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‘Ignore purported list from Special Prosecutor’ – Board Chairperson

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The Board Chairperson of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo, has asked the public to disregard a list of cases making the rounds said to be cases that the office is working on.

She said the list, if authentic, should rather be a cause for concern for all, as it would mean that there was a mole in the office leaking information not meant for the public yet.

“The list that is supposed to come out, according to the law, is a list of investigated cases. So if anyone puts out a list of cases being investigated and others yet to be, it is not right,” she said during a roundtable discussion on the topic: “One year of the Office of the Special Prosecutor”.

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It was organised by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), with its partners the African Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) and the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), which are also partners in the project, Corruption Watch.

Corruption Watch is supported by STAR-Ghana, Strengthening Action Against Corruption (STAAC), Accountable Democratic Institutions and Systems Strengthening (ADISS) and the CSO Coalition on the OSP.

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Late last week, some newspapers published a list of cases purported to be investigated by the OSP.

Among the names of people mentioned as being under investigations at the office were a former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Mr Mahama Ayariga, for suspected breaches in the procurement of some ambulances, and a former Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, for the misappropriation of public funds.

Speaking at the event, Mrs Ofori-Kwafo charged Ghanaians to test the supposed list against the law laid out in Section 3 (3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2018 (Act 959).

She said as the chair of the board, she did not know about current investigations at the office, neither did any board member.

“If we knew, that would amount to interference in the operations of the office,” she said.

Mrs Ofori-Kwafo stressed the fact that the board was not involved in the day-to-day administration of the office, as that would amount to undermining the independence of the office.

“I know the expectation of Ghanaians is to see some prosecutions; however, we must make sure that the office works procedurally,” she stated.

She also dispelled rumours to the effect that the Special Prosecutor had refused to relocate to his completed office space, saying: “Steps are underway to get a bigger place for the office and work is still being done.

The Director for Advocacy and Policy Engagement at CDD-Ghana, Dr Kojo Pumpuni Asante, in an assessment of the office since its establishment, said there were gaps to be filled at all the stages in the establishment of the office.

He said the appointment of an executive secretary to run the office and consult on the passage of the Legislative Instrument to operationalise the Special Prosecutor’s Act, 2017 (Act 915) was still outstanding.

According to him, although many things needed to be prioritised, the board needed to draft a medium-term strategic plan for the office.

“Not only does this ensure continuity at their early stage; it also provides a framework for those who want to support the office,” he said.

He also emphasised the need for stronger coordination among governmental anti-corruption institutions because of the duplication of efforts in investigations into the same issues.

For instance, he said, some tax evasion cases before the OSP were also being investigated by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

*Source: ghanaweb.com

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Ghanaians have misconceptions about Shatta wale-Sammy flex

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In a candid interview with Emcee Bebe on Ultimate 106.9FM’s “Entertainment Records” show on Saturday, February 10, 2024, Sammy Flex debunked common misconceptions about working with Shatta Wale. The headline reads, “Sammy Flex Reveals: Shatta Wale is not Difficult to Work With.”

During the interview, Sammy Flex addressed the prevalent belief that collaborating with Shatta Wale might be challenging. Contrary to these assumptions, he stated, “Shatta Wale is not difficult to work with, as many think.” Flex shed light on the collaborative dynamics, emphasizing the importance of understanding and aligning with Shatta Wale’s creative vision.

As the conversation unfolded, Sammy Flex shared his ambitious vision for the future, revealing, “My vision is to let Shatta Wale’s music reach every household in the world.” This statement underlined his dedication to expanding the global reach of Shatta Wale’s musical influence.

The revelation provides a new perspective on the working relationship with Shatta Wale, challenging preconceived notions. Sammy Flex’s commitment to bringing Shatta Wale’s music to a global audience signals a significant aspiration within the entertainment industry, capturing the attention of fans and industry insiders alike

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There’s no vocalist better than me in the history of Ghana music- Shasha Marley brags

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In an exclusive interview with Emcee Bebe on Ultimate 106.9FM’s Entertainment Records show on Saturday, February 10, 2024, reggae artist Shasha Marley boldly proclaimed himself as the all-time best vocalist in the history of Ghanaian music.

The statement came as he discussed the remarkable vocal quality showcased in his latest single, “Spintex Road Traffic Jam.”

During the interview, Shasha Marley expressed confidence in his vocal abilities, attributing his self-proclaimed title to years of dedication and musical craftsmanship.

Emphasizing the uniqueness of his voice, he stated that “Spintex Road Traffic Jam” serves as a testament to his unparalleled vocal prowess and versatility.

The artist’s claim has sparked discussions among music enthusiasts, with some supporting his assertion and others engaging in debates about the rich history of vocalists in Ghanaian music.

As the news of Shasha Marley’s bold declaration continues to circulate, fans eagerly anticipate the response from fellow artists and the broader music community.

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