President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has accepted the nomination of Kissi Agyebeng for the position of Special Prosecutor.
The acceptance was announced in a statement issued by the presidency today, Thursday, May 6, 2021, signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.
The statement said a letter has been sent to the Speaker of Parliament to that effect to seek parliamentary approval in accordance with law.
“It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo accepted the resignation from office of Mr. Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor on November 16, 2020, and in accordance with section 13 (8) of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), is required to appoint a replacement within six months of the position becoming vacant.”
“To this end, the Attorney-General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, on 16th April 2021, nominated Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, under section 13 (3) of Act 959, to the President for consideration as the second occupant of the Office of the Special Prosecutor,” the statement added.
The statement said the President is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the confirmation process of Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, so he can assume the position without delay.
Meanwhile, there have been mixed reactions about the nomination of Kissi Agyebeng for the anti-graft office.
Key among the critics are the former SP, Martin Amidu, who thinks Kissi Agyebeng is nothing more than a surrogate of the very people who he is supposed to investigate and bring to book.
Civil Society leaders have meanwhile, asked Kissi Agyebeng to steer clear of the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal or they will resist him.
Others also think the nominee, in spite of his impressive legal experience, is too young and lacks the clout to deal with the some of the big names mentioned in cases of possible corruption.
But the President has overlooked all the concerns and accepted his nomination.
Find the letter from the presidency below.