Contrary to reports that the Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng has not been paid for several months, new information available indicates Kissi Agyebeng rejected his salary because it was too small.
The SP Kissi Agyebeng is therefore demanding a personal salary and series of allowances more befitting of his status until which time he is refusing to take what was offered him by government.
The Staff of the Office of the SP have also not been paid because, according to government sources, the OSP undertook recruitments illegally without recourse to laid down procedures.
In some cases the OSP allegedly ported staff from his private law firm of Cromwell and Gray LLC without recourse to due process and the appropriate approvals. The SP then placed these staff at promotional and salary grades suitable to his discretion.
The government has since demanded the anomalies be rectified while the OSP has been told he will only be paid salaries approved by the Public Service Commission and not what “befits” his status.
Government believes these unilateral appointment of permanent staff to the Office of the Special Prosecutor contrary without approval from the Board, the public service commission and without transparency and competitiveness runs contrary to Section 21 of Act 959 and Article 195 of the 1992 Constitution.
Special Prosecutor attacks government
The Special Prosecutor has been on an offensive against government, first allegedly leaking the non-payment of his salaries and gratuities to the press and second, criticizing the government’s fight against corruption.
The SP Kissi Agyebeng said the government of President Akufo-Addo is not serious in the fight against corruption.
The SP questioned the commitment of the government in the fight against corruption when he spoke on the third edition of the Joy Change-Speakers Series on Newfile on Joy News.
“On the part of the government, is the government ready for the fight against corruption? From where I sit, I have not seen much. I have not seen much commitment. I have heard lip service on too many occasions paid to the fight against corruption”, he stated on Saturday.
Government believes the SP is trying to blackmail government to pay him salaries above what he is supposed to be paid.
The government is refusing to budge.