Fighting corruption: Name, shame and jail – Emile Short

The former Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), says one effective way of fighting corruption is to name, shame and jail perpetrators.

Justice Emile Short says if the names and photographs of persons found to have plundered state resources are published, it would serve as a disincentive to those who fleece the state.

He was speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Thursday on the back of an IMANI-OccupyGhana forum held on Tuesday to discuss the canker of corruption which is widely believed to have reached alarming levels in the country.

Outspoken lawyer, Ace Ankomah, gave eloquent testimony to the existence of adequate laws to fight corruption . He however expressed regret that the citizenry have conspired to hold the laws in abeyance, a situation he said cannot be allowed to continue.

Dr. Esi Ansah of Ashesi University was concerned about the emergence of new entrepreneurs and businessmen who buy influential persons on both sides of the political divide as well as the media .

This she said makes it practically impossible for such entrepreneurs to be held accountable and to be exposed when they engage in corrupt activities.

Joy FM’s Manasseh said any adult who says corruption has not become a cancerous tumor in Ghana is either a fool, a crook or a beneficiary of it . He said the time had come for the populace to speak up for silence is no longer an option.

Pastor Mensa Otabel delivered the keynote address, asking President John Mahama to lead the crusade against corruption .

Contributing to the discussion, Justice Emile Short agreed with Dr. Otabel that the president must act decisively and firmly too.

“I think the government, the president in particular, must lead this national crusade; must make sure that there transparency and accountability, people are held accountable. At the moment I don’t think that there is sufficient accountability of people who are implicated in corruption,” he said.

The former CHRAJ Commissioner added, “The president and the government must demonstrate a strong political will to mount the kind of crusade that for example the president of China has mounted against his own officials and the public has to see that we are taking corruption seriously, that people no matter level social status they occupy  are being held accountable, they are being put before court and they are being investigated and prosecuted effectively and they are being jailed and when that happens their identities should be made known to the public.”

He said the situation where corruption allegations are investigated and the perpetrators masked is not helpful in the fight against the canker.

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