Special Prosecutor nominee, Kissi Agyebeng, says he is not going to stop corruption in the country when given the nod as the task is a Herculean one.
“Honourable Chair, I’m not naive to assume that I am coming to stop corruption, there’s no way I can stop corruption. God himself will not even acclaim to that,” he told the Appointments Committee.
However, he was quick to add that “but I am going to make corruption very costly, very very costly to engaging in terms of conflict of interest.”
Mr Agyebeng was answering questions during his vetting before Parliament’s Appointments Committee chaired by First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu on Thursday.
Submitting his strategies intended to adapt in eradicating corruption, if, given the nod, Mr Kissi Agyebeng said he would “institute what I call pressure for progress, and in this quest, there is going to be a systemic review of all public agencies and the development of integrity plans.”
Also, he intends to set up a public corruption perception index to rank public sector agencies against each other.
According to him, the move will help fish out which institution is performing well and which institution is not doing well in terms of corruption.
“In that quest, if you are head of an institution and persistently your institution is drawing the short straw, in terms of the perception of corruption, from the point of view of experts, from the point of view of business people, you will sit up,” he said.
To justify his plans, he observed that “the Act empowers me if I’m given the nod by this House, to institutionalize risk assessment in respect of public agencies.
“The Act also empowers me periodically if I’m given the nod to the public the activities of the OSP and the operations engaged in,” he indicated.
On April 16, Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, nominated Mr Agyebeng, under section 13(3) of Act 959, to the President for consideration as the second occupant of the Office of Special Prosecutor.
This came after the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu resigned from office three years ago.
The roles of the Special Prosecutor include prevent, investigate and prosecute issues of corruption under the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), as well as recover and manage assets and proceeds of corruption.
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