Amidu’s Appointment; Ploy To Witch Hunt Political Opponent – Researcher

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A research consultant Mr. Benjamin Akwei has said that the appointment and subsequent approval of Martin Amidu’s nomination by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor [SP] is a ploy by the NPP government to witch hunt appointees of previous administration.

Mr. Benjamin Akwei

According to him, the generalization of Amidu as Special Prosecutor without given the specific case to investigate appears to be more political than independent.

He cited that the job of the Special Prosecutor comes with a specific job description and case to be handled by such an office.

In the case of Ghana, according to the research consultant in an interview with, the Special Prosecutor (SP) is given the mandate to prosecute so called rot committed by appointees of former government officials.

The former Attorney General in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Martin Alamisi Amidu, was named as the Special Prosecutor by President Akufo Addo early this year.

Mr. Amidu, a man who has earned the nickname ‘Citizen Vigilante’ for his no-nonsense stance and campaign against corruption particularly in the NDC administration, was named by President Akufo-Addo after an emergency cabinet meeting at the Flagstaff House.

The President in announcing the name, said he received the nomination from the Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo, and has accepted the nominee, whose name will be forwarded to Parliament for approval when the House reconvenes from recess.

Meanwhile, Martin Amidu’s new role has received an overwhelming endorsement from Parliament’s Appointments Committee.

At a break meeting minutes after the nine-hour-long vetting on Tuesday, all members of the Committee unanimously supported the former Attorney-General’s approval as the first Special Prosecutor.

But the research consultant believes that the job of the SP would bounce to face some serious challenges that would bring his immediate exit.


Story: Iddrissu A. Jara

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