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General News of Friday, 12 January 2018

Source: Kasapa FM

Amidu will go after Akufo-Addo if he engages in corruption – Fuseini

The NDC Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Inusah Fuseini has described the newly appointed Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu as a ‘no nonsense’ and principled person who will even dare to go after President Akufo-Addo if he’s convinced the President has engaged in corruption.

According to him, Martin Amidu is fiercely independent and has demonstrated over the years that he’ll pursue persons engaged in corruption no matter whose ox is gored.

President Akufo-Addo on Thursday evening named the former Attorney General as the Special Prosecutor subject to Parliamentary approval.

This comes after the President assented to five Acts including that of the Special Prosecutor on January 2, 2017, which were passed by Parliament last year.

Parliament passed the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill in November last year, which allows for the establishment of an independent anti-corruption institution to deal with public officials who have been deemed or found liable to corrupt dealings.

A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) Legal Team, Chris Ackumey has said the President made a terrible decision by settling on renowned anti-corruption campaigner, Martin Amidu as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor, because he’s vindictive.

But lawyer Inusah Fuseini who’s the Ranking Member on the Parliamentary Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in an interview on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM disagreed with his colleague NDC member, arguing that Martin who’s a former Attorney General best fits the position and will deliver on the task assigned him.

“Martin Amidu is fiercely independent and I can vouch for that. Sometimes you want to describe him as an unruly horse, if you release him you might not be able to control him. He has strong views on matters and he’s prepared to fight in an empty room till he succeeds in what he’s doing. Martin Amidu as a partisan political activist and Martin Amidu as an anti-corruption crusader are two different persons. I don’t think that his association with a political party will in anyway cloud his judgment and performance when he’s dealing with corruption cases.”

He added: “I know Martin Amidu to be very diligent, hardworking and a dexterous man who will apply the law to the fact and make a decision knowing that any decision might be subject to challenge in court. He brings into office, a huge reputation of an anti-corruption crusader. He has a reputation to protect. If you know Martin Amidu, he’ll go for people who have engaged in corruption no matter whose ox is gored. I have reason to believe that if Martin Amidu is convinced that President Akufo Addo is doing something untoward and is corruption related, he’ll go for him.”

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