Former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has called out the President for exercising bias in favour of members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in his fight against corruption.
According to him, the President deliberately overlooked identified corrupt malpractices perpetrated by his appointees, an action he maintains would have vindicated his commitment to anti-corruption.
This was contained in Mr Amidu 27-page response to the presidency addressing what he terms “fabrications and falsehoods” in President Akufo-Addo’s acceptance letter of his resignation on November 17.
He referenced as case in point, the President’s refusal to interdict the Municipal Chief Executive for the Bawku Municipal Assembly, Hajia Hawa Ninchema, to vacate her office, premised on charges of procurement malpractices, after he [Martin Amidu], then Special Prosecutor, had asked those measures be taken.
“Kindly tell Ghanaians your reason for refusing to interdict or order the Municipal Chief Executive for the Bawku Municipal Assembly to vacate her office, even on voluntary or compulsory leave like you unconstitutionally did to Mr Daniel Domelevo, the constitutionally appointed Auditor-General of Ghana, after my several pleas with you, and in spite of the fact that the first prosecution witness in the case gave his evidence-in-chief, was cross-examined and discharged on 12th November 2020 in the case of the Republic v Haiia Hawa Ninchema & 7 others,” he stated.
Continuing, the former Attorney-General criticised government for attempting to denigrate his morals when in actual fact its leaders are responsible for the ineffectiveness of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
“She is still working at her post when her co-accused who are also citizens of Ghana are on interdiction. My dear former “ANTI-CORRUPTION MOSES”, this is just one example to remind you, Mr. President, that you should not have unleashed your attack dogs on my integrity as being responsible for the failure of the Special Prosecutor in the fight against corruption under your Presidency.
“How could I succeed when this single example shows that my former “ANTI-CORRUPTION MOSES” failed me anytime his ox was gored like in the Agyapa Royalties Transactions anti-corruption assessment report. It would come as no surprise to me when all the accused persons in the two pending corruption cases in the High Court since March 20191 left behind are acquitted and discharged after my resignation,” he stated.
The former Special Prosecutor further challenged government to employ external services in critiquing the controversial Agyapa deal if indeed its intentions are not of accruing wealth for a select few.
“The Government may wish to invite a trusted and friendly anti-corruption country such as Singapore or the United Kingdom or the United States or Denmark to send independent anti-corruption officers to replicate my analysis and anti-corruption assessment work giving rise to the report using the same source letters and documents.
“I am confident professionally and ethically that they will arrive at the same anti-corruption assessments contained in the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions report,”.
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