Special Prosecutor derives powers from Act—Godfred Dame

Mr Dame

Mr Dame

A Deputy Attorney-General Godfred Dame has stated that the failure by the Special Prosecutor to undertake prosecution cannot be blamed on the absence of a Legislative Instrument.
He insists the Special Prosecutor derives his powers from the Act that set the Office up and not from the Legislative Instrument.

Speaking on the scorecard programme on corruption and governance situation in the country, Mr Dame indicated that the government had provided resources for the Special Prosecutor to undertake his statutory duties.

When asked why Martin Amidu has not begun any prosecutions yet, he noted that the Special Prosecutor is an independent office and cannot explain why he has failed to prosecute.

“I do not think the Office of the Special Prosecutor was set up without funding, I do not think resources were not made available for the discharge for functions because resources in various forms were provided including a house allocated to him, the office was equipped and a number of appointments were made to the office.

“The 2019 budget has made further funding provisions available to him, the ¢180m budgetary allocation to the office was higher than allocation made to the Attorney- General’s Office.

“Prosecutions are taking place involving the National Communication Authority, Cocoa Board and the Woyome case almost over and judgment will be given sooner than later,” Mr Dame assured.

Mr Amidu has been lamenting government’s failure to provide him with support including funding and logistics to conduct his statutory duties months after he was appointed and assertion the delay by the government in passing the Legislative Instrument has rendered Mr Amidu redundant but the Deputy Attorney-General has denied the claim. –myjoyonline.com

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