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A Deputy Minister for Justice and Attorney General (AG) Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, has rubbished claims that the Special Prosecutor’s office is not functioning after four months of existence.
“It is a public knowledge that the Office of Special Prosecutor is working. The evidence is in the media space,” Kpemka insisted.
According to him, the Special Prosecutor (SP), Martin Alamisi Benz Kaiser Amidu, has started working in earnest even though he does not have the full complement of the office.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today at Parliament House on Tuesday, the Deputy Minister, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tempane Constituency in the Upper East Region explained that the reason for the establishment of the office has begun to show.
He said “the Office of the SP has four departments which are administration, investigation, prosecutorial and asset recovery. As at now some of the departments are yet to be set up like the investigation, prosecutorial and asset recovery”.
He was however quick to add that the fact that some of the departments are not in place does not render the office non-functional.
The Tempane lawmaker further explained that now that the office is established by an Act of Parliament and a substantive SP and his deputy has been appointed, the recruitment of staff, investigators and other auxiliary bodies rest with the SP in consultation with the board which is yet to be formed.
When asked when the board will be put in place he answered by saying “with all sincerity I don’t know when the board will be formed but I believe it will be soon”.
Meanwhile the Appointments Committee of Parliament is set to vet the nominee for the Deputy Special Prosecutor position in the person of Jane Cynthia Naa Koshie Lamptey on Wednesday.
When approved, Korshie Lamptey will assist Martin Amidu in accordance with the Special Prosecutor Law, 2017 as passed by Parliament to help fight corruption in the country.
The nominee, who has been a lawyer for more than 30 years, is the former acting Director of Public Prosecutions at the Attorney General’s Department.
Source: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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