The Special Prosecutor nominee, Mr. Kissi Agyabeng, has said that Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere Darko who is a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is his professional colleague.
Appearing before the appointments committee of Parliament, Mr. Agyabeng said this when he was asked by Asawase MP Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak whether or not he is a friend of Mr. Asare Otchere Darko. “Gabby is my professional colleague. My firm has represented him in several defamatory cases.”
He also cleared the air on his perceived involvement in the controversial Agyapa deal, saying he was not in any form involved in the transaction.
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According to Mr. Agyebeng, anybody trying to implicate him in the Agyapa deal was coming from uninformed positions.
”Of whoever says am a surrogate of a law firm or implicate me into the Agyapa transaction clearly does not know me because if you know me you wouldn’t make such allegations. So all these that came I took it as coming from uninformed positions.”
“I was not involved in the Agyapa transactions in any form or manner. I am no one’s surrogate. I am my own man,” he told the committee.
Mr. Agyebeng was nominated by President Akufo-Addo following the resignation of the Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin A.B.K. Amidu on November 15, 2020.
When approved by Parliament, Mr. Agyebeng will replace Mr. Martin Amidu and be the second Special Prosecutor Ghana has had.
Per section 13 (8) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), when the position of the SP becomes vacant, the President shall, within six months, appoint another qualified person for that portfolio.