Former Ashanti Regional Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress [NDC], Joseph Yamin has asked the Special Prosecutor, Martin A.B.K. Amidu to jump ship to preserve his reputation.
Analyzing his (Amidu’s) appointment and induction into office as the Special Prosecutor – a role which he believes Mr Amidu has failed to live up to expectation – Joseph Yamin pointed out that Mr. Amidu shouldn’t have accepted the position knowing very well that the newly created office was not fully functional.
“Why should Martin Amidu who is supposed to be an anti-corruption campaigner accept an appointment without an office?” he asked.
He appealed to the Special Prosecutor to quit his position because “he will never be given the authority and leeway to operate.”
Speaking on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ newspaper discussion programme, the former deputy Minister of Sports charged government to stop wasting national resources on programmes they know very well will not yield benefits.
“23rd February of this year marks his one  year in office and he is still talking about funds being released to him, we will start prosecution soon,” he said, asking when his “soon” will come while he continues to draw salaries every month.
Prosecutions Will Start Soon — Martin Amidu
The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin A.B.K. Amidu, has assured the public that the office will soon start prosecuting corruption-related cases.
He said he could only successfully execute his mandate with tact and not with emotions and reckless speed.
Some Ghanaians, including former President Jerry John Rawlings, have expressed concern about the delay in the prosecution of corruption-related cases by the Special Prosecutor.
But Mr Amidu said: “We have been working around the clock. We pick information on the quiet, meet informants on the quiet and investigate on the quiet. We have made a lot of progress by completing some cases. We are now engaging prosecutors to take over prosecution.”