Most Reverend Titus Awotwi Pratt, Former presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana has suggested that Ghanaians now tend to glorify the real thieves but are quick to throw the petty ones in jail.
He described the ‘real thieves’ as those who flaunt their ill-gotten wealth by being chauffeur driven but on the hind side have looted the state more than the petty thief who only stole a bunch of plantain but is in jail.
At one-year anniversary thanksgiving service of the Consolidated Bank of Ghana (CBG), the man of God said “People who earn more and better way of salary and free/fringe benefits, occupying official houses with chauffeur driven cars, benefits come in thousands, they steal the most in the country”
He bemoaned the fact that the country’s prisons are choked with persons menial offences languish in jail and others in prison remand while politicians who loot state resources walk freely.
“Go around the prisons, as we go around to give communion, ‘he has stolen a fowl’, ‘he has stolen a goat’, some in remand for years, yet those who openly steal and plunder walk our streets, what kind of society is this?”, he quizzed.
He also expressed worry about the proliferation puppets of politicians in the security agencies which is making it impossible for them to discharge their duties professionally gradually driving the hitherto vibrant country into a failed state.
“Go to civilized countries, certain positions, people are there because of their merit, not appointed by politicians and they work and serve well. Look at our security agencies, puppets of the ruling government and so they are not able to open their mouth, even arrest thieves who ride public cars and are fed by the state”, he said.