General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice-designate, Gloria Akuffo has stated that the Independent Prosecutor’s office to be set up by the President will deal specifically with corruption.
“Corruption has become a worrisome problem… and has become a developmental issue. There have been a lot of calls for a solution to be found to it. The proposed Independent Prosecutor‘s office is intended to be one of the ways that will deal specifically with the canker of corruption in the public sector.” Ms Akuffo said on Saturday when she appeared before Parliament’s appointments committee for vetting.
The former Aviation Minister added “It is true that by the constitution the Attorney General has the power to prosecute criminal matters, but it also has the power to delegate that authority and it is under that that the office will be set up with a specific remit to deal with public sector corruption.
“And the way to do it is by an Act of parliament. The person will be nominated by the president and then it will be crafted in such a manner that it will not fall foul of the constitution and it is intended to give confidence to the public that this is not a caricature that is intended, because there is always a perception that when a government comes in it starts hounding its opponents. To take away that perception and to give confidence to the public, it will have to have parliament to back that appointment.”
Touching on public confidence in the Independent Prosecutor, she said: “The solution lies in how the office is structured, the mode of appointment, how the office is structured, and security of tenure of office such that you will have a fixed term that may not coincide with the term of office of a president.
“These are some of the things that will give the public confidence that this is a truly independent person particularly because it will have to go to parliament.”