President Akufo-Addo’s response to Martin Amidu’s resignation letter [Full text]

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo has responded to allegations levelled against him and his government by former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu in the latter’s resignation letter.

In a 9-page response, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the president addressed claims such as interference in the work of Martin Amidu, the Agyapa mineral royalties deal and matters arising as well as claims of the government’s failure to provide the needed resources and funds for the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Read the President’s reply here.

 

Background

Martin Amidu on Monday, November 16, 2020, resigned from his position as the Special Prosecutor.

Mr. Amidu in his resignation letter said while he believed that he was executing his mandate independently, the reactions he has received concerning the work make him convinced that he was not expected to exercise his independence as a Special Prosecutor and that makes his work untenable.

The President, Nana  Akufo-Addo today, Tuesday, November 17, 2020, also accepted the resignation of Mr. Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor.

A statement from the Presidency signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin said President Akufo-Addo has received Mr. Amidu’s resignation letter and accepted same.

“This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 19″ November 2020 (Ref: OSP/2/AM/14), addressed to the President of the Republic conveying to him your decision to resign from office as Special Prosecutor, which he has accepted.”

Martin Amidu’s decision has been received with mixed reactions with some accusing the president of having double standards on the fight against corruption.

Others have said the Special Prosecutor should have have persisted and worked harder to prosecute corrupt officials.