Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu explains why corruption fight has become difficult

Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu explains why corruption fight has become difficult

- The Special Prosecutor, Martin A.B.K Amidu has served notice he may be compelled to sue the state

- According to him, some institution heads have so far refused to provide his office with the needed information to fulfil its mandate

- He has bemoaned instances where some heads of public institution have tried to interfere with investigations being carried out by his office

Ghana’s Special Prosecutor has threatened to sue the heads of public institutions who are making his work difficult.

In a letter published on Monday, July 15, 2019, Martin Amidu lamented the lack of cooperation on the part of some public institution heads.

He, therefore, warned that he may be forced to resort to legal action in order to get them to corporate and release any information he needs.

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Heads of institutions wantonly disregard statutory requests made by the Office for information and production of documents to assist in the investigation of corruption and corruption-related offences, in spite of the fact that the President has on a number of occasions admonished them on such misconduct,” he wrote.

There have also been cases where some heads of institutions have made it their habit to interfere with and undermine the independence of this Office by deliberately running concurrent investigations falling within the jurisdiction of this Office with on-going investigations in this Office for the sole purpose of aborting investigations into corruption and corruption-related offences.

In 2017, Mr. Amidu was announced as President Akufo-Addo’s choice for the newly created Office of the Special Prosecutor.

He was subsequently sworn in as Ghana’s first-ever Special Prosecutor in January 2018.

The Office is mandated 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.

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The Special Prosecutor’s Office is also mandated to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption.

However, Mr. Amidu has been unable to fully deliver his mandate thus far, citing a lack of logistics and support.

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