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General News of Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Source: mynewsgh.com

NPP bigwigs stampeding Amidu from investigating them - Maurice Ampaw

Some appointees in the current government billed to be investigated by the Office of the Special Prosecutor are doing everything humanly possible to stop the Office from working according to a private legal practitioner, Lawyer Maurice Ampaw.

“Do you think investigating the Information Minister [Kojo Oppong Nkrumah] the government will have the wherewithal to give support to the Special Prosecutor?”, he asked.

Lawyer Maurice Ampaw who spoke on Kumasi based Nhyira FM’s morning show monitored by MyNewsGh.com claims the two main political parties; the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are stampeding the works of the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu.

There is a list of 26 cases currently receiving attention at the Office of the Special Prosecutor as obtained by MyNewsGh.com.

It includes opposition figures like former President John Mahama and government appointees under the Akufo-Addo administration such as Board Chair of the Ghana National Petroleum Company and national chairman of the governing NPP Freddie Blay.

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has so far filed one case in court among the 25 cases which have piqued his interest.

The office, which is the President’s promised solution to political graft, was created by law in 2018.

Martin Amidu is a former Attorney-General who resigned from the John Atta Mills’ administration and made a name for himself in chasing after ill-gotten funds while a lackadaisical state pussyfoots.

He was sworn in as the first Special Prosecutor on March 1, 2018, with a secured tenure which is believed, will protect the appointee from political interference which is said to have undermined the fight against corruption.