Former President John Mahama has said there is nothing outstanding about the Special Prosecutor because the person will be like any ordinary State Attorney.
John Mahama noted that if the NPP thinks establishing the office of the Special Prosecutor will bring an end to corruption then they have failed.
Speaking at the NDC Unity Walk in Techiman on January 6 2018, he explained that the Special Prosecutor Bill provides that the office of the Special Prosecutor is still under the Department of the Attorney General and the problem with Attorney General is that the person is also the Minister for Justice and sit in Cabinet with the president, therefore if there is any allegation of corruption involving the government he won’t be able to prosecute the person because he is not independent of the Attorney General.
Nana Addo appoints Martin A.B.K Amidu as Special Prosecutor
President Akufo-Addo has nominated former Attorney General Martin Alamisi Amidu as the Special Prosecutor of the Republic of Ghana.
In a short announcement at the Flagstaff House on Thursday, the President said "the Attorney General by a letter dated on 11th January 2018, addressed to me, exercised the power of nomination and submitted to me for my acceptance the name of the proposed special prosecutor, which I have accepted and will, in turn, submit for parliament's approval when it reconvenes on the 23rd of January 2018. The name Martin Alamisi Keiser Amidu is to be submitted as the first Special Prosecutor"
Akufo-Addo said he is fully convinced that Martin Amidu, a prominent legal personality who held the high office of the Attorney General of the republic under late President Prof John Atta Mills, has the requisite integrity, competence, courage and independence of character to discharge effectively the responsibility of the office of the Special Prosecutor.
What is the Special Prosecutor Bill About
The purpose of the bill is to establish the office of the Special Prosecutor as a specialized agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers, and politically exposed persons in the performance of their functions as well as individuals in the private sector implicated in the commission of corruption and prosecute these offences on the authority of the Attorney-General.
When operational, the Special Prosecutor’s office will be independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued past governments.
The office of the Special Prosecutor will have the mandate to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged corruption under the Public Procurement Act 203 Act 63 and other corruption-related offences implicating public officers, political office holders and their accomplices in the public sector.
The Prosecutor will also be mandated to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption.