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General News of Tuesday, 4 June 2019


I’ll not abuse my powers to prosecute corruption – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has vowed not to abuse his powers to prosecute corrupt persons.

He says he remains committed to due process as his administrations look to live to expectations in the corruption fight.

“One of the things I am not prepared to do under any conditions is to do away with due process,” President Akufo-Addo declared in his meeting with Ghanaians in Canada.

We are not going to have a situation have where, for political reasons, due process is denied some people but is applied to other people. I will never ever preside over that.”

President Akufo-Addo has in the past touted his appointment of a Special Prosecutor as evidence of his commitment to due process.

He said the work of the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, will quench fears and accusations of a political witch hunt.

According to him, “we have a particular problem in Ghana which is that every time a prosecution is mounted against a high ranking official, you hear the cry witch-hunting. It has become a way of protest for senior political figures.”

“If he [Martin Amidu] then puts you in his gaze for an act of wrongdoing, that charge of witch-hunting will no longer be available. We believe that that is a very important step, which will make sure that the principle of equality before the law is made meaningful.”