I’ll never bypass due process in corruption fight despite ‘clearing agent’ tag – Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed his commitment to due process in the fight against corruption.
According to him, he will continue to chart this cause despite being labelled a “clearing agent” by some critics.
“There are some who refuse to accept my method of proceeding and characterise me as a clearing agent. Because for them, the mere allegation without more is enough to merit condemnation of the public officer,” he said.
Speaking on Monday, September 11, 2023, during the 2023 Ghana Bar Association Conference held at the University of Cape Coast, President Akufo-Addo addressed concerns about his approach to combating corruption.
He stated that there are individuals who criticise his method, characterising him as a “clearing agent” because they believe that merely alleging corruption is sufficient to condemn a public officer.
However, President Akufo-Addo emphasised that he will not compromise due process in the fight against corruption, regardless of the criticism or the cloud of misunderstanding that may surround his stance on corruption.
“For my part, I will not set aside due process in the fight against corruption. No matter how much opprobrium this incurs for me,” he added.
During his address, the President reassured the public that none of the state’s accountability institutions, including the new Office of Special Prosecutor, have reported any interference from the executive branch regarding their investigations.
He underscored the importance of these institutions in upholding the rule of law and ensuring that justice is served.
President Akufo-Addo’s remarks underscore the importance of adhering to established legal procedures and respecting the principles of fairness and justice in the fight against corruption in Ghana.