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Corruption: I can’t trust you on big things – CDD Boss to NPP

Following allegations that cars meant for auctioning were given out to members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for free leading to over 1000 cars being unaccounted for, the Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development( CDD), Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh has blamed the government for repeating acts it had promised to end.

The 2018 Auditor-General’s Report revealed revenue from over 1000 cars cannot be accounted for. It blamed the missing funds on the Ghana Revenue Authority which failed in its mandate.

But freight forwarder, David Serebour Boateng, blamed the NPP government, alleging that most of the cars meant for auction were given out to members of the ruling New Patriotic Party for free. He made the allegations on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem recently.

The allegations seemed to have riled the CDD boss who reacted on social media about the negative impression such things gave to the fight against such illegal acts.

When it comes to Change, I’m a “broken windows theory” kinda guy. I measure Change by how much behavior modification I see in the “little things” that bespeak a culture of impunity. If you can’t stop the “little things”, the so-called “low hanging fruit”, I can’t trust you to mind the big things. And when you do even get to mind some of the “big things”, many are unlikely to give you much credit for it if the little things persist and continue to annoy people.

And, of course, you can’t get the people to change in ways that matter if they don’t see change in the everyday “little things” under your control. It beats me that this practice, the very first thing I wrote about in late 2016 as the one thing I cannot wait to see disappear in a new administration, persists to this day. It is shameful and inexcusable,” he complained.

Some anti-corruption campaigners have expressed disappointment in the ruling government’s inability to tackle corruption as it had promised.