- Former attorney general, Martin Amidu is not special prosecutor
- The choice for the "citizen vigilante" has sent shock waves across Ghana's political divide
President of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo has appointed citizen vigilante and staunch member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Martin Amidu as special prosecutor.
Martin Amidu's selection kills earlier claims that the president had settled on lawyer Akoto Ampaw as special prosecutor. The selection of Martin Amidu has sparked political commotion following the well-known history of Martin Amidu fighting against corruption cases in the country.
The appointment of Martin Amidu has been described by former CHRAJ boss, Emile Short as the best and clever choice considering his independence and strife for justice.
When fully operational, the Special Prosecutor’s office will be independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued past governments.
The Office will have the mandate to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged corruption under the Public Procurement Act 203 Act 63 and other corruption-related offences implicating public officers, political office holders and their accomplices in the public sector. The Prosecutor will also be mandated to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption.