Prof. Yankah’s corruption claims baseless – Pratt

Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has described as unfair, unfortunate and baseless, corruption claims made by the president of the Central University College, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, against some persons in government.

Kwesi Pratt Jnr. said inasmuch as corruption has engulfed the nation, Prof. Yankah is not mandated to tag anyone as corrupt without empirical evidence.

Mr. Yankah at an IEA event on Tuesday said: “The Presidency is perceived to have become a comfortable refuge for officials suspected to have been involved in corruption and are under investigation”.

He named such persons to include former Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah. But Mr Afriyie Ankrah believes the professor got it all wrong.

Commenting on the issue, Mr. Pratt pointed out on Adom FM on Thursday that:

“It is only the court that has the power to decide if a person is corrupt or not but rejecting all that evidence and saying it just like that, I think it is very unfair. I’m really sad about this situation…,” he said

Mr. Yankah’s claims, according to the Insight Editor, has serious repercussions on government and does not augur well for a democratic country like Ghana.

“It is not justifiable for a president of a University to make such allegations even on issues under investigation. It is just unfortunate. If I were to be at the presidency and such claim is made against me which has not been proven, I would have taken an action,” he stressed.

On his part, the General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah argued that for corruption to take place, there must be an offer and acceptance.

“Corruption is a collective act, but if we are determined to curb it, we will be able to do it” he added.

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