President Akufo-Addo gives assurance of the passage of the Special Prosecutor bill in October

President Akufo-Addo gives assurance of the passage of the Special Prosecutor bill in October

- The bill would be laid before parliament when it reconvenes in October, this year

- The previous attempt to get the bill passed suffered a setback because it didn't go through the procedure specified by the standing orders of parliament

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The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that bill intended to create the office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) would be ready when parliament reconvenes in October this year.

President Akufo-Addo gives assurance of the passage of the Special Prosecutor bill in October

The speaker of parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye

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He added that the key reason behind the establishment of the OSP is to ensure that public sector workers are accountable for their actions.

The president stated that the fight against corruption should be more action – oriented and less of words.

According to him, the OSP is separate from the executive, and would be focused on prosecuting acts of corruption.

The first attempt to pass the OSP bill through parliament was met with claims of irregularities by the minority side; they stated that there were issues of procedural defects, per the standing orders of parliament.

Per the standing orders of parliament, a bill should be gazetted a minimum of 14 days before it is laid. Only a bill under a certificate of urgency escaped this requirement. The OSP bill failed both tests.

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