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Amidu’s resignation very disappointing, he should have fought like a man with principles – Prof. Gyampo

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Senior political science lecturer at University of Ghana, Legon, Prof Ransfotd Gyampo

A Political Science lecturer at University of Ghana, Legon, has expressed disappointment in Martin Amidu for resigning as Special Prosecutor.

Professor Ransford Gyampo says Mr Amidu should have stayed on to fight like a man with principles, conscience and clothed with some security and protection from the laws.

“It is disappointing that Amidu resorted to the line of least resistance by resigning from his post.

“His resignation suggests to me that, he was either not committed to fighting corruption beyond “his long epistles” or he is completely ignorant about what it takes to fight corruption in a transitional democracy like Ghana”.

This follows the resignation of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor.

On Monday, November 16, Mr Amidu tendered his resignation as Special Prosecutor to the Office of the President.

The anti-graft campaigner said his position became untenable following “the reaction I received for daring to produce the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption report…”

In a letter communicating his latest position, Mr Amidu stated that issues following the presentation of his report to President Akufo-Addo left him conflicted about independent values around which the OSP was supposed to have been created.

Reacting to the claims, Prof. Gyampo said the aforementioned were not enough grounds for Mr Amidu to have resigned.

“Let us assume that all the damning issues he raised in his resignation letter are sacrosanct and truthful. Let us also assume that everything said in the response from the Presidency is a lie.

“I will still argue that the challenges outlined by Amidu should not have warranted his resignation as Special Prosecutor, in whom many level headed people including civil society, are well pleased,” Prof. Gyampo added.


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