A Youth Group dubbed ‘Action Movement Youth Volunteers (AMYV)’ has stated that President Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo nominating one of his “boys” to the office of Special Prosecutor, SP is another strategy to strengthen the cover-up of the on-going corruption in his government.
President Akuffo-Addo is noted for fighting heads of investigative institutions and interfering in their investigative work. The immediate past Auditor General, Daniel Yao Domelevo has been chased out for his attempt to look into corrupt cases of some senior government officials.
Mr. Martin Alamisi Amidu also immediate past SP has to resign by force due to the manner the President was bl ocking investigations of serious corrupt activities allegedly perpetrated by some ministers.
According to the Youth Group, corruption in Ghana under the leadership of President Akuffo-Addo has become the norm in the country. AMYV indicated that bribery, theft and embezzlement of public funds arose from reversion to a traditional winner-take-all attitude in which power and family relationships prevailed over the rule of law.
In the statement issued in Accra, the Deputy Communications Officer of AMYV, Courage Kwami Gbeve believes the newly nominated Special Prosecutor, SP, if approved, cannot even prosecute a cockroach before looters in the Nana Addo led NPP government.
Mr Kwami Gbeve stressed that President has turned his office into a corruption haven, because Nana Addo himself is corrupt to the marrow.
The statement signed by the Vice President of AMYV, Soyo Neene Sackey explained that the SP office is supposed to serve as an independent investigative and prosecution body that makes inquiries into corruption, bribery and other criminal cases at the national level but, its operations have been hijacked by the President Akuffo-Addo.
Below is the full statement:-
NEWLY SPECIAL PERSECUTOR NOMINEE IF APPROVED CAN’T PROSECUTE EVEN A COCKROACH BEFORE PUBLIC RESOURCE LOOTERS IN NANA ADDO’S GOVERNMENT
Statement from a non-profit organization – Action Movement Youth Volunteers (AMYV).
Corruption in Ghana under the leadership of President Nana Addo has become the norm in Ghana. Bribery, theft and embezzlement of public funds arose from reversion to a traditional winner-take-all attitude in which power and family relationships prevailed over the rule of law.
We believe that, the Newly nominated Special Prosecutor if approved, cannot even prosecute a cockroach before looters in Nana Addo’s government. The big question is why? The only response is that, the President has turned his office into a CORRUPTION HAVEN. He is corrupt to the marrow.
Classical examples of acts of corruption exhibited by the Nana Addo government are: Mr. Dumelovo, the former Auditor General who went on a Forced Leave as a Ghanaian only to return as a Togolese. This mystery can only be found in the book of the President.
Martin Amidu, the former SPECIAL PERSECUTOR who only touched on Agyapa Royalty Deal and in less than three days, had to resign for his own safety and security.
Corruption, bribery and scandals have become a norm as long as Nana Addo remains the President of Ghana.
We believe there is no need in appointing a new Special Prosecutor because such an office does not add up to anything near better probity and accountability leading to good governance .
No one touches the tail of Mother Serpentine’s babies and goes scot- free.
We are appealing to and pleading with the President and Parliamentarians to go back to the drawing table for such an office will not serves the nation its purpose and is not goal oriented.
The office of the Special Prosecutor of Ghana was established after an act of the Parliament of Ghana passed the Office of Special Prosecutor Bill in 2017.
Martin Amidu who was appointed as the First man to serve as a Special Prosecutor resigned as a result of numerous cases he was prevented from prosecution those behind them.
The office serves as an independent investigative and prosecution body that makes inquiries into corruption, bribery, or other criminal cases at the national level but, its operations have been hijacked by the President.
In addition, we are expressing the ineffectiveness of the Attorney-General as an effective prosecution and law enforcement tool in the fight against corruption because the appointment and dismissal of the Attorney-General is determined by the president.
Therefore, the Office of the special prosecutor serves as the autonomous body to handle sensitive cases which the Attorney General will otherwise be ineffective at handling.
COURAGE KWAMI GBEVE,
AMYV DEPUTY COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER,
HP: +233 54 724 4462
SOYO NEENE SACKEY,
AMYV VICE PRESIDENT,
HP: +233 54 100 3617