Fighting corruption has been the cornerstone of my administration – Akufo-Addo

Amid widespread criticism regarding numerous potential corruption cases during his tenure, President Akufo-Addo has asserted that fighting corruption has been a fundamental focus of his administration.

He emphasized that corruption flourishes in environments where it can be hidden, and that access to information is vital in combating it. To address this, his government ensured the passage of the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2019, ACT 989, during its first term.

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President Akufo-Addo explained that the legislation aims to give practical effect to Article 21, clause 1(f) of the constitution, thereby promoting transparency and accountability. Speaking at the commissioning of ‘The Law House’ project on June 10, he noted that the Act, which previous governments had failed to pass, implements the constitutional right to access information held by public institutions. This fosters a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs, subject to necessary exemptions consistent with protecting the public interest in a democratic society. The Act is now fully implemented, with a governing board chaired by a respected retired high court judge.

The President mentioned that the Ministry of Information has trained information officers across various government ministries, departments, and agencies to ensure the full implementation of the Right to Information law. Additionally, he highlighted that in 2018, Parliament passed the Witness Protection Act, Act 975, which he signed into law on August 24th of the same year.

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“The Act establishes a witness protection agency to create a witness protection scheme as a vehicle for offering protection to persons who are required to corporate with law enforcement agencies as witness in the investigation and prosecution of cases particularly corruption cases affecting public officers,” he noted.

President Akufo-Addo also addressed claims that he is only interested in exonerating his appointees accused of corruption, insisting that, as a proponent of the rule of law, he has ensured that cases are fairly investigated to prevent miscarriages of justice.

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