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General News of Saturday, 14 July 2018

Source: classfmonline.com

Graft: Amidu Board apt; let prosecutions begin – US Ambassador

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, has said that he is looking forward to prosecution of individuals if Ghana is to make progress in corruption fight following the inauguration of the board for the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 12 July 2018, inaugurated the Governing Board of the Office of Special Prosecutor at a brief ceremony at the Jubilee House.

The Board is composed of Mr. Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor; Cynthia Lamptey, Deputy Special Prosecutor; Charles Nana Antwi, Representative of EOCO; DCOP Tiwaa Addo Danquah, Representative of the Police Service; Linda Ofori Kwarfo, Representative of the Anti-Corruption Coalition; Kofi Boadu Boakye, Representative of the Financial Intelligence Centre; Charles Ayimadu, Representative of CHRAJ, Representative of CHRAJ; Kwaku Domfe, Representative of National security; and Mr. Addae Wereko, Representative of the Auditor General’s Department.

Commenting on the development during an interview on Class 91.3FM’s World Affairs programme on Friday 13 July 2018 after suggesting some constitutional amendments to empower legislators to check the president and also elections of District Chief Executives (DCEs), Mr Jackson said: “The other challenge I see in the institution in governance areas is corruption. So, yesterday the new board was sworn-in to work with the Special Prosecutor’s Office, I think that is important”.

He told show host Dr Etse Sikanku that “in order for a country to be successful in the battle against corruption people must be prosecuted, they must be held to account and that is true for corruption”.