Weak Systems Accounting For Corruption Surge In Ghana – Domelevo

The former Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo has ascribed the flood in corruption and it’s related offenses in the country to less corrective measures and weaknesses in the system to deal with culprits.

He said that when there is no control component to track the activities of residents, individuals are probably going to exploit what is happening.

In a recent interview, the former Auditor General, said that “he fought corruption and corruption fought back.” Unfortunately, he was dismissed from office by the President of the Republic Nana Akufo-Addo under peculiar circumstances.

Domelevo, in the interview on TV3’s ‘Hot Issues’ on Sunday, March 17, noted, in addition to other things, that if people are not rebuffed for taking part in financial negligence, it will encourage others to join.

“Wherever people find opportunities, they would like to misbehave or abuse the opportunity if the controls are not working. And if there are no consequences for financial malpractices, if people think they can get away with it, it will continue,” the former Auditor-General Yao Domelevo told the host, Keminni Amanor.

“the system has not been set up clearly to ensure that it doesn’t matter who you are if you go contrary to the rules, sanctions will be administered on you. That is why I think that the level of impunity is growing all the time”, he added.

He accentuated that where there is no prevention for misbehavior, people go to make trouble.

“The same Ghanaian who travels to London or the US today, without any orientation, starts behaving rightly because he/she knows that this system would not tolerate me,” he stated.

He went on by expressing that with regards to the framework working, it begins from the top, which is the President.

“Discipline cannot be enforced from below, it comes from the top,” adding that “the tone from the top actually determines whether the people are going to take it or not.”

He also cited Rwanda, where he said, “The tone is clear that if you misbehave, you will face it so everyone is doing what is right.”

“The promises or the rhetoric are far higher than what we are seeing on the ground and of course disciplinary measures are swiftly put in place against those who do not belong to the group but there are some people for whom we can clearly see that they are committing atrocities or infractions and they continuously get away with it,” he stated.

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