The Executive Secretary, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Mrs Beauty Emefa Nartey, says the resignation of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor, has dealt a big blow to the anti-corruption fight.
Mrs Nartey said the development was not unexpected given the consistent complaints by Mr Amidu about difficulties and interference in the discharge of his duties.
“It’s no news to any Ghanaian, which means that it is not enough to pass a law, it is not enough to appoint a person but for us to be truly committed to the fight against corruption, we must go above the rhetorics and take every important step to be able to ensure that the person in that office is able to do the work that he has been committed to do.”
The GACC is a unique cross-sectoral grouping of public, private and civil society organizations (CSOs) with a focus on promoting good governance and fighting corruption in Ghana.
Mrs Nartey said it was important for the Presidency to take immediate and urgent steps to ensure that all the allegations Mr Amidu had put out in the public domain were addressed.
She said, for instance, the investigations Mr Amidu talked about in his resignation letter – concerning the Agyapa Deal; the Deputy Special Prosecutor, who was supposed to be the Acting Special Prosecutor, should be given the opportunity to first of all address those issues, to clarify or to change the perception.
Mrs Nartey, quoting Mr Daniel Yao Domelevo, the Auditor-General, said: “If you want to fight corruption, corruption will fight you back.”
She said the practice of corruption fighting back anti-corruption crusaders was a common knowledge everywhere and that corruption found its way of targeting the crusaders.
She said the Coalition felt that the fight against corruption should be demonstrated and fully committed to because that was the only way Ghana could sustain its anti corruption image.