Accra, Ghana – A Civil Society organisation calling itself the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) is demanding of the Ghanaian to sack the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu from office.
A report from ASEPA and copied to the Office of the President, explained that so far, the Special Prosecutor has failed to see any case to its successful completion over the past thirty months since the office was established.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, the Executive Director of ASEPA, Mensah Thompson advised government to invoke the processes under Article 146 of the constitution to impeach Mr. Amidu from office.
He furthered that the ineffectiveness of the office is not due to a lack of funds from the government per its investigations.
“Our call is on the basis of his incompetence. We believe that there have been a number of issues emanating from the office of the Special Prosecutor raises questions of the competence of Mr. Martin Amid. The Special Prosecutor Office returned unused budgetary funds or unused allocations back to government coffers. It means that the government has given the office of the Special Prosecutor much money which he could even use, and they returned [it] back to the government and so the office is getting the necessary resources and support from the government but unfortunately, the output has been very minimal.”
Mr. Mensah Thompson pleaded with the presidency to independently assess Mr. Amidu as soon as possible and take a decision in the interest of the nation Ghana.
“In fact since 2017, we haven’t seen a single prosecution done by the office. So why do we still keep Martin Amidu in place so we have sent a copy of our report to the president and we expect the presidency to act on the proper assessment of the office? The presidency should use its own discretion to decide if they want to keep him in office or not. Per the law, as it stands, you cannot change him and appoint a new person but because his stature is like a High Court judge, the processes of article 146 can be invoked.”
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