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General News of Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Ignore witch-hunting claims, speed up creation of Special Prosecutor Office – GII

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) Executive Director has charged president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to speed up processes in the creation of the Office of Special Prosecutor.

Linda Ofori-Kwafo said there are a number of corruption-related cases that require swift action by the government.

Not much has, however, been done on them even though the government claims it is working on them, she told Araba Koomson on Joy FM’s Midday News Tuesday.

The major hurdle in the creation of the OSP has been cleared after the president assented to the bill passed by Parliament in November last year.

President Akufo-Addo has said he will not compromise in the prosecution of former government officials who fall foul of the law, despite claims of witch-hunting.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the president’s anti-corruption crusade as targeted at its members.

Ghana is estimated to lose $4billion annually to corruption at the expense of much-needed infrastructure development.

In the wake of the huge losses, the GII boss said it cannot be business as usual if the country wants to rid itself of corruption.

“Witch-hunting will always come up [but] we have gone past that stage,” Ms Ofori-Kwafo said, challenging the president to fast-track the process of creating the OSP.

She said the structure needs to be ready and the process for the appointment of the prosecutor has to start.

Asked if the OSP should focus on corruption cases in the past regime or the current administration, she said that should be determined by the prosecutor.

But “dealing with corruption and punishing people engaging in acts of corruption, I don’t think time and who did what matters,” she said.