A former Deputy Attorney General, Joseph Kpemkah has said he is confidence Special Prosecutor nominee, Kissi Agyabeng, will succeed when approved.
Agyabeng, a legal practitioner and Chairman of the Electronic Communications Tribunal was on Monday nominated by President Nana Akufo-Addo as the next Special Prosecutor (SP).
The 42 year old legal practitioner will succeed former Attorney General Martin Amidu who resigned from office last November following allegations that the government was interfering with his work.
The nomination of Agyabeng has received some positive reactions although not like the applause Amidu’s appointment attracted.
Joseph Kpemka believes Agyabeng who is young and has carved a niche for himself is ” rather going to be a vindication of the youth” despite doubts among some Ghanaians.
In an interview with XYZ News’ Princess Arita Anim, the former MP for Tempane said “ytou know his expertise is in criminal law. That’s one thing you have to notice, and he’s done a whole lot of criminal cases in the superior courts”
To the former lawmaker, Agyabeng is “cut to succeed” when approved by Parliament because of his work experience and his background as a criminal lawyer.
Functions of the OSP
The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) is headed by the SP, who holds ultimate responsibility for the actions of the office.
The OSP has the mandate to investigate and prosecute all suspected corruption and corruption-related offences.
Its tentacles spread to public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector alleged to have been involved in any corruption and corruption-related offences.
Apart from initiating investigations on its own, Act 959 gives the OSP the power to receive and investigate complaints of alleged corruption from the public or investigate suspected corruption or corruption-related offences upon referral from public bodies such the A-G’s Department, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).