Programmes Manager of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Mary Addah has advised the two major political parties in the country, to desist from arguing over which of them is more corrupt.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story, Mrs Addah said instead of the unending squabble, the parties should channel their energies to fighting the corruption canker.
“We should rather depart from the argument of who is more corrupt, but then put in place measures to fight corruption, to hold the bull by the horns and make some progress,” she told Evans Mensah.
Her comment comes in the wake of both parties accusing each other of being corrupt.
According to Mrs Addah, the two parties should be activating the various institutional and policy frameworks to reduce corruption if not eradicating it completely.
She added that “what we [the public] want to see is just that we [political parties] put in measures to activate all the frameworks and the institutions capacitated enough to fight corruption.”
“What we want as a people, is that we don’t want anybody to encourage corruption as the Constitution spells out “the state shall make sure that we eradicate corruption and the abuse of power.”’
Mrs Addah noted that the blame game being played by NPP and NDC when elected into office, is not going to help the country in anyway.
“Today, if we are going to be giving examples, we will have examples of what the NDC didn’t do and we will give examples of what the NPP is not doing, and that is what they are both doing, which is unfortunate,” she said.
She advised both parties to analyze the data from reports of the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) to know the country’s progress.
“The CPI says our fight against corruption has not been impressive over the years. It is a fact that when you look at the CPI scores in 2014 or thereabouts, we had our highest score which is 48. It is also a fact that in 2016, we dropped, in 2017 we had a very huge drop and that is significant per the measure of the CPI.”
“Again when you take the Afrobarometer, you realize that citizens’ perception and citizens’ experiences of corruption are increasing,” Mrs Addah added.