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General News of Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Amidu distinguished himself at his vetting – Vitus Azeem

Anti-corruption crusader, Vitus Azeem, believes the Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu, distinguished himself at his public vetting on Tuesday.

According to him, the former Attorney General fully demonstrated he was capable for the office.

Speaking in a Citi News interview, Azeem said he is confident that Martin Amidu will excel on the job if his independence is guaranteed and the office is offered all the necessary resources.

“He is going to do his best if he is given the independence and the resources to do his work. Especially if he is allowed adopt the method that he gave as using it to appoint people he will work with,” he said.

Martin Amidu on Tuesday faced Parliament’s Appointments Committee in what could probably be the longest ever vetting session in the 4th Republic.

He responded to various questions from all members of the committee in the over 7-hour long session.

Many social media commentaries expressed approval for Martin Amidu following his performance at the committee sitting, however, the committee is yet to officially prepare its report on the sitting on whether or not he should be approved or disapproved.

The nominee himself has said that he believes he has nothing to lose whether or not he is approved to serve in the capacity as Special Prosecutor despite massive endorsements from many Ghanaians including former President Jerry John Rawlings.

Pending lawsuit

Martin Amidu’s confirmation after the vetting hangs in a balance as a former Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament, Dominic Ayine has filed a lawsuit challenging nomination.

According to the lawsuit, Martin Amidu, 66, is too old for the job.

A win for Dominic Ayine in the Supreme Court will render null and void Parliament’s approval of Martin Amidu.