Present better particulars to back claims of Akufo-Addo’s interference – Ben Abdallah to Amidu

Present better particulars to back claims of Akufo-Addo’s interference – Ben Abdallah to Amidu

Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee says the reasons given for the resignation of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor are vague.

Ben Abdallah Banda is demanding further and better particulars as he believes the issues enumerated by the former Special Prosecutor makes it difficult to conclude that this work was plagued by interference from any quarters.

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“If you make a blanket allegation that the President is interfering or was interfering in an investigation that you were conducting, to me it’s neither here nor there,” he said on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Tuesday.

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“To me, it’s such a vague letter that one cannot put any meaningful interpretation on. If you have said that you’re going through a traumatic experience, who is it that is giving you that experience.

“If you say in a nutshell that your life is being threatened, who is it that is giving you that life-threatening experience?” he quizzed.

Martin Amidu, on Wednesday, resigned from his position three years after he was appointed by President Akufo-Addo.

The anti-graft campaigner said his position became untenable following “the reaction I received for daring to produce the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption report…”

In a letter communicating his latest position, Mr Amidu stated that issues following the presentation of his report to President Akufo-Addo left him conflicted about independent values around which the OSP was supposed to have been created.

“But your [Aufo-Addo’s] reaction to my letter with reference number OSP/SCR/20/12/20 dated 16th October 2020 which was delivered to you on 19th October 2020 conveying to you the conclusions and observations of the analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment of the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions convinces me beyond every reasonable doubt that you had laboured under the mistaken belief that I could hold the Office of the Special Prosecutor as your poodle,” he wrote.

He also raised concerns about threats to his life, inadequate resources and lack of emoluments since his appointment.

But Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee will have none of that.

Speaking to Kojo Yankson, Ben Abdallah explained that the basis enumerated by Martin Amidu leaves much to be desired if the cases of the parties involved are not heard.

“Having listened to Martin Amidu, we need to listen to the Jubilee House and we need also to listen to the Ministry of Finance in order to arrive at a very fair equitable and definite conclusion. Otherwise, our judgment will be one-sided and tainted.”

Ben Abdallah was an integral part of the team the oversaw the crafting of the Special Prosecutor Bill which subsequently gave life to the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

He said the law provided the Special Prosecutor the ambits to operate independently, a reason for which he finds Mr Amidu’s reasons indefensible.

Source:www.myjoyonline.com

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