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Ghana: Gov’t withdraws Special Prosecutor Bill from Parliament

The government has withdrawn the controversial Special Prosecutor Bill from Parliament.

The Bill seeks to establish the Special Prosecutor’s Office,  a specialized Agency with powers and authority of the Attorney General to investigate cases of corruption and prosecute public and private officers implicated in corrupt activities.

The Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who withdrew the Bill, also withdrew the Zongo Development Fund Bill without any  explaination to members present.

The withdrawal follows calls  by the Minority led by its Leader, Haruna Iddrisu  that the Bill did not fulfill the mandatory 14-day constitutional process for its introduction in Parliament.

According to the Minority the Bill which was gazetted on 14th July,  should have been laid on or after 28th July and not the original date on which it was laid.

The House yesterday rejected a request by the Government to pass  the Bill  under a certificate of urgency and recommended the bill be taken through the normal processes.


Meanwhile, a former Attorney General Martin Amidu has raised questions over certain aspects of the Bill particularly Clause 3 (3) and (4) of the Bill which was not in the original draft designed by stakeholders including Civil Society Organizations, limits the powers of the special prosecutor.

By: Gily Sparks |parliamentafrica.com 



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