Even before his assumption of office in 2018, many Ghanaians strongly believed the nomination of Mr Martin Amidu as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor by President Akufo-Addo on January 11, 2018, and his subsequent approval by Parliament, was the best to fight and nib corruption in the bud but…NOPE???
US-based Ghanaian lawyer and academic, Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare popularly known as Kwaku Azar has given an insight (read the full text below) into corruption cases that have so far been investigated or prosecuted by the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu.
Mr Martin Amidu’s performance so far?…
Very poor and abysmal considering the loads of ‘plain thievery and modern daylight robbery’ cases (termed as corruption in Ghana) which have allegedly been perpetuated by some of the appointees of the current administration of President Akufo-Addo and the past government.
According to the law, and as stated by Mr Kwaku Azar, the Office of the Special Prosecutor is to semi-annually publish on its website and in 2 daily newspapers of national circulation;
- a) the list of corruption cases investigated and prosecuted by the Office; and
- b) the number of acquittals, convictions and cases pending in respect of the cases prosecuted and the value of proceeds recovered if any.
Cases Investigated by Martin Amidu from 2018 to 2020?
So far, the alleged corruption-related cases Mr Martin Amidu has investigated (which is still pending) include that of the MP for Bawku Central, Mr Mahama Ayariga, and six others, including the current Municipal Chief Executive for Bawku, Hajia Ninchema, who have been charged for allegedly engaging in procurement breaches by the the Special Prosecutor.
In effect, what this means is that ever since Mr Martin Amidu assumed office in 2018, it is just only one case that he has been investigating since all the alleged corrupt actors, one way or the other, are connected to the same case.
And the question we (BieGyaNation.Com) ask is, what is so special about the Special Prosecutor of Ghana? Tweaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Full text of what Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare shared in a post:
The law requires the Office of the Special Prosecutor to semi-annually publish on its website and in 2 daily newspapers of national circulation (a) the list of corruption cases investigated and prosecuted by the Office; and (b) the number of acquittals, convictions and cases pending in respect of the cases prosecuted and the value of proceeds recovered if any.
I’d be grateful for any information leading me to the website of the Office or the newspapers where these mandatory disclosures have been published for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Thanks to Kojo Yeboah Machito for providing the link to the website where I learnt that the Office has provided 2 reports for 2020 and 1 report for 2019 but none for 2018.
Upon analysing the report, I also learnt that the 2020 reports repeat the information in 2019. So the Office has done the following since being established in 2018:
List of corruption cases investigated and accused charged for court:
(1) The Republic v (1) Mahama Ayariga.
(2) Kenerick Akwasi Marfo – (investigated jointly with EOCO) (2) The Republic v (1) Hajia Hawa Ninchema (2) Sumaila Ewuntomah Abudu (3) Alex Avade (4) Alhaji Abdul-Mumuni Jesewunde (5) Mary-Stella Adapesa (6) Mumuni Yakubu Nambe (7) Mahama Ayariga.
List of corruption cases of accused persons arraigned and being prosecuted:
(1) The Republic v Mahama Ayariga (2) Kenerick Akwasi Marfo. (2) The Republic v (1) Hajia Hawa Ninchema (2) Sumaila Ewuntomah Abudu (3) Alex Avade (4) Alhaji Abdul-Mumuni Jesewunde (5) Mary-Stella Adapesa (6) Mumuni Yakubu Nambe (7) Mahama Ayariga.
LIST OF ACQUITTALS, CONVICTIONS AND RECOVERIES:
There have been no acquittals, and convictions as the two cases listed above are pending as being prosecuted. Consequently no value of any assets have been recovered.
PS: The Office believes its work was slowed down by the Ayine v AG suit.
Source: George Awaidem Maclean | BieGyaNation.Com