Office of Special Prosecutor to provide updates on alleged corruption cases

The Office of the Special Prosecutor’s will soon publish updates on various cases of alleged corruption it has investigated so far.

The Act, on a quarterly basis, compels the Office of the Special Prosecutor to publish information in at least two daily newspapers of national circulation and on the website of the Office, the list of corruption cases investigated and prosecuted and the number of convictions secured.

However, it is yet to begin any prosecutions over a year from its establishment in January 2018, amid the well-publicised resource constraints of the office.

Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo, the Board Chair of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, made this known on the sidelines of a forum on disallowance and surcharge held in Accra.

“If you look at the Special Prosecutor Act, there is a provision that requires the office to make public to the citizenry the list of cases they have been working on over a period of time, it is supposed to be published in daily newspapers, it is supposed to be seen,
I know that the office, in due course, not too long from now, will publish the list.

“The Office of the Special Prosecutor, is mandated to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged corruption and corruption related offences under the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and investigate allegations of corruption and corruption related offences under the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) implicating public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector implicated in the commission of the alleged crimes,” Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo observed.

The office has recently been petitioned over the illegal mining investigation by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, alleged procurement breaches and conflict of interest against the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Cooperation (GNPC), Dr K.K. Sarpong and alleged malfeasance by the former Electoral Commission Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, among others, the status of the cases remained unclear.

But Martin Amidu, the Special Prosecutor has assured that his office would prosecute its first case in 2019.

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