Some political parties and civil societies have been expressing mixed reaction to the resignation of the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu. While some of the political parties claim the Citizen Vigilante should have resigned earlier the New Patriotic Party says ‘it is a shock for them’.
The setting up of the Office of the Special Prosecutor was one of the key campaign promises made by then-candidate Akufo-Addo ahead of his electoral victory in 2016 and it is aimed at tackling corruption much more vigorously.
Mr. Amidu was sworn into office by President Akufo-Addo on February 23, 2018, after he had been duly vetted and approved by Parliament. However two years and 8 months into the position, the Special Prosecutor has tendered in his resignation letter.
In his resignation letter dated yesterday and addressed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Mr. Amidu said his position had become ‘untenable’, especially with regard to the corruption risk assessment he conducted on the Gold Royalties Monetisation Transaction arrangement, popularly referred to as the Agyapa Deal.
This act by the Special prosecutor has generated a lot of conversations in the country with citizens’ reaction to his resignation in diverse opinions.
However, the NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Mr. Inusah Fuseini, said he was not surprised at Mr. Amidu’s resignation, as he had predicted in advance that his appointment would eventually lead to his resignation.
“In 2017, when Mr. Amidu was appointed, I said the President was holding the tail of a tiger, and that he could not risk leaving it because if he did, the tiger would turn and consume him,”
Executive Secretary for Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Beauty Emefa Nartey, says the resignation of the Special Prosecutor, is a big blow to the corruption fight.
“It is actually a sad day for the fight against corruption in Ghana and it is a big blow also in terms of the issues that have come up,” she said.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra, Mrs. Nartey said the development was not unexpected given the consistent complaints by Mr. Amidu about difficulties and interferences in the discharge of his duties.
“It’s no news to any Ghanaian, which means that it is not enough to pass a law, it is not enough to appoint a person but for us to be truly committed to the fight against corruption, we must go above the rhetorics and take every important step to be able to ensure that the person in that office is able to do the work that he has been committed to do.”
Manasseh Azure in an interview with Bernard Avle on The Point of view on Citi TV said that Martin Amidu should have resigned long ago upon realizing that his work was being interfered with.
“I believe he had stayed too long in that position and not too long ago, I asked him why he was still at post. I felt that he has built a reputation for himself. For him to have sat down for all that he had built to go down the drain, I thought that it was too much. I was surprised that he stayed this long,” Mr. Awuni said.
The presidential candidate of the Convention Peoples Party, Mr. Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, has joined the discussion saying that Mr. Amidu’s resignation did not mean President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was not committed to fighting corruption.
“The President showed good faith by appointing someone, not from his own party. Mr. Amidu is a former Deputy Attorney-General, Attorney-General, and also running mate of the NDC.
“It is not as if the President appointed someone who will do the bidding of the government. That implies that there was a desire to have an independent body. That is inconsistent with what Mr. Amidu is saying. What is the evidence of the so-called interference Mr. Amidu had suggested?” he asked.