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12-Jan-2018  
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A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo says "President Akufo Addo has demonstrated his desire to protect the national interest" following the appointment of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor.

President Akufo Addo on Thursday announced the nomination of anti-corruption crusader Martin Amidu as the country’s first Special Prosecutor pending parliamentary approval; a decision that has been welcomed by many as good news as far as the fight against corruption is concerned.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor marks the fulfilment of a major campaign promise of Nana Akufo-Addo in the run-up to the 2016 elections aimed at fighting corruption.

President Akufo-Addo last week signed into law the bill setting up the Special Prosecutor office after it was approved by Parliament in November 2017.

In a statement, Ransford Gyampo congratulated the President for the 'bold step' and wished that more such appointments will be made.


Read full statement from Ransford Gyampo below:

1. The Special Prosecutor suffers from a fundamental challenge regarding autonomy and independence.

2. In my earlier critique of the move to create a Special Prosecutor rather than an Independent Public Prosecutor, I proposed the appointment of a person in the character and stature of Martin Amidu (or Anas) as someone who could do well to surmount the fundamental problem and make some strides in the fight against corruption in spite of the challenges of independence.

3. Martin Amidu has the stature, character, competence, objectivity and all it takes to wield the needed DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD in fighting corruption within the ruling party and outside the party.

4. He has the NAME, MORAL AUTHORITY AND CREDIBILITY as CITIZEN VIGILANTE and I believe he would work to protect not only our money, but also his own name.

5. This is the MOST OBJECTIVE POLITICAL APPOINTMENT that has ever been made in the history of our Fourth Republic. “If you cant find them in your party, go beyond your party to find them all in the name of serving Ghana”. Not all positions can or must be filled from within.

6. President Akufo Addo has demonstrated his desire to protect the NATIONAL INTEREST. I am sure he was opposed about his choice by the hawks and the overly partisan apparatchiks. I congratulate him for this bold step.

7. There would be serious autonomy challenges but CITIZEN VIGILANTE, do your best for mother Ghana under the circumstance.

8. I am a very proud Ghanaian today and I thank the President for following one of the key pathways to dealing with Winner-Takes-All politics.

9. Mr. President, more of these appointments. Appointments that even your political opponents can’t really oppose.

10. Mr. Amidu, I wish you well. Remember how you took people in your own party on. Take appointees of this administration on when necessary to give you the audacity to prosecute those who aren’t in government when you have the evidence.

God bless our homeland Ghana.

Yaw Gyampo.
A31, Prabiw
P.AV. Ansah Street
Saltpond


Background


Martin A. B. K. Amidu was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills.

Amidu, a member of the NDC, served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government.

After civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001.

In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Atta Mills. They both however lost to President John Kufuor that year.

In January 2010, following a cabinet reshuffle, President Mills replaced Cletus Avoka with Martin Amidu as the Minister for Interior. As Amidu is a Builsa, some people raised questions as to his neutrality in dealing with the Bawku conflict. He however went successfully through vetting by the Parliament of Ghana and has since assumed his post.

Following the second major cabinet reshuffle by President Mills, Amidu became the Attorney general and Minister for Justice of Ghana.

Removal from Office

Martin Amidu was relieved of his post on Thursday January 19, 2012, by President John Evans Atta Mills under circumstances described by aids as ‘his misconduct’ at a meeting chaired by the president at the Osu Castle on January 18, 2012.

He made allegations relating to alleged financial impropriety on the part of another cabinet minister, allegations he was asked by the president to substantiate.

Martin Amidu, the former Attorney General, single-handedly challenged the legality of the payments after being relieved off his post at the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back the money as Supreme Court judges unanimously granted the Attorney-General clearance to execute the court’s judgment, ordering Mr. Woyome to refund the cash to the state.

Following the delays in retrieving the money, Mr. Amidu in 2016, filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking to examine Alfred Woyome, on how he would pay back the money, after the Attorney General’s office under the Mahama Administration, led by the former Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, discontinued a similar application.

