The Brong Ahafo Regional President for the Ghana Bar Association, Lawyer Alfred Tuah Yeboah has given thumbs up to the President for his decision to make Mr. Martin Amidu the special prosecutor if approved by Parliament.
Mr. Tuah believes Mr. Amidu is a high profile lawyer who does not condone corrupt practices therefore will be able to do the work. He spoke to Kwabena Obeng Akrofi on Ark in the morning. He said all he needs is the support of Ghanaians collaboration in making the work of the prosecutor an easy one.
It may be recalled that, as part of his election 2016 campaign promises, President Akufo-Addo stated his administration will set up an office of an independent Special Prosecutor to deal with corruption cases in the country.
The New Patriotic Party in the election manifesto said, the office will “be independent of the Executive, to investigate and prosecute certain categories of cases and allegations of corruption and other criminal wrongdoing, including those involving alleged violations of the Public Procurement Act and cases implicating political officeholders and politicians.”
Following his assumption of office, he has reiterated his commitment to set up the office and nominate someone to occupy it.
On Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, Parliament finally passed the Special Prosecutor’s Bill at a marathon sitting amidst controversy over whether the prospective Special Prosecutor should be immuned from prosecution.
The government was racing against time to have the bill passed ahead of the reading of the 2018 Budget statement which has been scheduled for the next day Wednesday.
Over 30 ammendments were made to the Bill that gives power to the new independent prosecutor tasked with the responsibility of prosecuting past and present public officers deemed to have been corrupt.
Chief among the controversial amendments is the decision to free the independent prosecutor from any form of prosecution.
Prez Assents Bill
Then barely 48hours into the new year, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave a Presidential Assent to the Office of Special Prosecutor Bill, and four other bills key on the agenda of his administration.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, the Zongo Development Fund Bill, and the bills that seek to establish three development authorities received legislative approval last year and will pave the way for the President to fulfill certain promises upon which he was elected into office.
President Akufo-Addo told reporters at the Presidency yesterday that the establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor was an important step in the government’s determination to root out corruption from public offices.
Amidu Punches Holes In Bill
Interestingly, the man who has just been named as the Special Prosecutor for the newly created office of the Independent Prosecutor, had earlier raised issues with the bill.
In a 25-page critique of the Bill, he warned that the then Special Prosecutor’s bill currently before Parliament lacked the power to fight corruption if passed to become law and advised the President to be careful of some elements in his government whose intentions are to embarrass him in his fight against corruption.
Source:Ophelia Aboagyewaa Kumi