Former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, says persons implicated in his Agyapa Royalties Transaction corruption assessment report are mounting pressure on President Akufo-Addo to appoint their surrogate as the Special Prosecutor to safeguard their interests.
According to Amidu, the persons including the cousin of the president, Gabby Otchere Darko, whose firm, Africa Legal Associates, is one the beneficiaries of the Agyapa Royalties Transaction is defaming him using his radio station, Asasaase Radio.
“In the attempt of persons implicated in the Agyapa Royalties Transaction corruption assessment report to pressurize the President to appoint their surrogate as the Special Prosecutor to safeguard their interests, the online reportage of Asaase Radio resorted to direct fabrications, lies, and omissions against me in its narration of the reasons for my resignation.”
“The post on the Asaase Radio online website by one Wilberforce Asare states in respect of my resignation that: “His [Martin Amidu] reasons for resigning were roundly criticized by civil society actors, who maintained that the law offered him enough protection to stay in office and perform his duties without interference and that there was no clear evidence of any executive interference that should have triggered his resignation.” Asaase Radio and its alter ego did not have the courage to point out one civil society actor who expressed the fabrication it was putting out to the public to aid the appointment of its new surrogate and preferred “Agyapa” Special Prosecutor,” he said in an article.
Mr. Amidu noted that the website of the radio station omitted his rejoinder giving further and better particulars on his resignation last year to the Secretary to the President’s reply to his resignation letter.
My functions or my judgment and decision as the Special Prosecutor to resign my office under Act 959 was not subject to the supervision or judgment of civil society actors let alone those of them who secretly attend Government policy-making meetings as I had occasion to point out in writing previously.
Describing the said post as “brazen impunity”, the former Attorney-General said it was pure political propaganda and meant to facilitate and enhance the status of its surrogate “Agyapa” Special Prosecutor even before the President could indicate his acceptance of the nominee and forward a request to Parliament.
“What has the nomination of a Special Prosecutor by the Attorney General which was awaiting the pleasure of the President got to do with the reportage by Asaase Radio that: “Mr. Amidu, a veteran member of the opposition National Democratic Congress, who rose to become a vice presidential candidate and Attorney General, fell out with the Mills administration over what he described as a matter of principle”.
Kissi Agyabeng nominated for the Special Prosecutor position
The Attorney General has nominated ace legal practitioner, Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, to occupy the vacant position of Special Prosecutor.
Mr. Godfred Dame mentions to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that the Chairman of the Electronic Communications Tribunal possesses the qualities of an anti-corruption fighter and deserves to be the next Special Prosecutor.
“Kissi Agyebeng possesses the requisite expertise on corruption and corruption-related matters and is of high moral character and proven integrity and satisfies all the other requirements stipulated in section 13(1) and (2) of Act 959,” the statement reads in part.
It added that “Section 13(8) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) requires the President to appoint a person qualified for appointment as Special Prosecutor to that position, within six months of the Office of Special Prosecutor becoming vacant.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | originalfmonline.com | Ghana