Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has hinted that some appointees of President Nana Akufo-Addo are refusing to collaborate with him.
According to Mr. Amidu, his outfit will not be successful in delivery of his mandate if the friction between his office and heads of critical government institutions is not eliminated.
The Special Prosecutor said this while speaking at the National Audit Forum organised by the Ghana Audit Service.
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The former Attorney General also indicated that individuals heading government agencies have simply not been supportive.
“The success of the experiment would depend on the extent to which Ministries, Departments and Agencies in government with the responsibility to cooperate with the office to achieve the vision of the president who championed the setting up of the office.”
“The present situation where critical ministries and agencies have failed even with our limited constraints or refused to produce public records on demand to aid the office in critical investigations, offences running into millions of cedis, clearly demonstrates that there is divergence between the president’s vision and that of some of his appointees,” he noted.
The SP, who was speaking bluntly for the first time about the challenges confronting his office, indicated that his track record alone cannot eradicate this canker that continues to bedevil the country.
“You ask for information you can’t get it, you ask for docket, the docket cannot be produced. You ask a minister for a record; the record cannot be produced. How do you fight corruption when those appointed by the president who has a vision are not coordinating with the office of the special prosecutor to achieve his mandate? That is the challenge we have to face,” he stressed.
The office of the special prosecutor was set up in February 2018 but it is yet to be fully effective after the noise that greeted the appointment of the man affectionately called ‘Citizen Vigilante’, for his anti-corruption campaigns.
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