Establishment of the OSP was an act in futility – Speaker

Source The Ghana Report

Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin is convinced the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) was an act in futility.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor was established in 2018 as Ghana’s top independent anti-corruption institution, following the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

It is expected to investigate and prosecute corruption cases in public and private sectors, recover proceeds, and prevent corruption.

However, the speaker insists the office will not achieve any results in the fight against corruption.

“As for the law you passed on establishing the Office of the Special Prosecutor, I did tell you that it was an act in futility. You were not going to achieve anything, but you went ahead and passed it.

“I am very clear in my mind that the authority is embedded in the powers of the Attorney-General constitutionally…You [should] separate the two – the Minister of Justice is a political appointee, and the Attorney-General is a technical person,” he explained.

Mr Bagbin was speaking during the consideration of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 in Parliament on Tuesday, December 12.

These comments come amid an ongoing debate about the OSP’s performance and mandate.

It will be recalled that Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng, on November 29, accused the judiciary of exhibiting disregard for his office’s powers, expressing concern over the perceived hasty dismissiveness of its cases.

Mr Agyebeng highlighted a troubling trend in handling cases and refuted claims that the OSP breached the law in its prosecution efforts.

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