...And CDD welcomes probe
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has welcomed the call by President J. E. A. Mills for swift investigations into the bribery allegations against some public officials. However, the Center has the firm belief that the government should set a deadline when the investigations should be completed so that the government could share the findings with the people of Ghana.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the Head of Governance and Legal Section of the CDD, Mr. Kojo Asante who was sharing what he termed preliminary comments on the issue, said that was the first time a company outside Ghana had been convicted for corrupt practices it engaged in Ghana.
He also described as a welcome move, the new laws in the UK and some Scandinavian countries that sought to dig into the books and operations of companies in the various countries that used corrupt practices to obtain contracts.
He cited the GHACEM case in which some leading political figures in Ghana are mentioned as taking bribes as well as the recent Mabey and Johnson scandal as good development that would restrain those on the supply side from corrupt practices. Mr. Asante said although the Mabey and Johnson issue had been dealt with by a court of competent jurisdiction which had established the fact that there were corrupt practices, it did not necessarily mean that officials mentioned were guilty.
He said it was up to the Ghanaian government to show its commitment to the fight against corruption and act quickly to deal with the issue so that it would serve as deterrent to others.