The Legacy of the Most Corrupt Fourth-Republican President

By his own personal testimony to a BBC news reporter, former President John Dramani Mahama is unarguably the most thoroughgoing corrupt payola-prone leader of Ghana’s Fourth Republic. This is also primarily why I have never invested any premium of credibility in his decision to collaborate with professionally trained lawyer and journalist, Mr. Anas Aremeyaw Anas to expose some circuit and high court judges who were widely rumored to have been on the take for bribes and the criminal compromising of their judicial ethics and professionalism. The Tiger-Eye PI or Private Investigative Group owned and operated by Mr. Anas did a quite admirable and even laudable job in exposing the rancid judicial rot that had perennially blighted the country’s legal system. But it can equally not be gainsaid that Mr. Anas clearly also opened himself and his company to well-deserved criticism, for the most part, because the proprietor of Tiger-Eye PI allowed himself and his heavy-lifting undercover corruption investigative team to be cheaply blindsided by the biggest and most corrupt fish in Ghana’s political pond of official corruption and indescribable filth, namely, President John Dramani Mahama.

We also know that Tiger-Eye PI’s collaborative expose on the country’s judicial system was not undertaken gratis or for free. Mr. Anas and his associates got handsomely paid, as perhaps they deserved to, by their powerful and wealthy sponsor. But we have yet to know precisely how much of the Ghanaian taxpayer’s dole or moola had been deposited into the bank accounts of Mr. Anas and his meticulously sleuthing associates then-President John Dramani Mahama or any of his executive assigns. By law, Ghanaians have a right to know precisely how much of their money went into the wallets and/or bank accounts of Mr. Anas and his associates, because this is clearly money that ought to have been invested in our national security apparatus and into the coffers of such law-enforcement agencies as the Ghana Police Service (GPS), especially the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the GPS, that ought to have been the coerce branch of government charged with unearthing the rank judicial rot that was so healthily exposed by Tiger-Eye PI.

In other words, what we also find here, in terms of the widely alleged and perceived gross incompetence of former President Mahama, was the fact that the latter was also clearly unable to protect and/or safeguard the integrity of our nation’s crime-fighting agencies. The exposure and dismissal of those circuit and high court judges caught red-handed in the reception of verdict-bending capers or acts of bribery and corruption, undoubtedly deserved the kinds of punishment meted them at the time by then-Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood and the Ghana National Judicial Council. Which is why the recent decision to finally get rid of Justices Ayisi Addo, Uuter Paul Dery and Mustapha Habib Logoh, came to some of us as perfectly a matter of course, far too overdue, and in synch with the corruption-fighting policy agenda promulgated by President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. But, of course, it also goes without saying that more cracking of the proverbial whip needs to be done, if Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to establish the Office of the Independent Special Public Prosecutor is to be envisaged in a positive light by the Ghanaian electorate in the leadup to the 2020 Presidential Election.

Obviously, what the President needs to do remarkably differently from his super-desperate predecessor who is scandalously fighting to be returned to undeserved power, is to strengthen the hands of our national security agents/agencies in a way that would ensure that the objectives for which these agencies and institutions were established are not seen to have been effectively cannibalized by private-for-profit agencies like the Anas Aremeyaw Anas-owned and operated Tiger-Eye PI company. Our national security agencies ought to have come of age and into their own some 63 years after Ghana reclaimed her sovereignty and integrity from British colonial imperialism.

Source: Modern Ghana