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General News of Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Source: mynewsgh.com

Martin Amidu gets new office but fresh trouble emerges

Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has received a two-story building located next to the International Press Centre as his new office after persistent complaints.

The problem is the new building has been taken over by weeds and filth and unfit for accommodation until further notice. The building which will serve as his new office is currently out of shape and is expected to be renovated immediately, according to MyNewsGh.com.

This follows complaints by Mr. Amidu about a ‘hencoop’ which was allocated to him by the government at Labone which he said was “too small” and “inconvenient” if he must succeed in the fight against graft.

Mahama appointees who have been fingered in one dubious deal or the other have dared the office of Mr Amidu to come after them if there is enough grounds to such claims by elements of the current government.

Mr Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor for so many months on is yet to show any signs of starting work, even though his board has been put in place led by respected anti-corruption champion Linda Ofori-Kwafo.

He recently received a petition to investigate and possibly prosecute former Mahama appointees Kwame Awuah Darko and Julius Debrah over an illegal payment.

President Nana Akufo-Addo gave his Presidential Assent to five Bills on 2nd January 2018, but the one most Ghanaians remember and followed is that which established the Office of the Special Prosecutor, following its passage by Parliament on November 14.

The specialized agency is to investigate acts of corruption involving public officers, politically exposed persons, and persons in the private sector involved in the commission of corruption. The office also has the power to prosecute persons engaged in acts of corruption on the authority of the Attorney-General.

“My hope and expectation is that the establishment of this Office is going to be an important step in our collective determination to root out corruption from the public life of our country. All of us know that it has been a major bane in the development of Ghana.