The nomination of former Attorney General, Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor may not be the panacea to Ghana’s corruption problems but it will go a long way in fighting it, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated.
According to him, though the fight against corruption needs all hands on deck, the “significant choice of Martin Amidu” as Special Prosecutor should send the strongest of signals to corrupt people in the country.
President Akufo-Addo, laste week, nominated the former Attorney General as the first ever Special Prosecutor, pending parliamentary approval.
While many hailed the nomination, there were some who were sceptical because they felt too much emphasis was being laid on Mr Amidu’s appointment as the solution to fighting corruption.
But speaking at a press interaction to mark his one year in office which was monitored by YEN.com.gh, President Akufo-Addo said, “I do not expect that Martin Amidu can resolve corruption alone. But it would should begin to put the fear of God into all public officials that are thinking of going down that road of corruption”.
On criticisms that Mr Amidu has an axe to grind with his own party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and was going to be used to witchhunt its members, President Akufo-Addo said there was no such agenda.
He pointed out that, Mr Amidu’s mandate was to investigate and prosecute all matters related to corruption and office holders in his government were not exempted.
“Current office holders are as likely to be investigated as past officials” [but] “some people appear determined to hold on to their politically determined views. This is unhelpful”, YEN.com.gh heard him state.
Mr Amidu, a founding member of the NDC, was reportedly ousted as an Attorney General over his decision to retrieve the GHC 51.2 million paid to businessman, Alfred Woyome as judgement debt.
Since that time, he has been a fierce critic of the party and openly expressed his desire for the party to lose power in the run up to the 2016 elections.
Many NDC people believe that, with his new role, he would want to ‘punish’ members of the party.