A Senior Research Officer at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has expressed his disappointment in Mr Martin Amidu’s resignation from office as Special Prosecutor.
In Dr Kojo Pumpuni Asante’s opinion, Mr Amidu should have ignored the purported interferences by government and proceeded to fulfil the mandate given him as Special Prosecutor.
“It was a disappointment the way it ended in terms of Mr Martin Amidu tendering in his resignation. I really thought he should have continued.
“Once he had raised the issues that he felt or he read the presidents actions as interference, he should have just ignored it and proceeded to do the follow-up investigations because [executive interference] comes with the job,” Dr Pumpuni Asante said.
Mr Dompreh made this comment during a discussion on the country’s fight against corruption.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show Dr Pumpuni stated that Mr Amidu was a source of hope in the country’s fight against corruption, especially as institutions mandated to fight the canker have not had much success.
“We all celebrated the appointment of Martin Amidu because prior to his appointment, his public pronouncements on corruption and some of his actions taken, gave everybody confidence that this was the right person for an institution that was set up purposely to deal with corruption related politically exposed persons and it’s been a challenge for us to deal with.
“Often the Attorney-General who is part of cabinet is put in a position where they have to basically investigate and prosecute their own colleagues and it seems like no Attorney-General has had the courage to be able to do that so this was a way to deal with that problem,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Amidu has since November 16, resigned from Office as Special Prosecutor.
In a four-paged letter, Mr Amidu outlined a number of issues, including allegations of interference with the independence of his office by the President as his reasons for quitting his job.
He was emphatic that, President Akufo-Addo had asked him to hold on with further actions on the findings of the Agyapa deal.
Prior to his resignation, Mr Amidu had also made allegations in an updated report on findings of the PPA boss that, he had no power of his [seconded] investigators.
He further stated in a 27-paged response to what he described as “fabrications and falsehoods” in President Akufo-Addo’s acceptance letter of his resignation, that his decision to resign was as a result of the threats he has received from the Presidency following findings on the Agyapa deal.
However, his move has been criticised by a section of the public who believe Mr Amidu should have resisted the executive interference and continued with his work as the Special Prosecutor of the state.
Government on the other hand has rejected all the claims made by Mr Amidu.