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General News of Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Source: m. g. adampah

Political campaign of corruption not healthy for democracy – Sylvester Mensah

Sylvester Mensah, Flagbearer hopeful, National Democratic Congress Sylvester Mensah, Flagbearer hopeful, National Democratic Congress

A flagbearer hopeful of the National Democratic Congress Sylvester Mensah has lamented on what he describes as a political campaign of corruption which manifests in throwing up names of opposition politicians on alleged suspicion of corruption and subjecting them to media trials before gathering the supposed evidence for proving impropriety is not healthy for the growth and future of Ghana’s democracy.

Mr. Mensah speaking on Adom FM Monday morning, maintained that in advanced political environments where individual rights and liberties, dignity and integrity are cherished, such suspicions of corruption are investigated quietly and brought to the public domain only when sufficient evidence of impropriety is established and charges of corruption are preferred.

He said that “anybody who had headed any organisation in the country, whether as a Minister of State or Chief Executive of a public institution would have taken hundreds of decisions which could easily make one a subject of investigations whether legitimately or otherwise but this should not necessarily warrant placement in the public domain since we are all clear about it’s near irredeemable effect on reputations. Until a clear case of malfeasance is established lets stop destroying futures and denting reputation”.

Mr. Mensah in response to a question admitted that he has been a subject of a public investigation but he is not particularly worried about that since no case of impropriety was established about him and he was finally exonerated formally.

He, however, added that it creates a permanent impression and doubt around victims of such avoidable acts by governments.