OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR (OSP) PROJECT 2019-2020

Due to all the negative effects that corruption can create in areas where it is prevalent like Ghana, it has become one of the main pertinent issues present in development discourse. How to tackle the challenge of reducing corruption in the best way has been and is still discussed at all levels of gatherings. Common anti-corruption strategies include everything from the setting up of auditing institutions, to creating budget-tracking systems and stronger laws for public procurement. However, what has become more and clearer throughout the years is that, Civil Societies in Ghana have an important role to play and so is the role of Center for Better Society Advocacy and Research Africa (CEBSAR-AFRICA).
As a result, Government, by Act 959 of Parliament established the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to investigate and prosecute certain categories of cases and allegations of corruption and other criminal wrongdoings, including those involving alleged violations of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and cases implicating public officers and politically-exposed persons.
The Office is also expected to help reduce the workload on existing investigative agencies such as the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), Ghana Police Service, Attorney General, Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Serious Crime Office thereby, enhancing their effectiveness. The establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor has become indispensable in view of the institutional bottlenecks that impede the fight against corruption and other forms of economic crimes.
CEBSAR-AFRICA in it capacity supports democratic institutions like that of the OSP to help fight the disease – corruption, which hampers economic development, destroys societies, deepens inequalities and creates poverty.

Objectives

In the quest to bring out a positive outcome devoid of deviation, this project is guided by laid down objectives.
1. To be the leading organization to discuss every step of OSP’s initiatives
2. To make OSP more efficient and independent in it work through media engagement
3. To provide alternative framework in the fight against corruption for social accountability.
4. To bring OSP’s work close to the doors of the Ghanaian citizens.
5. To ensure OSP works within the legal framework of the constitution and the Act of OSP or any other Act of parliament.

Outputs

i. At least 3 anti-corruption research scholars.
ii. Swift comment, critiques and press statements on the OSP’s findings for public discourse.
iii. At least 2 media engagements monthly on OSP’s work.
iv. Policy briefs on the work of the OSP
v. One scholarly publication on the work, roles, responsibilities, weaknesses, strengths and effectiveness of the OSP.
vi. One lawyer as a member of CEBSARAFRICA.

Project Team Members

Mr. Albert Kobina Mensah
Mr. Eric Owusu
Mr. Haruna Yakubu
Mr. Peter Bismark
Mr. Anthony Zumoh-Baligi
Mr. Lord Adusei Aikins
Mr. Amadou Lamine Diallo