Tackle Corruption From Office Of The President - IMANI To Incoming SP

02 May 2021
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The President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has congratulated Kissi Agyebeng on his nomination as Special Prosecutor.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Godfred Dame, on 16 April wrote to the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to nominate the 43-year-old lawyer for the position. 

Touching on the development, Cudjoe said Agyebeng should first focus on tackling corruption from the Office of the President if he is approved.

“It is in consideration of all these facts that has led IMANI to the belief that the quickest and most effective way for the government to stamp its feet and assert its anti-corruption credentials is to start the process at the Presidency, the heart of the government, where the President has near absolute control over outcomes and consequences,” he posted on Facebook.

The IMANI Africa boss argues that political costs of a failed prosecution can have a chilling effect on other prosecutions, especially in a situation where investigations are rarely thorough because of institutional defects.

 

Below is the full post

IMANI brief on the proposed new Special Prosecutor.
We welcome Mr. as the next Special Prosecutor. We know he will depart significantly from the modus operandi of the previous occupant of the position and we wish him well.

I thought I should share a tiny but crucial bit of what my colleagues and I felt about the creation of the SP office again and hope that it resonates with our collective efforts to deal with high level corruption.

We contend that even if Amidu had started any high-level criminal prosecutions, we would have had to contend with the limitations of criminal prosecutions as a tool in fighting corruption. Whilst, criminal prosecutions are a great deterrence, they can only happen after the fact, and often the lost money is never recouped. The political costs of a failed prosecution can have a chilling effect on other prosecutions, especially in our situation where investigations are rarely thorough because of institutional defects.

At any rate, the Executive, or to be blunt, the President, does not control the Courts. In fact, we are now even appearing to ask that he distances himself from the investigation and prosecution of corruption in this country. With greater independence of the process comes a lowering not just of control but also accountability.

 

 

 

 

To a limited extent, this paradox is also evident in that other major plank of anti-corruption work: procurement reform. An independent procurement system is one in which the government’s ability to change things can be slowed by the demands of due process and the sheer technical burden of implementing new processes and technologies to enhance quality and accountability even as the public procurement authority is granted greater independence from the Executive.

It is in consideration of all these facts that has led IMANI to the belief that the quickest and most effective way for the government to stamp its feet and assert its anti-corruption credentials is to start the process at the Presidency, the heart of the government, where the President has near absolute control over outcomes and consequences.
Replacing Amidu
The 43-year-old legal practitioner and managing partner at Cromwell Gray LLP could replace Martin Amidu, who resigned in November 2020, citing “executive interference” with his work. The Office of the President denied his allegations, saying he was given the free hand and resources to operate.

The law compels the president to appoint a Special Prosecutor within six months of the position being vacant. Asaase News over the weekend reported that Nana Akufo-Addo would be naming the new Special Prosecutor soon following the AG’s nomination

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