Corruption has been a bane to Africa’s development since time immemorial and Ghana is no exception to this canker that the continent is faced with. Many Governments have come into power with the promise of fighting corruption, only to come into power and drink from the same cup as their predecessors.
Akufo-Addo came to Ghanaians adorned in white signifying purity and a promise to being the messiah talked about by the people of old, as the peoples champion who will come and protect the public purse, blocking all the leakages that was swallowed by the gluttonous. And after all had been said and done, Ghanaians are finally coming to the realization that a lot was said but very little is being done to walk the talk.
One of the first things the Akufo-Addo led Government did when the game into power, was create the special prosecutors office they promised the people. Finally, a president committed to the fight of corruption, or so the people thought. Akufo-Addo and his Government even went a step further to win public trust but appointing no other than Martin Amidu, a man revered both locally and internationally for his fight against corruption, as the country’s first ever special prosecutor.
The office of the special prosecutor had been created, a very competent man had been appointed to assume the office and now came the part for the Akufo-Addo to really proof to the people that indeed they are all for the fight against corruption, resource the office of the special prosecutor to perform its mandate and for five years we are still at where we started but a new man in-charge as special prosecutor.
Akufo-Addo and his Government succeeded in taming what was formerly a lion, Martin Amidu. His time as special prosecutor could be described as one of the most frustrating times of his life. He was constantly crying over the lack of resourcing from the Government machinery to equip his outfit to go out there and execute their function. He also made mention of interference from the executive arm of Government in the execution of their mandate. He was frustrated so much so that some started calling him a mad man while the party in power who cannot see beyond party colours tagged him of deliberately trying to tarnish the image of the president and his Government.
There is only so much a man can take, He had reached his limit after his 4 year term and tendered in his resignation letter. To proof that everyone is replaceable, a new special prosecutor was appointed and barely four months into his appointment, our new special prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng is crying the cry of his predecessor, poor resourcing from Government and give him time he will add Government interference to it.
Incompetence is not the word to use to describe the Akufo-Addo Government in the fight against corruption. One can be incompetent but have the will to perform the duty, with Akufo-Addo and his Government, I feel they never really intended to fight corruption. They knew what to say to win they votes of Ghanaians, and that they are in power they can loot to their hearts content. Maybe Martin Amidu was right after all when he described the president as “the mother serpent of corruption”, just maybe.