Akwetey challenges Amidu to name those ‘undermining’ mandate

The Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, has challenged the Office of the Special Prosecutor to name public officials it has accused of frustrating and undermining the fight against corruption.

“We have to know which individuals, organisations and institutions are subverting the mandate of the office of the special prosecutor to have the public service sanction system deal with them,” he said.

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, who has been under pressure, justified the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor in 2018, but has claimed, some heads of public institutions are either failing to release information or deliberately withholding information needed to fight corruption.

This is in spite of the President on a number of occasions admonishing them on such misconduct. He indicated this in a statement titled, ‘Challenges of the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Fighting Corruption in Ghana.’

However, Dr Akwetey pointed out that the claims made by Mr Amidu were serious enough for the Office of the Special Prosecutor to activate a next line of action by going to court to compel the public officials to release the needed information and asked anti-corruption groups to support and assist the Office and Mr Amidu to also involve the anti-graft societies.

He bemoaned the situation where the Special Prosecutor has been put in a dysfunctional public system which was affecting the effectiveness and efficiency of his office and urged him not to be discouraged but be patient and engage the citizenry. 

“The public service, its systems, its professionalism, its efficiency and its effectiveness and the sanction system has collapsed and nobody is in charge and it is destroying our country,” Dr Akwetey lamented. -adomonline.com

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