Programmes Manager of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Mary Awelena Addah

Programmes Manager for the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has urged the Office of the Special Prosecutor to provide more information on the 31 corruption and corruption-related cases it is currently pursuing.

Mary Awelana Addah said this will help stakeholders and Ghanaians to appreciate the specific cases the Special Prosecutor is investigating.

In an interview on Newsfile, Saturday, Mary Addah acknowledged that the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, can decide not to publicise names of the individuals involved in the cases before him but he should give more clarity on the substantive matters.

“What we’d want him to do, going forward is to ensure that what he is giving [or] feedback to Ghanaians is such that when we pick it, we are able to say that ‘the Special Prosecutor currently is going to court with 10 cases and all these 10 cases have to do with issues that have a relation to corruption as his mandate speaks to or it has to do with issues around prevention that he is working on or it has to do with issues around asset recovery that he is going to pursue.”

“So we want to see that happen but to be told that 31 and then at the end of the day you see only about five of them being worthy of pursuing will be disappointing to the people of Ghana; so we want accurate information on some of those things,” she noted.

Addressing the press to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day, the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, disclosed that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has completed a review of all the alleged cases of corruption and corruption-related offences before it.

He noted that in due course, his Office “will commence the prosecution in the courts of the cases it considers probatively strong.”

Currently, there is no case by the OSP pending in the courts, he added.

“We will carry on the renewed fervour during my tenure in office…As the institution specifically tasked with taking steps to prevent corruption, I resolve that in the coming year, the OSP will institute and strengthen measures to prevent, suppress and repress corruption more efficiently and effectively than has ever been done in this Republic.

“This should portend hope that Ghana is taking concrete steps to drive down the incidence of corruption,” the Special Prosecutor added.

Meanwhile, Mary Addah indicated that she is not certain all the 31 cases of corruption will be worth pursuing at the court.

“I believe if I heard him correctly, [and] I think I’ve also had other engagements where I heard that some of the cases, when he mentioned them, had to do with family issues, people’s administrative injustice issues and so I think at a point, some of these cases may not go to court, not all the 31 will go.”