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General News of Monday, 1 October 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Amidu’s outburst ’is admission of failure’ – CSO

Public Interest Research and Advocacy Network-Gh (PIRAN-GH), a non-governmental organisation, has said recent comments by Mr Martin Amidu are a signal that he may not be efficient at his post as Special Prosecutor.

“The recent complaints of the special prosecutor for lack of logistics, Personnel and interference and noncooperation from ministers and other government officials is a threat to the promised fight against corruption in Ghana,” PIRAN-GH said.

At a National Audit Forum organised by the Ghana Audit Service, Mr Amidu poured out frustrations allegedly holding him back from delivering on his mandate, citing among others a lack of Legislative Instrument to give teeth to his office.

Many have criticised him for the public outburst, but President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has promised to provide the needed resources to facilitate his work.

Government officials have explained that the delay to provide the logistics to Office of Special Prosecutor to the cumbersome bureaucracy at government institutions, and not a lack of commitment to fight corruption.

The NGO has, meanwhile, cautioned the Special Prosecutor “to stop the conjecturing and psychological warfare and focus on the job given to him or resign because the recent comments...”

Read PIRAN-GH’s full release below.

The effusions and outburst of the special prosecutor is admission of failure

The quest of past and present governments to fight corruption with the establishment of anti-corruption agencies like CHRAJ, Serious Fraud Office, EOCO and now Office of Special Prosecution need the require logistics, personnel and legislation to function properly, but the recent comments at the conference of auditors by the frustrated Special Prosecutor is sending signals the OSP (office of special prosecutor) may not be as efficient and effective in the fight against corruption.

The recent complaints of the special prosecutor for lack of logistics, Personnel and interference and noncooperation from ministers and other government officials is a threat to the promised fight against corruption in Ghana.

The personality of the person chosen for the job of the OSP(Office Special Prosecutor) gave some hope to Ghanaians that we now have somebody we can trust to deal with corruption, buts almost a year after the assumption of office, the special prosecutor has been complaining about challenges, such as office not properly furnished, Chiefs and Pastors pleading for and on behalf certain politicians, people making payments into his accounts and now government appointees not cooperating and supporting, lack of logistics and personnel among others.

With the above complains the Special Prosecutor is already outlining reasons for his inability to perform, since he has not proffered a single solution to the difficulties he claims is stampeding his efforts to work nor mentioned the names of those making payment into his personal accounts and wonder if the said payment is still in his accounts or has returned same to senders.

We believe the Special Prosecutor is failing Ghanaians and the earlier the government takes a decision on him the better, because if almost a year after swearing into office as a special prosecutor to fight corruption in government and till date you have very little to show except complaints, we don’t see commitment on the part of government to make the OSP effective and efficient and wish to appeal to the Government to resource the Special Prosecutors office to work effectively and efficiently before it suffers the fate of other ineffective government agencies.

We initially had our doubt as to the success or otherwise of the Office of Specially Prosecutor and the effusions and outburst of the Special Prosecutor Mr. Martin Amidu are giving an indication of another government agency that cannot be independent of Manipulation and control of the powers that be.

The Attorney General and her deputy who have oversight responsibility on the special prosecutor have expressed worry over his frustrations and complaint to the media and the public at large.

We wish to caution the Special Prosecutor to stop conjecturing and psychological warfare and focus on the job given to him or resign because the recent comments and interviews that have offended the Attorney General may compound his problem, he may be qualified but his temperament cannot fit for any political appointment because of interference and manipulation.

Also if it is true he has no staff (Prosecutors and C I D Personal) to work with, then he has no reason wasting his time in office without staff/personnel to work with. And wish to advise him to resign, since it is equally unlawful to take a salary for no work done.