The Upper East Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Anthony Namoo, has said the stepping down of Martin Amidu from his position as Special Prosecutor does not mean government’s efforts to fight against corruption has hit a snag.
Many people have expressed the view that Mr.Amidu’s resignation could signal an end to the battle against the canker, but according to the human rights lawyer, there are other competent Ghanaians who could equally help in the fight against the menace.
Lawyer Namoo made these remarks in an interview on A1 Radio’s Day Beak Upper East program on Tuesday.
He said “Being an institution, the office must continue I’m sure we will get other competent Ghanaians who could equally fight against corruption because the fight against corruption is not a personal issue, it is an institutional and legal course; and of course all Ghanaians are also enjoined to support the fight against corruption.”
“…so it is wrong to see only Martin Amidu and therefore we have to look at it in this broader perspective that his departure should not signal the death of fight against corruption.”
Lawyer Namoo went further to state that Mr.Amidu’s resignation would not affect the governing party’s electoral fortunes as elections beckons on December 7.
It could be recalled that in the run up to the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, the presidential candidate of the then opposition NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, as part of his campaign messages promised to establish the office of the Special Prosecutor to combat corruption should he be elected as a president of the country.
Upon assumption of office in 2017, the Office of the Special Prosecutor was duly set up.
Citizen vigilante and anti-corruption crusader, Martin Amidu was subsequently appointed as the first Special Prosecutor in Ghana’s history.
His appointment was met with a myriad of excitement from the public as it was thought the wheels of corruption could be grounded to a halt.
However, two years after Martin Amidu’s appointment, he resigned from the office last Monday, citing among other things, interference from President Akufo Addo in the discharge of his duties, thereby attracting a mushroom of criticisms from the masses.
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHZ| Beyeni Elijah Yenibey|Ghana