Former President John Dramani Mahama has asked members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to sympathize with former appointees of his administration who may be indicted in any corruption probe under the current government.
His call comes on the back of President Nana Addo’s promise to prosecute corrupt officials under the Mahama administration. The President repeated this promise during his recent tour of the Eastern Region.
Speaking at the 31st December Revolution Anniversary held at Ho in the Volta Region, on Sunday, December 31, 2017 Mr. Mahama welcomed the move, asking party members to support colleagues who may be indicted.
“Recently, President Akuffo Addo was threatening members of our administration with prosecution when he visited the Eastern Region and I said yes, we are prepared to accept the probity of our tenure in office. Having been the disciples of probity and accountability, we must not run away from probity and accountability, we must be prepared to face any prosecution that this government throws to us, but we must do this with commitment and solidarity. Solidarity with our colleagues who will fall foul of the law because the law says you are innocent until proven guilty by competence and justice of the court, and so we cannot pronounce our colleagues guilty on the basis of allegations by the NPP.
“They will have their day in court and until they have that day in court, it is our duty to solidarize with them to make sure they have the best legal representation to be able to put their case in order, and it is my wish that things will turn out well for them,” he said.
He was however quick to remind the President to also pursue corrupt officials in the current administration, saying “let me point out that the easiest part in the fight against corruption is prosecuting your political opponent. It does not take courage, it does not take bravery to prosecute one’s political opponent. The true test in the fight against corruption is holding your own people accountable when they go wrong… We must not pursue post regime accountability, we must pursue accountability while your regime exists.”
The Mahama administration was rocked with a number of corruption scandals including the GHC3.2 million bus branding saga, GYEEDA and the Subah among others.
President Akufo-Addo during the 2016 election, expressed his commitment to fight corruption by ensuring that persons indicted in these scandals under the previous administration face the law.
As part of efforts to implement this promise, the NPP administration introduced the idea of setting up the Special Prosecutor to deal with these cases.
The Special Prosecutor Bill which was laid before Parliament has since been passed, with the office expected to be operational soon.