General News of Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Former Attorney General Martin Amidu has accused some top civil servants of deliberately misleading ministers of the Akufo-Addo government.
According to him, the Mahama administration, before the 2016 elections, unduly promoted some junior staff members in the civil service in order to do their bidding, in case they lost the polls – which they lost.
In his latest epistle, the citizen vigilante, as Amidu is popularly called, accused some public officials of sabotaging the President’s desire to fight corruption.
“One of the problems faced by some of the appointees of the present Government is the ability to go beyond the biased advice being proffered to them by the senior public officers they inherited from the previous Government. A conscientious and knowledgeable Minister should be able, within the first three months in office, to know how many of his officers were recently promoted by the outgoing Government and their role in cover-ups in the Ministry.
The inability of any Minister to understand the composition and promotional history of his senior public servants upon whom he depends for advice within the first three to six months means that he may be working with moles planted before the demise of the previous Government.
“A simple analysis of the staff list in any Ministry including transfers within a period will easily give any Minister a bird’s eye view of how very junior staff wormed their way into acting senior positions above their very senior and competent colleagues and were later promoted in the election year, just in case the ballot was lost.
This may provide an opening into the dependability and professionalism of some senior public servants in calling the Government’s attention to residual issues needing urgent redress,” Amidu wrote.
He also blamed the actions of such individuals for the hurdles the government is facing in the attempt to retrieve the judgment debt illegally paid to businessman Alfred Woyome in 2010.
“Nothing epitomises corruption in the annals of the history of this country better than the circumstances and context of the Woyome case, and its trial by an irredeemably corrupt High Court Justice. Accordingly, one understood the promise by President Nana Akufo-Addo and his party to fight corruption to include dealing with the residual matters relating to what Mr. Kweku Baako now calls “the missing link”.
“The change of Government brought about by the electorate who demonstrated their hatred for corruption in the body politic offered the chances for the new Government to reopen the case and find the real facts, which the previous Government suppressed because it was itself complicit in the commission of the suspected crimes. Eleven months down the line, nothing has been done or is being done to the knowledge of the public to redeem the President’s promise on this outstanding matter”.