Corruption is prevalent in the Military, not only Police Service – Mogtari says she has been told

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Aide to Former President John Dramani Mahama, Joyce Bawah Mogtari has explained what may have increased the corruption perception within the Ghana Police Service.

She stated that because the Police are one of the first institutions for human engagements, the perception about they being corrupt will increase.

She said these on the New Day show on TV3 with Berla Mundi on Thursday, July 21 when contributing to a discussion regarding the corruption perception within the Police Service.

The 2021 report by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ, Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranked institutions that receive bribes.

The Ghana Police Service, the findings noted, continues to be the foremost public institution perceived most corrupt.

The Programmes Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Mary Awelana Addah, also observed that hospitals and health centers, in general, have become places where bribes exchange hands in Ghana.

She said though the Ghana Police Service ranks high among institutions perceived most corrupt, the health sector is also becoming known for the canker.

Ms Addah made this known in an interview on TV3‘s News 360 on Wednesday, July 20.

“You realised that [with] health institutions, citizens said they engaged with health institutions even more and they pay more bribes there,” she pointed out to host Paa Kwesi Asare.

“So, it is not like they are saying that because citizens encounter the police on our roads, it is there they pay bribes.

“They encounter nurses, they encounter doctors, they encounter teachers, they encounter utility service providers, they encounter tax agents, they encounter people at the lands department and some of these bribes, if you quantify are even more than what the police [take] but yet still the police came up tops.”

Reacting to this, Joyce Bawah Mogtari who is also a private legal practitioner said “With the Police for example, I recall that years ago when similar conversations were taking place, the impression was that it is because they are also you first port of call in terms of citizens’ engagement.

“You are either coming into contact with the Policeman or you are in contact with a doctor or nurse because these are the most common social encounter areas where citizens will come across persons within a certain formal bracket.

“That may also contribute largely to this endemic perception about perceived corruption especially within the Police service.”

She added “But funny enough, when I saw this report, I had another conversation with an officer in another branch of the security service and her point is that it is even worse in the Military, it is also prevalent in the Navy.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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