Resource Amidu now! —GII charges Prez

In the wake of the brouhaha over a lack of adequate resources for the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has waded into the matter, charging President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to walk the talk by acting with sense of urgency to resource the OSP.

“We want him to do more…based on his campaign promise, based on his speeches on the appointment of the governing board. We expect to see more because our bane as a country has been with investigation and prosecution of corruption,” GII’s Programmes Officer, Mary Addah, made the call while speaking on some Accra-based FM stations.

According to her, Ghanaians were anxious to see Mr Amidu work with his Act and also with a legislative instrument (LI), which will embolden him to discharge his duties diligently.

Madam Addeh’s comments come on the back of President Akufo-Addo’s assurance during a meeting with some Ghanaians in the United States of America that Mr Amidu will “bite soon” as efforts were underway to resource him in the fight against corruption.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh, has stressed that it will be out of place for Mr Amidu to resign over inadequate resources to function.

 

Prof Prempeh was reacting to calls from a section of the populace including the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Buem, advising Mr Amidu to immediately resign.

 

In the firm opinion of the CDD-Ghana executive director, those making these suggestions were too “extreme.”

 

“Those are extreme reactions,” Prof Prempeh said.

 

“Some things must be managed at a time,” the legal practitioner said about equipping the Office of the Special Prosecutor, adding that “I still hope it will add value to the fight against corruption. I don’t think the law enforcement solution to fighting corruption is adequate.”

 

It would be recalled that Mr Amidu while speaking at the National Audit Forum organised by Ghana Audit Service in Accra last month, lamented attempts to stifle his efficacy by some appointees of the President, noting that ministers have not been forthcoming with critical documents required for him to deliver on his mandate.

 

“You ask for information you can’t get it, you ask for docket, the docket cannot be produced. You ask a minister for a record, the record cannot be produced. How do you fight corruption when those appointed by the president who has a vision are not coordinating with the office of the special prosecutor to achieve his mandate? That is the challenge we have to face,” Mr Amidu reportedly said.

 

Again, he said due to the lack of necessary logistics, including legislative instruments (LIs) to function as required by the office, he was being compelled to use his “common sense.”

 

Mr Amidu’s comments ruffled some feathers within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), key amongst whom was the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo.

 

Debunking Mr Amidu’s comments, the attorney general and minister for justice categorically said: “That’s not the case.”

 

“I have held meetings with him [Amidu] that require sharing ideas about the goings on in the banking industry, we have shared ideas about how we should go about investigating and prosecuting it, there’s no time that he had sought to speak with me that I haven’t spoken to him. [And] there is no breakdown,” she averred.

 

Story: Kwamena ANANSE

Writer’s email: denniskeelson@yahoo.co.uk

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