The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has accused former President John Mahama of attempting to influence the independent mandate of his office with his recent pronouncements.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Mr Amidu referenced comments Mr Mahama reportedly made in separate news publications to the effect that he won’t sack Mr Amidu or interfere with his work if he [Mahama] wins the December 7 polls.
He stressed that he does not need assurances from anybody that he will still be in office after the elections since the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act governs the independence and tenure of the office.
“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,” the statement said.
“Crime is crime. There is no need trying to politicize the work of the Office and linking its fate with election results”.
The Special Prosecutor stated that he considered the comments made by Mr Mahama as an attempt to influence the independent mandate of this Office to investigate and prosecute certain electoral offences apportioned to his Office under the law.
“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),” the statement said.
“These pronouncements constitute interferences with, and attempts to influence the independent mandate of this 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.