The Presiding Bishop of Great Fire Pentecostal International Ministry (MISPA City), Bishop Dr. Daniel Kwame Kissi Bonegas, popularly known as Bishop Bonegas, has asked Judges in Ghana to support the newly appointed Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu in the discharge of his mandate given him by the sovereign will of the people through the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, as Pastors and men of God are fasting for him for the success of his mission.
He indicated that, “if one considers the plight of Ghana as it stands now, where some school children have to attend classes under trees and we have people using so much money for just software, it is just an indication that the work of the Special Prosecutor is more of service to God and country.
Speaking to the Press at his church, the dynamic man of God revealed that Pastors and men of God are continuously fasting for the Special Prosecutor, and that shows how Ghanaians are disgusted about the level of corruption in the country.
He bemoaned how people appointed to protect public purse rather dissipate it and steals it under the cover of the pen, rendering the country continually sick developmentally and economically, which is so pathetic; with the infamous $70m SSNIT Software purchase saga being an example. He added.
It would be recalled that the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) spent at least $70 million on the acquisition of faulty software, nearly twice the price it had earlier on budgeted for.
Documents intercepted revealed that SSNIT had budgeted $34,011,914.21 in 2012 for the procurement of Operational Business Suite, a technology that would automate its processes.
The contract awarded to Perfect Business Solutions Limited included the provision of Pension Administration Solution, Mobile Registration Workstations, Desktop Registration Workstations, Biometric Solutions and Card Printers among others.
He wondered why one can hardly hear of this in the advanced economies, but rather happens day after day in Ghana, whilst the poor kayaye and the peasant farmer are taxed to accumulate these monies.
“if I Bishop Bonegas preach in sweat and pays over Gh¢30, 000 every month in taxes to the Government and you sit in your office and embezzles it; if Martin Amidu arrests you and sends you to Court, shouldn’t I fast and pray holy prayers for him?”. He questioned.
According to him, Judges should let offenders refund monies stolen and be sent to jail as well to serve as deterrent.
He appealed to the Special Prosecutor to prefer stringent charges to corruption offenders, whilst the Government supports him to succeed in his mandate.
He also urged the Special Prosecutor to make sure that he “collects every single penny stolen for Ghanaians”.
On the Agogo Fulani issue, he preferred Government had rather set rules and regulations for the cattle owners instead of sending them away.
He said, if Chiefs and elders of both sides get involved in non-confrontational manner and together with central government set regulations for both sides, it would have been beneficial rather.
“Agogo has the potential of giving Ghana a great yield of food and livestock because of its landscape and its soil type”.
He therefore appealed to government to find a level playing grounds for all sides, and also urged all stakeholders to be accommodating and law abiding.
Story: Frederick E. Aggrey