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CLAIMS OF WITCH-HUNT MUST END WITH AMIDU AS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR - AKUFO-ADDO

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has held that he believes the appointment of Martin Amidu, as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor will ensure that persons often investigated and prosecuted for engaging in acts of corruption, will this time around refrain from saying they are being witch-hunted.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has held that he believes the appointment of Martin Amidu, as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor will ensure that persons often investigated and prosecuted for engaging in acts of corruption, will this time around refrain from saying they are being witch-hunted.

 

“We have a particular problem in Ghana which is that, every time a prosecution is mounted against a high ranking official, you hear the cry witch-hunting. It has become a way of protest for senior political figures,” he said yesterday, when he made an intervention at the plenary session of the 31st African Union Summit.

The summit is being held on the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable path to Africa’s Transformation," in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

The President stressed that, in order to ensure that people do not think they are being persecuted, mechanisms have been devised to the cry of witch-hunting.

“We have established an Office of Special Prosecutor. The Special Prosecutor is a permanent official who is independent of the Executive, who will hold all officials, past and present, accountable for their stewardship.” According to him, his government would ensure that people, irrespective of their status, face the law for wrongdoings.

Describing the Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, as having “a high reputation on his stance on corruption and (being) a figure of integrity,” the President noted that Mr Amidu was a former Attorney General in the government of the 3rd President of the 4th Republic, in which the late John Evans Atta-Mills was President.

“If he (Martin Amidu) then puts you in his gaze for an act of wrongdoing, that charge of witch-hunting will no longer be available. We believe that, that is a very important step, which will make sure that the principle of equality before the law is made meaningful. “