A Professor at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo has criticized the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) under the leadership of Kissi Agyebeng for the way and manner it is carrying out its functions. Prof Gyampo indicated that the OSP does not finish one work then jumps onto another one and does not finish that one either. This, in the view of Prof Gyampo, does not show any signs of seriousness.
“Let the OSP focus and deal with one issue at a time, carry the issue to its logical conclusion, what happened to Cecilia Dapaah matter? “The OSP has too much work in progress, he does this, then quickly he wants to be heard chasing another, that is not how to fight corruption. You handle one with all seriousness, with a focus on ensuring there is finality.
“I don’t know the particular case the OSP has finished. He doesn’t finish anything, the fight against corruption is not mouth. He has too much work in progress, he touches one and then jumps to another, it doesn’t show seriousness,” Prof Gyampo said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday, December 9 while commenting on the action of the OSP declared six persons wanted for vote buying.
According to the OSP, these persons who are six males, were engaged in corrupt practices. “The following persons are wanted by the OSP for corruption and corruption-related offences in respect of public elections – especially vote buying,” a post sighted on the OSP’s social media handles said.
However, the OSP did not provide their names. The OSP also did not say whether the post is in reference to the parliamentary elections held by the New Patriotic Party in what they refer to as orphan constituencies on December 2, 2023. However, some contestants in the just-ended elections said they paid Travel and Transport (T&T) allowance to the delegates to facilitate the process for them.
One of the failed aspirants in the Odododiodioo Constituency, Nii Lante Bannerman told a TV3 reporter that “T&T to delegates has come to stay, it is the quantum of the money that we should be discussing.” Another failed aspirant for the Okaikwe North Constituency, Alberta Afia Akoto, denied buying the votes of delegates.
She explained that she only assisted the delegates, “If I have the opportunity to serve my people I should be able to assist them. I went through the due process to show that I could be of help to them, I do not think it is wrong. It is giving people the help and assistance they deserve. If I did, it is an assistance I gave to them.”
By: Laud Nartey