Martin Amidu 'Scamming' Ghanaians Again! Writes to Parliament on Agyapa deal instead of Finance Ministry

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Instead of the Finance Ministry and Attorney General's department, the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has shockingly written to Parliament, seeking information and related documents on the controversial Agyapa royalty transaction agreement.

Every document on the transaction, has been at the behest of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, Parliament was only meant to approve or reject the transaction.

But Citi News, reports that its sources within Parliament, indicates that the request from the Special Prosecutor (SP), is to assist his office to execute its prevention of corruption objective.

In the midst of agitation by over 16 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for documents, facts and figures on the transaction, the Finance Minister, has announced that nothing was going to stop the deal.

Mr Ofori-Atta, had on several platforms, insisted that Ghana, needs to take advantage of the rising prices of gold in the international market to cut the deal and make good money; something the annual returns into the Consolidated Fund, would give the country per projections from Merrill Lynch, one of the key advisers on the deal.

Some observers, are of the view that, writing to the Finance Minister will mean, an attempt by the SP to stop the deal. This could anger the Akufo-Addo government; his employers.

The request, made by the SP, was said to be in pursuant to Sections 2(1) (c), 29 and 73 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) and Regulation 31 (1) and (2) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations, 2018 (L.I. 2374) which mandates the office to exercise the functions and powers of prevention of corrupt activities.

When furnished with the information, Martin Amidu's Office, will seek to ascertain whether the controversial transaction could potentially promote corruption.

"This office will be concentrating on any potential of the said transaction(s) to promote and facilitate the suspected commission of corruption and corruption-related offences and advise the government accordingly," portions of the letter sighted by citinewsroom.com noted.

According to Citi News sources, Parliament has been given up until September 17, 2020, to furnish the Office of the Special Prosecutor with the required documents given the public interest the issue has generated, particularly within this electoral season.

In 2018, Parliament passed the Minerals Income Investment Fund Act 2018, which establishes the Fund to manage the equity interests of Ghana in mining companies and receive royalties on behalf of the government.

The purpose of the fund is to manage and invest these royalties and revenue from equities for higher returns for the benefit of the country.

News of Martin Amidu being the first occupant of the Special Prosecutor seat, was greeted with huge excitement by anti-corruption campaigners and NPP members, who for long argued that the Mahama administration was riddled with corruption, hence the need for some of the appointees of that administration to face prosecution.

Martin Amidu was seen as an individual par-excellence and had carved a niche as a man with zero-tolerance for graft and mismanagement in the public space, so his appointment by Nana Akufo-Addo, was seen as a big step in the fight against corruption.

But as days turned into weeks and months, the expectations were replaced with doubts over whether the 'citizen vigilante' is indeed the right person to handle that institution.

The last two years have seen more excuses than real action from Martin Amidu with certain figures, including Kweku Baako expressing disappointment in his works, so far.

Calls on him to investigate the Ameri novation agreement in which Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko was sacked over inflated figures and for misleading the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, went unresponded.

Again, demands on him to investigate the PDS transaction, in which cronies of President Akufo-Addo managed state assets belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for eight long months on the claim of private sector participation, changing its management structure, and collecting and managing its funds, also went unheeded by Mr Amidu.

He has spent time fighting his subordinates, including police investigators, the Attorney-General's Department, the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) among others.

He has also been critiquing Prof. Kwamina Ahwoi's controversial book; "Working With Rawlings", and has so far, written four reviews in which he questioned the credentials of Prof. Ahwoi as an academic, his integrity as a man as well as his motives for writing the book.

The morning after the launch of the NDC's 2020 Manifesto, Mr Amidu, released his fourth review on the book, running down the author and also insulting the running mate of the NDC's flagbearer, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, who wrote the forward on the book.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, Mr Amidu said, together with the 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 latest critique.

Source: The Herald