Lawyer Maurice Ampaw, a private legal practitioner, has criticized President Nana Akufo-Addo's selection of lawyer, Akoto Ampaw, as Ghana's first Special Prosecutor.
Elaborating on why he disagreed with Akoto Ampaw's nomination, the private legal practitioner expressed that Mr. Akoto Ampaw's allegiance to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), and President Akufo Addo, will always cast a negative perception to the new office.
"My big disappointment in this appointment and why I think Nana Akufo-Addo should not consider Akoto Ampaw as the Independent Prosecutor is because, he’s an NPP lawyer.
I do not have much information on whether he’s a card bearing member but he is an NPP. He is very close to Nana Addo and has worked closely with him. He was a member of Nana Addo’s legal team during the election petition; and was part of the senior legal luminary who assisted lawyer Addison.’’
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Speaking on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he maintained that Mr. Akoto Ampaw is a courageous, honorable, principled lawyer, but added that the Special Prosecutor must be someone devoid of any political affiliations. The bearer of this title cannot be perceived to be aligned with any political party at all.
"Because Nana Addo has appointed his personal lawyer that is my worry. No matter his competence and aptness, the perception out there will be, Nana Addo has appointed his family and friends. That is where my challenge is."
He expressed his opinion that Mr. Martin Amidu, otherwise known as the Citizen Vigilante, would still be the optimal choice for the position of Special Prosecutor. He maintained that if Amidu was appointed, and Akoto Ampaw assisted him, this would ensure that Ghanaians would trust the and have confidence in the newly established office.