General News of Sunday, 17 June 2012

Source: myjoyonline

I was unfair to Amidu; Kumbuor must clear his name - Baako

Editor in chief of the New Crusading newspaper has conceded he was unfair in his criticism of the former Attorney General Martin Amidu.

Kweku Baako Jnr said recent disclosures from Amidu which sought to explain the circumstances under which he was fired has made him revise his notes.

Baako Jnr was highly critical of Martin Amidu when he (Amidu) released his first public statement against news papers he claimed were rented.

In that statement, the former Attorney General accused a cabinet minister of masterminding the payment of the 51 million cedis judgement debt paid to Alfred Woyome.

He was immediately sacked in what government spokespersons claim was misconduct on his part.

Director of Communications at the presidency, Koku Anyidoho told the media that Martin Amidu failed to disclose to the president who within cabinet ordered the payment of the judgement debt and also accused Amidu of engaging in misconduct.

Reactions to the dismissal of Martin Amidu were mixed with the New Patriotic Party accusing the government of sacking Amidu to cover up the judgement debt payment.

However, Kweku Baako supported the decision by government to relieve Amidu of his position, saying, Martin Amidu cannot publicly make such disparaging remark about a cabinet he is part of and expect to be part of the same cabinet and the same government.

But Baako has made a u-turn following the epistles of Martin Amidu who described himself as a citizen vigilante.

Whilst debunking assertions of misconduct against him, Amidu in his epistles stated clearly that he provided names of persons he said were involved in the payment of the “gargantuan” amount of money to Woyome.

He also challenged government spokespersons to dare him if no such names were given.

Speaking on Joy FM and MultiTV news analysis programme Newsfile on Saturday, Kweku Baako said the statements by Amidu are too pronounce to ignore and especially when government appears not to be contradicting those statements, he has not choice but to take back his words against Amidu.

“I was unfair to Amidu” Baako conceded, debunking assertion from members of the panel –Bernard Mornah, Kojo Adu Asare- that Amidu breached his oath of allegiance and his lawyer client agreement in his numerous epistles.

Martin Amidu questioned the integrity of current Attorney General Benjamin Kumbour who he accused of fabricating an assassination plot against himself.

Kweku Baako insisted the time has come for Kumbuor to clear his name. According to him, it was the Public Agenda newspaper which first came out with the news of self-inflicted assassination plot on Kumbuor after which the Daily Guide news also made publication on the same matter.

The Crusading Guide Newspaper editor said he is privy to the police report which made those findings against Kumbuor and time has come for the Attorney General to come public on the matter.

He said it is in Kumbuor’s own interest to clear his name.