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Outspoken and controversial broadcast journalist, Blessed Godsbrain Smart, popularly known as Captain Smart, has called for a stricter way of dealing with corrupt government officials in Ghana and Africa as a whole to serve as a deterrent to others. The TV show host believes making corruption a capital crime is the surest means of eradicating the menace as is the case in most Asian countries.
Captain Smart, who was visibly livid on his Maakye morning show on Onua TV while discussing the current spate of corruption by government officials in the country was angered by how the law courts mete out harsher punishments to perpetrators of minor crimes as compared to government officials who steal huge sums of money. According to him corrupt government officials are “pampered” by the justice delivery system, hence see no threat to their thriving enterprise.
On the morning show monitored by DFS Live News, the tough- speaking journalist noted that “when people are taken to court in Africa for corruption allegations, it looks as if they’re being pampered”. He cited Asian countries that have seen major transformations in their economy and in the lives of their people due to their adherence to capital punishment regimes. “In Japan, China and in all the Asian countries including [UAE] Dubai, when you steal, you will be executed. In those regions, if you steal the government’s money, you’re killed… we have gotten to the point where we have to start killing [government officials] for stealing the country’s money” the enraged anti- corruption campaigner stressed.
The popular radio and TV presenter, who recently apologized to Ghanaians on his TV show for campaigning for the current president who, according to him, is now supervising the most corrupt and nepotistic government in Ghana’s fourth Republican history, went further to recount how treating corruption as a capital crime has benefitted most countries. “The last time I read a book about how Vietnam fights corruption, I asked myself when is Ghana going to get there?” He wondered. “In Vietnam” he continued ” if you’re found guilty of corruption, you’re beheaded. Vietnam has zero tolerance for corruption that is why all the big companies in the world are moving there to do business ” the outspoken broadcaster narrated in Twi.
The Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government has, over the last five years, come under heavy criticisms from the general public, international corruption agencies and foreign diplomats for making corruption a thriving enterprise for government appointees and doing little to curb the menace. Unlike his predecessor, president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has not been able to put any of his appointees up for criminal prosecution despite several corruption scandals with evidential supports.