Legal practitioner Martin Kpebu has criticized President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for what he perceives as a weak moral stance on corruption following former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah's scandal.
Lawyer Kpebu's comments follow revelations by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) regarding the former Sanitation Minister's alleged questionable wealth.
Speaking in an interview on ‘Eyewitness News’ on Citi FM monitored by ModernGhana News, Lawyer Kpebu asserted that President Akufo-Addo's inability to take swift action against the former minister raised concerns about his commitment to fighting corruption.
"President Akufo-Addo has lost the moral stand; he is no longer on a moral high horse. He couldn’t fire the minister.
“The minister left by herself, and that showed Akufo-Addo is weak; he couldn’t fire her. Meanwhile, in opposition, he said, 'I will not support corruption, I will not do family and friends.'
“He was using family and friends in this instance; he couldn’t sack her. It took public opinion, public pressure, and then Madam Dapaah went," Lawyer Kpebu remarked.
He also criticized the president for what he described as the failure to select competent ministers, which contributed to embarrassment.
"The other side that comes in is that he didn’t select well. So once he didn’t select a good minister and the minister is embroiled in all of this embarrassing thing, it also touches on the president.
“Don’t forget they say show me your friend and I will show you my character. So sometimes there is that collective punishment," he explained.