GhanaWeb can report that Martin Amidu has resigned from his position as Special Prosecutor.
According to Accra based Citi FM, Amidu resigned because he does not feel that
President Nana Akufo-Addo has done enough to safeguard the independence of his office.
Amidu is said to have in a letter addressed to President Nana Akufo-Addo, charged the president to find a suitable replacement for him.
“The one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor
when you invited me to your Office on 10th January 2018 was your firm promise to me that
you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of
action as the Special Prosecutor,” he stated as quoted by Citi FM.
Mr Amidu was nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as Special Prosecutor on
January 11, 2018, and was subsequently approved by Parliament.
His appointment was greeted with a lot of excitement because of his overt abhorrence for corruption.
It was expected that his strict and firm personality was exactly what the country needed to fight alleged corrupt practices and abuse of office.
But a little over two years into the job, Amidu has come under intense pressure in what many believe has been an underwhelming performance.
Amidu has always maintained that he has not lost his penchant to go after corrupt officials, but persons in high places were frustrating his work.
In 2018 complained about how some critical ministries and agencies had refused to produce public records on demand to
aid the office in critical investigations regarding issues of corruption in the Akufo-Addo government.
He made the revelation at the National Audit Forum organised by the Ghana Audit Service. Martin Amidu added that his office
was ‘under-resourced’ contributing to its inability to work effectively.
“You ask for information you can’t get it; you ask for docket; the docket cannot be produced. You ask a minister for a record;
the record cannot be produced. How do you fight corruption when those appointed by the president who has a vision are not
coordinating with the office of the special prosecutor to achieve his mandate? That is the challenge we have to face.”