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Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu has said if he is able to block leakages at the Tema Harbour alone, Ghana will not need foreign aid to shore up its budget as has been the practice every year.
“I want to put a machinery in place to prevent leakages and seepages. In so doing, our budget will not need foreign assistance,” Mr. Amidu told Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Tuesday, 13 February during his vetting.
Mr Amidu said “corruption has done so much damage to this country, it is an invisible violence that kills millions without any one seeing it, it deprives people of good health, education and all developmental institutions.”
Meanwhile, Mr Amidu has said he is the best man to occupy the Office of the Special Prosecutor since he has been a very meticulous man throughout his public office life “and that is why if you want anybody who will be meticulous in investigating and prosecuting, the president has made the best choice for you.”
He, thus, told the committee that “if you want anybody who will look the other way, just disapprove me”.
According to Mr Amidu, he was “so meticulous” that unless a “contract was in the national interest, I rejected it”.
Mr Amidu, at his vetting, also warned that he will catch the thieves who are plundering Ghana’s resources if he is approved by parliament.
“We have to set up strong institutions if we are to succeed,” warning: “If we don’t set up strong institutions, we are going to replicate the office of the special prosecutor as we did with other institutions, [and] we will have a problem.”
In his view, “The way forward I see is that the [Office of Special Prosecutor] Act, permits us to set up departments that will help us to do our work”.
“When I’m appointed and my deputy is appointed and the board is appointed and we have the complement of staff, I will lead them to explore ways of catching the thief, so that if my employees are taking bribe, I’ll have a way of knowing that they are.
“I mean there are various ways of intelligence and security to do this. The FBI and other bodies have done it, we will do it, so, it’s not going to be a situation in which you’ll think that working in my office is just a holiday, no, no.
“We shall make sure that we get into it, we’ll haul you there because Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion, and, I, when you approve of me, must be the first one above suspicion, I’ve demonstrated it before in positions I’ve held and I’m going to make sure that I myself am above suspicion”, Mr Amidu said.