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I’m confident of Special Prosecutor nominee’s ability – Akufo-Addo

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Martin Amidu

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday expressed confidence in the ability his nominee for Special Prosecutor, former Attorney General Martin A.B.K Amidu, to foster accountable governance and an efficient and honest public service.

“A significant choice, though, that Mr Amidu is, I do not expect that he will provide all the answers for dealing with the phenomenon of corruption by public officials, but I do believe that, at the least, the Office will help remove the fear of partisan prosecution, and begin to put the fear of God in all public officials who are intending to go down the path of corruption,” he said.

Addressing the media at an interaction at the Flagstaff House in Accra to mark his first year in office, President Akufo-Addo said he was committed to stamping out corruption from public life and would pursue all avenues to ensure that that canker was minimised.

He sounded a note of caution to his appointees that they would not be spared the wrath of the Special Prosecutor when found to indulge in corrupt acts.

“Just in case it needs reiterating, let me state again that current office holders are likely to be investigated and prosecuted by the Special Prosecutor, if a case is made out against them, as past office holders. At all times, the rule of law must be adhered to,” he stated.

The President told the media that so far, every single act of alleged corruption labelled against some members of his administration had been or was in the process of being investigated by independent bodies, and the findings so far made public.

He said the numerous allegations, including that made against the Energy Minister, the CEO of the BOST, his two deputy Chiefs of Staff and the recent claims of extortion against the ministers of Trade and Special Development, had so far been proved untrue.

However, some people appear determined to stick to their politically-motivated view that there has been corruption. This surely is not a helpful stance,” the President said.

“I have a greater interest in my appointees not being corrupt than any critic could possibly have. Try me. Produce the evidence to back the allegation, and see what the reaction will be,” he said.

“But, I think it is also worth pointing out that we should be careful about the new trend that appears to be emerging, whereby any allegation, no matter how spurious, quickly gains the character of a ‘scandal’ or ‘an act of corruption’, even when it is shot down.”

“I have made it publicly known that anyone, who has information about acts of corruption against any of my appointees, should bring it forward, and should be prepared to back it up with evidence,” he reiterated.

On the issue of vigilantism and the spate of lawlessness in the country, President Akufo-Addo condemned the “disgraceful behaviour of some members of my party, the NPP, which has been described as vigilantism.” 

“There is no longer any argument that criminal behaviour wears no political colours, and is solely to be dealt with by the police. I pray that we have seen the last of it. We are continuously working to ensure that it does not recur, that we uphold the rule of law,” he stated.

Source: GNA

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