[ 2012-07-19 ]
AG should not be burdened with prosecution of cases -law lecturer
The call to decouple the office of the Attorney
General from that of the Minister of Justice has
been reiterated by yet another legal brain.
Chris Adomako Kwakye, a law lecturer at the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology says
the duty of the Attorney General “should basically
be to advise government”. He says the prosecution
of cases should be given to an independent entity.
“The Attorney General is prosecutor and at the
same time advises government. Considering that he
is a cabinet minister, if there is a breach of
contract for example involving another cabinet
minister, prosecuting him would put the Attorney
General, who is also minister of justice, in a
The law lecturer was speaking in a telephone
interview with Focus News.
He said judgment debts have been around for a long
time but the problem currently is that the
government is paying too much of it.
He urged governments not to be too quick to
abrogate contracts but look at all possible
avenues to rather modify them to suit the nation.
He also decried the situation where a new
government terminates a contract just because it
was awarded by the government of an opposition
Asked whether it was feasible to do what he was
proposing, he maintained, “Ghanaians should decide
what we want as a nation”.
Source - Focus FM
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