My Only Regret In Life Is Trusting Akufo-Addo- Martin Amidu

Former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu says his only regret in life is accepting the proposal by President Akufo-Addo to become the Special Prosecutor.

According to the former Attorney General of Ghana, Akufo-Addo promised him that there will be absolutely no political interference in the role of Special Prosecutor.

But the president reneged on his promise when he (Amidu) wanted to investigate and prosecute his appointees.

“The only regret I have in life is to have trusted President Nana Akufo-Addo in such a sheepish manner as to have allowed him to have conned me into agreeing to be his Special Prosecutor in a naïve but sincere belief on my part that he was intent on fighting corruption and was also against using the process of criminal justice administration as an instrument of political discrimination against his political opponents,” Mr Amidu wrote in an article he says is a sequel to one titled ‘A Short Tenure Fighting Corruption and Political Discrimination Is More Honourable’ published on Friday, July 9.

“The position and status of Special Prosecutor was not one I would ordinarily have agreed to be nominated and appointed to after declining nomination for the Supreme Court in 1999 as I indicated on oath at my vetting but for the fact the President invited, cajoled, promised, and assured me that the appointment was going to be on terms personal to me and vowed to ensure my independence and that of the Office.

“The position and status of Special Prosecutor was not one I would ordinarily have agreed to be nominated and appointed to after declining nomination for the Supreme Court in 1999 as I indicated on oath at my vetting but for the fact the President invited, cajoled, promised, and assured me that the appointment was going to be on terms personal to me and vowed to ensure my independence and that of the Office.”

Martin Amidu resigned from his position on November 16, 2020, citing political interference in his work.

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