Investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has described the Akufo-Addo led administration as the friendliest government towards corruption.

According to him, President Akufo-Addo has simply given lip service to the battle against corruption during his tenure and has taken a defensive attitude when members of his cabinet are being investigated for graft.

Manasseh Azure made his claims on JoyNews’ PM Express, citing the Akufo-Addo administration’s deadlock with anti-corruption advocates Martin Amidu and Daniel Yao Domelevo, the latter of whom was removed from office following his audit of the Kroll and Associates activities.

He said, “The earlier speakers mentioned the Office of the Special Prosecutor which all of us greeted with euphoria, it ended up not being what we thought. Martin Amidu as people said may have had his issues but that still does not overrule the fact that the administration was not happy when he decided to work on this Agyapa thing.

“We know what happened to the most exceptional public servant who has waged an honest and genuine war against corruption in this country. And I’m talking about Daniel Yao Domelevo the Auditor General who was forced out of office because he dared to touch certain untouchables in the administration.

“We know how the President goes about bragging that no member of his government has ever been investigated and found culpable, if anybody has evidence they should bring it forward. But we all know that the country’s Health Minister should not be in office if we were in any serious country or we had any leader who was serious about the fight against corruption.”

Manasseh Azure made these remarks in response to Ghana’s stagnant performance on the Corruption Perception Index, in which Ghana received 43 points out of a possible 100, as it did the previous year.

According to Transparency International which carried out the study, “Ghana failed to make progress in the fight against corruption in the year 2021 as the score of 43 is the same as the country’s 2020 score.”

Ghana was ranked 73rd out of 180 countries/territories on the Index, and ninth in Sub-Saharan Africa.