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Ghana’s anti-corruption prosecutor resigns, accuses the President of interference

Ghana’s anti-corruption crusader, Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu, has resigned from his position three years after he was appointed by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo who is the current ECOWAS Chairman. 

“This is to inform the public that I resigned from my position as the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor with immediate effect upon the submission of my letter of resignation with reference number OSP/2/AM/14 dated November 16, 2020, which was received at the Office of the President at 15:15 HRS this afternoon,” he said in his letter to the President.

The special prosecutor, now defunct, has accused the President of political interference in his line of work resulting in the inability of his office to independently fight corruption.  In the same letter he addressed to the President, Mr. Amidu stated that the treatment meted out to him following an investigation into a recent scandal themed Agyapa, with which some members of the ruling party were reported to have schemed up to sell Ghana’s future gold royalties to an offshore firm defeats the purpose for the establishment of his office.

“The reaction I received for daring to produce the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption report convinces me beyond any reasonable doubt that I was not intended to exercise any independence as the Special Prosecutor in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and recovery of assets of corruption. My position as the Special Prosecutor has consequently become clearly untenable.” He wrote.

To clarify issues regarding his commitment to the fight against corruption in Ghana, Mr. Amidu stated that, “I accepted the offer on January 10, 2018, to be nominated to be Special Prosecutor because Mr President and Ghanaians knew I have been an anti-corruption crusader all my life and not an anti-corruption entrepreneur. This explains why I have never put the emoluments and benefits of the Office as central to my commitment and my passion for the establishment of an independent, effective, efficient and impartial anti-corruption Office of the Special Prosecutor before the end of the first term of Mr President.”

It is very factual, the claims in the above quote that, Mr. Martin Amidu has been an anti-corruption crusader all his life; he is not only a fierce critic of corrupt officials but also sues them at the law courts irrespective of the political divide they belong to. He used to be a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party; however, due to his ability to maintain a certain anti-corruption image over the years, the president appointed him as the special prosecutor, regardless of his party affiliation. This should explain the caliber of person he is.

His resignation came just a few days to the Ghanaian general election which is scheduled on the 7th of December, 2020. Would this affect the electoral fortunes of the ruling New Patriotic Party in any way? Would Ghana ever bounce back and defeat corruption? Find the Prosecutor’s full resignation letter below:

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