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Akufo-Addo wants judge as Special Prosecutor; Consults CJ to make choice

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
Nana Akufo-Addo
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President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has started moves to appoint an independent public prosecutor, as promised during his campaign and it would not be what many expected.

The president-elect, during campaigning, promised to establish an office of a special prosecutor which is independent of the Executive to and will have "an exclusive remit to investigate and prosecute certain categories of cases and allegations of corruption, including those involving alleged violations of the Public Procurement Act and cases implicating political office holders and politicians".

Former Attorney-General, Martin Amidu who single-handedly made sure businessman and known National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier did not go away with the GHC51.2 million he was wrongfully paid as judgement debt between 2009 and 2010 had widely been tipped to be named as the Independent Public Prosecutor (IPP).

Prior to the December 7 pools, Mr Amidu who has built a reputation for himself as an incorruptible patriot waged a campaign against the NDC urging Ghanaians to vote out the Mahama-led administration if they wanted to retrieve the loot making him a favourite for the position.

But our sources close to the office the president-elect suggest that Nana Addo would rather appoint a judge from the High Court or Court of Appeal.

This move is to assuage fears that the office would be used to witch hunt political opponents and also give meaning to the independent nature of the office.

According to our sources, Nana Addo is already in talks with the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood over the appointment.