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General News of Sunday, 14 January 2018


Martin Amidu choice has restored confidence in Akufo-Addo’s corruption fight - Fuseini

A former Lands Minister has said the appointment of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor has restored confidence in the president’s commitment to the fight against corruption.

Inusah Fuseni said President Akufo-Addo has done so in ways that have scored him a lot of marks in fighting corruption and the determination to do so.

His comments follow the President’s announcement of former Attorney General Martin Amidu as the country’s foremost Special Prosecutor.

Unlike many of his colleagues on the minority side and in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who are opposed to the appointment of Martin Amidu, the Tamale Central MP believes he’s the best man for the job.

The country was thrown into euphoria last Thursday the President's appointment of citizen vigilante known for his unrelenting fight against corruption.

Mr Amidu’s office will have the mandate to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged corruption under the Public Procurement Act 203 Act 63 and other corruption-related offences implicating public officers, political office holders and their accomplices.

Speaking on JOYNEWS/Joy FM’s news analysis programme Newsfile on Saturday, Mr Fuseini who described the appointment as refreshing explained that the country stands to gain from the astute lawyer’s experience.

“This is because Martin Amidu’s experience span over a period of 30 years in political office,” he observed.

Lauding the appointment as devoid of political machinations he said, “Martin Amidu will go after anybody…he will even fight an empty room if he believes the air in the room is associated to corrupt practice.”

For his part, Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr has described the president’s nomination of Citizen Vigilante Martin Amidu as a political masterstroke.

"I think the President took a decision driven by a strategic thinking and it was a political masterstroke," he said.

However, Mr Fuseini disagreed arguing that the appointment is not a political masterstroke as people are alluding to because the newly appointed Special Prosecutor will not do any political party's bidding.

Mr Fuseini believes it is misplaced to look at the appointment of Mr Amidu with political colours since the law relating to his nomination does not recognise that.