The Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu, will today, Tuesday, 13 February 2018, be vetted by Parliament’s Appointment Committee.
Mr Amidu was recommended for nomination by Attorney General Gloria Akuffo and President Akufo-Addo accepted his nomination and named him as the First ever Special Prosecutor.
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 offenses of all persons in public service if approved by parliament.
Meanwhile, opposition Member of Parliament for Bolga East, Dr Dominic Ayine has filed a suit at the Supreme Court against Mr Amidu’s nomination.
Added to the suit is Ms Akuffo.
The suit was filed by Dr Ayine through his lawyer Tony Lithur.
According to Dr Ayine, Mr Amidu does not constitutionally qualify in terms of his age since he is 66 years now, which far exceeds the constitutionally mandatory retirement age of 60.
According to Dr Ayine, even though a person occupying a public office could have his tenure extended until he is 65 years old, Mr Amidu is currently 66 years, and, so, cannot occupy that position.
Dr Ayine is seeking the following reliefs:
a) A declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement age of all holders of public offices created pursuant to Article 190 (1)(d) is sixty (60) years, anyhow not beyond sixty-five (65) years;
b) A declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4) of the 1992 Constitution, no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1)(d);
c) A declaration that by reason of his age (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor under section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959);
d) A declaration that by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959)
e) A declaration that by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959)
f) A declaration that any purported nomination by the Attorney General or approval by Parliament or appointment by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor under Sections 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959), is unconstitutional, and therefore, null and void;
g) In the event Martin Amidu has already been vetted and approved by Parliament and /or appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2018 (Act 959) prior to the final determination of this suit, an order annulling such nomination, approval and appointment.
Judge Me By My Works, Not My Wardrobe – Samira Bawumia
Wife of Ghana’s Vice-President, Samira Bawumia says she is least perturbed about social media critics on her choice of clothing.
Rather, she says people should be more concerned about how she is using her position to impact the lives of others.
Mrs Bawumia since the inauguration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2016, has been an attraction at many public events with her fashion.
She has been criticised by some people who feel her choice of clothing do not reflect her religious leanings as a Muslim and her position as wife of the Vice President.
But in an interview on Accra-based Citi FM Wednesday, Mrs Bawumia noted that instead of paying attention to her wardrobe; she wished that people would rather focus on her work.
“I wish it wouldn’t be the preoccupation…because I’m doing a lot of work that I will rather highlight. I mean if a woman is dressing well there shouldn’t be anything wrong with that. I think we should own our beauty and also make a difference,” she said.
She also noted that her choice of wardrobe is also promoting the business for those who make them and that is something that excites her.
“Sometimes I wear clothes and those who made it for me, their business booms and I’m happy for them because I’m also promoting their industry.”
Nonetheless, she says, such comments only become a bother when they tend to spite her.
“I worry slightly about how sometimes the discourse goes because this politics turns to be sometimes a little vicious. I don’t mind for my own personal saying because if someone I don’t know has an opinion about me [that’s] tough; but I worry about the people I know and how they feel about my interaction with them and for the most time I get a positive response,” she said.
Amissah-Arthur: ‘I Wasn’t Made Useless’ By John Mahama
Former Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has denied a publication that former President John Mahama rendered him ‘useless’.
The story which was carried by Otec FM reported the former Vice President who was allegedly speaking on the phone to somebody else saying: “need I say more? We all know who was used to relegate me to the background. I don’t need to mention a name for you to decipher who it was, but you are quite aware whom I am referring to. As a matter of fact, I was made redundant”
However in response, Mr Amissah-Arthur said: “I have never had a telephone (or any) conversation remotely resembling what has been written…it’s a figment of people’s imagination and should be treated with the contempt it deserves”.
According to him, he got along very well with former President Mahama and that they ‘had a divine friendship’.
The former President and his Vice are working together as a team to project the interest of the National Democratic Congress towards election 2020.
NPP Youth Attack GHA Office; Chase Out Workers
Workers of the Ghana Highways Authority in the Northern region on Tuesday had to flee for their lives after a youth group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party attacked the directorate over claims that road contracts have been awarded to NDC contractors.
A secretary to the director, Alberta Akorogo who spoke to Starr News stated that an unknown man entered the premises and asked to see the director but he was informed that the director was in Accra for a meeting.
According to Madam Akorogo, the man left only to return a few minutes later with a group of violent people with weapons who assaulted her and other workers of the Highways authority.
She stated that the group claimed that the Highways authority was only awarding contracts to NDC members while NPP members in the region hardly get any contract.
The group allegedly scattered office documents and some very important files after they forced their way into the main offices.
Madam Akorogo was rescued by her colleagues, but Starr News’ Northern regional correspondent Eliasu Tanko reports that the secretary was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The workers, according to her, had to flee for their lives after the group became agitated and more aggressive.
The workers at the directorate claim that this is not the first time that such an attack has occurred but nobody has been arrested yet. The workers are demanding immediate protection from the security services or will not report for work on Wednesday.
The attack comes weeks after the former regional chairman of the NPP Bugri Naabu admitted sanctioning an attack on a contractor working on drainage in the region claiming that contractor was an NDC member.
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