A legal practitioner and security expert with University of Cape Coast [UCC], Kojo Tuffour, says corruption in Ghana can be alleviated by strengthening already existing institutions and not by appointing a special prosecutor.
According to him, constitutionally established institutions like the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organized Crime Office [EOCO] among others have the constitutional mandate which equips them better to combat corruption.
He has urged government to channel the resources purposed for the creation of this special office into strengthening already existing institutions which the capacity to fight the menace.
In a discussion on the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Tuffour said the Office of the Special Prosecutor will only render other government institutions redundant.
“The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice under section 9 is the only commission that can investigate any person in this country, including a sitting president. They know how powerful the commission is.
Aside this, the Criminal Offences Act, Act 29 has a lot of things in there. Then we will send additional resources; fuel, car and personnel there while we can strengthen CHRAJ and other institutions to take care of corruption. Corruption needs the political will, the wherewithal and zeal to set the example else they will be in office for four and they can’t do anything”, he said.
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He also indicated that the tendency of maintaining the independence of this special office will be highly questionable since it is “a government established institution”.
He however urged the public to see the fight against corruption as a fight for all and not just government.
“Once a person is appointed by another political animal, his leanings and everything will be towards that person. You know we are human beings, even before I even appoint you, we will wine and dine and you will say you are independent but I will be able to control you in a certain way.”
Source: ATL FM News