The judgment debt argument was once again resurrected at Wednesday’s IEA Presidential debate as both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Candidates for the first time directly confronted each other on the matter.
The NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo provoked a reaction with his attack on the NDC government.
According to Nana Addo, the NDC provides a bedrock for corruption to thrive.
“We have had a series of events that have alarmed our nation and most of all, because of these very famous dubious judgement debts, that have been paid out in the last few years. Large sums of money, payment of which are very questionable and whose basis many people in Ghana question, as example of high level corruption.”
Nana Addo further stated “the mega corruption that we have seen in recent times have become the bane of our society and which we need to do something about."
Responding to the NPP flagbearer, President Mahama said, “judgement debts properly, are debts that are adjudicated by courts of competent jurisdiction, and so judgement debts cannot be said to be an act of corruption! It is what causes judgement debts that we must be tackling, the frivolous cancelling of contracts! What is it that triggers people to think that they have a claim against government.”
President Mahama said “Government alone cannot fight corruption; it takes all our people to fight it. We must not just rumour corruption, we must be prepared to stand against corruption and I think that this is one area in which we are lacking. We must all be prepared to hold the person’s feet to the fire."