The 2016 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom says the establishment of the Office of a Special Prosecutor as part of measures to deal with corruption is not important.
According to him, Nana Addo’s initial priority to deal with corruption is not necessary to fight corruption in the country.
Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, 29 December 2016, he said, “When you have an Attorney General who is a cabinet member and is the most powerful person in terms of fighting corruption, how is that possible in our part of the world that you sit there with your colleague and you are the one who will look at your colleague and say you are a thief, you have stolen money from the state and you have done something against us?
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“How does that happen? What we are asking for is a separation. Let the Minister of Justice become the President’s lawyer while the Attorney General’s office becomes the people’s lawyer and let’s bring that independence there,” he noted.
As part of Nana Addo’s presidential campaign was about uprooting corruption.
Nana Addo said, “We have decided that as much as possible we want to take the politics out of it.”
He has indicated one of his priorities would be to establish the Office of a Special Prosecutor to deal with corruption.
The move, according to him was intended to separate politics from criminal investigations.
But Dr. Nduom said, “I hear from time to time somebody has been talking about us letting the two remain; but we will have an office of an independent prosecutor. That is not what we are talking about here; we are talking about separating the two by law and changing the constitution to make it happen.”