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Former President Jerry John Rawlings reduced corruption to the barest minimum as Head of State and President of Ghana, former Attorney General Martin Amidu has told parliament’s Appointments Committee.
Mr Amidu, who was nominated by President Nana Akufo-Addo as Special Prosecutor, told the committee during his vetting on Tuesday, 13 February that he used Mr Rawlings as one of his referees on his CV because “he was the one who brought me into politics by appointing me from 1982 as an investigator, through 1983 as a PNDC Secretary.
“I served under him [Rawlings] until January 2001.
“If there is anybody who will know me better, it must be him. And whatever anybody says about him, he reduced corruption and graft to the barest minimum, he didn’t abolish it, and if I am an anti-corruption crusader who is defending the constitution, who better than him,” Mr Amidu told the committee.
The one-time running mate to late Prof John Evans Atta Mills said: “I was really humbled when hours after my nomination, he [Mr Rawlings] came out to make those commendable comments about me”.