More Chinese donations…
The Office of the Attorney General has received GHc10,000 alongside other items from the Chinese Embassy in Ghana. Madam Sun Baohong, the Chinese Ambassador presented the items to the Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo, on Tuesday, 6th June, 2017.
Speaking at the visit, Ambassador Sun stressed that Ghana and China have been enjoying cooperation and cordial relationship in various areas, indicating the need to manage and guide the relationship by legal means, in order to protect the legitimate rights and interests of citizens of both sides, maintain a healthy market order, as well as combat trans-national crime and ensure social justice.
She went ahead to point out that the Chinese government had always educated her citizens and enterprises abroad to abide by the laws and regulations of their host countries, as well as contribute to the economic and social development of the countries.
Madam Sun expressed the Chinese Embassy’s support for Nana Addo’s fight against corruption, indicating that they expect to strengthen cooperation and exchanges of the two countries on both domestic and international combat against corruption.
“Chinese government addresses corruption through the rule of law, prevent corruption through the establishment of a strict supervision and control mechanism and punish corrupt ones through the establishment and implementation of scientific and comprehensive laws and regulations”.
The Chinese Ambassador said the donations are specifically meant to support the Attorney General’s Office in organising a stakeholders’ consultative workshop on the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017. Other items donated include desktop computers, printers, and UPS.
Receiving the donations, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Madam Gloria Akuffo said a Bill on the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor had already been put together. She disclosed that a stakeholders’ conference on the Bill would be held soon.
According to the AG, it is expected that the Office will be established by an Act of Parliament, with the sole purpose of strengthening the existing anti-corruption mechanisms in the country.
Recent donations from various Chinese bodies in Ghana has left many Ghanaians wondering if the kind gestures do not have other ulterior motives lurking behind them, especially while considering the fact that they are coming in the heat of the fight against illegal mining across the country – an occupation that has the Chinese as some of the chief masterminds.
Presently, several Chinese nationals are standing trial for their involvement in illegal mining, with their government expressing displeasure with the Ghanaian government over the development.
Recall that some Chinese societies had earlier donated GHc50,000 to the police service this year, with many Ghanaians suspecting that the donation forms part of attempts to influence the justice system for the benefit of their fellow citizens who are culprits in the forbidden mining business. The Ghana Police Service had however, refuted claims that they would be bought over with the Chinese donations.
In a similar reaction, the Attorney General has also debunked claims that the recent donation to the office will in any way influence the administration of justice by the about-to-be-set-up special prosecutor office.