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Thursday, September 6, 2012

John Mahama, walk the talk- AFAG demands

John Mahama, walk the talk- AFAG demands

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has challenged President John Dramani Mahama to “walk the talk by taking concrete steps in addressing the payment of fraudulent judgment debt to cronies of the NDC government if he wants to be taken serious with regards to the fight against corruption”.

President John Mahama in what he described as his policy statement to the nation, for the last lap of the NDC government said of judgment debt “The Minister for Justice/ Attorney General are charged with legally retrieving money that should not have been paid out”.

He continued “I am committed to running a corruption-free, transparent government. We must use the money under our control to better the lot of the ordinary Ghanaian. From the payments to undeserving individuals and institutions to unnecessary spending, we are dedicated to reform”.

With such admission on the part of the president, AFAG says it is of the considered opinion, that the Alfred Agbesi Woyome scandal and others present President John Mahama with a glorious opportunity to restore the sunken image of his government as far as the fight against corruption is concerned.

“As a country endowed with all the resources needed for our development, the past few years under the NDC government have witnessed such unprecedented looting of the hard earned wealth of the good people of this country at the expense of personal development for the majority of Ghanaians. Thus, it should be obvious to President John Mahama, that what the Ghanaian taxpayer needs now is action and not rhetoric,” AFAG said in a release on Thursday.

“As a first measure, AFAG has called on the president to unconditionally sack and (or) arrest for questioning, Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu and Messrs Martey Newman, Alex Segbefia, Benjamin Kumbour, EbowBarton Oduro and Kwabena Duffour (Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, AG, Deputy AG and Finance Minister respectively) for their actions and inactions in the payments of such fraudulent amounts. AFAG regards the continuous stay in office of the aforementioned public officers as a complete mockery on the Presidents stance on corruption.

Finally, what remains crucial to the Ghanaian taxpayer in all of these are practical steps on the part of leadership to ensure that the Ghanaian taxpayer is not denied justice. To this end, AFAG is calling on President Mahama to unconditionally reinstate Mr. Martin Amidu to give practical expression to the stance of the president,” the statement concluded.

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