Ghanaians advised to forget purported list from Special Prosecutor’s office

Ghanaians advised to forget purported list from Special Prosecutor’s office

The Board Chairperson of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), Linda Ofori-Kwafo, has asked the public to disregard a list of cases making the rounds said to be cases that the office is working on.

She said the list, if authentic, should rather be a cause for concern for all, as it would mean that there was a mole in the office leaking information not meant for the public yet.

Speaking at an event, Mrs Ofori-Kwafo said as the chair of the board, she did not know about current investigations at the office, neither did any board member

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"The list that is supposed to come out, according to the law, is a list of investigated cases. So if anyone puts out a list of cases being investigated and others yet to be, it is not right," she said.

She charged Ghanaians to test the supposed list against the law laid out in Section 3 (3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2018 (Act 959).

"If we knew, that would amount to interference in the operations of the office," she said.

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Among the names of people mentioned as being under investigations at the office were a former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Mahama Ayariga, for suspected breaches in the procurement of some ambulances, and a former Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, for the misappropriation of public funds.

Mrs Ofori-Kwafo stressed the fact that the board was not involved in the day-to-day administration of the office, as that would amount to undermining the independence of the office.

"I know the expectation of Ghanaians is to see some prosecutions; however, we must make sure that the office works procedurally," she stated.

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