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General News of Friday, 23 February 2018

Source: Peace FM

Minority 'mocks' Akufo-Addo over lowest Corruption Perception Index score

The Minority in Parliament is mocking President Akufo Addo’s touted fight against corruption in the country.

This follows the release of the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by Transparency International which saw the country drop 11 places from 70 to 81 out of 180 countries. Some critics have argued it signifies a loss in the fight against corruption.

The 2017 CPI scored Ghana 40 out of a possible clean score of 100 which is the lowest in the history of the country’s score since the inception of the CPI in 2012.

Speaking to Class news, some members of the opposition side catalogued what they described as corrupt acts that have afflicted the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and urged President Akufo-Addo to desist from rhetorics.

“It is clear from day one that the fight against corruption, they didn’t mean it. They just said it, they rode at the back of it and they came to power [but] the reality is dawning on them and so the numbers now speak. There are discerning people in Ghana who are able to decipher the truth from the falsehood. You can count them, I mean from BOST to premix fuel to Korle-Bu where two deputy chiefs of staff were involved up to the bond issue and then cash-for-seats.

“Clearly, the president did not demonstrate that he was out to fight corruption,” Member of Parliament (MP) for Daboya-Mankarigu constituency, Shaibu Mahama stated.

On his part, MP for Sagnarigu constituency, A.BA. Fuseini stated, “In the case of the NPP, anytime corrupt acts are done the Flagstaff House will issue a directive white-washing the deed”.

He continued, “today they have been associated with corruption tag and they are looking for people to share the disgrace. The Corruption Perception Index is an annual event so the NPP should take its shame, they should not attempt to share with anybody, [and] it is their unenviable record”.

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