‘Nothing will happen to Kwesi Nyantakyi’ – Asiedu Nketia predicts
NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia is convinced government cannot muster the political will to prosecute successfully, shamed GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi who was at the center of an exposé on corruption in sports administration.
“My candid opinion is that nothing will happen to Kwesi Nyantakyi”, he said in his signature derision.
Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas who did the expose has expressed frustration over delayed prosecution close to a year after he was charged with defrauding by false pretence in May 2018. Issues of money-laundering also persists.
Ghana’s most successful sports administrator was captured in a video, using the name of the President and Vice-President to induce potential investors to part with millions.
He told the potential investor who was an undercover investigator, he can “take over the whole country” if he paid the monies to key persons in government.
The Attorney-General has discounted claims, the Justice Department is pussyfooting over the case. Gloria Akuffo explained, the A-G’s Department is waiting for full raw and uncut tape to move the case.
But Anas’s lawyer Kissi Agyabeng remains unimpressed by this explanation and has pointed out, the A-G has already been given all the materials it has requested.
The back-and-forth explanations does not surprise NDC General Secretary Asiedu Nketia who was a panelist on Joy News’ Saturday news analysis show, Newsfile.
“I said this the day he was picked up by the CID”, he recalled saying the former GFA boss will escape punishment by Ghana’ laws.
“I said this is just a storm I the teacup. I hope I will be proven wrong”.
Asiedu Nketia explained, the investigative documentary video which was broadcast in Accra and Kumasi in filled auditoriums showed that Kwesi Nyantakyi was a politically connect person, a description that is a disincentive to any government, he said.
“The challenge in fighting corruption has been dealing with somebody who is connect with a particular government”, the man who has said in several cabinet meetings under President John Mahama said.
Despite the President lodging a formal complaint against Nyantakyi, Asiedu Nketia maintained, it does not prove commitment to fight graft.
He said there could be deliberate mistakes during the prosecutorial process that could all be geared towards aiding the suspect to walk free.
“These our lawyers, they know how to destroy cases”, he said explaining wrong charges could be pressed and poorly-timed arrests could all help a suspect to elude justice.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas has started an online petition to collect signatures and press government to act. “Right from here I am going to find a way of signing the petition”, he laughed and noted pressure from civil society groups does help politicians to sit up.
He recalled the President while a candidate promised in 2015 to use what he called the ‘Anas Principle’ which is using undercover methods, to fight corruption.
Anas is around, the laws are there and Akufo-Addo is president, he said asking what could stop the government from applying this principle.
“I want to egg them on to prove me wrong that they will deal with this”, he said.
The NDC General Secretary said the Special Prosecutor provides the best chance of successful prosecution because it was set up with the expectation that it will be independent of political influence.