I cannot probe PDS concession fraud; constitution against it– Amidu

I cannot probe PDS concession fraud; constitution against it– Amidu

- Martin Amidu has disclosed his office does not have the mandate to investigate financial and economic malfeasance

- According to him, his his powers are limited and cannot take those involved in the PDS concession agreement on

- He however said he cant investigate the PDS saga

The special prosecutor Martin Amidu has reiterated his office does not have the mandate to investigate financial and economic malfeasance.

The Good Governance Advocacy Group Ghana (GGAGG) has served notice it will petition the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the Power Distribution Service saga after the Ghana government suspended the deal over some infractions.

However, Mr. Amidu has stated his powers are limited and cannot take those involved in the PDS concession agreement on.

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His statement was in reaction to a news report on Ghanaweb that the Good Governance Advocacy Group Ghana (GGAGG) was petitioning his office to investigate the PDS saga.

“Just yesterday, 6th August 2019 I read, here in Ouagadougou, that GGAGG has petitioned the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the circumstances leading to the suspension of the Power Distribution Services concession agreement,” he said.

He added that section 79 of Act 959 severely restricts the jurisdiction of the Office of the Special Prosecutor to fight corruption and corruption-related offences in Ghana unlike in other countries that are fully committed to and adhere to their obligations under the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, and the ECOWS Protocol on the Fight against Corruption in their domestic anti-corruption legislations.

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In other news, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has launched the world’s first dual purpose EMV and financial inclusion payment card in Accra.

Known as the Gh Dual Card, the new product, being rolled out by the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS), is a two-in-one payment card that has both the e-zwich and gh-link applications.

It can therefore be used either as e-zwich, gh-link or both as desired on payment platforms.

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