Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor, Martin A.B.K. Amidu, will soon start chasing alleged corrupt officials since the inception of the Fourth Republic to cough millions of Ghana cedis they have stolen from the state, Today can report.
Martin Amidu, who recently complained about the lack of legal backing and adequate resources to go after corrupt officials, is said to be rejoicing in Denmark where he is currently attending a corruption conference as government yesterday laid a Legislative Instrument (L.I.) in Parliament to provide legal backing to the operations of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).
Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, laid the papers on behalf of the minister of justice and attorney general.
The two papers laid were the Office of the Special Prosecutor Regulations, 2018; and Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations 2018.
Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Ocquaye, subsequently referred the L.I. to the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament.
It would be recalled that the government also allocated GHC180 million to the OSP to resource it to fight corruption.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, announced this on Thursday, 15 November, 2018 when he delivered the 2019 budget statement.
Parliament passed a law in November 2017 to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor as a specialised agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers and individuals in the private sector implicated in corrupt practices.