NPP Gov’t must allow civil society to appoint independent prosecutor – GII

Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has charged the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to allow an independent body to appoint an independent prosecutor for the sake of the country.

GII made the call for fear that the ruling NPP might appoint their own to prosecute their (NPP) agenda, especially following the current state of the bill, which indicates that the Independent Prosecutor is supposed to report directly to the Attorney General’s office.

This means this prosecutor will have to serve directly under the A-G, this scared GII who believes that could compromise the independence and integrity of the person.

In an exclusive interview with The Republic in Accra, the Programmes Manager of the GII, Mrs. Mary Awelana Addah, hinted that following issues that are emanating, GII believes it would be proper for either the Civil Society or the Public Service Commission is charged to point the Independent Prosecutor through a proper laid down processes for the sake of Ghana.

“The Independent Prosecutor must not be seen working for and reporting to the Attorney General,” she opined.

Mrs. Awelana Addah further argued that “the Independent Prosecutor must be totally independent, especially looking at the current scheme of things in the country.”

She explained that the constitution empowers the A-G, who is politically appointed by the President, to be the only prosecutor to the nation and, therefore, some of these powers must be relinquished to the Independent Prosecutor with support of an act of parliament which empowers other institutions, such as the CHRAJ.

Mrs. Awelana Addah added that for the Independent Prosecutor to be accepted and successful, Ghanaians must adopt the Jamaican system where consensus should be agreed upon to establish an independent body to search for the qualified person for the office.

With this, she says “with proper lay down processes any mischief by any opposition could be cured so that nobody could accuse the President of pointing somebody to pursue his (President’s) political agenda; and Ghanaians will have acceptance of that person into office”.

She says the person who would go through the proper recruitment processes will be accepted by Ghanaians to run the office of Independent Prosecutor.

In addition, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) suggested this prosecutor should made report only to parliament, or maybe the Presidency; security of tenure for the person like the CHRAJ or Electoral Commissioner (EC) or the Chief Justice, and adequate resources enrich the work of the person amongst others.

GII also suggested that bar must be raised to restrict applicants who might have not have a status of High Court Judge, a Law luminary with integrity as the limit to shortlist or the office. Commitment and Transparency is required of that person as the hall mark of the institution, added Mrs. Awelana Addah.

The Programme’s Manager of GII said they want the person must be charged to investigate any form of allegation irrespective of the institution, including parliament following alleged number of scandals against the legislators in the recent times.

She stressed that the Independent Prosecutor should have enough powers to able to investigate event the President of any allegation leveled against him, without fear or favour for the sake of Ghana.

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Delali A. Awuyeh

The Republic News Online

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