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General News of Wednesday, 21 August 2019


Ghanaians have lost faith in Martin Amidu - Kofi Akpaloo

Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu

The Founder and leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Mr. Kofi Akpaloo, has joined the long queue of individual Ghanaians who are disappointed in Ghana’s Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu accusing him of snoring on his job and not engaging in prosecutions as many thought.

The controversial politician observed that Ghanaians are gradually losing faith in the hitherto citizen vigilante who many thought should by now have prosecuted a number of cases within his period of appointment indicating that he is gradually reducing his office into a useless one.

According to him, the man appears to be too idle with nothing to show for since he was appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

’The scary thing is that Mr. Amidu acted as he has forgotten his epistle writing habit and never penned down his protest against the nonbiting jurisdiction given to his office prior to the passing of the bill and its subsequent accent by the President.’’Kofi Akpaloo exclusively told Kwame Tutu on Anopa Nkomo on Accra based Kingdom FM 107.7.

“I have lost faith in the Special prosecutor and I know most Ghanaians have also lost faith in Martin Amidu,” he repeated.

He wonders why some members of the bench were fired based on allegations and just sit aloof on a matter that bothers on corruption involving a former Minister at the Presidency in charge of special duties.

Mr. Akpaloo added that the Special Prosecutor is behaving as if he does not know or understand that law and thus lamenting unnecessarily.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017, Act 959, his office has been given wide jurisdiction to fight corruption-related offenses in Ghana but such wide jurisdiction with further reading of the Act reveals excessive limitations.

A statement issued by Mr. Amidu, titled, “Challenges of the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Fighting Corruption in Ghana”, said his outfit would be compelled to sue defiant public institutions and the Attorney-General (A-G) if the problem persisted.

“The Office of the Special Prosecutor Act empowers the office to enforce the production of information and documents in the courts against any public institution that fails or refuses to honour the lawful request of the office,” the statement said.

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