General News of Friday, 28 September 2018
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the National Peace Council, Prof. Seth Opuni Asiamah has said Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has no moral right to complain over lack of resources to deliver on his mandate.
Mr Amidu has expressed frustration over the lack of legislation, logistics and other resources eight months after he was sworn into office. He also accused ministers of refusing to offer him the kind of support he requires to be able to deliver on his mandate.
“The present situation where critical ministries and agencies have failed even with our limited constraints or refused to produce public records on demand to aid the office in critical investigations, offences running into millions of cedis, clearly demonstrates that there is a divergence between the president’s vision and that of some of his appointees.
“You ask for information you can’t get it, you ask for the docket, the docket cannot be produced. You ask a minister for a record, the record cannot be produced. How do you fight corruption when those appointed by the president who has a vision are not coordinating with the office of the special prosecutor to achieve his mandate? That is the challenge we have to face,” the anti-corruption crusader bemoaned at a National Audit Forum organised by the Ghana Audit Service in Accra.
But speaking to Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako, Prof. Seth Opuni Asiamah stated that Mr Amidu must cough up the salaries he’s received from government ever since he assumed office for no work done.
“Mr Martin Amidu appears to believe that somebody must lay things down for him to be able to work, he knows it is not done that way. He knows how the system operates and therefore I do not expect that he thinks that everything should be put in place for him to be able to work. Having be put into office, it is now his job to ensure that the things he needs to work are available to him to work.
“But if you sit down or go on air meet press men and start bemoaning the fact that you don’t have resources and so on, to me that was not what we appointed you to do. For how many months has he been in office and has not been working, that is corruption.
If I sat in my office and did not work and got paid certainly Mr Amidu will take me to task and I expect that Ghanaians will take him to task if he does not deliver after the monies that have been given to him.”