…dilutes 2017 cpi report to save Akufo Addo/NPP’s disgrace
The sordid rating of Ghana on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, which has brought the country under scorn, but somehow made the erstwhile Mahama regime blameworthy along with the scandal-prone Akufo-Addo government, is stinking of mischief.
Presentation of the report in Ghana by the Ghana Integrity Initiative, (GII) a local chapter of TI, has come under question marks because of the inexplicable citing of corruption perception from 2016 even though TI’s CPI under review is for 2017.
Even though a 21st February, 2018 press statement by the GII had unveiled TI’s CPI for 2017, it had cited corruption allegations including, the Bus branding matter, Central Medical Stores arson matter and perceptions related to the 2016 elections as examples.
Not a single of the plethora of massive corruption episodes in the whole of 2017 under President Akufo-Addo was cited.
The development has led to Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) deducing that the GII had deliberately colored the original findings of the Transparency International in a bid to mollify the proliferation of corruption under President Akufo-Addo.
“The survey was not conducted by Ghana Integrity Initiative at all, it was conducted by Transparency International. And then when Ghana Integrity Initiative was doing a press conference, they decided to involve some dangerous opinions into that report to create the impression for Ghanaians that what is happening on the CPI was attributable to 2016.”
Referencing the GII’s cite of only corruption allegations under the Mahama regime during its press conference to announce the CPI for 2017, Mr. Asiedu Nketia wondered the kind of logic that went into the assessment of the CPI.
“So how can a 2017 report you are discussing, as proper professional researchers, you yourself having said that 88% of the data relates to 2017 and yet your commentary mentions nothing, not a single corruption scandal which occurred in 2017?”
The GII’s presentation of TI’s CPI for 2017 had shown that corruption perception had increased in 2017, with Ghana dropping from an aggregate clean score of 43% in 2016 to 40% in 2017.
This retrogression in Ghana’s rating on the CPI, said to be the lowest since 2012, saw the country plummet seven places on the CPI survey table. Out of a total of 180 countries surveyed, Ghana is now rated 81 with corruption perception clean score of 40%.
With this being the case, the GII which presented the results, had stated that the assessment of corruption perception had drawn on a total of nine data sources with two from 2016 and seven from 2017.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia questioned the rationale for citing two corruption perception data sources from 2016 for a 2017 CPI; especially so when the 2016 data had already been captured in the same TI’s CPI for 2016 already.
Even so, in the GII’s commentary attached to the assessment, only corruption allegations from 2016 had been cited while none from 2017 had been captured – a thing that is a total novelty.
The full array of examples it cited in its commentary are, “2016 election related corruption issues, bus branding scandal, Ghana Standards Authority $1.2m corruption scandal, Central Medical Stores arson saga, National Lottery Authority bribery and numerous findings in annual audit reports on public sector,” all from 2016.
None of the seven case scenarios of corruption from 2017 that the GII itself had said that the TI’s report had drawn on had been cited.
Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia has branded the report by the GII as colored and mischievous.
“Am sure Ghana Integrity Initiative will have to revisit their representation of Transparency International in Ghana. If they are going to color the reports of Transparency International this way, then they are beginning to do a disservice. Because these are the facts.”
Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) is already widely perceived to be pro NPP, along with Ghana’s Civil and so called Moral Society in general.
The NDC General Secretary had earlier stated that permutations following the GII’s strange presentation of TI’s CPI for 2017 pointed to the fact that there had been high level conspiracy to mollify President Akufo-Addo’s abysmal performance in the matter of corruption.
He pointed out that the GII’s commingling of the Mahama government with the Akufo-Addo government in the corruption under the Akufo-Addo has led to President Akufo-Addo using it as loophole to escape blame.
The President shocked everybody when he said, during the swearing of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, that the 2017 CPI had drawn mostly on corruption episodes from the Mahama government.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia said it was totally disingenuous that President Akufo-Addo would be so dishonest in the matter but pointed out that the GII’s mischief is what has created the wiggle space that Akufo-Addo is exploiting.
From all indication therefore, the GII, which is widely believed to be pro NPP, intentionally colored the TI’s CPI in order to mollify the true picture of massive corruption under President Akufo-Addo, Asiedu Nketia hinted.
The NDC General Secretary said however, that no amount of conspiratorial shenanigans between the GII and the Akufo-Addo government will cleanse the NPP government’s notorious image since widespread corruption is seen by every Ghanaian.
For starters, he pointed out that President Akufo-Addo is the most nepotistic President in the entire history of Ghana’s politics, having loaded his government with his family members, including direct cousins, nieces and his daughter; and friends, including his baby mama, Virginia Hesse, whom he has appointed as an ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia also listed the plethora of corruption scandals that the President has swept under the carpet, including the infamous KENBOND $2.25billion dirty bond sale, 5million litres BOST dirty oil sale, cash for seat, and the diversion of premix fuel scandals.
Others are Vice President Bawumia’s GPS “leapfrogging” scandal, the $20,000 Flagstaff House gate fee scandal and the A-Plus revelations.
The NDC General Secretary also said that while the above is not lost on Ghanaians, it is also not lost on the people that the 2017 CPI is not the first on Ghana and therefore the GII’s failure to capture the numerous examples of corruption in 2017 is seen for what it is.
He also pointed out that the 2017 CPI which has seen the NPP government push Ghana from the respectable height of 47% clean score to 40% in just one year, is a continuation of anti corruption performances by both the NPP government and the NDC government, which the NDC has long proven to be better at.
The same history of anti corruption efforts show that some apostles of anti corruption have actually been nothing but noise makers compared to President Mahama.
In 1998, when the CPI had first been published and Jerry John Rawlings was President, Ghana had scored 38. In 1999 under Rawlings, the clean score had reduced to 33. Then in 2000, it had improved to 35.
In 2001, under President Kufuor, Ghana had scored 34. this had improved to 39 in 2002, fallen to 33 in 2003, 36 in 2004, 35 in 2005, 33 in 2006, 37 in 2007,and 39 in 2008.
In 2009, president Mills who had succeeded Kufor had maintained it at 39. Then in 2010, the clean score had shot up to 41, fallen to 39 in 2011, and improved to 45 under both Mills and Mahama in 2012 when Mills died.
From 45, President Mahama had improved it to 46 in 2013, and then 48 in 2014. In 2015 it had fallen to 47 and then 43 in 2016, which was an election year.
President Akufo-Addo’s first score in 2017, immediately after Mahama, is 40 – a massive plunge of three solid places below the 50% median score mark.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Richard Nyarko