I am not a clearing agent and I won’t interfere in corruption fight – Mahama declares

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John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has boldly stated that if elected president in the next December elections, he will not protect appointees engaged in corrupt acts.

In a conversation with Ghanaians in the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Mahama urged people to hold their leaders accountable.

In order to make sure Ghana receives value for money when it comes to procurement, he promised to establish an independent valuation office if he wins the general elections.

Mr. Mahama emphasized his dedication to the national interest over personal allegiances, insisting that any of his appointments found guilty or suspected of corruption will face legal penalties.

The former President emphasized that he would not abstain from holding people accountable for their acts and that he would not shield them from the repercussions of their conduct.

“One of the reasons why you are suffering in terms of imposition of revenue and taxes is because of the expenditure side. Suppose the government is raising the money and misusing it through sole sourcing, procurement and so forth. In that case, it is your taxpayers’ money that is being wasted and so we must take an interest in that that is why I have suggested that we are going to have an independent valuation office and any sole sourcing contract must go for value-for-money audit to make sure that it has not been inflated.”

“Aside from that, we must make sure that we cut down on corruption and allow the anti-corruption institutions to work.”

“If people have taken advantage of the country, they must be dealt with, and that is why I said when I come into the office and I am swearing in the ministers, I will caution them, and if they don’t listen and do not do their work well and EOCO or OSP come after you, I am not a clearing agent and I won’t interfere and I will let them do their work,” Mr Mahama said.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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