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Rawlings slams corruption

18 June 2013, 07:19

Abuja - Jerry Rawlings, the former President of Ghana bemoaned rampant corruption in the continent blaming it for widening gap between the rich and the poor.

Speaking in Abuja during the two-day international conference on ‘Emerging Democracies in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities,’ Rawlings said corruption was stunting economic growth.

The former Ghana Head of State cited the annual corruption indices where African countries fared badly.

"While there may be a lot of factors that enhance corruption, including the connivance of major global international players - whose jurisdictions ironically exact huge penalties for white-collar fraud - Africa is primarily saddled with corruption because some members of a minority elite connive to rape the continent and ensure that the positive economic indices are only on paper, and do not reach the pockets of the ordinary people at the grassroots,” he said.

Rawlings argued the courts were targeting the poor at the expense of the elite who fuelled the scourge.

“These inequalities are recipes for the retrogression of our democracies, and we cannot allow the negative tide to continue.

"A democracy that cannot provide socio-economic justice cannot be a healthy democracy, and will remain vulnerable and fragile. Our institutions are weak because we do not strengthen and protect them adequately in our constitutions," he added.

- CAJ News


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