Monthly Archives: October 2012

Can President Mahama say the word “corruption” in public?

Yesterday I watched the Ghana presidential candidates debate on TV. They say it was the first time a sitting president participated.

All candidates spoke about corruption in the system as a major issue which has to be addressed urgently… well, with one exception – President Mahama acknowleged the issue but obviously avoided the word: CORRUPTION. Looks like his advisors told him never to use that nasty word whatsoever.

Fascinating also that everyone agreed that the corrupt officers in the revenue services should be prosecuted by the GHANA POLICE to receive their due punishment by a GHANA COURT. So all of a sudden corruption in Ghana is limited to customs and tax authorities? Interesting thought. What did I see this policeman do this morning at the roadside?

Simple conclusion of the foreign investor in this country: As all these people know very well how the everyday system of corruption works they must be in complete denial of reality. The President not even using the bad word and the others obviously using it without admitting the truth.

So dear (future) foreign investor, don’t expect change anytime soon, whoever wins the election. Fighting corruption is a lip service only for all of them. They cannot and will not break the traditional buddy and family system they are completely tied up in themselves.

See for yourself if the next president is going to break up the most corrupt institutions in the country. First the police, second the tax authorities and customs and third the judicial system. They wouldn’t know how to do it!

So as a foreigner doing business in Ghana you will still pay off every authority along the way and face legislation which intentionally has all these pockets built into it that give government officials the possibility to hold out their hand once more. Don’t expect change anytime soon.

Hilarious how the corruption perception index is rating Ghana….

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