- The former attorney general, Martin Amidu, says fighting corruption under Akufo-Addo was traumatic
- Amidu resigned as the special prosecutor days after his explosive corruption and anti-corruption assessment report on Agyapa
- The citizen vigilante vows to fight back to uphold his integrity
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Martin Amidu on Thursday, November 19, 2020, painted a grim picture of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s commitment to fight corruption.
The former special prosecutor resigned from the position on Monday, November 16, 2020, citing a lack of independence.
Amidu said he was subjected to traumatic experiences after his conclusions and analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment on the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions.
The resignation which many believed would be the downfall of the Akufo-Addo government in the upcoming December 7 general elections had occasioned series of threats against Amidu.
Speaking during an interview on Accra-based Citi FM, Amidu said anybody who tried to fight corruption must be aware from the beginning that the whole idea of fighting corruption is a mere rhetoric.
The former attorney general spoke of deliberate attempts by members of the governing New Patriotic Party, NPP to tarnish his credibility for refusing to be a poodle of the president.
“I do not want anybody to blame me when I speak out and it becomes unpalatable so either the attacks stop or I will defend my integrity even if that means my death. I am not going to allow anybody, not even the president to put that integrity into the mud,” Amidu said.
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Akufo-Addo set up the office of the special prosecutor in fulfilment of a promise he made to Ghanaians during the 2016 electioneering period.
The special prosecutor is enjoined to prevent, investigate, and prosecute corruption and corruption-related offences, and recover and manage assets related thereto.
Meanwhile, Veteran journalist, Kwaku Baako predicted victory for President Akufo-Addo in the December 7 presidential elections despite Amidu’s resignation.
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