Kissi Agyebeng sworn into office; pledges to ‘suppress and repress’ corruption

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Ghana’s new Special Prosecutor, Mr. Kissi Agyebeng has assured President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Ghanaians as a whole that he will do his best to “suppress and repress corruption” in the country.

He said the country is currently plagued with two pandemics; COVID-19 and corruption, and promised that he will attach the same seriousness the government has attached to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in his work.

“We are confronted by two pandemics. One is a health crisis. The other is not a health crisis, but it is also a pandemic, and that is corruption and corruption-related activities.”

“The zeal with which your administration has approached the fight in respect of the health crisis, I [have seen it]. In respect of the other pandemic which is corruption… as I come to this office, I pledge to the people of Ghana [that], I am going to work assiduously to suppress and repress corruption.”

Mr. Kissi Agyebeng made these comments during his swearing-in ceremony at the Jubilee House on Thursday, August 5, 2021.

The 43-year-old is currently the second person to serve in the office after Mr. Martin Amidu resigned from the position in November 2020 citing interferences in his work.

Mr. Agyebeng was unanimously approved by Parliament on Friday, July 30, 2021, after his vetting.

During his vetting, he also said he has no intentions of resorting to the strategies of his predecessor, Martin Amidu in fighting corruption in Ghana.

He said he will rely on his own experiences and professional training to effectively deliver on his mandate as a Special Prosecutor.

“There was a reference to filling the heavy shoes of a named individual [Martin Amidu], but I will prefer to wear my own shoes in the sense that, I’m my own man, and I am coming with my own experiences and professional training. In this quest, my conscience and learning of the law are going to be my guide.”

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