Kissi Agyebeng approved as new Special Prosecutor


    Mr. Kissi Agyebeng is the new Special Prosecutor of Ghana, after Parliament approved his nomination. This approval comes a week after Parliament’s Appointments Committee recommended him for the position, barely an hour after his vetting.

    Mr. Agyebeng would replace Mr. Martin Amidu as substantive Special Prosecutor after the latter resigned in the lead up to the December polls, citing inference from the Presidency.

    During his vetting on Thursday, Mr. Agyebeng told the Committee that he intends to be his own man and will not attempt to take after another’s shoes, adding that he intends to bring his own experiences to board on the new job.

    “I will not wear anybody’s shoes, I will wear my own shoes. I will be my own man with my own principles and standards.“In this quest, my conscience and my learning of the law are going to be my guard,” he noted.

    He also denied accusations from the former Special Prosecutor, who had intimated that the nominee was a surrogate of the law firm that was behind the botched Agyapa deal. Kissi suggested instead, that such accusations were borne from an “uninformed position.”

    “Whoever says I am a surrogate of a law firm or implicates me in the Agyapa transaction clearly does not know me. Because, if you know me you will not make such allegations.

    “I was not involved in the deal and I was nowhere near it and indeed until it started coming out, I did not know what it was. For the record that is the truth.”

    Meanwhile, Mr. Agyebeng has pledged to fight corruption, noting that even though he cannot stop it due to the complexity and secrecy of the crime, he would ensure that it is a costly enterprise for anyone who intends to partake in it. According to him, if a person’s wealth was not commensurate with his or her lawful income, that person ought to be questioned, but not without recourse to the fact that the person may have extra occupations fetching money. He mentioned however, that if such inquisitions do not produce any meaningful explanation for the source of wealth, his office would investigate and ensure that any traces of corruption are eliminated.

    Dennislaw Ghana wishes him the very best in his new role.