…As Ken Ofori-Atta sells Ghana to himself, amid other questionable acts
….Energy Minister is embroiled in conflict of interest
….EOCO turns self-appointed debt collector
….Delta Force overthrows court proceedings and spreads mayhem
The public discourse currently trending in Ghana is the Franklin Templeton dirty deal, with all the usual public commentators, from Abdul Malik Kweku Baako of the New Crusading Guide, to Kwesi Pratt, Jr., of The Insight, all contributing to the debate.
Even so, there is a certain deficiency in the chorus so far, with the outstanding voice of Martin Alamisi Benz Rizk Amidu, self-acclaimed anti-corruption crusader and former Attorney General, loudly silent.
The site, www.martinamidu.com/articles.html, a very active high tower of a blog, from where Mr. Amidu had lorded during the days of the erstwhile Mahama regime and released pedantic epistles on almost every whimper by the Mahama regime, has suddenly gone silent.
Nobody knows why the man who had taken up the nickname, “Citizen Vigilante” and given himself the benefit of the doubt to sermonize on every single thing the Mahama regime had done, has gone silent.
But as Citizen Vigilante slumbers, a lot of what should be natural provocation for a sounding of the siren from his corner is going on. Finance Minister and cousin of the President, Ken Ofori-Atta, is in the news for selling a $2.25billion bond to a company in which his business partner is a board member.
Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, whose alleged bribery of members of Parliament’s Appointments Committee to give him an easy approval into the portfolio he occupies now, has been in the news for setting up the 17-member AMERI Committee, which was later exposed to have compromised itself with funding from the same AMERI. Even a brother of Boakye Agyarko, Emmanuel Agyarko, has been embroiled in the AMERI scandal, after it came to light that he had been a beneficiary of AMERI sponsorship.
The first 100 days of the scandal-prone Akufo-Addo regime had, in the immediate past, been, of course, in the news for the overthrow of court proceedings in Kumasi by the ruling party’s goon squad, Delta Force.
This had been preceded by world resounding plagiarism by the President himself on the very day he was invested into office.
More recently, what has been trending is the bullying tactics of the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) against Ibrahim Mahama, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Engineers and Planners and brother of former President Mahama.
A Deputy Commissioner of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has denounced EOCO’s investigation and an eight–day ultimatum to Ibrahim Mahama to pay some GHc12million owed the GRA as totally disruptive of a payment plan that Mr. Mahama was already following with the GRA.
In other words, an attempt by EOCO to bully Mr. Mahama had led to the investigative body taking the initiative to be a debt collector for the GRA, even though the GRA had never requested debt collection services from EOCO.
All these issues, which fall under the broad themes of corruption, abuse of incumbency and even treason have danced in the public discourse without a whimper from Mr. Amidu, even though the man minded to castigate former President Mahama for making appointments in his last days in office!
“Martin Amidu Speaks” the popular blog of Mr. Amidu’s at www.martinamidu.com/articles.html, from where the self-acclaimed ‘Citizen Vigilante’ had constantly castigated the erstwhile Mahama regime has remained silent on all these issues.
The blog is hosted under the motto: “Equity, Transparency, Equality.” And yet when the Mahama regime was in power, he called it a looter regime because the regime had paid money that a High Court had ordered government to pay to businessman, Alfred Woyome.
While Mr. Woyome was in court defending his right to be paid GHc51 million for the breach of contract, Martin Alamisi Benz Rizk Amidu derogatorily called Woyome a “lootee” even though Mr. Amidu is supposed to be a lawyer.
Mr. Woyome is currently at the International Court to litigate against GoG over the same case and suddenly Mr. Amidu who called him a “lootee” has gone silent.
Even more interesting, there is a deafening silence from Martin Amidu’s angle at a time that the Finance Minister, who is the President’s cousin, appears to be selling Ghana to himself.
Indeed the last post on Mr. Amidu’s blog is a 16th January 2016 virtual love letter to President Akufo-Addo which had celebrated his election and worshipfully congratulated the President, with a hint to the effect that he (Martin Amidu) is available for hire.
Citizen Vigilante’s disappointing silence on ongoing sleaze within the Akufo-Addo government has also been an overlook of an unprecedented distended size of government with a 110 Ministers that include some appointees who were recently sacked from Joy FM’s political talkshow, ‘NewsFile’ as substandard.
The strange silence of the moralistic Martin Amidu in the wake of rot in the Akufo-Addo regime has left observers questioning why the man who had called the erstwhile Mahama regime a looter government over Woyome, is suddenly silent when the new President’s cousin is openly embroiled in major conflict of interest.