Methodist Bishop – Ghanaians Glorify the Real Thieves and Jail the Petty Ones
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 plantains but ends up in jail.
At the one-year anniversary thanksgiving service of the Consolidated Bank of Ghana (CBG), the man of God said “People who earn better salary with fringe benefits, occupying official houses and chauffeur driven cars, steal the most in the country”
He bemoaned the fact that the country’s prisons are choked with persons with menial offences while politicians who loot state resources walk freely.
“As we go around the prisons to give communion, you will meet ‘someone who has stolen a fowl,’ ‘someone who has stolen a goat,’ some are on remand for years, yet those who openly steal and plunder walk our streets freely. What kind of society is this?,” he quizzed.
On the nation's security and choice of leadership, he says “in certain countries people are appointed based on merit and not political favour so they work and serve the naion well. Look at our security agencies, puppets of the ruling government and so they are not able to open their mouth, or even arrest thieves who ride public cars and are fed by the state.”