Founder and President of IMANI Africa Franklin Cudjoe says Ghana does not need an office of a Special Prosecutor to fight Corruption in the country.
The Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu on Monday Novernment 16, 2020 resigned from the position he has held in the past two years.
He cited interference in his independence for his resignation adding that his emolument and that of his Deputy has since not been paid since they took over the office two years ago.
Speaking to BBC’s focus on Africa, Franklin Cudjoe said he believes in the school of thought that suggests that the country does not need a special office to fight corruption.
Because the country has various institutions set up to fight the canker but what has been lacking over the years is commitment to the fight to nip corruption in the bud.
“It’s the view I tend to share because it’s the presidency where all view crooked view and good ones are cooked because of the nature of our constitution and we did say that typically special prosecutors will be fighting a lost battle because first of all they will be fighting after the facts, they will be trying to retrieve monies stolen or looted after the facts and these persons will be elite with deep pocket and will be politicians with a lot of connections, that will put a lot of inhibitions in his way.
Even though we needed the special prosecutor, we did say that it will take almost four years, the life time of a tenure of a president for a single case to be prosecuted. So I side with those views as well, I’m only saying that now that we have the special prosecutor and given the President’s proclivity to doing things right this came rather as a surprise really.”
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