NDC better fighters of corruption than NPP – ASEPA reveals

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The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has placed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of their rivals the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as far as the fight against corruption in the country is concerned.

“Looking at what the NDC did on corruption, the NDC is far better than that of the NPP in the fight”, Executive Director of ASEPA Mr. Mensah Thompson has said.

According to ASEPA, the current government led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has not takn any good step or made any attempt that gives Ghanaians confidence that indeed they are fighting against corruption.  

Report by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) which is a local chapter of Transparency International, reveals that Ghana loses US$ 3 billion to corruption annually.

Meanwhile, the famous Agyapa royalties deal which the country is struggling to seal is not half of what it loses to corruption.

In finding a lasting solution to this, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 electioneering campaign made corruption one of its flagship promise stressing that it will deal with it immediately after winning power.

However, according to ASEPA, the story has changed and the party has all a sudden stopped mentioning it anymore.

Speaking on Akoma Fm in Kumasi in an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Executive Director of Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) Mr. Mensah Thompson noted that, the NPP’s manifesto in 2016 whiles in opposition, mentioned corruption 56 but in the 2020 manifesto, they mentioned corruption just 2 times. The NDC, on the other hand, mentioned corruption 22 times in 2012 and in the 2020 manifesto they mentioned it about 27 times.

“Usually, party in opposition talks much about corruption”, he noted.

Speaking on corruption scandals that hit both parties while in government and how each party handled them, Mr. Mensah Thompson revealed that, with the bus branding scandal of the NDC, the then minister for transport resigned, while the money was refund.

The issue of SADA and GYEEDA scandals, money paid to individuals under the contract were retrieved most of the contracts were cancelled while the whole agency was reformed.

With Ford Expedition scandal, the then President John Mahama was investigated by the Commission on Human Right Administration Justice (CHRAJ).

“On  the side of the NPP, the scandal of BOST contaminated fuel saga, the MD was cleared  and till date, report by on the case has not been made known yet National Security went ahead to clear the MD”. There has not been any report of the famous Ameri scandal. There has also not been any report on Cash for Seat scandal while none of those involved have been indicted”. Mr. Mensah Thompson insisted.

With regards to the Australian Visa scandal, GHC 80,000 for website among many other things, ASEPA insisted that, the NPP has done nothing to show that indeed they mean to fight corruption in the country.  

Source: MyNewsGH.com / Syxtus Eshun / 2020

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