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General News of Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

PLAYBACK: Martin Amidu faces Appointments Committee

The Appointments Committee of Parliament grilled the Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu after the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye referred him to the committee for consideration and vetting.

President Akufo-Addo nominated Martin Amidu to the Office of the Special Prosecutor with a charge to him to deal with public sector corruption.

Mr Amidu will carry out the extraordinary responsibility of independently fighting corruption and will have full authority to initiate investigations into all suspected corruption-related offences of all persons in public service if approved by parliament.

Meanwhile, opposition Member of Parliament for Bolga East, Dr Dominic Ayine has filed a suit at the Supreme Court against Mr Amidu’s nomination.

According to Dr Ayine, Mr Amidu does not constitutionally qualify in terms of his age since he is 66 years now, which far exceeds the constitutionally mandatory retirement age of 60.

Dr Ayine believes even though a person occupying a public office could have his tenure extended until he is 65 years old, Mr Amidu is currently 66 years, and, so, cannot occupy that position.