The National Democratic Congress Deputy General Secretary, Mr. Koku Anyidoho, has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to start prosecuting some members of his own family who have been mentioned in some quarters to have engaged in certain corrupt acts within his government.
According to him, since most appointees in the current ruling government are made up of family members of the president, it would be encouraging and noteworthy to see the president crack the whip on his own relatives in his government, which will then also serve as deterrent or a warning to other appointees not to be corrupt.
“It is a difficult task, especially looking at those who have surrounded him, some are relatives and close friends. If he says he is going to deal with them, I hope he does. Because these are the ones who will mess you up. So if he says he is going to fight corruption, I hope he does but it is the people very close to him who are the ones he must watch, if you listen to some of the things being said by some NPP members even mentioning names and accusing them of extorting money from people before one can see the president,” he noted.
It could also be recalled in recent times that the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, cautioned the president to be careful, especially of those that he has surrounded himself with, describing some of them as sycophants whose sole interest is to use his name to further their corrupt agenda.
Mr. Agyapong allegedly mentioned Duke Ofori-Atta and Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko as close relatives of President Akufo-Addo who have hijacked the president from everyone and using their positions to engage in acts that could derail the party’s fortunes and sink the president’s image.
“I will plead with NPP especially those who are closer to him to be courageous and tell him the truth because your pretentious deeds are destroying the man,” he warned.
But the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, over the weekend at the party’s annual National Delegates Conference in Cape Coast, gave a general warning to his appointees to the effect that should any allegation of corruption be made against any government officials he would allow the law enforcement agencies to conduct an investigation.
“We are told that there is corruption in the Akufo-Addo government. Let me reassure you of one thing. Any allegation about corruption against any official member of my government will be investigated by the law enforcement agencies. And those who made that allegation better be prepared to support it when they are making these allegations of corruption because nobody is going to get away with it.”
“I am not going to preside over a government that will support corruption in our country. Every allegation of corruption that is made against any of my officials, I have given instructions to the law enforcement agencies that they should investigate each and every one of them,” he added.
Although Mr. Anyidoho, speaking during an interview, welcomed the President’s move, he stressed the need for President Akufo-Addo to be firm and tough in carrying out his words, stating categorically that “If he doesn’t put his feet down and stamp his authority on his relatives they are the ones who will mess him up.”
He further expressed worry over comments made by some key government officials and leading men of God, including Rev. Owusu Bempah, about the depth of corruption that has engulfed the presidency due to the workings of some close family members of the president, who double also as presidential staffers.