Malicious, Ill-motivated and ill-researched media comments about OSP don’t serve public interest – Dame

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The Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Godfred Dame, has said it is the duty of every Ghanaian citizen to contribute to the success of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

He observed media reports without factual and contextual bases do not argue well for the office and as such must be discouraged.

“We all owe a duty to contribute to the success of this institution. At this stage, may I say that malicious, ill-motivated and often ill-researched comments in the media about the office and resources at its disposal hardly serve the public interest”, he said Tuesday, June 21 after swearing-in eight of nine members of the governing board of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

The constitution of the board comes nearly a year after the tenure of the first board ended in June 2021.

The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng has had cause to complain that the delay in swearing in a board stalled his work, especially with respect to staff recruitment.

He was however relieved that a board has finally been sworn-in. He expressed gratitude to the AG who he said played a pivotal role in getting the board constituted.

He assured the AG that together with the board they will work to make the OSP the best in Africa.

The AG impressed on the board to take seriously the duties and obligations imposed on them under Section 7 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Act, 2017 (Act 959) and also to declare their Assets as required under Article 286 of the 1992 constitution.

He warned failure to comply with the law has serious ramifications including the cessation of membership.


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