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

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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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Court Throws Out Rastafarian Student’s Injunction Against Achimota School

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The Rastafarian student, Tyrone Marghuy who was denied admission by the Achimota senior high school for his hairstyle, has had his injunction against the school dismissed by the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court.

The court, presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo said the applicant failed procedurally on both interim injunctions which were to last for 10 days or interlocutory injunction which was to last throughout the hearing of the case.

The injunction sought the court to order Achimota School to admit the applicant for him to attend classes pending the final determination of the substantive matter.

However, the court noted that it cannot grant the injunction because such a decision will prejudice the outcome of the case because the respondents have not been put on notice.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Were You Expecting Bagbin To Appoint His Enemies As Advisors? – Asiedu Nketia Asks Kyei Mensah Bonsu

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General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has hit back at the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu for his accusations against the Speaker Alban Bagbin.

Speaking on The Probe, Mr Nketia wondered if the Majority Leader expected the Speaker to be appoint his opponents to be his advisors.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu in an interview on Sunday, April 4, expressed worry over how Speaker Bagbin has selected one too many members of the NDC to his office as advisors.

He also expressed displeasure with the selection of Mr Aseidu Nketia as a member of the Parliamentary Service Board.

Explaining that he did not have a problem with Aseidu Nketia as a person but the fact that he still holds his position as a General Secretary of the NDC.

In the Suame legislator’s view, Speaker Alban Bagbin was gradually turning the House into an enclave for the NDC.

But according to the NDC General Secretary, the rules governing the land give the Speaker discretion to appoint who he would want to work with, and they must be people he shares similar ideologies with.

“Before, Speaker Bagbin came, what was Parliament? Was it [not] an enclave of NPP? Because the former Speaker was NPP and all the former MPs who should be on the Parliamentary Board were all from NPP leadership.

“I do not want to believe that the workers or the advisors at the time were from CPP. So if they were all NPP at the time and now you have another Speaker, I am wondering if Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu was expecting [Speaker] Bagbin to appoint his opponents to advise him,” he stated.

To butress his point, Mr Asiedu Nketia, citing President Akufo-Addo’s appointees on the Council of State claimed not a single nominee is a member of the opposition NDC.

As such, it will be hypocritical on the part of the Parliamentary Affairs Minister to make such assertions against the leader of the Legislature, he believes.

“I am worried about people who cannot use parity of reasoning; when something suits them they argue in a certain way. They can argue that is paper is white, then the next day the same people will be arguing that this paper is black or blue.

“That is not the way to build credibility,” he said categorically.

Source: MyJoyOnline

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We Can’t Win 2024 Even If We Present Kuffuor As Flagbearer – NPP Founding Member, Kwame Pianim

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A founding member of the NPP, Kwame Pianim has expressed disappointment in the internal struggle within the Party just few months after winning an election that extended their mandate.

Speaking on TV3’s ‘The Key Points’ on Saturday, 10th April, Mr Pianim said this internal struggle has the power to the send the NPP back to opposition.

According to him, whoever is chosen as flagbearer of the Party will depend on the performance of President Akufo-Addo to win the election.

He said further that if President Akufo-Addo fails to meet expectations, the NPP cannot win 2024 even if they present former president Kuffuor as flagbearer.

He therefore wondered why people are busy fighting over who becomes the next flagbearer when the efforts should rather be on helping President Akufo-Addo to deliver on his mandate.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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