Ranking Member on the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee in Parliament, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor has disagreed with the Special Prosecutors’ doubt about the country’s preparedness to fight corruption.
In a presentation on Newsfile, Saturday, full of rhetorical questions, the Special Prosecutor asked, “are we ready for the fight against corruption? from where I sit, I don’t think we are.”
“We expect so much from the institutions fighting corruption, but collectively, are we ready?” he quizzed.
Mr Agyebeng explained that he is compelled to ask this question because many people who witness acts of corruption are afraid to report them.
While reacting to the comment from Kissi Agyebeng, Mr. Dafeamekpor told JoyNews that with the pedigree of successes achieved by the Office of the Special Prosecutor so far, he is not pleased with Kissi Agyebeng’s comment.
“I am particularly worried concerning the interview he granted to your network last Saturday. That it does not appear we are not ready to fight corruption.
“Speaking of the modicum of successes that he’s chalked but if he is speaking it clearly that it appears the system and the powers that we have are not encouraging him to fight corruption then we are in for a run for our money,” he said on JOY FM’s midday news on Wednesday.
The South Dayi MP while commending the Special Prosecutor for work done so far on cases of corruption brought to his office said Ghana is not on course in terms of resources allocated with the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
“I think that he has made some headway and I think we should encourage him.”
Currently, the Special Prosecutor is investigating not less than 132 suspected corruption and corruption-related offences which are at various levels of consideration.
Some of the cases involve former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen, whose case was referred for investigation by President Akufo-Addo following Tiger Eye PI’s documentary Galamsey Economy; as well as a probe into the estate of the late New Patriotic Party kingpin, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John, which is alleged to contain the controversial bequeathing of portions of state lands at the Achimota Forest in Accra to his family members.
Also listed for investigation is the case of Akonta Mining Limited, a mining firm said to belong to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, (Chairman Wontumi) and its alleged involvement in illegal mining at a prohibited forest reserve.
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