Madam Sun Baohong, the Chinese Ambassador, on Tuesday, donated items, including desktop computers, printers, UPS and a cheque for GHc10,000 to the office of the Attorney General.
The donation comes at a time when China has been heavily criticized for the involvement of its nationals in illegal mining activities in Ghana.
Currently, there are several Chinese nationals standing trial for their involvement in illegal mining activities following a clampdown by the government on the menace which is destroying water bodies and farmlands. A similar donation was made to the police service this year, with the Ghanaian public suspecting that they were attempts by the Chinese government to influence the justice system for the benefit of its nationals who are in the grips of the law. The latest donation according to the Chinese Embassy, is to support the Attorney General’s Office, towards organising a stakeholders’ consultative workshop, on the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017.
The Chinese Ambassador said China-Ghana relations were flourishing with effective cooperation in various fields. She said it was essential to manage and guide the exchange and cooperation between China and Ghana, 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. Ambassador Sun said the Chinese government had always educated Chinese citizens and enterprises abroad, to abide by the laws and regulations of their host countries, and to contribute to the economic and social development of these countries.
“We support the new government of Ghana to carry out anti-corruption campaigns, and expect to strengthen our cooperation and exchanges on both domestic and international combat against corruption,” she said. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Madam Gloria Akuffo, received the donation said a Bill on the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor had already been put together.
She said a stakeholders’ conference on the Bill would be held soon, adding that the aim was to establish the Office by an Act of Parliament, with the sole purpose of strengthening the existing anti-corruption mechanisms in the