- Former President Rawlings has called on Martin Amidu to ensure that criminals are dealt with as fast as possible
- He passed the comment when the leadership of the Assemblies of God Church called on him to inform him of the death of Rev. Dr. Simon Asore.
- Rev. Dr. Simon Asore was a member of the Council of State from 1996 to 2000
Former President Jerry John Rawlings, has urged the special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to hasten in dealing with criminals in Ghana.
He expressed wonder at the fact that Amidu appeared to be slow in performing his duties as special prosecutor.
He passed the comments on Wednesday, January 8, 2019, when the leadership of the Assemblies of God Church called on him.
Their visit was to inform him of the demise of the former General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Dr. Simon Asore.
According to Graphiconline.com.gh, Rawlings stated that men like Asore who upheld a very high level of integrity cannot die in vain.
He added that a delay in identifying and prosecuting corrupt acts by public figures will lead to impunity and the further perpetuation of crime and corruption.
“I wonder what is holding him up. We do not want to see the perpetuation of crime. We don’t want to see crimes being committed with impunity. The power of virtue must override the power of vice”, he said.
Rawlings went ahead to say that President Akufo-Addo has also emphasized on the need for Amidu to deliver on his mandate whenever he is ready.
Former President Rawlings paid tribute to Rev Asore, who was a member of the Council of State from 1996 to 2000, describing him as a quiet and self-respecting man of serious integrity and discipline.
Recalling why Reverend Asore was invited into the Council of State, he said “we were searching for somebody with honour. Some of the tools needed to take out the rustiness were themselves rusty then, but he was a refreshing man of integrity whose spirituality was very high.”
The leader of the delegation, Rev. Dr. Harry Insaidoo, also expressed gratitude to Rawlings for the role he played in bringing Rev. Asore to the public limelight.
He also thanked the government for arranging a state funeral for the departed former General Superintendent.
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