- Martin Amidu's resignation has sent shock waved to anti-corruption campaigners
- The Special Prosecutor's resignation letter is pregnant with hidden messages
- One such message is how the late Jerry Rawlings has been his political shield
It has been a dramatic week in Ghana. The special prosecutor packing his bags and leaving the monstrous canker of corruption to the Akufo-Addo administration to handle. From the smelly Agyapa Royalties Deal to the controversial Airbus Scandal - Martin Amidu could just not have enough of the “interference and threats” - he resigned.
One interesting, if not dramatic turn to Martin’s resignation, is his extensive “lamentation” to President Akufo Addo which has caught the attention of both local and international anti-corruption crusaders. Here are excerpts from his blatantly honest and fiery resignation letter.
FIRST CODED MESSAGE:
Fear is the enemy of change and I am prepared from the vacuum created on 12th November 2020 to meet the threats of my demise as the price to pay for serving my country without fear or favour affection or ill will.
Many experts have read meaning into Martin Amidu’s statement to suggest he was referring to the demise of Jerry Rawlings.
We know that Jerry Rawlings was a firm supporter and protector of Martin Amidu. His death of 12th November, to Amidu, meant his only protection was shattered, hence the resignation.
SECOND CODED MESSAGE:
The reaction I received for daring to produce the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption report convinces me beyond any reasonable doubt that I was not intended to exercise any independence as the Special Prosecutor in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and recovery of assets of corruption.
This assertion by Martin Amidu revealed a lot about inside dealings of the Presidency. For someone like Martin in the corridors of power to state how much of an obstacle was placed on him to investigate the Agyapa controversy is shockingly revealing.
THIRD CODED MESSAGE
When the real facts of my tenure become well known to the public in the future, history may judge me kindly. Ghana First!: Martin Amidu is very confident of the truth spilling out soon.
It suggests the Special Prosecutor could either be considering some legal avenues against the Presidency. Maybe a possible job as Attorney General under a Mahama administration.
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So far, the office of the president is denouncing most of the revelations made by Martin Amidu. In fact, the Executive Secretary to the president described the “lamentations of Amidu” as “error of facts”.
As to whether Amidu’s resignation will be a political goal for the opposition NDC in the lead up to the elections, is a wait-and-see situation.
Already, Ghana keeps performing poorly on the Corruption Index rankings with bribery and corruption as well as questionable procurement deals continue to make headlines at home and abroad.
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