Chairman of Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, Dr James Klutse Avedzi has urged Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu to halt the needless lamentation and use the laws at his disposal.
According to him, the Office of Special Prosecutor is vested with powers to initiate investigations, arrest and prosecute same and wondered why Martin Amidu, would still be complaining when he has the laws to enforce.
Dr Avedzi comments followed Amidu latest complain and threats of a lawsuit against the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo because some state institutions have refused to release documents on corruption-related issues to his office.
In his lasted article this week, Amidu claimed heads of institutions are making his work as the Special Prosecutor difficult.
He said, “Unfortunately, the experience of the Office of the Special Prosecutor is that when it comes to fighting corruptions and corruption-related offences, heads of institutions think that the rules on interdiction and/or indefinite leave of public officers do not apply to corruption and corruption-related offences.”
“Public officers have been charged, arraigned before the High Court and their pleas were taken only for them to return to their workplaces and work normally as though they have never been suspected of committing any corruption offences”, he lamented.
But Dr Avedzi who is the Member of Parliament for Ketu North and Deputy Minority Leader said Amidu is gaining notoriety in lamentation about his works.
He pointed out that, the Special Prosecutor Act has empowered Amidu office to go after persons suspected to have embezzled state funds for personal gains and viewed the needless lamentation as a sign of failure.
The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee told Journalists in parliament Wednesday, July 17, unlike his committee and the Auditor General that have to wait for years to gather evidence to commence their work, OSP headed by Amidu has the latitude of the law to commence investigations even upon news reports.
The Deputy Minority leader added that Amidu should go ahead and sue the Attorney General if he believed the AG actions and inactions are detrimental to the fight against corruption.
“Honestly, I think the excuses from Amidu are becoming one too many and I think it’s time to lamenting and apply the law.”
” At first he said, his office was not resourced, but that has been done, he was given budget and had approval for parliament. He was also given some staff including investigators, ” Advedzi said.
He noted that, so far Amidu has not to work to impress Ghanaians since he was given the job, stating that, the prosecution of Mahama Ayariga is a mere target as against serious corruption scandal even under the current government.
The Ketu North lawmaker is of the view that the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice was appointed by virtue of his record and not to continually be complaining and lamenting with excuses of inability to deliver on his mandate as per the law established.
He said the president appointed Amidu based on grounds that he is a corruption crusader and could deliver but his continued complains indicates Amidu has failed Ghanaians.
The Deputy Minority said the two investigators are enough to start with, adding that they can handle about 20 cases pending others recruitment.
He, however, asked Amidu to go ahead and sue the Attorney General and also prosecute officers of the institutions that refused to grant him access to cases documents in their custody.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba