Following the trial and jailing of three political appointees of the NDC fraternity by the High Court in Ghana, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, the President of IMANI Ghana has indicated the verdict and all that transpired in the case was devoid of witch-hunting tactics.
A total of USD4 million was at the heart of the case. It took about three years 2019-2020 to bring the landmark case to a close by Justice Justice Eric Kyei Baffour.
The IMANI President believes NCA trial was clean and called for more of such trails and jailing in the country.
The three individuals who have been jailed a total of 16 years were found guilty of the offense of causing financial loss to the state by Commercial High Court in Accra of competent jurisdiction in Accra.
The NCA Trial included Mr Baffoe-Bonnie, Mr. William Tetteh Tevie, Nana Owusu Ensaw, and Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman all former Board Chair of the NCA, Director-General of the NCA, board member, and Deputy National Security Coordinator respectively
Mr Franklin Cudjoe in his reaction to the verdict of the court, said “It is very instructive that offenders of the public purse under the previous JM administration are facing the music.
“This is no witch-hunting at least as far as the NCA case is involved. Just pure collusion to pillage our resources. We need more. But the list under Nana is also growing.”
This clean trial devoid of witch-hunting tactics will be the all-important litmus test going forward in the quest of Ghana o win against corruption.
Mr Franklin Cudjoe believes the real test and proof that a government is ready to weed out corruption is when it persecutes it own people. The NDC have over 100 scandals hanging around the neck of the ruling government.
Until governments show total commitment to fighting corruption by prosecuting its own corrupt appointees, such efforts will be less convincing to many. But it is a good start.