Parliament Approves Martin Amidu Amidst Controversy

Martin Lamisi Amidu – Special Prosecutor 

Parliament is expected to approve the nomination of ‘Citizen Vigilante’, Martin Amidu, as Special Prosecutor on Tuesday.

A report of the Appointment Committee of Parliament which has reportedly approved Mr Amidu’s nomination, but the report will have be debated by legislators on the floor of the House.

Only one MP on the 26-member committee voted against Amidu’s nomination.

Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini has said although Mr Amidu is a man of good intentions and very competent, he is not suitable for the office.

The Tamale North legislator said the former Attorney General took certain wrong decisions and actions before being appointed and that may affect his work as Special Prosecutor.

However, Mr Amidu has enjoyed support from both the Majority and Minority sides of the House despite concerns he may not be qualified for the position due to his age.

Deputy Ranking member on Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee Dr Domnic Ayine has filed a suit in court claiming Martin Amidu is ineligible for the position because he is more than 65 years.

Dr Ayine claims Martin Amidu, 66, is beyond the statutory age of employment into public service and is seeking an order of the court to have his nomination annulled.

In the event Parliament approves his nomination today, Dr Ayine wants the court to annul the approval.

Martin Amidu popularly called Citizen Vigilante was appointed by the president, Nana Akufo-Addo as the Special Prosecutor nominee in fulfilment of his campaign promise.

In a bid to do away with complaints of witch-hunting the president promised to establish a Special Prosecutor office, independent of the Attorney General to prosecute corruption offences in public office.

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