Ghana’s Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has resigned from his position as the special prosecutor for the country on Monday 16th November 2020.
His decision to resign was reached after he realised certain conditions were influencing his work which was making it difficult for him to prosecute issues.
According to a letter addressed to the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, Martin Amidu said his decision is to “enable Your Excellency to take steps to appoint a replacement to that position as required by law.”
He stated that President Akufo-Addo has not been able to ensure his independence and freedom of action.
“The one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor when you invited me to your Office on 10th January 2018 was your firm promise to me that you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of action as the Special Prosecutor,” he stated.
Noting some of the things that triggered his resignation and the decision to make it public, the former Attorney General said he had a “traumatic experience” between 20th October 2020 and 2nd November 2020 after releasing his corruption risk assessment on Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions.
He noted that, while he believed that he was executing his mandate independently, the reactions he was receiving concerning the issues he wanted to prosecute was not encouraging rendering him to resign, because he realised that, his work was tempted with and this made him feel that his independence as a Special Prosecutor was not real was just a hoodwink for propaganda.
“In undertaking the analysis of the risk of prevention of corruption and anti-corruption assessment I sincerely believed that I was executing an independent mandate under the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Act, 2017 (Act 959) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations, 2018 (L. I. 2374).”
Martin Amidu in the statement revealed that although his appointment was announced in 2018, he only received his appointment letter on 5th February 2020.
He said there has also not been any effort to give him the emoluments and benefits due him per his appointment letter.
“My appointment letter was received on 5th February 2020 (almost two (2)-years after my appointment). The copy addressees made no efforts to honour any of the conditions of appointment in terms of emoluments and benefits of the appointment ever since my warrant of appointment was issued on 23rd February 2018 to the date of my letter of resignation.”