Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr, says calls for the Assets Declaration Law should be victory for parliament if it is to purge itself of negative public perception.
“This is to cure the mischief that surrounds them, besides there should not be an excuse to do what modern democracy demands from them as public officials,” he’s said.
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) and some policy think tanks have sought to demand a revision of the Act on the declaration of assets by public office holders in recent deliberations on the Conduct of Public Officers’ Bill and the Right to Information Bill in Parliament.
They’ve argued for a mandatory declaration of assets of public officials, which should be subsequently verified and published to enhance greater transparency.
“Why should one be worried to declare assets and liabilities that is lawfully acquired. It’s like there’s a phobia for verification and transparency.
“Once you cross that line and move into public space you don’t have a privacy anymore,” Baako adds.