Corruption debate rages as govt commissions Law House

The commissioning of the Law House, a 10-storey building in Accra, has sparked a heated debate on the government’s commitment to fighting corruption.

The edifice, located adjacent to the High Court complex, was commissioned on Monday, June 10, 2024, with the aim of tackling corruption and related activities.

While the government touts the Law House as a symbol of its dedication to fighting corruption, some Members of Parliament are skeptical. Dr. Clement Apaak, MP for Builsa South, criticized President Akufo-Addo for his double standards in tackling corruption, citing the government’s disappointing anti-corruption efforts despite the commissioning of the Law House.

The President’s penchant for interfering in processes that ought to be allowed to traverse by themselves when attentions of corruption are made against public officers is alarming,” Dr. Apaak said. “So if anyone is to talk to us and lecture us on corruption, it cannot be Akufo-Addo and Bawumia, they have failed in fact, corruption has won the fight against Ghana.”

On the other hand, Dr. Dickson Adomako Kissi, Anyaa Sowutuom MP, defended the President, stating that he is committed to fighting corruption and delivering on his mandate.

“Defence lawyers are not necessarily criminals or corrupt. When you have a case against you and a lawyer rises to your defense, it is that time you appreciate that the law works,” Dr. Adomako Mensah argued.

The Law House project, which began in 2001, was initially expected to be completed in May 2004 but was terminated and re-awarded in January 2023.

The government’s sincerity in tackling corruption remains a subject of debate, with many calling for concrete actions to match their promises.

By: Vanessa Edotom Boateng | | Ghana

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