil politics in this country.

Mr Kufuor cautioned members of the former government "not to throw their weight about" and operate within the confines of the law to facilitate harmonious relationship with the NPP.

Source: GNA