Martin Amidu's staff need permission to marry

Suitors of employees of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (SP) will have to be vetted and cleared by the office before getting married.

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They must also notify the Special Prosecutor three months before the intended marriage, according to the legislative instrument regulating the function of the Office of Special Prosecutor.

The legislative instrument is currently before parliament for consideration.

The provision, which has generated controversy, is in tandem with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) condition for a spouse of prospective staff to be vetted, according to the Vice Chairman of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament, Bernard Ahiafor.

"An employee who intends to get married shall notify the special prosecutor not less than 3 months before the intended marriage," he noted while justifying the provision which has divided parliament.

"The marriage will be approved when the security clearance is given by the office of the special prosecutor.”

On his part, the Member of Parliament for Offinso South Constituency and Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Ben Abdallah, said: "these stringent measures are put in place to ensure that the employee of the Office of the Special Prosecutor does not go astray; does not marry a spouse who cannot keep secrets so that if the employee doesn’t get a spouse who can keep secrets relating to investigations and prosecutions, the tendency is that all sensitive and secretive information will be given out.”

The SP's office was created by President Nana Akufo-Addo to fight corruption in a non partisan manner.

Mr Martin Amidu is the first person to occupy the position which has a seven-year mandate.

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