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  • The office of former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has refuted claims that he diverted $13 million meant for the development of the Western Region from the E.O. Group.

    • Am I playing holier than thou? I concede that in Ghana, to be tagged ‘Government Official One’ — a synonym for corruption — will pull the hair out of anybody’s nostrils, especially two months to a crucial election.

    Four-letter words are unprintable, and it is for a reason: they are offensive to decent people in society.

    • After almost one-and-a-half years since Mr Martin Amidu was sworn into office, he is yet to haul any alleged corrupt official to court for prosecution.

    The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, will start prosecuting corrupt public officers in both past and present administrations when he is ready, President Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians.

    • The CSOs, including the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), IMANI Africa, a policy think tank, and the Citizens Movement Against Corruption (CIMAG), said Mr Amidu’s resignation had been surprising.

    Civil society organisations (CSOs) want Mr Martin Amidu’s resignation as the Special Prosecutor (SP) to be used to better the operations of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

    • Mr Amidu in a statement accused Mr Ayariga of sending some personal friends, former colleagues, chiefs, pastors among others, to beg him [Amidu] to stop the investigations against him [Ayariga].

    The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga says he will challenge a court order directing Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) to provide his call records to the Special Prosecutor (SP), Martin Amidu.

    • For those who have either not followed the case or read the judgment as issued by the Supreme Court, the issue before the Court was whether a 66-year old person can be offered an appointment in the Public Services of Ghana?

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 held that Mr Martin A.B.K. Amidu is eligible to be the Special Prosecutor because his office cannot be equated to the public service which is caught by the retirement age of 60 as prescribed under Articles 190, 195 and 199 of the 1992 Constitution.

    • The Office of the Special Prosecutor cannot fight corruption ...

    The biggest challenge facing the Office of the Special Prosecutor as an anti-corruption investigatory and prosecutorial body in spite of all the powers conferred upon it is not the President who promised the people of Ghana to establish the Office but the heads of institutions who simply refuse to comply with laws designed to ensure good governance and to protect the national purse by fighting corruption.

    • According to him, the appeal affects the core of the trial because the eligibility of Martin Amidu to be the Special Prosecutor could render the trial null and void.

    The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, has asked the Accra High Court to halt a criminal case initiated against him by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

    • Mr Amidu in a letter to Mr Forson dated August 1, 2019, demands an unqualified apology and retraction of the said comments which he described as defamatory.

    The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has given the Minority Spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson a seven-day ultimatum to apologise and retract some comments he allegedly made in relation to a judgement debt payment.

    • Unless we examine the context... settle any personal interest, the fight against corruption would be another story of “Alice in the wonderland”.

    The materialization of anti-corruption begins with the activities of man within the concept of laws that govern the society. Laws and statutes express the will of the people to growth and development hindered by corruption.

    • The OSP says this is because of the pending determination by the Supreme Court of the Ayine versus Attorney-General case which ....

    The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has stated that there have been no acquittals and convictions in the two corruption cases it has prosecuted since last year.

  • In a groundbreaking announcement set to shock many political watchers, the President extolled Martin Amidu, a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress’s virtues, saying he has no doubt his nominee is very qualified and able to do the job, pending the approval of Parliament.

    • When he appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon, the court ruled that since Ayariga is an accused person and not a witness, he is not immune to stand trial.

    The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrisu has indicated that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) would challenge the ruling of the Accra High Court on Tuesday that said the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, was obliged by law to stand trial in a criminal case filed against him by the Special Prosecutor.

    • “Why is it that we are not relying on Article 80 (a) because successively Attorney-Generals have failed us under the Fourth Republic to punish corruption and punish closer politically-exposed persons.

    Parliament on Friday, July 30, unanimously approved Mr Kissi Agyebeng as Special Prosecutor (SP).

    • Highlighting the damage that corruption has inflicted on the country, President Akufo-Addo noted that there is the need for Ghanaians, within the parameters of the rule of law, to find effective instruments to deal with it.

    President Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, swore into office Jane Cynthia Naa Korshie Lamptey as Deputy Special Prosecutor.

    • Dr Ayine, a former Deputy Attorney-General, filed a suit at the S.C, and contended that Mr Amidu, 66, is beyond the statutory age of employment into public service.

    The Supreme Court (SC), yesterday, gave the Attorney-General (A-G) three weeks to file legal argument to justify the appointment of Alamisi Burns Kaizer Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor (SP).

    • It is important to note that the rate at which corruption is growing in Ghana is terrible, thus ripping the country of her gains.

    Written By Boamah Sampson - Ghana is blessed with a lot of resources largely categorised under both human and natural among several other endowments, yet we lag behind so far as development is concerned. Why? What could possibly be the cause?

    • Hon. Yaw Buaben Asamoa did this by pretending to be directing me as an ignoramus on how to perform the duties of my Office: ...

    Written By Martin A. B. K. Amidu - Hon. Yaw Buaben Asamoa as the Communication Director of the Governing political party has on several occasions sought to create the impression in the public mind that he has authority as the Communication Director of his political party to tacitly instruct the Special Prosecutor in the media on how to perform the functions of his Office.

    • In a letter of September 10, 2020, addressed to the clerk of Parliament, the Special Prosecutor said the investigation was in line with his office’s mandate to exercise the functions and powers of the prevention of corruption.

    The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin A.B.K. Amidu, has begun investigations into the Agyapa Mineral Royalties transaction.

    • The OSP revealed that it has currently investigated two corruption cases and charged the accused for court.

    The Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) has published a list of corruption cases it has investigated and prosecuted.

    • He intimated that the move appeared a deliberate attempt to incapacitate the office from fight corruption in the country.

    The government has allocated GH¢180 million to the Special Prosecutor’s Office to be used to resource the office and strengthen it to fight corruption.

    • The State is, therefore, praying the court to hold that the position of Special Prosecutor is a public office (organ) like the Statute Law Revision Commissioner, not caught by the retiring age prescriptions in Article 199.

    The Supreme Court will on May 13, 2020, decide whether or not Mr Martin Amidu is eligible to be Special Prosecutor.

    • “There is no other way, and, in order to forestall any needless constitutional controversy, which could throw our nation into jeopardy, we must vote on 7th December 2020. The same applies to Parliament.

    President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo has warned off non-Ghanaians to stay away from both the compilation of a new Voters Register and the 7th December, 2020 general elections.

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