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17.03.2009 General News

No mercy for wrongdoers -Betty Mould

By Bismark Bebli - Ghanaian Chronicle

THE MINISTER of Justice and Attorney General, Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu, has indicated her preparedness to join the fray of fighting corruption in the country.

According to her, though nothing incriminating has been brought against any high ranking officials, her outfit would not hesitate in prosecuting any wrong doer if found culpable or guilty. “We will act within the confines of the law and if anybody is found guilty, we would not hesitate to prosecute the person.”

The outspoken Minister of Justice and Attorney-General made this disclosure in a telephone interview with this paper yesterday when the paper sought her views on certain initiatives that she has undertaken since assuming office.

According to Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu, her outfit was doing everything possible to look carefully at various laws which would help fight the canker of corruption, an agenda which was dear to the heart of the President.

She stated that few bills; including Public Officials Liability Bill is being looked at to help deepen the fight against corruption.

Responding to whether she had made any wrong findings against former government officials which would warrant their prosecution, the Minister said. She added that “Nothing has so far come to my table but if there is any, we would investigate it and appropriate actions would be taken.”

Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu has also confirmed that her outfit has started the process to ensure the full implementation of the Whistle Blowers Act, the Right to Information Bill and Disability Act among others, which have been on the drawing board after being passed for some years now.

According to her, her regime is doing everything to also ensure that the 100 days pledged by President Mills was achieved. “We are taking steps to make sure that the bills become operationalized,” she said.