By Maxwell Okamafo Addo
Former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah -Arthur, has called on the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, to as a matter of urgency assume "an ethical and moral leadership of the country".
Speaking to some pressmen in his office on his views of the President’s State of the Nation address last Thursday the former vice president said the Finance Minister told Ghanaians last year that he had assumed a certain ethical moral leadership in the country when he quoted the Bible during last year’s budget statement in Parliament.
“So, Ghanaians expect a moral leader to stand up to the demands of moral leadership, so that when the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice report raised administrative issues and other issues such as the timing and the announcement of the bond issuance, it’s a concern for Ghanaians,” the former vice president said.
Mr Amissah Arthur said issues about potential conflict of interest is a concern for Ghanaians, “issues on the report about the asset declaration is a concern, then about family members who are directors in companies that have benefitted from it, is a concern. When issues are raised about the cost of the bond to Ghanaians in the future. it’s a concern,” he added.
The former Governor of the Bank of Ghana thought all after all these accusations and investigations, Mr Ofori Atta would rather stand up and save his name and say that he’s the moral leader who cannot justify these wrong behaviours.
Mr Amissah Arthur said the actions of the Minister and the obvious attempt by the president to cover up these allegations, send wrong signals to the world.
According to him, the use of technicalities and legalities to discredit CHRAJ findings against the minister is not the best and it defies moral leadership.
“it’s about a certain leadership of morality for our country. That’s in respect of the President White washing the CHRAJ report.”
He also said he expected the finance minister to be more truthful about the country’s debt profile and not the deliberate attempt to throw dust into the eyes of the public.
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