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23.07.2021 Politics

The stumbling block in the way of Kissi Agyebeng is Akufo-Addo – Amaliba

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Abraham Amaliba
LISTEN JUL 23, 2021
Abraham Amaliba

A member of the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba has shared that the only thing that will stop Special Prosecutor nominee Kissi Agyebeng from succeeding is whether President Akufo-Addo will allow him to work with free hands or not.

Mr. Agyebeng on Thursday faced the appointment committee of Parliament for his vetting and was unanimously approved.

While it is anticipated that he will eventually receive parliamentary approval to officially become the new Special Prosecutor, Abraham Amaliba says he is rooting for him to succeed.

According to the NDC legal team member, the success of Kissi Agyebeng will however be dependent on whether President Akufo-Addo will not interfere in his work.

“So let’s focus on the presidency and the president, let’s ensure that we speak against the conduct of the president so as to enable Kissi Agyebeng to succeed. I want him to succeed but the only stumbling block in the way of Kissi Agyebeng is the president, his interference in the work of independent bodies. And I have chronicled, I have indicated how Domelevo was axed away, I have indicated how it became intolerable for Martin Amidu to stay in office,” Amaliba said in an interview with TV3.

Amaliba who is a private legal practitioner insists that the focus should be on the presidency to ensure the Office of the Special Prosecutor has the freedom to operate.

“…he [Kissi Agyebeng] himself has told us, and has sounded a lot of warnings to us that unless it becomes intolerable, he said it. So once again, do we want another Special Prosecutor to leave office? How do we ensure that this doesn’t happen? We need to focus our attention on the president and the presidency to allow the office to operate. If that is done, it doesn’t matter whose ox is God, even if it’s the president’s cousin, let him face the music so if we are able to shield Kissi Agyebeng from the presidency, I am of the view that he will succeed.

“But if we allow the presidency to be lurking around that office as he did during Martin Amidu’s time when he made it difficult for him to operate, I can tell you that we are going to have another resignation or if we don’t have another resignation, we will only have another Special Prosecutor who will only play ball and we will not have the effect of that office at all,” Amaliba shared.

Once sworn into office, Kissi Agyebeng will replace Martin Amidu to become just the second Special Prosecutor Ghana has had.

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

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