MP decries govt inaction over anti-graft law

 Mr Amidu

Mr Amidu

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Akatsi South, Bernard Ahiafor has decried the government’s failure to meet its own deadline to present a Legislative Instrument (L.I.) for the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) to Parliament in the fight against corruption.
“The government’s failure to ensure the L.I. is passed one year after the appointment of the Special Prosecutor is a clear demonstration of lack of commitment and action to fighting corruption,” he stressed.

Mr Ahiafor, who is the Chairman of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament, bemoaned the feet-dragging had gone on for too long saying “the Office of the Special Prosecutor has been in existence for some time, what is delaying the passage of the L.I to give full effect to the Act which is long overdue.

“I have not sighted a copy of the L.I. on a committee meeting where pre-laying has been carried out, it is one thing making promises with sugar-coated words appearing to be fighting corruption, another thing fighting corruption and we are not seeing much of it.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor is a creation of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to prosecute individuals implicated in corrupt practices and to prosecute the offences on the authority of the Attorney-General.

It is a specialised agency tasked by the President with investigation of specific cases of corruption involving public officers and politically-exposed persons however, nine months after the swearing-in of the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu the agency has no legislative backing and he has complained about the delay in passing the L.I.

At the National Audit Forum organised by the Ghana Audit Service, Mr Amidu expressed concern about the lack of personnel to help his work and the small office that has been given to him for his work. –

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