Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng

Senior Programmes Manager at Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Mary Awelana Addah, says the work of the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, is engendering the trust of people in government’s fight against corruption.

According to her, while there were many concerns following his appointment as Special Prosecutor, over the past few months his activities at the office “is beginning to show that he is actually interested in doing this work whether it hurts the party which appointed him, whether he believes in their ideology or not, he would want to do it.”

She argued that while the Special Prosecutor’s foray into some cases such as the ongoing investigation into the Labianca company and the Customs Division have drawn attacks from communicators of the ruling party, his strong stance to go forward brings fresh momentum to the anti-graft campaign.

“And if you listen to the anger and the commentary around the issues that he’s dealing with you’d realize that some party communicators have gone out there to indicate their displeasure on some of the things he is doing.

“I remember about two weeks ago when this Labianca thing came out, on most of the radio stations it was out there that he’s not doing enough so they want to see him fight corruption from the opposition side. So it’s like he’s witch hunting. But he’s doing the work; this is what we want to see. As a people we want to see more of this investigations coming up,” she said on JoyNews’ PM Express.

Mary Addah explained that should the Special Prosecutor continue on this tangent and finally start actually prosecuting people and retrieving assets, as his office is expected to, it would give courage to whistleblowers to file complaints to aid in the anti-graft fight.

“This has the potential of engendering trust of the people in the fight against corruption. So those who were reluctant in releasing whistleblower complaints are now quick to bring them to the SP to investigate,” she said.

“And as you indicated, he’s already getting a lot of cases and unfortunately he still does not have the needed logistics to engage in all of them. But the visibility he’s gaining for himself and the office through the cases he’s pursuing is good.

“Going forward I believe that a lot could be done if indeed he’s steadfast and continues to engage the public and also engage holistically in this fight, not looking at anybody be it the President himself or whoever because he’s there to fight corruption.

“That is what the Act says, any act that looks like corruption he’s there to prevent its occurrence, he’s there also to assist us to recover assets and he’s already started doing that. We should be a little happy with that and hope that as we go forward a lot more will be done,” she added.

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