Former President John Dramani Mahama.
Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu says he does not need assurances of keeping him in office from the NDC flagbearer, John Mahama if he wins the December 7 presidential polls.
This, according to him, is because the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (959) governs the situation and protects the office from political interferences.
“In any case the position of Special Prosecutor is not one of servitude but of service. It is, therefore, needless for anybody to assume airs about what she or he will do with the Office or Martin Amidu when she or he wins the elections.
“The Office is an independent statutory anti-corruption agency and must be respected as such notwithstanding who for the time being holds the Office of the Special Prosecutor,” part of a statement released by Mr. Amidu and sighted by JoyNews read.
Breaking down his point, the former Attorney-General who was replying to some comments alleged to have been made by the former President and published by various media sites also cautioned the NDC to stop dragging his office into its campaign.
“As the Special Prosecutor who personifies the Office of the Special Prosecutor, I find such statements patronizing, and needless within the objects, mandate, and functions granted to the Office under the Office of the special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959).
“Any Ghanaian worthy of putting himself forward as Presidential candidate for the upcoming elections should know the content of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) by now.
“He must know by now that under section 4 of Act 959, except as otherwise provided for in the 1992 Constitution, the Office is not subject to the direction or control of a person or an authority in the performance of the functions of the Office even when the Office acts upon the authority of the Attorney- General to initiate and conduct the prosecution of corruption and corruption-related offenses,” Mr. Amidu stressed.
He further explained that, the pronouncements constitute interferences with, and attempts to influence the independent mandate of his Office to “investigate, and prosecute certain electoral offences apportioned to this Office under the law which constitute corruption and corruption-related offences as clearly stated in Section 79 of Act 959.”
Martin Amidu used the opportunity to warn the NDC and its flagbearer not to patronize him since there is evidence to the fact that the party was not in support of the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor and his subsequent nomination.
“Every adult Ghanaian knows who sued the nominee for the Office of the Special Prosecutor in January 2018 even before he could be considered for approval by Parliament.
“The record of proceedings and the media published the names of the cohort of lawyers who supported and argued the case against the Attorney-General and Martin Alamisi Amidu until Martin Alamisi Amidu’s name was struck out from the suit.
“There is no reasonable Ghanaian who does not know those who condemned the Supreme Court’s decision in the media and continue to do so,” he said.