The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says the office of Special Prosecutor is likely to face challenges without the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) bill.
The RTI bill which has been in legislation for well over a decade and successive governments have failed to implement it despite several assurances according to the Asiedu Nketia will enable the Special Prosecutor in retrieving information especially within the government offices.
“The most important bill, even more important than the Special Prosecutor office is the freedom to information Act. If someone comes with a complaint on a bloated price of a project, it will be difficult to crosscheck because if you request for it from government offices, they will tell you they can’t because of official secrecy. If you don’t bring the freedom of information Act, and ask the special prosecutor to do its job, you are going to complicate things for him,” he said.
Speaking on a radio talk show, the General Secretary of the NDC Asiedu charged government to ensure that the Special Prosecutor is made as independent as possible.
“The Attorney General is an NPP member that is why she cannot prosecute her own party members. And if it were NDC in power, the Attorney General will have similar constraint. That is why the NPP government found it necessary to create that office. So the person to occupy that position should be very independent in a way that she or he can even arrest their own party members. It is a very difficult thing to do but it has to be done,” he added.
“If they appoint another NPP lawyer to that high office, then its work will be a work in futility. The greater problem at hand is to appoint a person who can prosecute both NDC and NPP corrupt officials,” Asiedu Nketia noted.