The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has congratulated both the Majority and the Minority Members of Parliament for the speedy passage of the Special Prosecutor Bill, describing it as a boldstep.
The new Act, when implemented, will provide an impetus to fight corruption in Ghana.
The Coalition however remains disappointed in the decision by Parliament to disregard their proposal for open and competitive appointment of the Special Prosecutor as contained in all their memoranda and letters submitted to Parliament and the Attorney General.
Notwithstanding, the Coalition wishes to express its unwavering commitment to ensuring that the newly created Office of the Special Prosecutor works effectively to impact Ghana’s fight against corruption. In this regard, the coalition will closely monitor the implementation of the act, specifically the establishment of the office appointment of the officers as outlined in the Act.
The Coalition comprising the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), and Parliamentary News Africa (PNAfrica) greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Parliament throughout the process in ensuring the passage of a credible Bill.
The Coalition has further urged Parliament to give similar attention and urgency to the passage of the outstanding anticorruption Bills such as the conduct of the Public Officers bill, Right to Information Bill, Witness Protection and Whistleblower Amendment Bills which are relevant to the work of the special prosecutor.