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07.08.2019 Feature Article

Should President Akufo-Addo Deal With The PDS Scandal In Ruthless Fashion - Because It Threatens His Legacy For Good Governance? 

Should President Akufo-Addo Deal With The PDS Scandal In Ruthless Fashion - Because It Threatens His Legacy For Good Governance? 
LISTEN AUG 7, 2019

It is extraordinary that those wealthy and influential Ghanaians who sought to take over the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), using the special purpose vehicle, Power Distribution Services (PDS), still think that a controversial U.S. Millenium Challenge Corporation power-sector project in Ghana, which is funded by U.S. taxpayers and has a whiff of scandal around it, will not eventually come under the scrutiny of the ultra-right politicians who now control the U.S. federal government. It will. And their response will be fast and furious.

For their information, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that an investigation into the matter by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), could be triggered in faraway Washington DC, by U.S. ultra-right organisations - such as Americans for Limited Government. Perhaps it also escapes them that their personal assets in the U.S., such as landed properties, could eventually be seized, and their U.S. bank accounts too frozen.

President Akufo-Addo must personally ensure that there is no attempt at a cover-up in this matter, by the unscrupulous and greedy individuals at the presidency, who are alleged to have masterminded this egregious example of high-level rent-seeking, in collusion with powerful and wealthy individuals from Ghana's business world.

The president needs to understand clearly that the PDS scandal has the potential to destroy his regime's hard-won international reputation for good governance completely, if not handled in transparent no-holds-barred fashion. He must deal with it in ruthless fashion because it threatens his legacy.

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2019

The author has 481 publications published on Modern Ghana. Column Page: KofiThompson

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