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Akufo-Addo Stopped Us From Prosecuting NDC MPs Who Took Double Salaries In Order To Get Their Support For Shady Deals – Martin Amidu Strikes Again

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Former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of stopping the prosecution of some Members of Parliament, who were accused of taking double salaries, in exchange for their cooperation with his government in parliament.

According to Mr Amidu, although the then-Attorney General, Ms Gloria Akuffo and the Director of Public Prosecutions had both perused the case docket and had come to the conclusion that charges be filed against some of the lawmakers, the President ordered them to stop.

Mr Amidu, in a statement, noted: “This view is consistent with the clear unconstitutional usurpation of the independent exercise of prosecutorial discretion of the Attorney General by President Nana Akufo-Addo in his response to a question asked by Kweku Dawuro of Kingdom FM on the government’s fight against corruption on 13 December 2019, particularly the prosecution of the double salaries and other criminal cases. The President unconstitutionally assumed the status of the Attorney General of Ghana and shockingly said, inter alia, on the Members of Parliament double salary cases as follows:

‘…The double salary and members of parliament: it is not a straightforward allegation of misappropriation that some people think. There is a whole lot of double counting, to what extent people were taking money vis-a-vis the emolument of the article 70 and all that, and I am thinking that unless the thing is really clear-cut and, it has not been made quite clear to me, to rein a whole lot of parliamentarians – and the list is quite a lot – to rein a whole lot of parliamentarians on a fifty-fifty case; for myself, I don’t think that we will be doing the public interest of our country any service in that way. So, the process of seeing to what extent the set-off can be there is been ongoing; there is a group doing that work and when they finish, we’ll be in a position to let the country know what the final outcome of the double salary thing is…’”  

According to the 1992 Constitution, the prosecutorial powers of the Republic of Ghana is vested in the Attorney General, who is professionally responsible for prosecutorial decisions made on a non-partisan basis.

However, the former Special Prosecutor said having served as Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General for almost 14 years, he can testify to the fact that no Head of State or President ever sought to direct or interfere with the prosecutorial discretion of the Attorney General during that period but President Akufo-Addo’s response at the media encounter of 13th December 2019 was the first time he heard a President “unashamedly and publicly usurping an independent prosecutorial constitutional discretion of an Attorney General.”

He noted that the allusion by President Akufo-Addo to a group performing the constitutional duties of the Attorney General to enable him to decide, and “be in a position to let the country know what the final outcome of the double salary thing is…” shows “beyond every reasonable doubt the interfering role of President Akufo-Addo in the administration of criminal justice in deciding who must or must not be prosecuted for a crime and not the Attorney General”.

In Mr Amidu’s view, “the Attorney General regrettably became a poodle of the President by ceding his or her constitutional prosecutorial mandate to the usurping President”.

Mr Amidu said these in reaction to some claims made on Accra-based Oman FM and a publication by the Daily Guide Network to the effect that he was in charge of prosecuting the lawmakers found culpable of taking double salaries but was unable to prosecute them before resigning from office.

According to Mr Amidu, the Office of the Attorney General never transferred the docket to his office for prosecution for him to have failed or refused to prosecute same before his resignation.

Mr Amidu described the allegation as “a politically-inspired propaganda against my integrity which sought to link my resignation to the failure or refusal of this irredeemably corrupt Government for four whole years to deal with the simple offence of double salary or stealing (as the Criminal Investigations Department of the Police Service put it), are false, infantile and barefaced lies intentionally concocted and put out by the Office of the Attorney-General to the unsuspecting public under the sub-heading ‘Godfred Yeboah-Dame.’”

“The effigy of the Attorney General published alongside the concocted falsehoods of me resigning without prosecuting a case which was never handled by my office during my tenure as the Special Prosecutor demonstrates how shamefully low the hitherto respected ethical Office of the Attorney General which I had the privilege of serving in for over fourteen years of my career has descended into since 7th January 2021,” he added.

Source: ClassFmOnline

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Ghana’s Democracy Is A ‘Caricature’; Democracy Of ‘Deceit’ – Emeritus Archbishop

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Former Archbishop of the Kumasi diocese of the Catholic Church Emeritus Archbishop Peter Akwasi Sarpong has questioned the kind of democracy the country practices.

Speaking in an interview on Akoma FM on Sunday, July 26 he wondered if the democracy being practiced is truly for the people or just a few.

He said the democracy as practiced in Ghana is only fraught with deceit, intimidation, bribery and corruption, resulting in politicians buying votes to go to Parliament in order to enrich themselves at the expense of the taxpayers.

“The democracy as practised in Ghana is a caricature of democracy. “It’s a caricature of democracy because what is democracy? Is it intimidation, is it deceit? Is it bribery? Is it corruption?” he quizzed.

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Out Of Millions Of Ghanaians, Prez Mills Picked You To Be His Running Mate And You Failed To Honour Him – Anyidodo Drags Mahama

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Former President John Dramani Mahama failed to honour late President John Evans Atta-Mills after his death although he chose him as running mate in 2008, Koku Anyidoho has claimed.

Speaking on Okay FM, Anyidoho said Mr Mahama refused to rebuild the deteriorating Asomdwee park where Prez Mills was laid to rest.

He bemoned how all efforts to get the former president to renovate the place failed.

“I won’t go into details but we tried and tried. I will state publicly that John Mahama refused to rebuild Asomdwee Park. Out of millions of Ghanaians Late Prof. Mills picked you to be his running mate, we sold our manifesto and the millions of Ghanaians voted for President Mills to be the President and you became his vice. He passed on and you became President, I’m asking what has John Mahama done to honour the memory of late ex-President Attah Mills”? he quizzed.

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Outgoing IGP Oppong Boanuh Creates Division In Police Service Following Last Minute Promotions?

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The outgoing Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh has got tensions brewing in the Police Service he promoted, in consultation and approval of the police council, one thousand, eight hundred and forty-two personnel with first degrees on and before 2008 to new ranks.

This move has created a rancour among the rank and file of the police with some expressing their unhappiness with the media.

A report by Starr FM stated that seventeen (17) corporals are moving to the rank of sergeant, nine hundred and eighty-nine (989) officers are moving from sergeant to Chief Inspector, and eight hundred and thirty-six are moving from Inspector to Chief Inspector with increased salaries.

Some of the Chief Inspectors who are unhappy with the move lamented to the media house about how they are to move from their position after twelve years for their juniors to take over.

“I actually don’t understand these promotions, look I am still Chief Inspector, someone who was my junior with the rank of an inspector is now with the same rank with me with enhanced and better conditions of service which recognized institution will encourage this?,” an angry Chief Inspector told Empire FM’s Emmanuel Ohene Gyan in Takoradi on Monday.

Another also lamented, “the new arrangement by Mr. Oppong-Buanoh means that I need to vacate my seat as a station officer for my junior to take over, this has seriously affected my morale.”

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