Former Auditor General Daniel Domelevo has voiced his concerns about the possibility of criminals financing political leaders in Ghana, allowing them to carry out illegal activities once in office.
He questioned why certain laws in Ghana, such as those concerning illegal small-scale mining, are not being enforced. Domelevo suggested that the reason for this may be that criminals invest in political leaders to gain control, and if upright leadership is in place, they may not have the same opportunities.
He highlighted the danger of not knowing who pays for the political leaders and the effect this could have on the country.
During an interview on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3, Domelevo's concerns were echoed by the former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei.
Prof Adei attributed the leadership problem in Ghana to the lack of proper leadership training institutions. He stated that there is currently no proper leadership training institution in Ghana, and that the one he tried to establish at GIMPA failed immediately after he retired.
Prof Adei explained that politicians in Ghana are aware of the corrupt nature of the average Ghanaian and are using this to their advantage by manipulating the system. He acknowledged that the process of electing leaders has been influenced by money and propaganda, and sometimes deceit, but noted that the politicians have let the people down so much so that Ghanaians are now seeking to elect leaders based on their capabilities.
Prof Adei stated that the blame for the current situation falls on both the quality of the people that Ghana elects and the lack of proper leadership training institutions in the country. He stressed that true leadership is a paradigm shift and that at the end of the day, the demand and supply of leadership are intertwined.
Prof Adei suggested that if there were more proper leadership training institutions, politicians would have a better understanding of what true leadership entails, and Ghana could have more capable leaders.