Reverend Martey Cannot be a Coward
The outgoing Moderator of the Presby Church of Ghana, Professor Emmanuel Martey is in the news again. This time it is not about another attack on the John Mahama-led government, something he does with pleasure and glee.
Rev. Martey has alleged that a politician had tried to bribe him to keep mum over shortfalls of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC). He was to be given $ 100,000, a V8 and plush house with a swimming pool at Trasacco if he agreed to the deal but he claimed to have rejected the gifts.
He also denied that he was doing the bidding of Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) but stressed that his criticisms of the current government was not borne out of any malice but a call to a national duty.
But the church’s former public relations officer, Dr Emmanuel Osei Acheampong has disclosed that the outgoing moderator was lying. He recounted how he met Rev Martey in the office of one of the opposition parties where the latter offered to give him $ 50,000 from the $ 100,000 bribe money he took.
The Republic newspaper finds this development very unfortunate and calls on Rev. Martey to come clean. Is he really committed to fighting corruption as he has always claimed? Bribing is a criminal offence so it is a big surprise that a man of God who wants to be seen to be more righteous that everybody would not report a bribe giver to the appropriate state authorities.
His refusal to report the bribe giver makes him an accomplice in the said unethical act. He should not expect the people of this country to start heaping praises on him just because he told us of some unnamed political figure who attempted bribing him.
The Republic newspaper strongly thinks that Rev Martey must name the said bribe giver and put all manner of speculations surrounding the issue to rest or render an unqualified apology to the good people of this country. He cannot afford to be a coward. God hate cowards.