SP appointment meaningless if... – Justice Sai
The appointment of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor will be meaningless if defects in most of the institutions that may affect the office of the Special Prosecutor are not dealt with, Justice Srem Sai, a Constitutional Lawyer and Law Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), has said.
According to him, although Mr Amidu has the right qualifications for the job, if he occupies an office saddled with several defects, Ghanaians may not get the desired results from him.
On Thursday, 11 January 2018, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo named Martin Amidu, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General under the John Mills administration as the Special Prosecutor.
The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, nominated Mr Amidu and his nomination was accepted by Nana Akufo-Addo.
Mr Amidu will carry out the extraordinary responsibility of independently fighting corruption.
He will have the full authority to initiate investigations into all suspected corruption-related offences of all persons in public service.
His appointment has been hailed by several persons including Justice Emile Short, a former Commissioner at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and bodies including the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the Danquah Institute (DI), the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) among others.
Justice Sai, speaking to Chief Jerry Forson, host of the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM on Friday, 12 January 2018, said: “If we are talking of experience he is there, if we are talking of personal qualities in terms of determination and conviction he is there. He has the track record for this job.
“So I'll be very cautious in saying that there is the conflict of interest or anything like that.
“Rather, I'll look at the appointment from an institutional perspective. I think those who have worked with him, those who know him have said a lot about his personal qualities, but, I will rather look at the institutional framework of the criminal justice in itself because that is where he is going to work and no matter how perfect he is for the job, if the system within which he is going to work is as imperfect as anything, then, you and I would probably agree that the result we expect may not be what we'll get.”