Former director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) and private anti-corruption crusader, Vitus Azeem, and private legal practitioner, Bobby Banson, have raised concerns with the involvement of family and friends in government’s.
Contributing to a discussion on TV3’s Election Command Centre Thursday, September 3, Mr. Azeem explained how compromising an office could become if family and friends are allowed to run its affairs. He argued it becomes difficult for punitive actions to be taken in a situation where the offender is a relative or friend of the superior.
Mr. Banson agreed with Mr. Azeem, while stating that friends and family in government breeds conflict of interest. He clarified that the position of the law on matters of that nature is not the actual conflict of interest but its potential; “likely conflict of interest”. He advised that, as much as possible, family and friends should be made to stay away.
The Thursdays conversation was premised on the unending accusations and counter-accusations between the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) about who runs a family and friends government. The latest being the accusations from the NDC that the controversial Agyapa deal was a product of family and friends, citing the Kofi Osafo Maafo, son of Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, who is reported to be leading the deal.
Watch the full discussion;