Let’s Be Committed To Fighting Corruption

Ghana’s democratic credentials as the most peaceful and democratic country in a troubled region, continue to confound most cynics.

Honestly, nobody can be accused of wishing that the country would fail in its democratic forward march.

Fact is, many believe that Ghana’s success is due to the nature of the people who are God fearing (Fame Nyame), generally peaceful, and ready to tolerate each other, even in the face of most provocative acts.

All these are true. What is even truer is that structures have been put in place to regulate the conduct of public life and systems, including the exposing and checking of corruption.

Indeed, in addition to all the statutory laws meant to fight corruption, the Whistle Blowers Act was also passed in 2006 to encourage the citizens to expose acts of corruption in the society.

It is difficult to believe that since the passage of the Act, almost eight years ago, only 10 people are said to have reported cases of corruption to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for action.

According to a report in The Ghanaian Times of Saturday, August 2, 2014, anti-corruption campaigners attributed the low reportage to people’s unwillingness to report such matters because, they do not think that it would have any effect.

This was at a public forum organised by Citizens Movement Against Corruption (cMac), a coalition of anti-corruption campaigners, seeking to mobilise the public to stand up against corruption in the country.

The Times finds it disturbing that in spite of the enactment of laws to protect citizens and create conducive channels to facilitate the reportage of corrupt practices, Ghanaians continue to avoid this statutory body.

Ironically, the majority of the citizens have been vociferous in recent times about corruption in the country, yet such people who continue to blame the government for condoning corruption and protecting corrupt officials, do not find it necessary to make their allegation open to a statutory body to investigate.

We are disappointed at such people for failing to take full advantage of the Whistle Blowers Act, to report acts of corruption.

While congratulating the anti-corruption campaigners for bringing such vital information to public knowledge, we urge them to educate the discerning public on what corruption is doing to harm the country, with the view of empowering them to join the fight against the canker.

Ghana might be the most democratic country in the sub-region, but corruption can ruin its achievements, if as a people we are unable to fight it, and deal with corrupt officials.

Let us get involved by using the state apparatus to expose wrongdoings in the society, and not to sit on the fence to criticise for the sake of it!

 

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