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General News of Friday, 19 August 2022


FLASHBACK: Akufo-Addo has tied Amidu's hands; he can't touch NPP for corruption – Mahama

President Nana Akufo-Addo (L) taking a walk with Mr Martin Amidu (R) President Nana Akufo-Addo (L) taking a walk with Mr Martin Amidu (R)

Former President John Dramani Mahama, in August 2020, accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of deliberately rendering the then Special Prosecutor ineffective in discharging his duties.

According to Mr Mahama, the president had tied Martin Amidu's hands to deter him from prosecuting corrupt officials of his government.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo (L) taking a walk with Mr Martin Amidu (R)
Former President John Dramani Mahama has said Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu’s hands have been tied by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government and, so, he cannot go after any government official or member of the governing New Patriotic Party for alleged corruption.

Addressing supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Dzodze, as part of his four-day tour of the Volta Region, Mr Mahama said the situation has emasculated Mr Amidu and rendered his office ineffective.

“There are cases at the office of the Special Prosecutor but they have tied his hand”, Mr Mahama said, adding: “He can’t investigate them, they have stopped him”.

“As long as he [offender] is an NPP person, he [Martin Amidu] can’t do anything”, the flag bearer of the biggest opposition party said.

Mr Mahama, however, assured Ghanaians that his next government, should he win the December polls, will not relent in its fight against, as the new NDC government will investigate all outstanding corruption cases.

“When NDC comes to power, we will investigate all outstanding corruption cases and we are not going to prosecute only our opponent, we will caution our ministers and everybody because if you indulge in corruption, we won’t wait for another government to prosecute, we will prosecute you ourselves”, he noted.

Also, Mr Mahama questioned the motive behind the Akufo-Addo government’s decision to pass the controversial agreement between Agyapa Mineral Royalty Limited and the government of Ghana, despite the Minority in Parliament raising serious questions over the deal.

He saluted the Minority in Parliament for drawing attention to the elevated risk in placing an ostensible second Sovereign Wealth Fund in a haven. Mr Mahama pointed out that the deal is shrouded in secrecy, as the individuals and shareholders behind the company are still unknown to Ghanaians.

“Up till now, they have not disclosed the shareholders of the company; who are behind the company and any time there is corruption, the President clears them”, he added.

Mr Mahama also questioned the prudence of the government’s decision to mortgage Ghana’s mineral royalties for such a long period when it has only four months left to be in office, despite the genuine concerns raised by the Minority.

“And for a responsible government, why should you go and invest in an offshore tax haven where we know that is where fraudulent transactions take place?” he asked.

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