Lack of cooperation with Amidu worrisome–CDD

Prof Prempeh

Prof Prempeh

The Executive Director for the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Professor Henry Kwesi Prempeh has cautioned against claims by the Special Prosecutor that he is not receiving the necessary cooperation from government agencies and appointees and must be taken seriously.
According to him, such posturing by state officials could genuinely hamper the fight against graft.

Martin Amidu, the special prosecutor had bemoaned the kind of cooperation he received from some members of the executive arm of government.

“The present situation where critical ministries and agencies have failed even with our limited constraints or refused to produce public records on demand to aid the office in critical investigations, offences running into millions of cedis, clearly demonstrates there is divergence between the president’s vision and that of some of his appointees.

“You ask for information you can’t get it, you ask for docket, the docket cannot be produced, you ask a minister for a record, the record cannot be produced, how do you fight corruption when those appointed by the president who have a vision are not coordinating with the office of the special prosecutor to achieve his mandate? That is the challenge we have to face,” Mr Amidu lamented at a public lecture in Accra.

Prof. Prempeh stated that the Special Prosecutor may find himself under pressure because expectations for his office had not been managed properly.

“The part of his remarks that are more worrisome for me relates to where he says he’s made request to ministries, agencies, ministers and he is not getting them, if indeed there is no cooperation from such state actors then it is a real problem we must deal with.

“We ought to have managed expectations a bit better, passing the legislation is only one of the tasks, lack of resources and other things he needs does not mean there is a failure, it means there is a process that must happen over time and we did not manage expectations of the Office of the Special Prosecutor well,” Prof. Prempeh stressed.

The President had assured the concerns raised by the Special Prosecutor are being taken care of.

“The office has been established by law and contrary to a lot of things the efforts are being made to make sure that the office is functional, I think very soon, all of you will see the office is functional,” President Akufo-Addo stressed. –

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