Former President John Mahama says he will not interfere in corruption-related investigations in his next administration.

According to him, investigative bodies such as the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) and Economic Organized Crime Office (EOCO) will be allowed to work freely with no interference from him under his tenure.

Addressing the leadership and members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), recently the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) also promised to establish an independent valuation office to deal with issues of sole sourcing and procurement infractions.

“One of the reasons why you are suffering in terms of imposition of revenue and taxes is because of the expenditure side. If the government is raising the money and misusing it through sole sourcing, procurement, and so forth, it is your taxpayers’ money that is being wasted and so we must take an interest in that and that is why I have suggested that we are going to have an independent valuation office and any sole sourcing contract must go for value-for-money audit to make sure that it has not been inflated,” Mr. Mahama stated.

He continued: “Aside from that, we must make sure that we cut down on corruption and allow the anti-corruption institutions to work.

“If people have taken advantage of the country, they must be dealt with, and that is why I said when I come into the office and I am swearing in the ministers, I will caution them, and if they don’t listen and do not do their work well and EOCO or OSP come after you, I am not a clearing agent and I won’t interfere and I will let them do their work.”

Source: Ghana/