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Special Prosecutor Bill Before Parliament

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Parliament, at it sitting yesterday, July 18, 2017, admitted the Office of the Special Prosecutor and Zongo and Inner City Development Bills, 2017.

Parliament, at it sitting yesterday, July 18, 2017, admitted the Office of the Special Prosecutor and Zongo and Inner City Development Bills, 2017.

 

The Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, laid by Deputy Attorney-General and Justice Minister Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, was presented under a certificate of urgency.

Members of Minority appeared not to understand why the bill should be laid under a certificate of urgency, but the majority group insisted that they had followed laid down rules.

Former deputy Attorney-General Dominic Ayine challenged the legality of the laying the bill since the Assembly Press had not gazetted it, according to his checks.

The Speaker, Aaron Mike Oquaye, referred it to the Committee of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration and report.

In an interview with the deputy Attorney-General, Joseph Dindiok Kpemba, he said the bill was to address certain lacuna that had been identified to be making it difficult for the A-G to prosecute members of the government.

Mr Dindiok Kpemka said the Bill is seeking to give the the Office of the Special Prosecutor certain special powers that would be passed by the representative of the people.

He added that the Bill would also seek a seven-year mandate for the Prosecutor so that he would not be politically interfered in the performance of his of duties.

In a related development, the Zongo and Inner-City Development Bill was also laid yesterday.

The bill seeks to address the prevailing challenges that had existed in the Zongos and Inner-Cities across the country.

The minister in charge, Boniface Abu-Bakar Saddique, said his ministry had done tours in nine regions of the country and had done assessment on the various communities to ascertain the developments required.