The Executive Director of the LRC has welcomed the government`s initiative in the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to investigate and prosecute certain categories of cases and acts of corrupt practices, among others in the Country. She has therefore called on the government to put in place measures to ensure that the OSP is given a security of tenure and be independent of the Executive in order to work effectively without any political interference.  Ms. Nabila also indicated a number of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) position on the subject matter which was presented to Ghana`s President earlier this week, that the OSP should be guaranteed adequate resources to enable it discharge its duties effectively. In making the office independent, CSOs would also want the process of recruiting the Special Prosecutor be open and competitive as in the case of Kenya and South Africa.

Ms. Nabila gave a Civil Society perspective on the establishment of the OSP on Thursday, 6th April during a round table discussion on the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor. The workshop was organized by Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in collaboration with the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) and the Center for Democratic Development (CDD- Ghana). Other panel members were  Charles Ayamdoo, Director, Anti-Corruption Department- CHRAJ, Ace Anan Ankomah, Managing Partner of Bentil Enchil, Letsa & Ankomah, Hon. Dr. Dominic Ayine, Former Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolga East and Korieh Doudu, team leader at Strengthening Action Against Corruption (STAAC).

The round table discussion brought together relevant stakeholders from civil society, political parties and development partners to discuss the proposed creation of the OSP as indicated by the President in his first State of the Nation Address. Recommendations on legislative and operational structure of the OSP with comparative lessons from other jurisdictions were generated and would be presented to the government for consideration.

 


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