Convenor and media relations officer of Caucus for Democratic Governance (CDG) Mortey Edward, has commended the Ghanaian media for their significant role displayed in consolidating the country’s democracy.
He indicated that, in order to attain a better democracy, the media must play it watch dog role, by reporting any corrupt act of the various actors in the country. Adding that, “There is no bigger or smaller corruption, every corruption is corruption. Hence, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) should conduct investigations into the recent allegations leveled against some appointees in the current administration for receiving double rent allowances by applying the laws of the land.”
Mr. Edward Mortey in an exclusive interview with Newsghana.com.gh bemoaned that, “It is surprising for the CID to focus on investigating some former appointees in the former President Mahama’s administration over some alleged receipts of double salaries and rather look on the blank side of the recent double rent allowances allegation in the Nana Addo’s administration.”
According to Mr. Mortey, GJA should institutionalize what he termed as journalism of enquiry, with the mandate of probing every corruption scandal in the country.
Explaining that, “We live in a country where whenever there is a corruption scandal, all we here is there is a committee of enquiry but after the committee is set up and done with their enquiries, that ends it all, one could not even lay hold of a copy of their report let alone to hear there has been any sanctions.”
He further noted that, this act is wrong and it’s a dent to the country’s democracy, emphasizing that with the establishment of the Journalism of Enquiry, there will be follow ups and proper investigations to bring out the defaulters with timelines, for the interest of the public.
In addition, Mr. Mortey said, not much had been done by the west African countries to hold public officials accountable. “Ghana has all the laws, institutions and resources for state institutions to fighting the menace, but we are not implementing the laws and prosecuting people found to have engaged in corrupt practices in the country.”
However, he appealed to other civil society groups and Ghanaians to help fight corruption in the country.