Getting some cases wrong does not make you incompetent – Appiah-Kubi to Kissi Agyebeng

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Asante Akyem North Member of Parliament, Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, has told William Kissi Agyebeng, the Special Prosecutor, not to deem himself incompetent for getting certain things wrong in his duty as an anti-corruption crusader.

The MP says Mr. Agyebeng shouldn’t have thrown his hands in despair when some cases he filed in court were thrown out.

He says lawyers, including seniors ones, occasionally encounter procedural challenges, and the best he could have done was to go to the drawing board and return stronger instead of harbouring the intention that he was being persecuted.

According to the lawmaker, the fact that some cases didn’t go as expected for him does not mean he is not up to the task.

“I want to encourage Mr Kissi Agyebeng that if you fail in a case in court, that does not necessarily mean you’re incompetent or you’ve not done well or you’re unduly being persecuted,” he said.

The legislator made the comments to encourage the Special Prosecutor whose jurisdiction is being challenged by his predecessor, Martin Amidu.

Speaking on the KeyPoints with Alfred Ocansey Saturday, May 18, 2024, Mr. Appiah-Kubi noted that he was surprised at the manner with which Mr. Agyebeng was sharing his frustrations.

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“I was surprised that Mr. Kissi Agyebeng was sharing such frustrations. Even senior lawyers make mistakes so for me sometimes when you know that you have erred procedurally or by invocation of the appropriate law, you come back and prepare and go back. You don’t throw your hands in despair like I was seeing him. In his initial applications to the court, the court also relied on the laws and dismissed some of those applications and for me it was not for close situation that you can’t do anything,” he advised.

Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor, has filed a petition for the impeachment of William Kissi Agyebeng as the current occupant of the office.

Mr Amidu alleges procurement breaches in the purchase of vehicles for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and abuses involving judges and the administration of justice as part of his call for Mr. Agyebeng’s impeachment.

Other allegations include violations of citizens’ rights through arrests and detentions, violations of the right to information, and improper appointments of personnel to the office.

Additionally, Mr. Amidu alleges a violation of the right to information when he requested appointment letters and salary details of all OSP staff to be put on a pen drive for him, which Mr. Agyebeng refused.

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The petition dated April 30, 2024, was presented to President Akufo-Addo and forwarded to the Chief Justice, Gertrude Torkornoo, on May 6, 2024 for onward processing.

The Chief Justice, according to sources, is determining whether there is a prima facie case to establish a committee for Mr. Agyebeng’s removal as required by the Constitution in Article 146.

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