Accra/Johannesburg — Few Ghanaians were surprised when President Nana Akufo-Addo pledged that he would fulfil his campaign promise to fight graft. But what has caught their attention is his recent appointment of an opposition stalwart to the newly created role of special prosecutor of corruption cases. The establishment of the anti-graft office, headed by former attorney-general Martin Amidu, is among a string of measures that Akufo-Addo has taken to bolster the cocoa-and gold-rich West African nation that was weighed down for years by power outages, state bureaucracy and pervasive corruption. Since he assumed office in 2017, Ghana has become one of Africa’s star economic performers, recording 8.5% growth in 2017 after hovering around 4% in the three preceding years. While this success is partly tied to a surge in oil and agricultural output, Akufo-Addo, a lawyer, has earned widespread praise for his energetic approach and bold political statements. "The Ghanaian electorate used to ...

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