‘Vicky’s Driver Is Not A Whistle Blower’

vickyLawrence Quayeson, the driver who was alleged to have recorded Victoria Hammah, the former Deputy Minister of Communications, leading to her dismissal, does not qualify as a whistle blower, Beauty Narteh, of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), has said.

She said the conditions and processes stipulated in the Whistle Blower’s Act would not accommodate anybody with ulterior motives for making gains out of the revelation of a corrupt act outside incentives under the law.

The anti-graft campaigner made the observation when asked whether the driver qualified for  protection under the Act during  the launch of a new anti-corruption campaign dubbed ‘Speak Up,’ in Accra, on Friday.

Her response to the question was based on the fact that the driver was alleged to have recorded the Vicky leaks tapes as a result of fat promises made to him by some unknown persons.

Ms. Narteh said under the law, only persons who followed the prescribed  steps in making disclosure of impropriety could  be protected.

She explained that a whistleblower must make the disclosure only to persons and institutions specified in the Act.

Ms. Narteh said under the law, a person who had information about an act of impropriety could report it quietly to an appropriate person, institution or authority so that the matter could be effectively investigated and the appropriate action taken.

She  said the Act made provisions to protect the whistleblower’s identity and interest, should the need arise.

Ms. Narteh said the law protects anybody from being harassed with a lawsuit if the process of blowing the whistle was duly followed. By Lawrence Markwei.

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