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I’m the same age as French President – Agyebeng responds to critics

Special Prosecutor nominee, Kissi Agyebeng, has brushed off claims by critics that he’s too young to occupy the anti-graft office although he is qualified to hold the position.

During his vetting on Thursday morning, the astute lawyer said he is 43 years old and that makes him a potential president of the Republic therefore there is no point to belabour.

He indicated that the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, is his age-mate stressing that he’s a year older than Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame.

AG’s recommendation

In a letter to the Presidency, Attorney General Godfred Dame said: “Kissi Agyebeng possesses the requisite expertise on corruption and corruption-related matters and is of high moral character and proven integrity and satisfies all the other requirements stipulated in section 13(1) and (2) of Act 959.”

Section 13(8) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) requires the President to appoint a person qualified for appointment as Special Prosecutor to that position, within six months of the Office of Special Prosecutor becoming vacant.”.

Critics

Former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini says the Attorney General’s nominee for the Special Prosecutor position is too young to fight against corruption.

According to the former legislature, although Kissi Agyebeng is qualified to head the anti-graft office, he is too young to fight against corruption in the country.

“Did the President search well enough and not found a worthy replacement for Martin Amidu other than Kissi Agyebeng? Why did the President settle on Agyebeng, when Agyebeng after seven years will be around 50 years?” the former MP asked.

“The Special Prosecutor’s position which is a risky job needs someone who is further advanced in life to resist any form of temptations due to how complicated the fight against corruption is” Mr. Inusah stressed

But Kissi Agyebeng told the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday, July 22, 2021, that age cannot be used as determinate for the Special Prosecutor job.

“In terms of experience, as I stated earlier, I was called to the bar some 18 years ago”.

“I qualify to sit on the Supreme Court of Ghana. Indeed, I am three years past the qualification for theSupreme Court,” Agyebeng said.

“I turned 43 years on 2 July”, he noted, adding: “I qualify to be the President of the Republic”.

“I am age mates with the President of the French Republic and I am a year older than the minister of justice and attorney general”.

“We were mates at the University of Ghana. There is no question about his age. Why then throw issues about my age?” he questioned in dismay adding “To anchor on that I have had a front role, although I have not been a prosecutor, properly so-called, I have had a front role to landmark prosecution in this country”.

The legal counsel for investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, went on to state unequivocally that the Attorney General’s office is poorer without him explaining that “When Tiger Eye PI and Anas Aremeyaw Anas come up with their investigative pieces, I am the one who supervises the collation of evidence for presentation to the Attorney General and I have been doing this for quite a while now and without me, the attorney general’s office would be poorer in terms of those prosecutions.”

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