Occupy Ghana have expressed their utmost disappointment in Martin Amidu for resigning as a Special Prosecutor. Martin Amidu resigned from office November 16, 2020 through a press release and a letter to the president. In his letter he said, the president has been interfering in his work for “2 weeks, 20th October 2020 – 1st November 2020”
In the press statement released by Occupy Ghana, they indicated their full support to parliament in 2017, when the office of Special Prosecutor’s Act (959) was passed.” This was to enable Special Prosecutor to Prosecute corruption and corruption- related Offenses in Ghana.”
To their disappointment Mr. Amidu did not get the needed Independence from the government just as stated in the Constitution.
“Having pursued Mr. Martin Amidu’s letter, we believe that the challenge had to do with his interaction with the Executive on his most recent corruption risk assessment report, they said.”
They therefore stated their support for the Office of Special Prosecutor, which is an independent body from any other authority or person.
“Occupy Ghana restates its support for the OSP and its independence from every other person or authority. “The purpose behind all of these independent institutions under the law is to preclude the exercise of arbitrary power. We expect there to be friction. Inherent in that inevitable friction is the expectation that each officeholder would hold their ground so that in the healthy equilibrium of tension, Ghanaians would be protected from an undue governmental authority.”
“That is why we are disappointed in both the resignation and its subsequent acceptance, which make it impossible for the decisions to be rescinded.”
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