Corruption

Ghanaian anti-graft groups and media organization on Wednesday inaugurated a campaign, “Corruption Watch,” to combat public corruption.

Organizers of the campaign include the Center for Democratic Development Ghana (CDD-Ghana), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Africa Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), and Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station.

Investigative journalism and knowledge and skills of influential think tanks will be utilized to press for responsiveness and accountability from duty bearers, organizers said.

Kojo Pumpuni of CDD-Ghana said “Corruption Watch” would push for strong policies against corruption.

Executive Director for the GII Linda Ofori-Kwafo said not much had been done by the west African country to hold public officials accountable.

“Ghana has all the laws, institutions and resources for state institutions to fighting the menace,” she said. “Ghana is not implementing the laws and prosecuting people found to have engaged in corrupt practices in the country.”

Bright Sowu of the GACC appealed to other civil society groups and Ghanaians to help the group fight corruption.

Ghana has a National Anti-Corruption Action Plan but there is an increasing perception that corruption is still rife among the police, government institutions, and the judiciary. Enditem

By: Samuel Adjei Kwarteng

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