NPP refutes Amidus’ claim of interference from the Presidency

  • The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has negated claims by the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu’s  that the government interfered in his duties.

    On Monday, November 16, 2020, the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu served notice of his resignation from office with immediate effect.

    In a letter addressed to President  Akufo-Addo, Martin Amidu said his resignation had been prompted by the President interference in his independence and freedom of action at the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

    However, the Communications Director of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, hasdenied this claim in a press statement, insisting that Mr. Amidu was given enough freedom to operate independently.

    “Mr. Amidu has not resigned because any investigation of his has been interfered with by the Presidency or any member of the 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, 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 the independence of thought and action,” the statement added.

    The NPP  insists that “the President has been forthright, sincere and honest in his conviction to fight against corruption”; hence entreating the President to accept Martin Amidus’ resignation.

    “The NPP urges H.E the President to accept the resignation of the Special Prosecutor and initiate processes to find a successor to continue the sensitive and important job of realising the true ambit of the powers of the OSP in order to ensure the success of the fight against corruption.”