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Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu says his plan is to set up a credible institution with a credible culture which will be able to block leakages in the public sector if he is approved by parliament as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor.
The office of the special prosecutor was set up by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fight corruption in the country.
The Special Prosecutor will have the full authority to initiate investigations into all suspected corruption-related offences of all persons in public service.
Mr Amidu told Parliament’s Appointments Committee when he appeared before them on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, for vetting as Special Prosecutor nominee that he accepted the appointment because he is against corruption and blocking leakages was top of his agenda.
“The reason I agreed to accept the nomination is that this is a new office and corruption has done so much damage to this country. In conflict resolution, it is called invisible violence. It is an invisible violence that kills millions without anybody seeing it. Taking millions of cedis for one’s self from illegal circumstances deprives people of good health, education and all the developmental facilities you can give. So what I want to do is to be able to set up a credible institution with a credible culture which will be able to block the leakages and seepages. If I’m able to do that, I don’t care even if I’m not able to prosecute anybody and part of the law says that it is preventative, so, if I can put the machinery in place to prevent these leakages, I can assure you that if we succeed, we won’t need foreign aid.”