Martin Amidu, the Special Prosecutor nominee says he has no regret as a founding member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The nominee said by his appointment, he do not have to be linked to any political party.
He was responding a question on whether he was still a member of the NDC or resigned.
The nominee said ‘’since my appointment as prosecutor, I have been neutral. I have been a member of the NDC and I will never regret. There are so many issues I have refused to reply to just because of this appointment. I would have.
By operation of law, I do not have to be linked with any political party and that is what I intend to do. It doesn’t have to take me to resign,’’ he added.
The Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu, has declined to give reasons for accusing former President Mahama of appointing Madam Charlotte Osei, the EC chair, to rig the 2016 elections in favour of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Martin Amidu accused his party of appointing Charlotte Osei to the Electoral Commission to rig Ghana’s election in its favour when they were in office.
Mr. Amidu in an article insisted that “…as I said time without number during the 2016 elections, she was appointed by a corrupt Government precisely because of her incompetence that made her susceptible for use for an election rigging agenda.”
“Her appointing Government failed in the rigging agenda despite all the attempts by the Commission to narrow the election to a two-party race to facilitate easy rigging for the incumbent. She has, either on her own or at the instance of her mentor, been trying to recycle herself as a neutral Electoral Commissioner after her Church Papa mediated her peaceful announcement of the election results,” he added.
Appearing before the vetting committee on Tuesday, the nominee was asked to provide evidence for his assertion but in his response, he said any comments on the matter, would be prejudicial to the pending case before the committee investigating the EC boss and her two deputies.
‘’I am immune. The subject person has a case before the Chief Justice. I would have wished that at the time I was making this claim, the government should have picked me, quizzed me and sent me to court so I will prove my case there. It is too late in the day to ask me to provide an answer now when the EC chair is currently before the Chief Justice with a possible impeachment hanging around her neck,’’ he said.
Prior to the 2016 general elections, the nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, launched scathing attacks on former President John Dramani.
He admonished Ghanaians to vote against the former president because he was corrupt and further accused him of leading a looting brigade.
Martin Amidu also told Ghanaians in a recent statement that, Mahama would have bankrupted the state if he had won power.
“When I look at how the Looter Government is preparing its final exit after its miserable and unprecedented defeat at the polls, I am left in no doubt that Ghana would have been bankrupted with another four years of this looter Government in power,” Mr. Amidu stated.
The former Attorney General made the claim on the back of the last minute appointments and award of new contracts initiated by the outgoing National Democratic Congress (NDC) government which is currently preparing to handover power to the president elect Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7,2017.
But appearing before the Appointments Committee in parliament today [Tuesday], Martin Amidu, said describing Mahama as a looter, and corrupt was premised on perception.
He gave the answer after Samson Ahi asked him to justify why he made the allegations against Mahama.
He also told the committee that, if the attributions the legislator referred to him were true, then it would be defamatory for him to have made the allegations.
''If the statement he made is true, it can be said to be defamatory and the ex-president could have dealt with me but he didn’t and I don’t want to go into that now when he is out of office.''
The Special Prosecutor Nominee, Martin Amidu, has expressed strong optimism that, Ghana would not have to depend on foreign aid, donations or loans if the leakages and seepages in the system are blocked.
Answering why he accepted the role as Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to the Committee that, he accepted the role to help uproot corruption to save the country money so we are able to achieve the Ghana beyond aid mantra.
He said corruption has done many damages to this country and as a Special Prosecutor; he wants to set up a credible institution and a credible culture to block the leakages and seepages.
The nominee said he is coming to do a job not because of politics because a crime is crime no matter who committed it.“I want to set up a credible institution with a credible culture and block all the leakages in the system. I don’t care if I’m unable to prosecute anyone because part of the law talks about prevention.”
The Citizen Vigilante boasted he is the best choice for the tedious fight against corruption.
“…If you want anybody who will be meticulous in investigation and prosecution, the president has made the best choice for,” he said.
He added: “But if you want somebody who will look other way just disapprove.”
President Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the Office of Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, says he has shied away from accepting awards because of his selflessness.
Appearing before Parliament’s Appointments Committee, the former attorney general said he does not work for award.
“People called me about my case at the Supreme Court and offered me awards but I told them that it wasn’t about me, it’s about Ghana,” the Citizen Vigilante as he is popularly called told the Committee.
He added: “I generally don’t accept awards, I’d prefer people to emulate what I have done.”
About Martin Amidu
Martin A. B. K. Amidu was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills.
