The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have expressed appreciation to Ghana’s legislature for the speedy passage of the Special Prosecutor Bill.
According to the Coalition which comprises the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and Parliamentary News Africa (PN Africa), the new Act, when implemented, will provide an impetus to fight corruption in Ghana.
The Coalition said it appreciates the opportunity it had to work with parliament throughout the process of passing the bill but is disappointed in the decision by the lawmakers to disregard its proposal for open and competitive appointment of the Special Prosecutor as contained in all its memoranda and letters submitted to Parliament and the Attorney General.
The Coalition, however, urged parliament to give similar attention and urgency to other anti-corruption bills such as the Conduct of the Public Officers Bill, Right to Information Bill, Witness Protection and Whistle blower Amendment Bills, which according to the group, are relevant to the work of the Special Prosecutor.
The Coalition pledged its commitment to ensuring that the newly created Office of the Special Prosecutor works effectively to impact Ghana’s fight against corruption.