Linda Ofori-Kwafo: Fighting corruption is collaborative effort

Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo

Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo

Linda Ofori-Kwafo, the Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has emphasised that fighting corruption cannot be the work of only one person but collaborative efforts by stakeholders to either minimise or end corruption.

“Fighting corruption should not rest on the shoulders of an individual but collaborative efforts from government institutions, civil society, media, and the private sector and only when we come together to work together, we will be able to either minimise or end corruption,” she stressed.

Mrs. Ofori-Kwafo was delivering a message at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark co-hosted by Transparency International and the Danish government which brought together more than 1,500 participants including heads of state, civil society actors, the private sector and journalists from more than 120 countries.

Martin Amidu, the Special Prosecutor, noted that corruption is a crime and should be dealt with, as such saying “corruption has no political correlation, it is a crime against society and it must be dealt with as such.

“We, who head anti-corruption institutions, have to be non-partisan and treat crime as crime, when the population will begin to see if you fall foul of the law, you’ll be dealt with no matter which political party you belong to,” he cautioned.

Daniel Domelevo, the Auditor-General, was also optimistic such an inspiration to hear what other countries were doing, and was confident the inspiration got would be put to immediate action in Ghana.

“We now have to implement all that we have been discussing, the first thing to me is discipline, people cannot run away with abuses of resources and just be left alone, if we start disciplining those people and put good systems in place, I think the corruption fight can be won,” he assured.
Kweku Kwarteng, Deputy Minister of Finance said, “We don’t have any choice, we cannot continue to talk and talk, I think there is a general change in attitude and a realisation that we have acted less than we have spoken.
“One of the things we take home is the realisation that we ought to participate more in global discussions on the fight against corruption so that the needs of our peculiar economies and circumstances are addressed.”

The Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Tove Degnbol said the delegation from Ghana had taken home a lot of specific suggestions and was confident they were ready to apply them. –

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