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General News of Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Gov't rejects calls to publish names person being prosecuted for corruption

A Presidential Advisor on corruption says calls by some anti-graft civil society groups to publish the list of over 300 persons who are being prosecuted for corruption are untenable.

Daniel Batidam says asking for the names to be published is tantamount to asking for the names of all criminals in Ghana to be published.

President John Mahama on Monday revealed that over 300 individuals are being prosecuted for their involvement in various acts of corruption.

President Mahama made the statement at a high-level conference on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) held in Accra on Monday, December 8, 2014.

Since this revelation by the President, civil society groups such as the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) have challenged government to put out the names of these persons.

The GII also asked the President to make a full disclosure on the type of corrupt acts they are being prosecuted for.

However, speaking to Joy News on the sidelines of the NACAP conference, Daniel Batidam said those calls lack basis.

"The President was talking about what the records of the Ghana Prisons Service showed as people who are being held for different categories of corruption, fraud and so on," he explained.

The call by the anti-graft civil society groups has come at a time when the country has in recent times recorded a number of high profile corruption cases including huge sums of monies wasted at the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Authority (GYEEDA), all of which have not been accounted for.

GII's call also seem to resonate with public outcry for signs of a concrete effort to fight corruption in the country.

A list of these 300 persons being charged for corruption could water down public suspicion that the announcement by the President is only a ruse.