Office Of Selective Prosecution (2)

Kissi Agyebeng


It is regrettable that today some people demand that they are accorded a sense of entitlements.

They feel so important that they want the rest of the population to stop whatever they are doing to allow them space to feel that they are “very important people”. Some of them publicly claim to be “non aligned” to any of the political parties so that they can continue to enjoy from the duopoly.

People like Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Prof. Adei, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe and lately Kissi Agyebeng think they are “holier than thou” and that when it comes to the fight against corruption the rest of us who are mere mortals are “nobodies”. Quite sadly, these so- called important people climb roof tops to run down the Akufo-Addo government only when their tenures are not renewed.

So long as they occupy juicy positions, enjoying “fat perks,” the government is on track and they won’t rock the boat. Listen to Prof. Frimpong Boateng, a prolific surgeon, but when it comes to the law he has limitations. That is why when he was asked by Emefa Apau, about the Aisha Huang’s jail term, he should have been humble not to attempt to comment and thus expose his ignorance of the law.

Sometimes our colleague journalists do not help the national discourse by guiding those who do not know to become laughing stocks. Emefa Apau exhibited that bias as if she was expecting such an answer.

We remind those who have made it a point to be the people’s police that, when you live in a glass house you do not throw stones. When they smear others unjustifiably, we can assure them that others would descend into the gutter with them to expose their nakedness.

That is why it is our wish that anti-graft crusader, Kissi Agyebeng would concentrate on the law and steer clear of politics.

Far from his claims, Lawyer Kissi Agyebeng knows that for the rule of law instead of rule of men to prevail, certain basic fundamentals must be upheld.

We are humbled as laymen to educate Kissi Agyebeng about basic law which primarily states that for courts to uphold the rule of law, they look at the law, facts and the evidence. What Kissi Agyebeng did at the press conference last week would not impress any judge to uphold the unorthodox things he wants to use his office to do.

Kissi Agyebeng does not need to use his tears to impress anybody that he is working. When it comes to crime, it is the law that wins the day but not sentiments and emotions.

Let us assure Kissi Agyebeng that if he refuses to rely on the law to do his work but on media people and other commentators, then more “Waterloo” awaits him.

Kissi Agyebeng knows that the rule of law is a political ideal that all citizens and institutions within the state, or community are accountable to the same laws, including lawmakers and leaders. It is simply stated that “no one is above the law.”

The rule of law ensures equality before the law, supremacy of law, independent judiciary and just law. We urge Kissi Agyebeng to get down to brass tasks instead of going after the trivia just to get the media to go on a wild goose chase as he did storming Cecilia Dapaah’s house.

When the NDC organised its primaries in May this year, the OSP said it was inviting those identified to have paid bribes for interrogation.  As of now, we don’t know what the OSP has done to John Mahama who was said to have paid T&T to the delegates and other parliamentary candidates that “sprayed” money on the NDC supporters.
Now, having failed in his core mandate of fighting grand corruption, Kissi Agyebeng has descended on delegates of the NPP claiming they have accepted bribes. Come on, Special Prosecutor, do the serious work to break the back of corruption.

The strategy of the OSP would not help in the fight against corruption. Desist from the public relations gimmick and concentrate on those who are wrongly benefitting from the public purse.

We advise the Special Prosecutor to learn from prosecutors at the Attorney General’s Department who make the courtrooms the arena to expose wrongdoers to face the law. The bar of public opinion would not win the fight against corruption. Kissi Agyebeng, better revise your basic law notes to regain the confidence and trust reposed in you by the President of the Republic.