Ghanaian Statesman and retired Diplomat, Dr. K. B. Asante, has said he felt very uncomfortable watching the video footage of the Judges and some other judicial service staff who were caught on Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ camera taking bribes in their line duty.
Having watched the three-hour video footage which was premiered at the Accra International Conference Center Tuesday, the Statesman said he was really sickened by what he saw.
“It was really nauseating to see highly placed persons being caught without any moral compassion,” he said in an interview with Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3 FM.
He added “It was a terrible malpractice.”
He told Banson that he felt ashamed by the blatant way in which the bribes were given and taken, noting that the canker shows how deep corruption is in the society.
“I was surprised by the blatant way of which the bribes were given and taken. It was too open and it shows that the canker is too widespread and deep in the society and that people will believe it was not a bad thing but rather a good thing.”
He however, expressed the hope the evidence that has been put in the public domain will help the authorities to sit up and “clean the tables”.
He partly blamed himself and his peers for not doing much during their time to completely eradicate corruption in the country when asked by Banson about what has brought the country to that level.
“I was part of the system and so I should take part of the responsibility that perhaps we didn’t do our work well. I knew there was some corruption during our time but there were about 80 percent of us who were interested in building a brave and prosperous Ghana.”