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I See Fire On The Mountain – Manasseh Predicts Explosive Response From Amidu In Ongoing Resignation Saga



Ace Investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni writes………..


I have just read the detailed response of the Presidency to Martin Amidu’s resignation letter and his (amidu’s) accusation of interference.

My first impression is the measured tone of the response to the strongly-worded letter from Amidu.

The president has denied ever interfering or asking Amidu to shelve the Agyapa Royalties report so that he (the president) would deal with the matter. It is Amidu’s word against the president’s word. And we may not know who is telling the truth apart from deciding to believe who we think will more likely be truthful on this matter.

What makes Amidu look very terrible in the president’s response is the detailed explanation of how Martin Amidu did not recruit even though he was given the clearance to do so.

Another detailed explanation that makes Martin Amidu look really terrible in the eyes of those who read the president’s response is how budgetary allocations were made available to him, but he failed to spend.

I don’t know what Martin Amidu has to say about those two main issues in the president’s response, but if you read the concluding part of the president’s response about the office space for the Office of the Special Prosecutor, you would understand why Martin Amidu could not have recruited or spent the money allocated to his office.

According to the response from the presidency, the search for a befitting office space started and concluded between September 2019 and September 2020. That problem was resolved about two months ago.

The three-bedroom office could not have contained the staff if Martin Amidu had recruited.

And if he didn’t recruit there would not be the need to spend. So if Martin Amidu can be blamed legitimately for not recruiting or spending, then that should be after two months ago.

It’s like giving a headmaster an office and enough money to admit students without first providing classrooms.

Martin Amidu should explain why he rejected the keys to his new office that was dispatched to him in an envelope. But as we await that explanation, it is important to ask whether that is the standard procedure for handing over a public building to an office such as the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Should there not have been a more detailed process that gives an inventory of what was being handed to the OSP? Apart from the key, should there not be a list of facilities, the cost and other important considerations for the sake of accountability?

If Martin Amidu does not heed the advice of a delegation of eminent people who might be sent to him to call for a cease fire, we are likely to get a response from him.

Reading the president’s response, however, has given me a new perspective on the matter. The setting up of such an important office demanded more than just a law and a serious anti-corruption crusader.

It might not have been the duty of the president or the government, but more effort should have gone into making that office operational. Even if it meant hiring international consultants well-lettered in matters of security and systems needed to make such an important office effective, it should have been explored.

The OSP, like the BNI and EOCO should not just be put into any facility at all. What do they need in their interrogation rooms? What systems are needed to check those who would use the office to make money from the rich and corrupt targets of investigations?

And where was the board of the OSP in all of this?

Having said that, the fight against corruption will not go anywhere until we get a leader who is willing to fight it.

The Auditor General has been forced to go home because he was seriously fighting corruption and had taken the fight to the senior minister. If Martin Amidu is out because it’s his fault, what about Daniel Domelevo, the Auditor General?

As I type this, the Attorney General is sitting on a docket prepared by the Financial Forensic Unit of the Ghana Police Service which has concrete evidence of how over 200 million cedis was paid to Zoomlion and its subsidiaries but the public officials who paid the money cannot give evidence of work done. Not even one official could say he or she saw the work being executed but they paid.

This is just one of the many cases, which the Presidency is aware of, and we do not need a special prosecutor to punish these acts of corruption and deter others.

Manasseh Azure Awuni, November 18, 2020.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com


It Is Clear, Nana Addo Does Not Have The Commitment To Fight Corruption – Manasseh



Manasseh Azure Awuni writes…….

I have read all the 27-paged response by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to President Akufo-Addo’s reaction to his resignation. I read part yesterday and concluded this morning.

The response has a lot of substance, and anybody who says it is empty did not read it or that person did not read with an objective mind.

I must, however, point out that Martin Amdiu poisoned the substance of his response with needless elaboration, an overly intemperate language and a rather needless attack on Prof. H Kwasi Prempeh, one of the extremely few civil society advocates who have proven in these last four years that they stands for what is right and the interest of state.

