By: Mohammed Awal
THE SPECIAL Prosecutor nominee, Mr Martin Amidu has said he is the best choice for the tedious fight against corruption.
“If you want anybody who will be meticulous in investigation and prosecution, the President has made the best choice for you,” he said Tuesday, February 13, 2018 during his vetting by the Parliament’s Appointments Committee.
He added: “But if you want somebody who will look other way just disapprove me.”
Mr Amidu, who is known as “Citizen Vigilante” for his ceaseless anti-corruption ‘airstrikes’ even against members of his own National Democratic Congress (NDC), was named by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last month for the anti-graft office after an emergency cabinet meeting at the Flagstaff House.
President Akufo-Addo said during his encounter with the media early this year that despite not expecting Mr Amidu to eradicate all forms of graft and corruption in the public sector, he believed that at least he “will remove the fear of partisan prosecution and begin to put the fear of God in all public officials who are intending to go down the path of corruption.”
Stopping leakages and corruption
Mr Amidu, who is a former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012, told the Appointments Committee that he accepted the President’s offer because he wants to stop the leakages and corruption bedeviling the country since the return to constitutional rule.
“It’s important that this country is stabilised to make sure that no one gets the excuse to stage a coup. This can be done when we protect the national purse,” Mr Amidu said.
The vetting of Mr Amidu was in near limbo after a former deputy Attorney General, Dr Ayine filed a suit at the Supreme Court on Monday arguing that the nominee is too old to hold the position.
He wants the apex court of the land to annul the appointment because “…by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959).”