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General News of Thursday, 4 January 2018


Akoto Ampaw likely Special Prosecutor, Addison for deputy

Private legal practitioner, Akoto Ampaw is likely to be named Special Prosecutor following the president's assent to the Office of Special Prosecutor Bill Wednesday.

His deputy could be Philip Addison who worked with Akoto Ampaw during the NPP petition at the Supreme Court challenging the presidential results of the 2012 elections.

Deep throat sources at the Presidency revealed Akoto Ampaw and Philip Addision both partners at the President's law firm, Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co, are likely to accept the offer.

Akoto Ampaw, in particular, has warmed up to the post after initially expressing disinterest.

The lawyer who was a key cog in the President's team of lawyers that challenged the credibility of the 2012 election results, could be officially named soon.

Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said Thursday at th 86th Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana at Pomadze in the Central region, the Special Prosecutor will be named "very soon".

His name has been associated with the office even before the Akufo-Addo government put together a legislation last year to cede some prosecutorial powers of the Attorney-General to the Special Prosecutor.

The creation of the Office of Special Prosecutor is the NPP government campaign promise aimed at waging an independent-minded fight against political corruption.

It is to avoid prosecutions being tagged as witch-hunting.

But critics especially the NDC maintain, there are already existing institutions to fight political corruption.

Existing institutions need to be strengthened and resourced to do the work which the Special Prosecutor will only be duplicating, critics maintain.

With the Special Prosecutor promised a jealous independence, questions about the choice of Akoto Ampaw are expected to be asked in view of his close relationship with the president despite the respect he commands within the legal profession.

Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said credibility will be an important virtue in the choice of the Special Prosecutor.

The other option for Special Prosecutor was Martin Amidu who won wide public acclaim in the 52m cedis judgment debt saga.

But the former Attorney-General under rival NDC government of the late President Evans Atta Mills, was a less attractive option to Akoto Ampaw.