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Dr Kwaku Osafo, a developing economist, has launched his bid to be elected as the presidential candidate of the Convention People''s Party (CPP) for Election 2008 and challenged all aspirants to publicly declare their assets. "I urge all presidential aspirants of all political parties to publicly declare their assets now and all selected presidential candidates to declare publicly within three months of being selected."

"Whoever wins the presidential elections should publicly declare his or her assets before taking office," Dr Osafo said in Accra on Wednesday.

Dr Osafo is the second to publicly declare his intention to contest the CPP presidential slot after Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, a former Director General of the Ghana Health Service. Other aspirants are Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, a former Minister of Public Sector Reform, Mr Bright Akwetey, a lawyer, and Mr George Opersika Aggudey, CPP''s presidential candidate in Election 2004.

Dr Osafo said under his presidency all ministers and senior officials appointed should publicly declare their assets within three months of taking office "to demonstrate our fight against corruption."

"For the first time in the history of this country, I am declaring the hardware of my assets and the means of their acquisition even as a party presidential aspirant to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that corruption will not be tolerated in my administration."

He said his administration would enter into agreements with international banks, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to divulge secret accounts of the president''s ministers and all high government officials including the police, military and the judiciary.

"Corruption, stealing of public funds, sheer graft and greed have eaten into our modern political fabric and should be thoroughly dry cleaned," Dr Osafo.

Dr Osafo published his assets in a booklet he made available to journalists. He said he generated his income as a World Bank expert for 8 years and later as Economics Advisor for the African Development Bank.

"My total income during this period was between 1.3 to 1.5 million dollars from which my various investments were made. As president I shall duly inform the Ghanaian public every year on the state of my assets and liabilities," he said.

Source: GNA

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