Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu has been accused by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of exhibiting hypocrisy following his decision to accept the role.
Mr. Amidu was nominated by President Akufo-Addo last month for the Office of Special Prosecutor.
The former Attorney-General is set to be vetted on February 13, and barring any mishaps will be confirmed as the country’s very first Special Prosecutor.
However, the NDC believe he has acted in a hypocritical way by accepting the role, having previously criticized certain aspects of the Special Prosecutor Bill.
In a statement signed by General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the party wondered why Mr. Amidu would “challenge” the constitutionality of the Special Prosecutor’s office and turn back to accept the job.
“Our issue with the nomination of Mr. Martin Amidu is based purely and solely on important matters of principle. We note among others that Mr. Amidu has previously published a document challenging the constitutionality of the newly established Office of Special Prosecutor, the very office he has accepted to occupy,” sections of the statement said.
“We believe that it is in the supreme national interest that the appointment of the person to head such an important institution be carefully thought through, that above all such an individual should enjoy the respect and confidence of all sides of the polity, and must have the impartiality and objectivity of a judge and the integrity of a clergyman. The office must not be seen or treated as a political outpost for witch-hunting or the performance of hatchet jobs for an incumbent administration. That would most definitely lead to needless socio-political tensions and national instability.”
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The NDC urged Parliament to be fair and firm when vetting Mr. Amidu, insisting the process must be guided by principles of “good governance, accountability and probity”.
“The NDC therefore expects that when the time comes for the vetting of the nominee for the position of Special Prosecutor, Parliament will discharge its obligation mindful of the above constitutional provisions. In the interest of good governance, accountability, probity and fair play, we urge that the national debate and the forthcoming vetting of the nominee be guided by these principles and not by the rather shrill partisanship that we have begun to witness among the rather predictable sections of the political spectrum,” the statement added.