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Not All Public Officers Are Corrupt- Attorney General

The State Attorney and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has emphasized the need of addressing allegations of corruption, particularly when they involve high-ranking government officials and public officeholders who lack empathy.

Godfred Dame’s remarks follow criticism that his organization has recently faced regarding the ministry’s recommendation to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to end investigations into possible money laundering involving Madam Cecelia Abena Dapaah, the former minister of sanitation.

Recall that Cecelia Dapaah’s case was submitted to EOCO by the Office of the Special Prosecutor, who stated that EOCO is responsible for handling matters involving purported money laundering.

The Attorney General then advised EOCO to drop the money laundering case because, in their opinion, the OSP had not provided enough information about the charges brought against the former sector minister. EOCO had then written to the Attorney General’s office to request advice regarding the case that was before them.

Not All Public Officers Are Corrupt- Attorney General

At the 14th Commonwealth Regional Conference of Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, Mr. Dame emphasized the importance of transparency in the fight against corruption and matters related to it while speaking on behalf of the President.

“The fight against corruption also requires honesty and integrity in the disclosure of results. There must be an avoidance of sensationalism by all parties involved; investigative bodies, civil society and the public. It augers well for the fight if the results of corruption allegations against public officers, particularly senior members of government which are refuted and unsubstantiated, are fully put out by investigative bodies’’, he said.

Mr. Dame added, “Investigative bodies must be honest and bold enough to disclose to the public the full results of investigations into allegations of corruption against members of the government which turned out to be untrue’’.

“This is one sure way to boost the confidence of the public in their government, reduce their suspicion, distrust, and cynicism with which the public views officeholders.”

The Attorney General further proclaimed that the impression held by many that public officeholders are corrupted should be dismissed.

“There is a truism that not every public officeholder is corrupt and investigative authorities must discard the view that the only way to stay relevant is by keeping the flame of allegation of corruption against public officeholders burning, even if same to journalists are unfounded and without basis,” he stressed.

 

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