Sunyani:”Strong Political Will Needed In Fighting Corruption”-Justice Emile Short

The Former Commissioner for the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Francis Emile Short, has called for a strong political will in helping combat the increasing rate of corruptible practices in the country.

He has however tasked the special prosecutor, Martin A.B.K Amidu appointed to help fight the menace to go after what he describes as “heavy weight big men and women” who have caused some financial lose to the state.

According to the former Commissioner for CHRAJ, it will only take a collective effort from the various political parties and stakeholders including the various churches in the country to combat the increasing rate of corruption in the country.

“When the church focus on educating its members with bible quotation on corruption, it will stop members from putting into the offering bowl monies stolen from the country coffers”

Justice Emile Short made this known when he delivered a lecture at the 8th Samuel Hanson (S.H) Amissah Memorial lecture at the Wesley Methodist Cathedral in Sunyani.

The lecture was initiated by the Lay Movement of the Methodist Church Ghana in 2009 under the leadership of Mrs Araba Arthur Sam during the celebration of the Lay Movement @ 60. It is held annually to celebrate members of the church who had played immense role to the development of the church and the country at large.

This year’s version was held in honour of the 8th Vice President of the Methodist Conference from 1991-1993, Bro. Dr. Augutus Amartei Arman under the theme “corruption: A challenge to our National Development”.

Justice Francis Emile Short touching o the effect of corruption on the country noted that it deprives the country from development thereby appealing to the public to rise up and contribute their quota to fighting the menace.

He further called on stakeholders in the country mentioning the media to carry out measures to educate the public on the need to resist corruption adding that this will make the practice unattractive.

“I think putting up a permanent monument of corrupt persons found guilty in their home towns, offices and other areas will scare people from engaging in the practice”.

The Commissioner for CHRAJ touching on the yet to be passed Right to Information Bill (RTI), he stated that it is one of the ways fight corruption. He therefore called on the leadership of parliament to expedite action towards the passage of the bill.

By:Salomey Akosua Agyapong

News Reporter

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