‘I’ll continue To Fight Corruption Whether I’m Approved Or Not’ – Amidu

The Special Prosecutor Nominee, Martin A. B. K Amidu has reiterated his penchant to fight for the state through anti graft activities, even if he is not given the nod by parliament to be the Special prosecutor.

Mr Amidu made this known when he faced the Appointment Committee in Parliament on Tuesday, February 13,2018 following his nomination by president Akufo-Addo in January this year.

“Whether I’m approved or not, I’ll continue to fight for the people of this country,” Mr Amidu said.

He said corruption is like a “structural violence” that kills many in the country without people knowing it hence his determination to combat the canker.

To him, corruption is affecting Ghana in a bad way that if it is not tackled from the top, government officials will drain the coffers of the state which will lead to damages.

Court And Matters Arising

In less than twenty-four (24) hours for him to be vetted in parliament, Mr Amidu’s eligibility was challenged in court. 

The Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, Dr Dominic Ayine, sued the state over the age of Mr Amidu.

Dr Ayine, a former Deputy Attorney General under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is seeking for government to halt the processes that will see Mr Amidu become the Special Prosecutor.

According to him, the Special Prosecutor nominee is above the retirement age of 60 for public office holders “pursuant to Article 190 (1)(d) of tgen1992 constitution.

The writ which was filed on Monday, February 12, is also seeking  the following:

  1. b) A declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4) of the 1992 Constitution, no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1)(d);
  2. c) A declaration that by reason of his age (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor under section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959);
  3. d) A declaration that by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959)
  4. e) A declaration that by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959)
  5. f) A declaration that any purported nomination by the Attorney General or approval by Parliament or appointment by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor under Sections 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959), is unconstitutional, and therefore, null and void;
  6. g) In the event Martin Amidu has already been vetted and approved by Parliament and /or appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2018 (Act 959) prior to the final determination of this suit, an order annulling such nomination, approval and appointment.

Catching The Thief

“Ghana is not a milking cow”, he said while warning that if approved he will pursue officials who loot from the state.

“When I’m appointed and my deputy is appointed and the board is appointed and we have the complement of staff, I will lead them to explore ways of catching the thief.”

“There are various ways of intelligence. . .The FBI and other bodies have done it, we will do it, so, it’s not going to be a situation in which you’ll think that working in my office is just a holiday, no, no,” he added.

Mr Amidu will put himself above suspicion to ensure his subordinates also work with Ghana at heart.

“. . .Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion,” he noted as he assured the Appointments committee of a good job.

“I, When you approve of me, must be the first one above suspicion, I’ve demonstrated it before in positions I’ve held and I’m going to make sure that I myself am above suspicion”, he posited.

Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/Henryson Okrah