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‘Should I feel frustrated and resign?’: The tale of Kissi Agyebeng as Special Prosecutor

Sworn in to fight corruption

The role of Ghana’s Special Prosecutor has never been without its challenges, but recent events have pushed the current officeholder, Kissi Agyebeng, to an extreme point in his career.

Sworn in on August 5, 2021, Agyebeng succeeded Martin Amidu, who resigned on November 16, 2020. Nearly three years into his seven-year term, Agyebeng now faces an impeachment process spearheaded by his predecessor.

Ghana not ready to fight corruption

Agyebeng’s tenure has been marred by his public remarks on Ghana’s readiness to combat corruption.

Speaking at The Joy Change Speakers Series on December 31, 2022, he expressed his doubts about the nation’s commitment to eradicating corruption, despite having the necessary tools.

“As a country, are we ready for the fight against corruption? From where I sit, I don’t think we are. We expect so much from institutions fighting corruption, but collectively I would say we aren’t ready to fully eradicate corruption in our country,” he stated.

Judicial frustrations and public outcry

The Special Prosecutor’s frustration peaked during a press conference on November 27, 2023, where he lamented judicial interference in his efforts to prosecute corruption cases.

“As I said, I wasn’t sounding like a prophet of doom but there is doom looming ahead of us, that very soon a murderer will boldly walk to go to seek an injunction.

“Should I feel frustrated and resign?” he asked, visibly agitated.

He accused some judges of obstructing his work by dismissing cases prematurely and preventing thorough investigations.

Impeachment proceedings

Agyebeng is now the subject of an impeachment process initiated by Martin Amidu, who has been a vocal critic of Agyebeng’s leadership and methods.

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Amidu’s petition, forwarded by President Nana Akufo-Addo to Chief Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo, alleges procurement breaches, abuse of office, and violations of citizens’ rights, including wrongful arrests and detentions.

Agyebeng has been instructed to respond to these allegations to help the CJ determine if there is a prima facie case for his removal.

Soldiering on with work

Despite the impeachment cloud hanging over him, Agyebeng has recently made significant strides in fighting corruption.

His office, in collaboration with the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, saved Ghana over GH¢34 million by blocking the salaries of undeserving individuals on the government’s payroll.

This investigation targeted ghost names and unwarranted salaries within the Ghana Education Service and Ghana Health Service, preventing further financial losses.

 

Source: Ghanaweb

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