Thursday, 15 December 2016

Unethical Conduct By Current Government Appointees Must Not Be Tolerated During The Transition To The Next NPP Administration - And Ought To Be Punished

It is reported that there has been unease amongst members of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) transition team, as a result of what appears to be unethical conduct by some of the current administration's appointees, which they have unearthed.

If indeed there have been any attempts to: carry out clandestine recruitment into the security agencies;  appoint or transfer senior officials into strategic upper-echelon public-sector positions after the elections;  fast-track government contracts; or enter into any binding committments on the nation's behalf by members of what is a lameduck regime, that really would be unpardonable.

It ought to be pointed out, to be fair all round, that the same thing occurred too, during the transition period prior to the departure of the NPP regime of President Kufuor, after the late President Mills won the 2008 presidential election run-off.

However, it is a thoroughly bad governance practice that ought to be brought to an end now, as Ghanaians now insist they are led by honest and principled individuals only. That is why it is important that the NPP's transition team sheds light on all such unethical conduct as and when they are discovered.

They must  name and shame all those in the departing administration of President Mahama, caught playing fast and lose with the remainder of our nation's much-depleted assets and stressed public finances, as they prepare to leave office, after 7th January,  2017.

Above all, President Mahama must make it plain to all  the lameduck government appointees he swore into the various positions they currently occupy that they must leave all government contracts, presently being worked on, in abeyance for now - so that they will be scrutinised and dealt with on behalf of taxpayers by the incoming NPP administration.

The very first investigations into corrupt deals  breaking procurement laws by members of the administration of President Mahama, to be carried out by the new NPP regime when it assumes power on 7th January, 2017, ought to target crooked deals rushed through the system after the elections in order to bind the incoming NPP government,  by some of President Mamaha's appointees.

Binding an incoming government in any agreement with third parties for personal financial gain that benefits specific members of a ruling party, which  has just lost the presidency and its parliamentary majority, in just-concluded presidential and parliamentary elections, during the transition period  to the assumption of office of the winning party's presidential candidate, is definitely unethical.

That is why members of the NPP's transition team must list and publish the names of all such departing National Democratic Congress (NDC) officials and appointees, engaged in the rip-off of Mother Ghana so shamefully and egregiously as they depart from office, as soon as practicable.

This is no time to tolerate such abuses of office by the selfsame individuals, whose unfathomable greed and lack of principles whiles in power put off so many independent-minded Ghanaians, and resulted in the defeat of their ruling party - in an election that saw voters rightly turfing out the NDC regime of President Mahama from power.

(Incidentally, the NPP's Sammy Awukus, who delude themselves by thinking that Ghana - a nation full of pragmatic and freedom-loving people - will become a one party state, need to fathom out the lessons of the NDC's defeat. Let them be a tad more humble and focus on governing Ghana well and honestly, instead of dreaming of remaining in power for decades to come. Utter nonsense on bamboo stilts. It won't happen. Ghanaians aren't fools. But I digress.)

As soon as it assumes power, the new NPP government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo must investigate all such last-minute-deals, and prosecute those NDC appointees who have broken procurement laws in trying to push them through during the transition period, before leaving office. Enough is enough.

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