President Nana Akufo-Addo says despite the unfortunate events that led to the exit of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor, he does not regret appointing him.
The former Attorney General, Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu, was appointed to lead the fight against corruption for seven years, but nearly three years after being sworn into office, the Special Prosecutor (SP) resigned.
Mr Amidu cited what he described as “political interference in the independence of his office” as the main reason for his decision to leave office.
Additionally, he said, his office was given inadequate staff who were mostly on secondment, a situation that made it nearly impossible for his outfit to carry out its functions effectively.
On the 4th floor of the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo swore into office 43-year-old legal practitioner Kissi Agyebeng for a seven-year mandate as Special Prosecutor.
Describing him as highly qualified, the President charged him to fight corruption independently.
“Kissi Agyabeng comes into office with the needed capacity, experience and values, and I am very confident he will do a good job and we in the executive will respect the independence of his office and will provide the office with the needed support to enable him to work efficiently,” Nana Akufo Addo said.
The President also assured government will increase budgetary support to other anti-corruption institutions to help with the fight against the canker.
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I don’t regret appointing Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor – Akufo-Addo
According to his profile on the University Of Ghana School Of Law website, Mr Agyabeng has been a lecturer since October 2006, teaching and researching Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law, Corporate Law and Legal Research and Writing.
He was awarded the Bentsi-Enchill Prize for Best Graduating Student of the University Of Ghana School Of Law in 2001.
He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law and was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003, earning the E.N. Sowah Memorial Prize for Best Student in Family Law.
Since then, he has successfully argued numerous cases before the superior courts of Ghana and participated in several international arbitration hearings.
Mr Agyebeng has a wide range of expertise in consulting for public sector institutions, including the A-G’s Department, EXIM Bank Ghana Ltd, the Youth Employment Authority, the National Lottery Authority, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, the Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited and the Ghana Olympic Committee.
He is also an associate at the African Centre for Cyber Law and Cyber Crime Prevention and the National Moot Court Coordinator for the Commonwealth Moot Court Competition on International Criminal Justice.
He has also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
About the Office of the Special Prosecutor
The Office of the Special Prosecutor of Ghana was established after an act of the Parliament of Ghana passed the Office of Special Prosecutor Bill in 2017.
The office serves as an independent investigating and prosecution body to make inquiries into corruption, bribery, or other criminal cases at the national level, whether in the public or private sector.