Director of International Relations, for the National Democratic Congress, Alex Segbefia, has disclosed that the is a culture of impunity which pertains to government officials.
According to him, results from a post-election research conducted by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) confirms that the Akufo-Addo government has shown less commitment to eradicating corruption.
“We feel there’s a culture of impunity when it comes to government officials. The more that happens day in and day out, the more issues occur. When violence occurs during elections… and no actions are taken, then how will Ghanaians feel confident that corruption will be dealt with? Don’t forget things have happened even since which were not captured in this survey. That is one aspect of the survey which should not surprise any Ghanaian and it should be a wake-up call for the government to deal with issues pertaining to corruption.
“When it involves certain people there’s some action but it involves their own… there’s a culture of impunity. That is what is feeding into the issue of lack of being able to deal with corruption. We are not in government so we are not necessarily involved in any acts of public service that can be questioned. The people in government are the NPP and therefore if you don’t deal with your own people then you cannot deal with corruption”.Alex Segbefia
Assessment of CDD-Ghana survey
Reacting to the survey, former National Chairman of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu, revealed that the incumbent government is performing well in tackling corruption.
He explained that survey conducted by CCD-Ghana confirmed that “55 percent of Ghanaians say that government was on track in attacking corruption”.
That notwithstanding, respondents from the survey displayed no confidence in the incumbent government’s ability in curbing corruption over the next four years.
Following this, Mr Mac Manu noted that the report only proves that work is being undertaken despite propaganda being perpetuated by government’s detractors.
“If you look at the hullabaloo people are talking about you will be amazed. I mean look at what people are saying, it means that there is so much propaganda than the actual work that is going on. That’s the way that I see it from the result and we must look at actuals than propaganda”.Peter Mac Manu
CDD-Ghana survey on post-elections
Presenting the survey results today, August 31, Research Director at CDD-Ghana, Dr Edem Selormey explained that 58% of respondents also attributed the reduction in the President’s vote margin to his policy decisions.
According to her, the actions of President Akufo-Addo’s appointees contributed to the loss of votes in the 2020 elections.
Essentially, the survey also sought to understand the decline in the President’s vote margin as compared to 2016 and asked whether things could change during his final term.
Most respondents attributed the loss of NPP MP’s seats to their non-performance as Parliamentarians and bad campaign.
Commenting on this, she argued that some respondents revealed that the NDC was favoured to punish the NPP for negligence.
The survey was carried out between May 3 and June 3 this year. It took place across all the 16 regions in the country with 2,400 adults as respondents.