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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


NDC Members Petition National Chairman To Sack Koku Anyidoho Over Gross Misconduct



Some members of the opposition NDC have petitioned the National Chairman of the Party to dismiss former deputy general secretary, Koku Anyidoho from the party for what they term as gross misconduct.

Mr Anyidoho has taken a passive position from the Party since he lost the Party’s internal electoral contest in which he contested for the position of General Secretary.

The Petition for Koku’s dismissal, signed by one Eric Adjei, cites various media publications in which Mr Anyidoho is deemed to have made comments against his Party’s interest.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied – Akufo-Addo Lawyer Counters Tsikata



One of the lawyers of President Akufo-Addo in the ongoing election petition hearing has brushed aside claims by lead counsel for the petitioners in the Election Petition, Tsatsu Tsikata that the Supreme court should not sacrifice justice for expedition.

In his response to Mr Tsikata, he noted that justice delayed is justice denied.

Tsikata, had told the Supreme Court that much as the court may want to stick to the timelines specified in C.I 99 for the adjudication of election petitions, it should not be done in disregard of justice.

However, addressing the media after proceedings, Mr Frank Davies said “What is meant by sacrificing justice on the altar of expedition? 

“Justice delayed is justice denied. So what is it?  They are just not ready. They were advocating for a live broadcast of proceedings and now everybody is seeing what is happening in court. Everyday lead counsel for the petitioners is making one complaint or the other.

“You cannot blame the failure of a bad farm on your tools of implementation. Your farm is your farm  and  it depends on how you cultivate it  so we should not ponder over this repeated rhetoric of  sacrificing justice for expedition.”


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Election Petition: Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing To January 26



The Supreme Court has adjourned its hearing of the 2020 Election Petition to Tuesday January 26, 2021.

The petitioner in the 2020 Presidential Election Petition, John Dramani Mahama, has sought a review of a ruling on some 12 questions he wanted the 1st Respondent, Electoral Commission to answer after the court had earlier dismissed similar applicaion.

Lawyer for the petitioner on Wednesday January 20 told the court at the beginning of hearing that he has come to seek a review of the ruling on their application for interrogatories the previous day.

The court ruled that “the crucial issue of relevancy has not been established in this Application” emphasizing the various amendments that have been made to the Court Procedures and Rules, the latest being C.I 99.

“We are strictly bound by C.I 99 and therefore will not apply Order 22 of C.I 47 OF 2004 in this circumstance.

“We accordingly refuse to grant the application and same is accordingly dismissed”, the court ruled.

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