Its getting really exciting with the manner at which the Vetting Committee is ‘pounding’ the President’s nominee of a Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng with question about how he intend to run his office if approved. More probing issues have been raised to get him confirm if he could ever revisit an assurance by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of fighting corruption without prejudice.
In a response to a question posed him by the Committee about the President’s 2016 promise of adopting the Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ principle of investigation to rid his government and public institution of corruption. Mr. Agyebeng said he fully subscribes to it.
He was made aware that some political figures in the governing political party; New Patriotic Party (NPP) have had qualms with Anas over his methodology but he finds it quite convenient and appropriate to work with him.
He intimated that his work as the Special Prosecutor would be efficient with the support of investigative organisations and persons, adding that fighting corruption requires a great deal of intelligence.
“I fully subscribe to that principle and indeed I am going to use it. I have indicated that I am going to engage investigative journalist in my work. I said solely that corruption is so secretive and complex that unless the participants are coming to you to report themselves, it is almost impossible to find them out. So, if someone can go underground and through a stealth operation and someone with some evidence which has probative value … I am all for it,” he added.
He emphasized that despite the doubt expressed by his predecessor; Martin Amidu, in trusting the President and his government to prosecute his work, he is fully convinced that he could lean on the best support available to make his work productive.
“Upon my consideration I have full assurance that I am going to count on his full support to make this office work,” Mr. Agyebeng reiterated.
He however corrected that Martin Amidu would not be a reference point nor an inspiration to him in the discharge of his duties. He did not explain what he meant by that but the committee took his response in good faith.
“I won’t be wearing his shoes. I will wear my own shoes” he stated emphatically.
Mr. Kissi Agyebeng reference that he has been an anti-graft campaigner and understands how and what needs to be done to fight corruption. He schooled the committee that corruption as so feared could only be minimized and not eradicated.
Corruption in Ghana has been a major canker ridding the nation of $3 billion every year. Several anti-corruption organisations locally and abroad had assisted in building institutional support and capacity to help fight it yet little has been achieve, especially prosecuting alleged cases of corruption.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor is expected to address this problem but for Martin Amidu’s mistrust in the President following his report on the Agyapa Royalties Deal, resigned. With Mr. Kissi Agyebeng coming in to fill that void, much is expected of dealing with outstanding corruption cases and most importantly advising government on key reforms to take to nib corruption in the bud.
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