Major Boakye Gyan, a former ally to ex-president Rawlings in the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) regime has taken a swipe at critics of President Mills who say he is being slow in prosecuting officials of the former administration.

Some members of the ruling National Democratic Congress including former president Rawlings have expressed their disappointment in the government’s slow pace in prosecuting former state officials they perceive to have embezzled state funds.

Speaking to Citi FM Monday, Major Boakye Gyan said attempts to say the president is slow is unnecessary, adding the criticisms would rather politicise the ongoing prosecutions of former government officials.

At the moment, Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, Chief Executive of the Ghana @ 50 Secretariat, Kwadwo Mpiani, former Chief of Staff and other officials have been dragged to court on several charges of causing financial loss to the state.

“I don’t know if you were aware there were similar cases that run on for 4 years under the Kufuor… I am not talking about the merit of that case, I am talking about the way it was handled. On procedure alone, the case lasted for four years; do you know how much it cost you and me to do that? There were other cases that were rushed to court and they were withdrawn at the variant cost to the state coffers.”

“Mills is saying that; hang on, let us get our facts right, let’s get prepared properly before we put our case on the table…He is not just looking for rush judgement but he is also looking at cost wise for not winning the case that is ill-prepared,” Major Boakye Gyan said.

“Now apart from that, what is the need for people to rush him into judgement if they are not confident that there are cases to be made against these people? There is no need to rush into judgement. Remember, calm does not run in favour of criminals. So it is unfair that people should accuse him of going slow without taking into account the outcome of his slow pace; that is getting it right first time round…He is slow and sure,” he concluded.

Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu/