OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROSECUTOR A TOP PRIORITY FOR GOVT IN FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN GHANA, SAYS A-G

ACCRA, Ghana’s Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Gloria Afua Akuffo, the Attorney-General, says the establishment of an Office of the Special Prosecutor is a top priority of the country’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) as it will provide the tool for fighting against corruption in the country.

Corruption had dire socio-economic consequences for the nation and international reputation and required the collective efforts of stakeholders to contribute diverse views towards the development of a holistic and sound legal framework, she said at a stakeholders’ meeting on the draft Bill on the Office of the Special Prosecutor here Tuesday.

She noted that corruption killed the spirit of entrepreneurship and risk-taking and undermined hard work and merit-based competition and instead rewarded the unqualified, the mediocre and the incompetent.

Corruption robbed the State of the revenues needed to fund public administration and national development and undermined trust in government and encouraged citizens to evade taxes and other legal and civic obligations towards the State, Akuffo told the meeting, which held to seek inputs and recommendations to shape the draft Bill before its presentation to the Cabinet for approval, and subsequently before Parliament for consideration.

She said the prosecutorial authority of the Attorney-General, who is a member of the Cabinet, had been singled out by governance experts as one of the key factors standing in the way of using law enforcement and prosecution as a credible tool in the fight against corruption.

It was against this background, she said, that the NPP government proposes to establish an Act of Parliament to set up the Office of the Special Prosecutor to effectively investigate and expeditiously prosecute specific cases of corruption involving influential public figures and accomplices.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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