Martin Amidu approved by parliament amidst uncertainty over his position

Martin Amidu approved by parliament amidst uncertainty over his position

- Martin Amidu has been approved by parliament's vetting committee

- A suit has been filed against Amidu's appointment

- Attorney general says Amidu's appointment can be revoked by the Supreme Court

Parliament has finally approved the nomination and vetting of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, amidst controversies and legal suits mainly from the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

It all happened when the deputy minority ranking member on constitutional affairs, Dr. Dominic Ayine, tried pushing against the approval of Martin Amidu.

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The former attorney general made the case that the nomination of Martin Amidu was still pending in court hence any move to approve could be prejudicial.

Drawing on Standing order 93(1), Dr. Ayine invited the Speaker of Parliament to rule on whether the House’s intention to approve the nominee will not be wrong pending the Supreme Court case.

Martin Amidu's nomination was fiercely met with opposition by the NDC. Just a day to his vetting, a suit was filed at the Supreme Court calling on his immediate removal.

But the vetting committee continued, making the argument that they have not been served with an injunction from the Supreme Court.

Attorney General, Gloria Akufo, has revealed that Martin Amidu could be stripped of his position if indeed the Supreme Court rules against his nomination.

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Speaking to Joy FM, the attorney general expressed confidence in winning the case filed against Martin Amidu saying that his age should not be a matter of contention.

So far, it is expected that embattled businessman, Alfred Woyome could be the center of attraction on Amidu's radar as well as the former transport minister, Dzifa Attivor, who tendered in her resignation over the bus re-branding scandal.

The top NDC official had also begged supporters of the NDC to vote for Mahama or risk having her jailed by the NPP.

Meanwhile, the former president of the republic, Jerry John Rawlings has expressed joy over the appointment of Martin Amidu as special prosecutor.

“Mr. Amidu has proven to be a fearless anti-corruption crusader whose pursuit of truth and justice has won him national admiration. I call on all Ghanaians to offer the appointee the required support and information in pursuit of what will undoubtedly be a challenging role,” Jerry Rawlings stated.

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.

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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.

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