All hail the hero ‘Anas’ can be heard from a large crowd of enthusiasts as they trooped in to watch the much anticipated Number 12 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) yesterday. Observing media commentary and reports from various media platforms since Tiger Eye Pi dropped the bombshell Number 12 seems to have shaken the foundations of the Ghanaian football fraternity and the Ghanaian populace.
The arrest of the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi by the CID office of the Ghana Police Service sent spine chilling mixed emotions among Ghanaians and the global media landscape especially the game changers. The after effect of the much anticipated Number 12 has not only shaken the foundations of football but also key politicians in the country.
Over the weeks, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has been spewing a lot of allegations and critiquing the methodology adopted by Tiger Eye Pi. Some sections of the general public are beginning to call for a scrutiny into the methodology utilized or adopted by Tiger Eye Pi in its qualitative approach to gathering data. Some of the critiques cited entrapment, infringement of privacy and unlawful acquisition of information undermining the credibility of outcomes in the investigation process. Largely Ghanaians and for that matter well-intentioned football loving fans, all hailed the hero Anas.
Anas with his Tiger Eye Pi Private Investigation Agency have achieved global prominence unravelling corruption and human rights abuse cases in various countries across Africa, Asia and domestically Ghana. It would be suicidal to deny the fact that corruption is pervasive and well entrenched in our part of the world, where hard core evidence is needed to bring about the needed social change the masses are calling for. Transparency International, a global coalition against corruption defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Corruption can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.
Tiger Eye Pi maintains that their goal of investigative journalism is to name, shame and jail individuals, organizations and governments engaged in in grand, petty and political corruption. Their operations largely has resulted in unearthing evil in our society by providing the needed factual evidence leading to the jailing of culprits of the law.
Every experiment must be subjected to scientific analysis and thereby creates room for constructive criticisms. The methodology by Tiger Eye Pi, if adopted by state institutions mandated to check corruption could significantly reduce the rate of corruption and if subjected to constructive criticisms, there is a possibility of identifying weaknesses to each method there by strengthening the methodological process.
This watershed moment presents governments specifically in Africa the opportunity to strengthen their institutions by manning them with men and women of integrity. Former President, Barack Hussein Obama of America on his august visit to Ghana’s Parliament in 2009 reiterated the need for strong Institutions. Perhaps as a society the way forward is to strengthen the various Institutions mandated by the 1992 Constitution to fight corruption and protect the public purse. In the case of Ghana, the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, mandates the Economic and Organized Crime Unit, CHRAG and the Office of the Special Prosecutor to deal with cases involving corruption and abuse of power.
Any well intentioned Government with credible leadership would push for reforms in the various public sectors of governance and integrating systems of checks and balances to forestall the abuse of power. As a country, we need all hands on deck to fight this menace of corruption which is not just endemic to the game of football but to the very lives and potential of the human race. A collective responsibility to protect the public purse is the only way out. Until then, who watches the watchman?
Written by Peter Joilah Lambon
Editorial Board, Dtv1, Digital Satellite Television1