Opinion: Amidu Must Be Appointed Special Adviser to the Special Prosecutor – By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

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Mr Martin Amidu

His fanatically pro-Rawlings ideological bent may not make him a perfect fit for any official appointment by the Akufo-Addo Administration, but it is quite obvious that if President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is really serious about fighting corruption in the country, especially where the mega-theft of taxpayers’ money is concerned, Nana Akufo-Addo may have no other alternative but to seriously consider appointing the former Atta-Mills Attorney-General and Minister of Justice as a Special Adviser to the Independent Special Public Prosecutor. I am by this observation here, of course, talking about Mr. Martin Amidu.

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Then again, whoever said that any cabinet or executive appointee necessarily has to be considered to be a perfect fit for any particular portfolio in order to be appointed to the same? What is perfectly clear here is the fact that when it comes to the retrieving of stolen taxpayer money, Mr. Amidu is on the same page as the Chief Resident of the Flagstaff House. I have with me here a news article captioned “Moles Have Taken Over Akufo-Addo’s Government – Amidu” (DailyGuideAfrica.com / Ghanaweb.com 12/6/17), in which the former Mills’ running-mate claims that civil and public servants deviously promoted at “midnight” in the waning post-election days of the Mahama-led government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), may very well have been so promoted for the unwritten promise of covering up the hopelessly corrupt trails of the previous regime.

He cites the glaring example of the Woyome political football game as a striking case in point. But what I find to be more credible here is the fact that the then-outgoing President John Dramani Mahama made more last-minute appointments in many critical ministerial and coordinate executive positions than had been usual in recent memory, as well as contractual agreements that ought to have been reserved for the incoming Akufo-Addo Administration. And so it makes perfect sense for the Akufo-Addo government to establish a fact-finding committee to critically examine the circumstances under which the bulk of such “midnight” appointments were made and then where feasible and appropriate, have such appointments either revoked or the appointees strategically neutralized to ensure that enquiries into the shenanigans of the outgone Mahama regime are not sabotaged.

Mr. Amidu could even be appointed as either the head or a member of an intelligence team established for this purpose. I intend to fully discuss Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome’s rather bizarre and desperately absurd recourse to the African Human Rights Court, in order to stop the Akufo-Addo government from fully recovering the Ghanaian taxpayer’s money, which Mr. Woyome stole with the criminal complicity of the Mills-Mahama regime, in a separate column. Suffice it to observe herein, at least in passing, that the convicted plaintiff went to the wrong court of adjudication. The fact of the matter is that what we are dealing with here, in the Woyome Mega-Heist, is an open-and-shut case of criminality of the highest order. It has absolutely nothing to do with the purported violation of the human rights of Mr. Woyome, unless the latter wants the global community to believe that Ghana’s 1992 Republican Constitution grants him the inalienable right to use false pretenses or fraudulent means to steal the taxpayer’s money.

At any rate, the Government of Ghana has a bounden obligation to let the operatives of the African Human Rights Court fully appreciate the fact that in all matters pertaining to the inalienable sovereignty of the Democratic Republic of Ghana, it is the Supreme Court of Ghana that decides, and not any other judicial establishment outside the country whose purview is not even in the mainstream criminal justice sector, where Mr. Woyome’s case squarely belongs.

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