By: Jerry Avornyotse
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), has debunked excerpts of the letter addressed to the President, by Mr. Martin Amidu indicating his take on the question of the political interference meted out to his Office.
The press release comes on the back of Mr. Martin’s resignation letter to the President on Monday, November, 2020.
Excerpts of the statement from the NPP reads “Mr Amidu has not resigned because any investigation of his has been interfered with by the Presidency or any member of government. Since 2018, he has been offered all the room and support he needed by law and mandate and every money he has requested to set up an entirely new institution, which comes with its own challenges, and to operate the Office independently and efficiently. No political office holder has interfered in the administration of that Office.”
“Indeed, that his actions appear to impact both the incumbent and immediate past governments vindicates the wisdom of the mandate and powers of the Office which he occupied. An Office hinged on independence of thought and action.Independence cannot be infallible. Independence does not mean the actions of the Office cannot be commented upon by the people as has happened with Mr Amidu’s report on Agyapa,” the statement added.
In view of the statement from the New Patriotic Party, signed by the Communications Director, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, the NPP refuted Mr. Amidu’s assertions and established that, he was allowed to act independently and on non-partisan basis.
“In short, the very independence and authority of the Office demand that its conclusions hold up to scrutiny. In this regard, much as the Office has the power and right to issue the Report, the recipient President also had a duty to engage the Hon. Minister of Finance, who in his Memo requested by the President in response, clearly engages very transparently on the issues raised in the report.”
“We are at a loss as to how this can be stretched to mean interference. There is nothing said or done that
stopped the Special Prosecutor from going ahead to undertake a full and proper investigation of Agyapa beyond the assessment done. All he had to do was continue his mandate to undertake an investigation and continue with prosecution if a prima facie case could be established. Otherwise, Mr Amidu’s
apparently noble gesture of resignation, may, sadly, smack of political grandstanding.”
“The NPP believes the President has been forthright, sincere and honest in his conviction to fight against corruption. The approach of the OSP by way of an advisory assessment is novel, and therefore all the more significant that the President was very responsive to the letter sent to him by the SP,” the NPP maintained.
The Special Prosecutor’s Office has not been a usual Office backed by a legal framework since the inception of the 4th Republic. A newly Act of Parliament was passed in 2017 to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor (ie. Act, 2017 (Act 959) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations, 2018 (L. I. 2374). President Akuffo-Addo appointed Mr. Martin Amidu following his inauguration into office in 2017 as part of his quest for combating traces of corruption in any Public Office.