Mahama got it wrong; Ghana’s systems not robust – GII
8 October 2015
The GII has argued that if the systems were that robust, there would have been no need for Anas to embark on a secret mission to expose the ills within the judicial system.
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has dismissed claims made by President John Mahama that the nation’s systems are robust.
The Programmes Manager of the GII, Mary Awelana Addah on Unique FM’s Behind the News programme admitted that indeed, all the structures needed to curb corruption are in place but quickly pointed out that there are deep cracks in the system which allows corrupt practices to occur.
“I don’t know what he meant by a show of robustness by our system…when we talk about having the structures in place, we do but unfortunately, the system is not that robust and resilient,” she said.
President Mahama in an interview on a France-based TV station, France 24 said: “…there has been a focus on the scandal that was generated without focusing also on the fact that there were at least 10 Judges whose integrity was intact who threatened to call the Police on this investigative journalist and it shows that there is some healthy fabric that we can grow. It even shows the robustness of our system that we are even able to deal with it. I don’t know how some other country would have even dealt with it.”
In response however, Madam Addah argued that if the systems were that robust, there would have been no need for investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas to embark on a secret mission to expose the ills within the judicial system.
“So when the President talks about the robustness of the system, I do not know where he is coming from but from the side of Civil Society, we believe that the system is not that robust, there are a lot of cracks in there which allow people to continue to engage in unacceptable behaviour against the vows they have taken to serve mother Ghana,” Madam… added.
She however commended the President for taking swift action on the matter.