The Special Prosecutor nominee, Lawyer Kissi Agyabeng has fired back at critics who say he is too young to be handed the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
Given the controversial circumstances under which the first Special prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu exited the office, many have been skeptical about the level of experience of the law lecturer who turned 43 in July this year.
However, appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for his vetting on Thursday, July 22, 2021, Mr. Kissi Agyabeng took a strong exception to the suggestion of a possible lack of experience by virtue of the fact that he is relatively young in age.
He indicated in a strong rebuttal that he is old enough to be the President of Ghana under the Fourth Republican constitution of the land as well as hold other equally important public positions. And besides, he has garnered a lot of experience as a lecturer and for that matter he fully qualifies for the position.
He told the Committee that his experience is out there since he has lectured for the past 15 years continuously while he mentioned some of the Committee Members as the products of his experience.
“I see, if I am not mistaken, some of my former students are around this table. Honorable Member for Ejusu is my former student; Honorable Member for Madina is my former student; Honorable Member for Okaikoi Central, I was their T.A. in Conflict of Law. These are the products of my experience. They are right here for everyone to see,” he said.
He added, “Honourable Chair, even though I have not been a Special Prosecutor properly so called, I have had a front row to land mark prosecutions in this country. As defense Counsel, I have been engaged in some very landmark cases including the Tagor cases; the Everglass Ampor case, I conducted them.”
When a question was put to him about accusations against him by his predecessor, Martin Amidu, who has alleged that he is a surrogate of a law firm believed to be part of the controversial (Agyapa deal), he insisted that he did not have anything to do with what his critics accuse him of.
He simply said, “Honorable Chair, this appears to be a flight of fancy.”
On the question of his legacy, he said, “If I see through this Office, I would be leaving at the end of a seven-year tenure on my 50th birthday. The gift I want to give myself when I turn half a century is that the OSP solidly established; methodologically ran in its deliberations; and its mandate is fairly placed on the map so that we may even become a beacon to our sister countries in our region to look up to.”
Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com