Former Pres Rawlings respects Pres Akufo-Addo…for his values, principles

Ghana's former President Jerry Rawlings,Former President Jerry Rawlings’ fondness for President Nana Akufo-Addo has been growing by the day to the displeasure of members of his National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He has on countless occasions, since President Akufo-Addo took office showered praises on him, causing many to question the cordial relationship between the two leaders despite their differences in political ideology.

None of the former presidents, Agyekum Kufuor, Atta Mills, and Dramani Mahama were spared former President Rawlings’ constant criticisms.
But addressing a recent event, former President Rawlings pointed out that he would support any leader who showed keen interest in dealing with corruption and corruptible tendencies.

“We are fortunate somebody like Nana Akufo-Addo has emerged, people think I like the man to high heavens, no, but I respect him for certain principles and values.

“With the establishment of the special prosecutor’s office and the appointment of former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu as the nation’s first special prosecutor, I hope that President Akufo-Addo can do more.

“I will continue to pray, I sincerely hope he stays on track and devotes 30 per cent of his time, 70 per cent for the development programmes, projects and policies but at least 25 to 30 per cent to fight corruption and corruptible tendencies,” former President Rawlings indicated.

Parliament passed a law in November 2017, to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor, a specialised agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers, politically-exposed persons, as well as individuals in the private sector implicated in corrupt practices.

The Office, headed by former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and anti-corruption crusader, Martin Amidu, is empowered by law to prosecute offenders on the authority of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has been tasked to investigate, prosecute specific categories of cases, allegations of corruption and other criminal wrongdoing, including those involving alleged violations of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and cases implicating public officers and politically-exposed persons. –

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