Speaking at the 2nd round table discussion on good corporate governance initiative on Wednesday 9th August, 2017 at the British Council in Accra, the United State Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert Peter Jackson, called for the speedy establishment of the Special Prosecutor’s office, in order to deal battle the menace of corruption in the country.
According to him, the corruption in Ghana, is driving away most foreign investors, and thus, called on all stakeholders to support President Akufo-Addo to uproot the corruption in the country.
The Special Prosecutor’s office is going to aid the government to deal with all corruption issues in government.
“The President has talked about the importance of creating the right environment and making this a business friendly environment. We will like to see some follow up. I will like to see the Special Prosecutor’s Office established. I think this will send an important signal to him. I will like to say the people who were involved in the Central Medical Stores fire prosecuted.
I think that will also send an important signals to foreign companies I know are looking for the President to show that, things are changing, and that, there is going to be a new approach,” Mr. Robert Jackson opined.
This has been one of the major proposals made by President Akufo-Addo as part of his plans to deal with corruption in government.
In his opinion at the discussion, CHRAJ Boss, Justice Emile Short, believes that, the Office of the Special Prosecutor can be truly independent if the position is advertised and subjected to scrutiny.
He suggested processes for selection of the Head of the office, to be made transparent and inclusive as well.
“In order to guarantee the independence of the Head of that office, you have to use an appointment process that is transparent and inclusive. I would have preferred if the position is advertised and anybody who feels he or she is competent and has the qualities to occupy that office to apply.
I do not for one moment doubt the integrity of the President in appointing someone to occupy that office but I know there are people who will come out and say that that person is under influence and so it will defeat the whole process.”he said.