Amidu, a member of the NDC, served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government.
After civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001.
In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Atta Mills. They both, however, lost to President John Kufuor that year.
Mr. Martin Amidu, the nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor has reiterated his commitment to block leakages and corruption in the country.
According to him, his decision to accept the appointment as Special Prosecutor, was in fulfillment of his resolve to help eradicate corruption from Ghana.
He said the country must be stabilised by protecting the national purse and ensuring that the citizens benefit immensely from the nation’s natural resources.
“It’s important that this country is stabilized to make sure that no one gets the excuse to stage a coup. This can be done when we protect the national purse,” Mr. Amidu said.
The nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has told Parliament’s Appointment Committee that, his family issues are private matters.
He gave the response in clarifying the number of children he had.
The nominee told the committee that, he was going to honestly state in his Curriculum Vitae (CV) that, he had no children.
The nominee stated on the face of his CV the number of adult children he had and added, he used adult children because he had no responsibility for these children.
‘’As far as I am concerned, they are not my children. When you go to the US and temper with anybody of this age, you will go to jail. It was because of the ambiguity of the question.’’
When asked to disclose the identity of his children he said ‘’my family matters are private.’’
Ranking Member on the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, says there is a ‘’cloud of doubt’’ hanging around the vetting of Martin Amidu, the appointee for the office of Special Prosecutor, following the suit filed at the Supreme Court challenging his age.
He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio that, the challenge raises constitutional issues regarding the age of Martin Amidu.
He said it may be a ''fruitless and useless exercise'' should Amidu be vetted and approved and the apex court rule in favour of the plaintiff.
Former Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine contends that Mr. Amidu, being 66 years of age, is too old to hold public office, under which the Special Prosecutor’s position falls.
He is seeking a declaration that “by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement age of all holders of public office created pursuant to Article(1)(d) is sixty years, anyhow not beyond (65).”
He argued in his writ that, “any other interpretation would result in an unlawful amendment of Article 199 of the Constitution by legislation.”
He is thus seeking a declaration from the Supreme Court that Mr. Amidu, “is not qualified or eligible to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959).”
According to him, by nominating and appointing Mr Amidu to be vetted by Parliament “both the Attorney General and the President [Nana Akufo-Addo], respectively, have violated article 199(1) of the constitution. If Parliament proceeds to approve his appointment, it would also be acting unconstitutionally.”
Alhaji Fuseini described the suit as very unfortunate and said the president should have appointed someone younger to avoid the confusion and controversy.
He added, because we want to use the office to fight corruption, it should not be fraught with controversies. Already, there are controversies surrounding the office,’’ he said.
Deputy Majority Chip, Mr. Moses Anim has told Rainbow Radio’ s Kwame Tutu that, the vetting of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor will come on as scheduled despite the suit filed at the Supreme Court challenging his age.
According to him, nothing will prevent Martin Amidu from holding the office because the expectations on the part of Ghanaians are high.
Former Deputy Attorney General under former President John Dramani Mahama, Dr. Dominic Ayine has challenged the appointment of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor at the Supreme Court.
Commenting on the issue, Mr. Anim said because the case was before the apex court, he would not comment due to the merit of the case.
But he stressed that Martin Amidu would be approved as the Special Prosecutor whether rain or shine.
Dr. Ayine, is seeking for a declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of the 1992 constitution, the retirement age of all holder of public offices created pursuant to Article 190(1)(d) is sixty (60) years, anyhow not beyond sixty(65) years.;
A declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d) and 199(4) of the 1992 constitution, no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1)(d;
A declaration that by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959);
A declaration that by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959);
A declaration that by the reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified to be appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959);
A declaration that any purported nomination by the Attorney General or approval by Parliament or appointment by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Martin Burns Kaiser Amidu as the Special Prosecutor under Sections 13(3), of the Office of Special Prosecutor Act 2018, (Act 959), is unconstitutional, and therefore, null and void;
In the event Martin Amidu Burns Kaiser Amidu has already been vetted and approved by Parliament and/or approved by His Excellency the President of the Republic as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of Office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2018 (Act 959) prior to the final determination of this suit, an order annulling such nomination, approval and appointment.
An accident on the Achimota-Ofankor Highway has claimed 8 lives, Rainbow Radio has gathered.
The accident according an eyewitness account occurred after a Sprinter Benz bus the passengers were travelling on fell from the flyover onto the overpass.
The accident is said to have happened around 6am.
The driver is said to have lost control of the vehicle after one of his tyres burst.