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General News of Tuesday, 15 January 2019


Vacate your office to preserve your reputation - Amidu advised

Former Ashanti Regional Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress [NDC], Joseph Yamin has asked the Special Prosecutor, Martin A.B.K. Amidu to leave office to preserve his reputation.

Making an analysis surrounding the appointment and induction into office of the Special Prosecutor which to him has never been realized, Joseph Yamin pointed out that Mr. Amidu shouldn’t have accepted the position knowing very well that all was not lawfully in place for him to occupy the position.

“Why should Martin Amidu who is supposed to be an anti-corruption campaigner accept an appointment without an office?” he asked.

He appealed to the Special Prosecutor to leave office because “he will never be given the audacity and chance to do the work he has been appointed for.”

Speaking on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ newspaper discussion programme, the former deputy Minister of Sports charged government to stop wasting national resources on programmes they know very well will not yield benefits, but based on their own selfish interest.

“23rd February of this year marks his one [1] year in office and he is still talking about funds being released to him, we will start prosecution soon,” he said, asking when his soon will come when he is drawing salaries every month.

Prosecutions Will Start Soon — Martin Amidu

The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin A.B.K. Amidu, has assured the public that the office will soon start prosecuting corruption-related cases.

He said he could only successfully execute his mandate with tact and not with emotions and reckless speed.

Some Ghanaians, including former President Jerry John Rawlings, have expressed concern about the delay in the prosecution of corruption-related cases by the Special Prosecutor.

But Mr Amidu said: “We have been working around the clock. We pick information on the quiet, meet informants on the quiet and investigate on the quiet. We have made a lot of progress by completing some cases. We are now engaging prosecutors to take over prosecution.”