Edward Mahama pledges to separate AG’s dept, Justice Ministry to tackle corruption

Edward Mahama pledges to separate AG’s dept, Justice Ministry to tackle corruption

The presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) has promised to separate the offices of the Attorney General (AG) and the Ministry of Justice should he be elected president in November.

According to Dr. Mahama, if the two entities are split up, it will enable the Attorney General pursue everyone, including government officials, believed to have perpetrated corrupt activities.

“We shall decouple the offices of the Attorney General (AG) and the Justice Ministry and make the AG the director of public prosecution,” he said at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) evening encounter on Tuesday.

The position is currently occupied by Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong who has been in office since she was appointed by President John Mahama in 2013.

The dual-position has been a very contentious issue with many people suggesting that with the AG under the authority of the president, their work is compromised by the threat of dismissal constantly over their heads.

Not enough done to fight corruption

Dr. Mahama stated that not enough had been done by the current administration and previous administrations to tackle corruption.

According to him, “there needs to be leadership by example to deal with corruption. The problem with corruption is that there is no real desire at the top to solve it.”

The PNC flagbearer also  stated that under his administration, all state officials would be mandated to declare their state assets.

“PNC will mandate all public service officers to fully declare and publish their assets. We’ll also ensure that directors of State Owned Enterprises will be criminally prosecuted for financial malfeasance”

 

By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana

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