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“President was holding the tail of a tiger, and…..” – Inusah Fuseini



This follows the resignation of the Special Prosecutor (SP), Mr Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu.

While some said they were not surprised with his resignation yesterday, in view of his defiant stance, others criticised him for the action, with others agreeing with his position that he was frustrated to take that action.

The NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Mr Inusah Fuseini, said he was not surprised at Mr Amidu’s resignation, as he had predicted in advance that his appointment would eventually lead to his resignation.

“In 2017, when Mr Amidu was appointed, I said the President was holding the tail of a tiger, and that he could not risk leaving it because if he did, the tiger would turn and consume him,” he told the Daily Graphic’s Nana Konadu Agyeman.

The Ranking Member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee said he had also predicted that the SP would be frustrated unduly and that could eventually cause him to resign.

True to his prediction, Mr Fuseini said, in 2018 Mr Amidu complained bitterly about the manner in which government officials had been frustrating and refusing to cooperate with him since his appointment.

Besides such frustration, he said, the SP had been denied his budgetary allocation, and that all the money advanced to his office came from the Office of the President through government machinery.

In view of this, the presidential candidate for the CPP, Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet also said otherwise. He said Mr Amidu’s resignation did not mean President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was not committed to fighting corruption.

According to him, the fact that the President even appointed Mr Amidu, a member of the opposition NDC, was a sign that he (President) had good intentions by setting up the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

“The President showed good faith by appointing someone not from his own party. Mr Amidu is a former Deputy Attorney-General, Attorney-General and also running mate of the NDC.

“It is not as if the President appointed someone who will do the bidding of the government. That implies that there was a desire to have an independent body. That is inconsistent with what Mr Amidu is saying. What is the evidence of the so called interference Mr Amidu had suggested?” he asked.

Mr Greenstreet said the President acted on the corruption-risk assessment by referring the Agyapa deal back to Parliament.

“The whole OSP has been a bit murky. Nothing really seems to be clear there,” he added.

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