National Democratic Congress NDC Member of Parliament for Bodi, John Oti Bless has said the only way Ghana can win the fight against corruption is to make corruption is a capital crime punishable by death, and nothing else.
In a long article authored by the MP sighted by MyNewsGh.com, the MP called for an amendment of the 1992 constitution.
The MP bemoaned the rise in corruption in Ghana and called for drastic steps to address what he called a ‘cancer’.
He also berated the judiciary for being quick at passing judgement on petty thieves but delaying cases of mass looting.
“The quick and hurry with which our judges pronounces judgement against petty thieves and criminals in our country is worrying.” He wrote.
“But when it comes to corrupt intellectuals who loot the resources of poor country, it takes our judges years for justice to be delivered, and sometimes zero. Corruption in our country today is becoming unbecoming.” He declared.
Read his full post below:
PUNISHMENT FOR CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC OFFICE SHOULD BE NOTHING LESS THAN DEATH SENTENCE
As a young law maker who is incorruptible, honest and very committed to course of our beloved country, I think the only way we can overcome the cancer of corruption is to look at our constitution. I am by this calling on the civil society groups and organisations to rise up and push for the amendment of our constitution to include death sentence as the punishment for corruption across board. The underdevelopment of our country is as a result of massive corruption, nepotism and cronyism. The earlier we stood up against these cancer as a people, the better for our generations. No amount of loans can save our country if nothing is done about our current constitutional provisions against corruption. The amount of money that ends up in the pockets of some greedy and wicked individuals is far more than what is being used for development. If nothing is done about our constitution, no amount of money from the world would solve our problems. Secondly, our judicial system must also be looked at and strengthened to enable them deliver justice to all manner of people regardless of their status, race, religion, tribe and political affiliation. The current status and nature of our judicial system is nothing to write home about as far as dealing with corruption is concerned. The quick and hurry with which our judges pronounces judgement against petty thieves and criminals in our country is worrying. But when it comes to corrupt intellectuals who loot the resources of poor country, it takes our judges years for justice to be delivered, and sometimes zero. Corruption in our country today is becoming unbecoming. One major factor of this is the extreme partisanship in our country where most people today are loyal and love their parties more than the country Ghana. People are ready and are actually defending all the criminal activities of their political parties and members to the detriment of our country. Why must this be the case in a country where Christianity and Islam is the order of the day?