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Fri
20
Apr
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Disappointing Amidu still hounding NDC – Ayine

The Bolgatanga East MP, Dr. Dominic Ayine, believes the Special Prosecutor is still exhibiting bias against elements of the National Democratic Congress.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Dr. Ayine briefly responded to suggestions from Mr. Amidu that some leading NDC MPs tried to cover up the double salary scandal.

The Special Prosecutor, in an exclusive interview with Citi News, maintained that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) must probe the allegations without any distractions.

“The ordinary man going to jail is a human being like a Ghanaian. I don’t like this whole idea about political elite. Honourables you are supposed to be, and then you are just fleecing the country. Indeed, that is an offence of abuse of office for private gain,” Mr. Amidu stressed.

But Dr Ayine noted that this was the latest of many unsubstantiated allegations Mr Amidu has fired the way of the NDC.

Fri
20
Apr
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Supreme Court dismisses application in Martin Amidu eligibility case

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application by Dr Dominic Ayine, former Deputy Attorney-General, seeking to file a supplementary statement of case in the challenge of the eligibility of Mr Martin Amidu to hold the Office of Special Prosecutor.

The Sole Judge, Mr Justice Gabriel Pwamang, held that the application was not supported by the rules of the court and the court does not find any merit in it.

Justice Pwamang further held that Dr Ayine could only file for amendment of his statement of case.

The court, however, did not award cost against the applicant.

The former deputy Attorney-General in his opinion stated that Mr Amidu, who was 66 years old, was too old to hold public office, under which the Special Prosecutor’s position fell.

Dr Ayine held further that “any other interpretation would result in an unlawful amendment of Article 199 of the Constitution by legislation.”

Mon
19
Mar
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I am shocked NDC sidestepped Martin Amidu – Rawlings

Former President Jerry Rawlings has chastised the leadership of the opposition NDC over the neglect of Martin Amidu.

According to Jerry Rawlings, the neglect of Martin Amidu by erstwhile NDC government was harmful, and that he cannot comprehend why the NDC refused to tap into the knowledge of Martin Amidu which is now being exploited by the NPP.

Speaking at a Town Hall meeting of cadres and NDC activists at the Arts Centre in Accra on Saturday 17 March 2018 Jerry Rawlings said Martin Amidu’s in-depth knowledge on how to fight corruption should have been utilized.

Mon
05
Mar
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Martin Amidu officially begins work today

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, will begin work on Monday, according to Joy News sources in government.

Mr Amidu was sworn into office by the President two weeks ago and is expected to lead government’s anti-corruption crusade.

Mr Amidu received an overwhelming endorsement from Parliament’s Appointments Committee after his vetting last month.

His office, sited at Labone in Accra has been specially selected to ensure adequate independence from other ministries, in the discharge of his duties.

First cases

Mr Amidu has reportedly hit the ground running by going for details of a high-profile corruption case that rocked the country in 2011.

Details are sketchy, but Daily Guide newspaper reports that the Special Prosecutor, who is noted for his stance on corruption issues, appears to have settled on the Woyome GH¢51.2 million scandal as his first national assignment.

Tue
20
Feb
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Parliament approves Amidu as Special Prosecutor today

Parliament is expected to approve the nomination of 'Citizen Vigilante', Martin Amidu, as Special Prosecutor on Tuesday.

A report of the Appointment Committee of Parliament which has reportedly approved Mr Amidu’s nomination, but the report will have be debated by legislators on the floor of the House.

Only one MP on the 26-member committee voted against Amidu's nomination.

Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini has said although Mr Amidu is a man of good intentions and very competent, he is not suitable for the office.

The Tamale North legislator said the former Attorney General took certain wrong decisions and actions before being appointed and that may affect his work as Special Prosecutor.

However, Mr Amidu has enjoyed support from both the Majority and Minority sides of the House despite concerns he may not be qualified for the position due to his age.

Fri
05
Jan
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Minority to oppose Ampaw, Addison as choices for Special Prosecutor office

Parliament may have to brace for a feisty fight as Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) signal opposition to the names being bandied around as the choice for Special Prosecutor.

Two of the President's lawyer friends who are partners at the President's law firm have been named as the likely choice for the positions.

Philip Addison may deputize for the main man Akoto Ampaw, choices the President is considering and may announce "very soon".

The two were key in the president's legal team that challenged at the Supreme Court, the declaration of John Mahama as the winner of the 2012 presidential elections.

President John Mahama's government went on to lose the 2016 elections to Akufo-Addo who has vowed to fight corruption which is believed to have been rife under his predecessor.

Tue
02
Jan
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Nana Addo approves Special Prosecutor Bill, others

President Nana Akufo-Addo has assented to five key Bills which were passed by Parliament in 2017.

The Bills include the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, the Zongo Development Fund Bill and the three National Development Authority Bills.

The approval of the Development Authorities Bills by the President will see the creation of the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities, the latter of which replaces the controversial Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

These authorities will champion the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) campaign promise of disbursing $1 million to every constituency to address pressing needs.

The three development authorities will be under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), which is expected to receive an annual allocation of $275 million.

The Zongo Development Fund Bill sought to establish the legal framework for the implementation of the Zongo Development Fund.

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