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Amidu Approved As Special Prosecutor

Written by  Feb 20, 2018
Parliament has approved Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor. The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye had earlier rejected a point of order raised by former deputy attorney general, Dr. Dominic Ayine, to suspend the debate and approval of the nominee because of his case pending at the Supreme Court. Drawing on Standing order 93(1), Dr. Ayine invited the Speaker of Parliament to rule on whether the House’s intention to approve the nominee will not be wrong pending the Supreme Court case. Dr. Ayine is challenging the age of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor at the apex court. He is seeking declaration that “by a true and proper interpretation of Article 190(1)(d),199(1,)199(4) and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement age of all holders of public office created pursuant to Article(1)(d) is sixty years, anyhow not beyond (65).” The Speaker however, rejected his point of order and allowed the debate to go on which subsequently followed with the approval of the nominee. At his vetting last week, Martin Amidu promised to build strong institutions to help fight corruption. He said, the office will be open to accepting proposals for convicted persons who wish to pay back the monies they illegally acquired from the state to avert a jail term. “For me, the issue is not necessarily wanting to fill Nsawam with people. One of the issues of prison administration is to reduce the number there, so that we don’t spend money feeding people we shouldn’t feed. So I see this plea bargaining thing as a good incentive for those who want to make reparation for the consideration of the court and go and sin no more,” he said.
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