I’ll be neutral, fair – Amidu
Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu, has allayed fears that he will be partial in the execution of his job as Special Prosecutor if approved by parliament.
There have been concerns expressed by the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) about his neutrality ever since he was named by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for that role.
Although he is a member of the NDC, some members of the party have expressed fears that he will go after them following his numerous spats and corruption allegations against the Mahama administration.
But answering questions before the Appointments Committee of parliament on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, Mr Amidu said he has no choice but to remain neutral in the execution of his work in accordance with the Criminal Offences Act.
He said: “If you read section 3 of the Criminal Offences Act, the definition of a public officer includes a potential public officer. So, when the president nominated me and announced it to the whole world, I became a potential public officer recognised under the Criminal Code as a public officer, so, as far as I’m concerned, since that day, I’m neutral, that’s why you’ve not heard my voice over the air saying anything because I’m coming to an office which has to be neutral and impartial.
“Yes, I’ve been a leading member of the NDC, I’ll never regret it, that was my contribution towards national development, but I’ve been nominated, I’m a potential public officer and from that day, I’ve to maintain neutrality and if you approve me, and I’m sworn in, I’ll even been more bound.”