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Special Prosecutor Job… Why Prez Chose Martin Amidu
 
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12-Jan-2018  
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, after he received and accepted the nomination of former Attorney General under the late President John Evans Atta Mills government, Martin Alamisi Amidu, for the coveted Special Prosecutor job from the Attorney General, Gloria Akufo, yesterday, let out some kind words and what appeared to be the reason for his acceptance of the nominee.

Martin Amidu, the President said, has the requisite integrity, competence, courage and independence of character to discharge effectively the responsibilities of the new office.

Announcing the appointment of Mr. Martin Amidu at the Flagstaff House, President Akufo Addo described the former deputy Attorney General under the Rawlings government as a prominent legal personality who was commended even by the Supreme Court itself for his public spiritedness in ensuring the protection of public purse.

He pointed out that the discharge of one of the important function of his government was the fight against corruption in public life, hence the nationwide demand for the creation of special office to fight the growing cancer.

The establishment of the special prosecutor and independent non-partisan prosecutor with relevant capabilities to lead the fight and hold public officials, past and present, accountable for their stewardships of public finances, he said, is the first stage of the fulfilment of his promise to the people of Ghana.

President Akufo Addo said he could also personally vouch for Mr. Amidu’s public spiritedness, saying that “We were on opposite sides in a series of landmark constitutional cases in the period leading up to and in the early years of the 4th Republic, well known to students of constitutional law, which helped shape the evolution of the Constitution of the 4th Republic. As Deputy Attorney General, as he then was, he conducted those cases with the fairness which should be a cardinal feature of the conduct of any self-respecting lawyer.”

Nana Akufo-Addo also averred that in recent times, the stench of corruption in public life was such that there was a general, nationwide demand for the creation of additional, focussed instruments to fight the canker of corruption that was visibly troubling at the heart of the nation.

“The response of the New Patriotic Party to this demand was, inter alia, to pledge, in its manifesto for the 2016 general elections, the establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor, an independent, non-partisan body with the relevant professional capability, to lead the fight, and hold public officials, past and present, accountable for their stewardship of public finances,” he reiterated.

“I, thus, have the honour to submit to Parliament, when it reconvenes, the name of Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu, for its approval for appointment as Special Prosecutor. It is my hope and expectation that the praiseworthy speed and dispatch, with which Parliament acted on my nominees for ministerial appointment last year, will characterise its handling of this nomination to enable Mr. Amidu, as soon as possible, enter into office to begin the important work that awaits him.”

Martin Amidu’s appointment is expected to eliminate the fear of many who suggested that the Office of the Special Prosecutor would be compromised, and not function effectively and fairly, if any loyalist of the governing NPP was appointed to occupy the position.

When fully operational, the Special Prosecutor’s office will be independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued past governments.

The 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 offenses implicating public officers, political office holders and their accomplices in the public sector.

The Prosecutor will also be mandated to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption.

Meanwhile, former President Jerry John Rawlings has in a congratulatory message to Martin Amidu stated that “The President couldn’t have made a better choice”.

 
 
 
 
Source: New Crusading Guide
 
 

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Name: ADAMU AMIDU TO TURN GHANA INTO BURKINA FASO
If corruption has been with us since Adam, how can Adamu Amidu eradicate it from our midst? So Adamu Amidu is coming to turn Ghana into Burkina Faso (Land of Incorruptible People). E no be so? Ghana, the next heaven, where there is no corruption. Thank you, Adamu Amidu.
 
Name: Kwaku Nokwafo
That was a wonderful decision by the president and all the nation stand to benefit from any good ***barred word*** that would be rendered by the newly appointed SP.To the NDC he is a hungry lion ready to pounce on its prey and to the NPP he is a trap set ready to hold the tail of its prey before more harm is done. SP you are most welcome
 
Name: Klutse
At long last, we have some hope in the fight against corruption. Citizen One, do your utmost best. We support you, and thank NADAA for appointing you!!!
 
Name: Sekum
Your appointment is long overdue... I bet the backside of some people are dancing vlayah vlayah...As3m beba debi I swear!
 
Name: Straight Talker
So why didn't Nana Addo offer the mandate & resources to any of the existing institutions to perform this function ? Ghana already has: ATTORNEY GENERAL AUDITOR GENERAL EOCO CHIRAJ BNI POLICE INVESTIGATION UNIT NATIONAL SECURITY Another institution to drain the scarce resources
 
Name: Fatcobra
Now watch the NDC g00ns start using and misusing the word witch hunt after spending a greater part of last year ridiculing and doubting the special prosecutor. Long live Ghana, Long live the SP
 
Name: Ogyam: CORRUPTION EEE BYE BYE OOO ... ONAAPO lol
My first case I want him to ***barred word*** on is the purchase of Embraer aeroplane. I learn late Prez Mills wanted to investigate it, but he died mysteriously. I want that case revisited and investigated.
 
Name: Annor
Am very proud to be a Ghanaian for the first time of my life and hope to see Ghana ***barred word*** again for we the youth of this country. We are realy suffering as people
 



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