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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Martin Alamisi Benz-Kaiser Amidu as a Special Prosecutor.

The announcement was made by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo at the Flagstaff House on Thursday January 11, 2018.

The 2000 Vice Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was nominated by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo.

On November 14, 2017, Parliament passed the Special Bill making it an Act of Parliament.

The Special Prosecutor once approved by Parliament shall have full responsibility and control over the investigation and prosecution of public officers involved in alleged acts of corruption.

He shall also have the powers to prosecute both past and present officials accused of involvement in corrupt transactions.

President Akufo-Addo emphasized the efforts of Mr. Amidu, particularly his contest of the judgement debt payment to businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome at the Supreme Court.

“Mr. Amidu has the essential integrity, competence, courage and independence of character to discharge effectively the responsibilities of this new office,” President Akufo-Addo said.

President Akufo-Addo expressed “hope and expectation” that Parliament’s Vetting and Appointments Committee will act with dispatch – just like it did with his ministerial appointees – by approving his latest nominee “to enable Mr. Amidu as soon as possible enter into office to begin work”.

The appointment of Martin Amidu has been described by former CHRAJ boss, Emile Short as the best and clever choice considering his independence and strife for justice.

In another development, the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia says the appointment of Martin Alamisi Amidu as the Special Prosecutor, is an indication that the New Patriotic Party government has a plan, perhaps against the NDC.

Mr. Asiedu Nketia did not understand why Mr. Amidu whom he said has openly shown dislike for one political party to be appointed to such an office

Mr. Asiedu Nketia speaking to a local radio station in Kumasi, noted, “if you claim the bill is unconstitutional and you accept a position which is unconstitutional then that is contradictory and we hope during the vetting, it will come out clear”.

Quizzed whether the NDC is afraid of his appointment, the NDC General Secretary wondered, “Why should anybody be afraid of such an appointment?”

 

Last modified on Friday, 12 January 2018
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