Former President John Dramani Mahama has encouraged the populace to support the institutions tasked with combating corruption so they may do their jobs impartially and bravely without interference.
In response to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-recent Addo’s claim that Akonta Mining Company was not engaged in any unlawful mining activities anywhere in the nation, Mr. Mahama made this statement in a Facebook post yesterday.
According to reports, President Akufo-Addo made the declaration on Wednesday in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, while addressing the Catholic Bishops Conference and the 16th Biennial Congress of the National Union of Ghana Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (January 4, 2023).
“Let me respond briefly to the chairperson on the issue of illegal mining. I want to assure him and all of you that Akonta Mining is not engaged in any illegal activities in any part of the country as we speak,” according to reports, President Akufo-Addo said.
However, in his Facebook post response, former president Mahama described as unfortunate the manner in which and the timing of President Akufo-statement, Addo’s which he (former president Mahama) claimed was made to clear Akonta Mining, which had been charged with illegally mining in the nation’s forest reserves.
President Akufo-Addo’s remark, according to Mr. Mahama, cannot be permitted to supersede or take the place of the statutory authority assigned to Ghana’s investigative agencies by the Constitution.
“Such acts fly in the face of justice and the fight against corruption, and of course erodes the faith of our citizens in our democracy,” he said.
The regrettable tendency of President Akufo-Addo to clear his appointees and other close allies of any misconduct that puts pressure on state anti-corruption organizations to look into such people and companies was also noted by former President Mahama.
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Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah