FORMER JUSTICE MINISTER MARTIN AMIDU APPOINTED GHANA’S FIRST SPECIAL PROSECUTOR

ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has named former Attorney-General and Justice Minister Martin Amidu as the nominee to be Ghana’s first independent Special Prosecutor.

The president will forward the nomination to the Legislature when the House reconvenes on Jan 23, 2018.

Amidu, an astute politician and anti-corruption campaigner, was Attorney-General and Minister of Justice from January 2011 to January 2012 and is remembered for his relentless campaign against the abuse of public funds, as evident from the role he played in the case of the State Versus Woyome in the infamous Waterville financial scandal.

The president told a media conference at his Flagstaff House office here Thursday that the Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo, had submitted to him, for his acceptance, the name of Martin Amidu as the proposed Special Prosecutor. I have accepted the Attorney-General’s nomination, and will, in turn, submit for Parliament’s approval, when it reconvenes on Jan 23, 2018, for its first meeting of this new year, the name of Martin Amidu to be the first Special Prosecutor under the law, he said.

The president said he was fully convinced Amidu had the “requisite integrity, competence, courage and independence of character to discharge effectively the responsibilities of this new office”.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor was set up to lead the fight against corruption and to hold public officials, both former and present, accountable for graft of the Public purse.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

   

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