Idle Amidu Finds Work In Ahwoi's Book - Hitting Naana Jane

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Many thought that, the Special Prosecutor (SP), will focus on his core mandate by investigating and prosecuting corrupt government officials both present and past as his job dictates, but the onetime Minister of Justice and Attorney General, is busy majoring in trivialities.

Recently, the veteran journalist, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, who danced on Accra based Peace FM's Kokrokoo morning show over Martin Amidu's appointment, has been at pain openly, saying he was not happy about the performance of that office.

But from all indications, Martin Amidu, alias "Citizen Vigilante", has abandoned his duties and responsibility to Ghanaian taxpayers, scheming to thwart the efforts and campaign the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to give the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) a political advantage ahead of the December polls.

Yesterday, he once again spent precious man hours on Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi's book, running him down and also spent time insulting the running mate of the NDC's flagbearer, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, as decoy to scatter John Dramani Mahama's chances at the 2020 elections.

Many have noted that Mr Amidu, onetime running mate to late President John Evans Atta-Mills during the 2000 general election, has since that, time found it necessary to attack any individual nominated as a running mate by an NDC Presidential Candidate.

JJ Rawlings, who is the main character in the book, says he is done criticizing it, however, for weeks now, Mr Amidu, has been at Prof. Ahwoi's book "Working for Rawlings" with his fourth in a series write up once again attacking the author and roping in the former Education Minister under former President John Mahama government.

Mr Amidu, who served as Minister of Interior and later Minister of Justice under the late President John Atta-Mills, who has been ignored by Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, said the academic together with author, lack the ethics and integrity "to be sincere leaders of Ghana".

"The foregoing analysis and critique demonstrates that Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, the author of "Working with Rawlings" and Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, PhD/FGA, the writer of the foreword who was also the avowed lead editor, reviewer and "the greatest interviewer of all times" who declared the book publishable lack the ethics and integrity " to be sincere leaders of Ghana intending "…to give present and future leaders some ideas about governance at the highest levels, the dos and don'ts of governance; the skills required for governance and the importance of human relationship as a leadership trait." God, save Ghana!" Amidu stated in his critique.

He added that, the two stalwarts of the opposition party, have shown that they had no good motives. It is the fourth time he is critiquing the largely patronized book.

Mr Amidu, also described the author as "a boastful" Rhodes Scholar, accusing him of intentionally failing or refusing to make full and frank disclosure of his educational and career shortcomings likely to affect his narratives, the research method of his qualitative work, his biases and possible conflicts of interest for the reading public to appreciate the particular position from which he wrote the book.

He quoted the author's reason for writing the book from the preface (at page xxi) to spite him. The preface partly stated: "…to give present and future leaders some ideas about governance at the highest levels, the dos and don'ts of governance; the skills required for governance and the importance of human relationship as a leadership trait".

On that, Amidu wrote that the author's "laudable" purpose was immediately negated by narratives showing a glaring lack of scholarship, leadership qualities of ethics, candour, keeping confidences and secrecy of official information, courage, character, and training as a trusted practitioner or lecturer on good governance and above all 'the importance of human relationship as a leadership trait'.

Amidu continued: "Any scholar learned in the philosophy and methods of scholarly research wishing to achieve the author's laudable purpose would have done so ethically with the consent of the subjects the author writes about while at the same time protecting the subjects from any harm.

Scholarly ethics is the first quality of a teacher of good governance and "human relationship as a leadership trait". A critical reading of the book does not vindicate the author's pretended laudable purpose."

Interestingly, Mr Amidu, is a man who is yet to successfully prosecute a single corruption related case after being appointed in January 2018 by President Akufo-Addo, despite the many petitions on his table gathering dust.

He has lamented about everything from budget to his office, the key locks to his office, investigators and even office of the Attorney General's department, as well as the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

The last time he was in the news concerning his work, Mr Amidu was in court chasing the NDC's Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central Constituency, Mahama Ayariga, for providing an ambulance to a hospital and embossing his name on it and also, issuing Interpol alert on the brother of former President Mahama, over an alleged airbus scandal in the United Kingdom (UK).

Many have expressed open disquiet about the slow pace of Mr Amidu's work to the point of saying; he is causing financial loss to the state.

The Communication Director of the governing NPP and MP for Adentan Constituency, Yaw Boabeng Asamoa, last year criticized him for same. It appears, many in the NPP share the same view.

The editor -in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, one of the people who joyously endorsed the appointment of Mr Amidu, is on record to have expressed displeasure about the Special Prosecutor's work.

The Ace Journalist, had noted that though he is happy with the establishment of the office of the Special Prosecutor, he is unhappy with the work of Martin Amidu, especially with the information flow from his office.

Kweku Baako Jnr speaking on Peace FM's Kokrokoo programme noted that information flow from the Special Prosecutor, has not been good, this he said has kept many people in darkness.

He added that people do not know what is happening this he said is not the best.

"I am happy with the establishment of the office of the Special Prosecutor, but I am not happy with information flow from the office. Communication is very important and something should be done about it."

He admonished the Special Prosecutor to be forth coming with information on what people need to know about his investigations.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com