Former President John Dramani Mahama has criticized the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for shirking its responsibility of bettering the lives of Ghanaians, and has resorted to doing what he describes as a media trial of former appointees.
The former president who was addressing members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi on Saturday,April 28, 2018, after the party’s ‘Unity Walk’, alleged some top elements in the NPP have bought some media outlets to tag his ,former appointees with crimes, which he said has the tendency to cause public disaffection towards them.
“This trial by newspaper affects the credibility of the government. If you hear that sums of money have gone missing yet no one has been arrested for prosecution, then you are destroying the confidence of people in the credibility of the government… every day they complain that an amount of money has gone missing. If money has been lost, conduct the investigation and arrest the perpetrators.” said Mr Mahama.
To him the Akufo-Addo administration has lost focus on the reason for which Ghanaians elected him into office and is engaging in trivia matters.
Reacting to the supposed missing funds at the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and allegations of some missing GHS 99 million plastic waste levy during the ND government, Mr Mahama advised the government to do check their facts.
“…hey said GHc150 billion at TOR is missing. How can GHc150 billion be lost? If such amount is missing, arrest those who stole that amount. Another person also said that GHc90 million is missing from the sanitation fund. We set up the sanitation fund and asked Local Government Ministry to submit guidelines before the money will be released, but Local Government [Ministry] could not submit the guidelines, so the money was not given. How can that be missing?” he quizzed.
Mr Mahama further advised the government to go ahead and prosecute the ex appointees if there is evidence that they had embezzled state funds or had indulged in financial misappropriation and stop the media trials which he described as needless.