Emile Short: Citizenry impatient with Special Prosecutor

Justice Emile Short, the former Commissioner on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, has thrown a challenge to the Special Prosecutor to explain to the citizenry the factors accounting for his inability to successfully deal with high level corruption cases as expected.

The president appointed Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor to the admiration of majority of Ghanaians due to his anti-graft track record after Parliament passed a law on November 2017, to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor as specialised agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers and individuals in the private sector.

However, a year-and-a-half after his appointment, the office has not prosecuted any public figure for wrongdoing despite pressure from the public.

Justice Short insisted that the Special Prosecutor must explain why he had been unable to prosecute perceived corrupt appointees of both the previous government and the current one saying, “I’ve great respect for Mr Amidu, he’s been described as a citizen vigilante, he has a good track record but I agree that people are getting impatient with him.

“This is because they think they should have seen more action within the period he’s been in office, I think he has to improve his public relations advocacy, he should explain why he’s not meeting expectations of the public, I think he also has to indicate why he’s not been able to prosecute as many people as expected of him, in spite of constraints mentioned.

Mr Amidu has, on different occasions, publicly stated that one of the major challenges hampering his work, aside from his office being under-resourced, was the failure of some appointees of the president to collaborate with him and he maintained that “it will be practically impossible for me to effectively and efficiently deliver if the friction between my office and heads of government institutions is not addressed”.

“The success of the experiment will depend on the extent to which ministries, departments and agencies in government with the responsibility to cooperate with the office to achieve the vision of the president who championed the setting up of the office,” Mr Amidu bemoaned. -classfmonline.com

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