Special prosecutor arriving in October - Nana Addo

Addressing a conference organized by Global Christian Lawyers Thursday, the President said the appointment of the Special Prosecutor is to deal with corruption and ensure accountability.

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“The Office of Special Prosecutor which will be enacted in the next session of Parliament will work independently of the executive and will have the responsibility to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption,” the president said.

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu withdrew the Special Prosecutor Bill from Parliament last month.

The minority in parliament had earlier raised issues of constitutional breaches, saying that the bill had not been gazetted when it was first laid.

Meanwhile, members of the Constitutional Committee have met to draw up a strategy to scrutinize the bill before Parliament resumes in October.

The Office of a Special Prosecutor was a major campaign promise of Nana Akufo-Addo while he was the opposition candidate in the December 2016 elections.

While many have said that the office would be a duplication of roles, because there are agencies such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and the Economic and Organised Crime Office that are responsible for investigating corruption, others have praised its implementation and called on the president to make it truly independent of political interference.

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