Presidency’s letter to Amidu rather confirms ‘political interference’ – Srem-Sai

Law lecturer, Justice Srem-Sai, has said the Presidency has confirmed, rather than refute, allegations that it was interfering in the work of the Special Prosecutor.

The law lecturer at the Law Faculty of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) said a letter from the Presidency which sought to deny allegations by Martin Amidu that there was “political interference” from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his corruption risk assessment on the Agyapa Royalties agreement – a deal that was spearheaded by the Finance Ministry – rather provided strong evidence to support that allegation.

“The evidence is in the President’s own nine-page letter. For example, if you look at the letter, you realise that the President actually accepted a response from the Minister of Finance and was willing to pass that response to the Special Prosecutor; and I am wondering what actually empowered the President to believe that he is supposed to take a response from the Finance Minister and hand it over to the Special Prosecutor?” Mr Srem-Sai said Wednesday, November 18, on a current affairs programme on Citi TV.

Mr Amidu’s corruption risk assessment report cited the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, and one of his deputies, Charles Adu-Boahen, of breaching key procurement laws in establishing the Agyapa Royalties deal.

Mr Amidu resigned from the anti-corruption office on Monday as the first Special Prosecutor, accusing President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of “political interference” that impeded his work on the Agyapa Royalties corruption risk assessment.

He also claimed he was denied key logistics and accommodation that would enable him to perform his functions appropriately.


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