The Bill that is meant to establish the office of the special prosecutor (OSP), currently pending consideration in Parliament, is featuring donations and grants as sources of funding.
In the light of this, the Vice President of IMANI Ghana, Mr. Kofi Bentil, has challenged this proposed source of funding for the pending establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP).
He was speaking at a media dialogue on the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) Bill, organized by Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) in collaboration with the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) with funding support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Strengthening Action Against Corruption (STAAC-Ghana), on 6th October, 2017, at the Coconut Groove Hotel in Accra.
Mr. Bentil said, the proposal, which includes donations from external bodies, is a potential grounds for the act of corruption, which the same office seeks to fight. Thus, he suggested that, the Consolidated Fund could be used to fund the OSP.
“Take out donations and grants. It is a window for corruption. Why can we not fund this office with the Consolidated Fund? Leave no room for anyone to make a donation. Some of these drug dealers plan 10 years ahead.
They will start taking care of you, building houses for you, buying you cars, giving you foreign trips, paying the medical bills of your parents, paying your kids’ school fees 10 years ahead before they get into trouble. And when they get into trouble and you see that it is him who has been giving you these things for the past 10 years, you would not be able to take action against him,” he enlightened.
In addition, he said really, the Office of the Special Prosecutor cannot be functional without some constitutional amendments.
Nonetheless, reports of Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, on the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Bill, which was supposed to have been laid in parliament on 6th October, 2017, has been postponed to Tuesday 10th October, 2017.
The postponement was in view of the Committee’s engagement with the various stakeholders concerned with the bill.
The purpose of the Bill we know, is to establish a specialized body to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers and as well as individuals in the private sector, implicating themselves in the acts of corruption.
Present at the programme were, Prof. Kwame Karikari, Dean of School of Communication Studies, Wisconsin International University, as the moderator, Dr. Kojo Asante, senior Research Fellow, CDD – Ghana, Executive Director of GII, Linda Ofori-Kwafo, Executive Secretary of GACC, Beauty Emefa Narteh, Samuel Obeng, Executive Director of Parliamentary News Africa and to name a few.