In February 2017 however, Mr. Amidu withdrew his suit seeking an oral examination, explaining that the change of government under the New Patriotic Party under His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo and his Attorney General, Miss Gloria Akuffo’s assurance to retrieve all judgment debts wrongfully paid to individuals Mr. Woyome in response prayed the Supreme Court to stay proceedings on the oral examination since he had filed for a review on the case.
 
 
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Name: PASSIONATE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Corruption is a sin against God's creation and humanity. I it is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). It is the cause of poverty, social and moral decadence, poor education and health delivery, social injustice, lack of infrastructure, social amenities and progress. It is also, to a large extent, the cause of of many accidents, endemic diseases, unemployment, robbery, environmental degradation, social disorder and breakdowns. Corruption is more evil than any single sin that one can name. Therefore, the passion to fight corruption must be desired and supported by all who love God and care for his creation. The fight against corruption is a very important service rendered to God to promote his goodness to all and protect his image and likeness in every individual person in the society. Let us all pray, support and join the fight against corruption as we struggle to promote the quality of life and the dignity of the human person.
 
Name: Evil NDC Party
It is obvious Prof Gyampo is an NDC supporter or sympathizer.....
 
Name: Fatcobra
Ei koo Gyampo paa nie? Just last year you were on the neck of the president. Anyway i'm glad you arr happy with appointment
 
Name: tito again
Anas to me is a corrupt e>d10t who just bring out doctored tapes to put those he hate or refuse to bow to him in trouble. I said this bcos this e
 
Name: tito
Anas to me is a corrupt ***barred word*** who just bring out doctored tapes to put those he hate or refuse to bow to him in trouble. I said this bcos this ***barred word*** has been deceiving us of some investigation that will shake the nation since last year. until now he has not released the tape yet. my question is what is he waiting for if he is not trying to cover some ple by doctoring the tape? I am sure he was done with the investigations otherwise he wouldnt have known the magnitude of the effects it will have in our society. he is jus a corrupt opportunistic journalist who invades into ple's privacy for his selfish gains. I used to like this Anas guy but not anymore. Nobody shd think about him getting any govt appointment. why I am even talking about Anas. Anyway, Mr. Amidu is the best person for the job to me for now until he also gives me reason(s) to doubt like Anas.
 
Name: @United Kingdom YOU RISK BEING CORRUPT IF YOU RETURN HOME
Corruption is so endemic with corruption so much so that is has become the culture of the people. They have accepted it as a norm. You would bear with me that in developed countries, incidence of corruption are extremely minimized. As a Ghanaian and for that matter, a foreigner working in UK, the laws of the country and the way things are done over there makes it virtually impossible for one to be corrupt.
 
Name: DAN
Fellow Ghanaians, i think it's too early to start praising Martin Amidu however hardworking and honest he might be, lets wait and see how that office work's since this is the first of it's kind in our history,as the saying goes'Meat that has fat will prove it by the heat of fire'.Field Marshal CITIZEN VIGILANTE , over to you.
 
Name: Opack - United Kingdom
This is one of the few clean write-ups since our 4th Republic, as clean as the appointment of Mr ABK Amidu. I personally don't care about those who have had diarrhea since this appointment. Now hear me Mr Citizen Vigilante, you can change the fortunes of our dear nation if you stick to what you are noted for - FAIR but FIRM to the very laws of the land with no IFs and BUTs. Some of us are tired and living in foreign land and are eager to come home but coming for what ? CORRUPTION is our number 1 enemy, not the devil that we've wrongly accused over the decades. God Bless our President, God Bless Mr ABK Amidu, God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.
 
Name: Edmund
But Gyampo, We need strong institution, not strong individuals. If and when Martin is no more there, then what happens to the institution which is dependent on other institutions for direction unlike the Public Prosecutor we all wish had happened.
 
Name: pasasa
then go and bring your father. BABYLON
 



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