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If approved, I’ll go after the thieves

Martin Alamisi Benz Kaiser Amidu has vow to haunt thieves in the down when he gets the opportunity to be in office.

February 13, 2018

Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu says if he is approved, he will catch the thieves who are plundering Ghana’s resources.

Mr Amidu told parliament’s Appointments Committee on Tuesday, 13 February that: “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”.

“The office will be reasonable and act in the nation’s interests. If a person agrees to get the money back, ensuring they do that is better than imprisoning them and feeding them with state funds until they grow old and are pardoned,” the former deputy attorney general said.

He repeated: “If a person agrees to pay back the money they have misappropriated, ensuring they do that is better than imprisoning them and feeding them with state funds until they grow old and are pardoned.

“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 a 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. Mr Amidu said.

Story by: Randy Dzebu

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