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Special Prosecutor Job :Martin Amidu A ‘Circus Master’ -UPP

  On the embattled Special Prosecutor job, Mr. Bukari Kuoru, Acting National Secretary of the opposition United progressive Party has described Mr. Martin Alamisi Ben-Caesar Amidu as Master of the circus who can crack the whip at his own will.  In a statement copied to this morning Mr. Kuoru stated that he remember very well when the issue of the Special Prosecutor broke. He said it became a hot issue and Ghanaians were all excited that we finally have  a president who is bold enough to call the shots and retrieve the stolen tax payers money.  According to him, three years down the line the SP looks like a circus show with Martin Amidu as the circus master and the president as the owner of the circus show.  “One thing is clear, both the NPP and the NDC are one and the same, and they do not have what it takes to stamp out this corruption that is rearing its ugly head in every sphere of the Ghanaian live and causing serious rot to the very fabric of our beautiful Ghanaian society. E.g in the case of President Mahama, there was the ford saga and guinea fowls flying to Burkina Faso. In the case of president Nana Addo, we have seen dubious business men like Akwesi Addai Odike been awarded as much as 11 contracts, one of which he sold to chairman “Wontumi” for 14bn cedis. No wonder we see Odike encourage other presidential aspirants to stand aside for president Nana Addo to go for a second term. This has got me worried and I ask myself these questions. Are we wasting our tax payers money on the SP? Is he doing his job? Or he is just a puppet on a strand? Why are we not seeing more prosecutions as the gov’t has allocated almost 200m of the tax payers money to the office of the SP?. Someone should please answer these questions for me for I am a citizen and not a spectator. When I interrogated the letter that sounds like a lamentation as in the case of political interference from the Interior minister and other minister’s, Mr. Martin Amidu in one breath raises genuine concerns and in the same breadth is talking too much instead of doing too much. But these are what we think should be done after reading the Article: 1. Public education about the OSP: the general public doesnt seem to understand fully the entire process of setting up the OSP, equipping it and running it at the speed with which it should run. The OSP is not captain planet that just grant wishes. It takes time for the office to achieve all the corrupt cases in this country. 2. Martin Amidu should concentrate so much on laying the foundation of the office and getting past the hurdles put in by public servants. In the article he complains bitterly about interference of public and political actors and their refusal to make available information needed by the SP. In this same article he talks about the statutory powers granted to him that enables him do his work without any interference. My question is why complain too much when you have the law at your disposal. You can effect the Special powers given to you to acquire any information from any institution you want and even take the person to court without prior information. Stop the barking and do the bitting. 3. The OSP was set up for political which hunt to specifically target a particular regime and score political points: another angle from which may have caused these lamentations maybe because the gov’t and ruling party are intentionally frustrating his efforts because the SP is biting and chewing on the wrong meats. The SP was probably set up as a mechanism to  witch hunt political opponents but they soon realise that the very snake they have reared is beginning to swallow them up too. E.g in the case of Charles Bissue(a presidential staffer), the CID quickly moves to clear him but the SP says he is not cleared even though he categorically told them it’s not a case within the jurisdiction of the police, CID but the CID says they were directed by the Interior minister and the Chairman of the Board of the CID. Why are the politicians interfering when they know the SP is free of any political interference. The SP even further stated that “it’s eighter they want to set up the OSP or they don’t”. Either ways you have the Special powers to drag them to court Mr. Special Prosecutor. Exhaust that privilege before whining for its good 180m of the tax payers money that is used to fund his office. That money could be used to build more roads, bought more beds, build more schools for the presidents free SHS programme and operationalised the Legon Hospital among others. 4. He should crack the whip as the master of this circus as he has been given significant statutory powers: on one hand, I think Mr. Marrin Alamisi Amidu has all he needs to do his work. He has all the Special powers and support of the major institutions I.e the finance ministry, the attorney general, EOCO etc. He can either keep working or keep quiet because we Ghanaians expect a lot from him other than whinning and complaining. Crack the whip. Here’s what the government of the Unitd Progressive Party(UPP) will do: 1.The UPP will intensify public education. Fightfing Corruption is a civic and collective responsibility and we must all help to fight it.  2. Set aside specific courts purposefully for the prosecution of corruption. 3. Enforce and apply the law.  4. Separate the attorney general from ministry of justice. 5. Employ more state prosecutors to help in the fight of corruption and help the citizenry fight for justice. Long live GhanaLong live the UPP  Bukari KuoruGeneral Secretary(Ag.)0451040419/0202303331. Source /Ayisah Foster 

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