Amidst allegations of monetary distribution by government appointees, Member of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament, Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, asserted that such actions do not necessarily indicate corruption.
In response to accusations against Kofi Ofosu Nkansah, Chief Executive of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), for allegedly distributing money to delegates ahead of the NPP Parliamentary primaries, Appiah-Kubi clarified the distinction between bribery and corruption.
“In this particular instance, there is an allegation of the CEO having used public funds wrongly. Does it make it corruption? If you take money that does not belong to you from one position to the other to your benefit, that is stealing,” Appiah-Kubi commented on JoyNews' Newsfile.
He emphasized that while such actions might be considered stealing, corruption involves more than just the misappropriation of funds. Appiah-Kubi outlined that corruption goes beyond stealing, involving a thorough examination of the action, its legality, and its consistency with the law.
The parliamentarian justified his perspective by highlighting the specific mandate of NEIP, which involves providing support for start-ups and small businesses.
To ascertain whether corruption allegations are valid, Appiah-Kubi proposed an investigation into whether the recipients of the money were beneficiaries of the government agency.
The distinction drawn by Appiah-Kubi aims to contextualize actions within the legal framework and underscores the need for a comprehensive understanding before labeling such instances as corruption.