There is nothing wrong with he being the president’s friend. I am (or “was”, depending on how the president perceives me now) President Akufo-Addo’s friend, but that friendship does not say I should not criticise him when he goes wrong.

John Mahama was and is still my friend, but that doesn’t mean I should not point it out to him when his policies go wrong. So there’s nothing wrong with Prof. Prempeh being the president’s friend.

I have been uncharitable to Martin Amidu in my writings, media interviews and in my recent lecture, but he is my friend and I visit him at home and we talk. So the point about seeing H Kwasi Prempeh in the Jubilee House is needless. No fair-minded person who has followed him keenly will doubt what he stands for. He has been critical of Akufo-Addo’s presidency and that does not take away his right to comment on a matter when it does not favour Martin Amidu.

Martin Amidu should have learnt from the language the presidency used in its letter to him. The presidency used a measured and mature language that won the admiration of even its critics. A strong language in a paragraph or two could have conveyed Martin Amidu’s outrage if he strongly felt the need to do so.

As a writer, I know some a certain tone must be used to drum home the needed effect, but to use the same tone throughout takes away from the message.

Having said that, Martin Amidu’s response puts in context the impression conveyed by the presidency that he got all he wanted and did not spend. The issue about his office has also be explained. Unfortunately, Martin Amidu buried that deep down the response and, in a country that hates reading, not many will ever get to that.

From what I know and from what I have read from both Amidu and the presidency, one thing is clear: President Akufo-Addo does not have the commitment to fight corruption.

It is the reason I told Martin Amidu long time ago to resign if he could not bulldoze his way through the concrete maze of frustrations designed to make whoever wanted to take on the establishment fail.

It is rather strange that Martin Amidu only realised the president was not committed to the fight against corruption when he finished the Agyapa report and the president asked him to “shelve” it so that he (the president) would deal with it.

When Martin Amidu’s friend, the Auditor General, was hounded out of office because of his work against Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Mr. Amidu did not need any more revelation to know that Akufo-Addo was not committed to fighting corruption.

It is also worth pointing out that apart from the interference, Martin Amidu’s extremely rigid posture and human relations could have contributed to his failure. It is possible to be flexible without compromising on your integrity or values.

To succeed as a corruption fighter, you must work with with others. You must work with the good people and the bad people. You must learn to play your cards well and use people to get what you want without they knowing you’re using them. You cannot be an island and succeed.

If you stand on a moral Afadzato and perceive or deal with all the rest from the valley of sin, you will achieve very little or nothing.

We are back to a basement below the ground floor as far as the Office of the Special Prosecutor and its fight against corruption is concerned.

And the general fight against corruption from the perspective of the media, civil society, state institution such as the Auditor General, has been made worse than it was when our Anti-Corruption Moses took the oath of office on January 7, 2017.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Airbus Scandal: Mahama Faces Questioning In The UK Over Bribery Allegations



According to British tabloid, The Guardian, former President John Dramani Mahama is next in line to be interrogated by UK authorities over the infamous Airbus saga.

This is after his brother, Samuel Mahama has turned himself in for questioning in what has been described as “one of the biggest and organised global corruption syndicate”.

According to an anonymous source, Mr. Mahama has been tracked and the authorities are in constant contacts with their Ghanaian counterparts to get the NDC flagbearer’s side of the fifty million pound (£50M) scandal.

Already, former President Mahama has been fingered by now resigned Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu as “Government Official 1” after preliminary investigations into the saga.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Leaked: Mahama’s Ministerial Appointments If He Wins 2020 Election



The 2020 presidential elections is a few days away but in the mind of NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, he is President already.

This high sense of optimism has already triggered the former President to start forming the core of his government.

In a leaked letter dated November 26, 2020 to top hierarchy of the NDC, Mr. Mahama has presented some names as probable ministers in the next NDC government.

Cassiel Ato Forson, Hannah Bissue, Kevin Taylor, Joyce Bawa Mugtari, Sadiq Abdulai Abu , Rashid Pelpou among others have all been tipped as potential ministers should the NDC wrestle back power from the NPP in the December 7 polls.

See letter below:

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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