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A senior lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has said the appointment of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor, by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is the most objective political appointment in the history of the Fourth Republic.
According to him, Mr Amidu has the stature, the character and the competence to occupy the office of the Special prosecutor.
Mr Amidu's appointment was announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Thursday 11 January 2018.
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.
Commenting on this in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM on Friday 12 January 2018, Prof Gyampo said: “I think this is the most objective political appointment in the history of the 4th Republic
“Even though the office of the Special Prosecutor suffers from a fundamental challenge regarding autonomy and independence, the stature of the one appointed is such that it would overshadow or downplay the challenge the current architecture of the office is facing.
“If you look at Martin Amidu, I can tell you even though the Attorney General is the repository of the prosecutorial powers of the land, the overbearing persona and personality of Martin Amidu will make it difficult for him to be pushed around.
“Amidu has the stature, the character, the competence, and indeed, all it takes to wield that needed doubled edged sword in fighting corruption both within the ruling party and outside the ruling party.”