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General News of Wednesday, 24 July 2019


Buaben Asamoa’s attack on me was in defense of CID – Amidu

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu says the Communications Director for New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa’s criticism of him was merely in service of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.

In an article responding to Mr. Asamoa, Mr. Amidu said the NPP spokesperson was not fooling Ghanaians.

The Special Prosecutor said Ghanaians saw beyond Mr. Asamoa’s remarks, which were “a subtle way of defending the CID and a party colleague who was the subject of the alleged exoneration.”

Hon. Yaw Buaben Asamoa also thinks that Ghanaians are so naïve that they cannot see in his tacit instructions and attacks on me a defence of the CID by him and on behalf of his political party.”

Mr. Asamoa’s initial criticism of Mr. Amidu came after comments on the status of a probe into the former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, Charles Bissue.

Mr. Amidu condemned interference in his work after the emergence of a CID report exonerating Charles Bissue following its own probe.

Mr. Asamoa, in turn, told Mr. Amidu to stop complaining about interference in his work.

“Why is he complaining all the time. Let him do his work. Has the president told Martin Amidu to stop work, no. Has a minister who wrote a letter to the CID told Martin Amidu to stop work, no. Has the CID in its report to Martin Amidu told him to stop work? No. I don’t think it will be useful to be at opposite ends of the table with the CID. I think it will be better for him to pick up that report, look at flaws if any he finds per his view within the Special Prosecutor’s act and move on to deal with those issues. Nobody has stopped him or can stop him from moving to investigative that matter,” Yaw Buabeng Asamoa said.

In his response to Mr. Asamoa, the Special Prosecutor said he viewed the remarks as an attempt to “tacitly instruct” the way he run his office.

“Hon. Yaw Buaben Asamoa latched on my explanation and information to the public through the interview to run to the defence of the Criminal Investigation Department as though it is a Department of deaf and dumb. Hon. Yaw Buaben Asamoa did this by pretending to be directing me as an ignoramus on how to perform the duties of my Office.”

In further criticism, Mr. Amidu cautioned that Mr. Asamoa was also interfering ins is work because “there are several subtle ways of interfering with and indirectly stopping a fair investigation.”

Mr. Asamoa has since apologised to Mr. Amidu, for telling him to stop complaining about interference in his work.

“If he [Martin Amidu] believes that my remarks are indirectly directing him, then I am afraid I am sorry for having said that because I will be the last person to attempt to direct him,” Mr. Asamoa said on Eyewitness News.