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Martin Amidu’s last article before Special Prosecutor appointment

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Prior to his nomination as the Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu won national admiration from the articles he wrote to expose corruption in the previous government.

He later complemented the articles with Facebook videos.

But his articles and Facebook videos invariably centered on measures to be put in place to protect the national purse especially during the Mahama-led administration.

He embarked on a crusade against businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome, who was a beneficiary of a judgement debt of GH¢51.3 million.

In 2017, when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) returned to power, Mr Amidu churned out 22 articles on varying topics.

Some centered on Parliament, Kenya and even on the Maxwell Mahama Act.

But his final article before Thursday’s appointment was on the man whose case won him the national admiration – Woyome.

That article was written on December 4, 2017.

Read below:

WOYOME’S SUS
P
ECTED CRIMES AND THE MISSING LINK: BY MARTIN A. B. K.
AMIDU
On 29
th
November 2017 Mr. Malik Kweku Baako
,
the Editor

in

Chief of the New Crusading
Guide Newspaper
,
expressed confidence that Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome’s latest foray to the
Africa C
ourt and the consequential orders from that court to stay the execution of the judgment
and orders I obtained against him at the Supreme Court to refund the over GHS51million
unconstitutionally paid to him by the previous
G
overnment was just a transient ir
ritation

he
will vomit the money. I have written about the corrupt
stratagem
being adopted
to substitute the
Republic of Ghana for me as the plaintiff in the substantive case. I have raised the re
d
flags for
President Akufo Addo and his team to be alert
to the dangers ahead and the ultimate plans of
Woyome and his mentors waiting in the wings
for
a possible positive
outcome at the Africa
Court.
Mr. Kweku Baako
is reported to have
raised the very important issue of “the missing link…the
people involved in
the payment of the GHS51.2 million judgment debt.”
H
e is reported
on
Ghana Web of 29
th
November 2017 to have queried:
“Those political functionaries, ministers,
deputy ministers and party top shots who facilitated that payment, we haven’t yet looked at th
em.
A thorough investigation into the conduct of these people should be initiated…how did they sit
for one person to swindle them and the entire nation
.

Mr. Baako
is
further
re
p
orted to have
expressed his incomprehension of how public officials allowed th
is to slip by and why until now
nothing has been done to them.
The whole country will recollect that when Woyome was being tried before the sham Court of
the
irredeemably
corrupt High Court Justice
John
Ajet

Nasam
,
I continued to insist that it will be
dif
ficult to secure a conviction of Woyome in the case without prosecuting those who aided and
facilitate
d
the commission of the offence with which he was charged. The New Patriotic Party
both in and outside parliament shared the same sentiments as did
Mr.
Kw
eku Baako throughout
the trial.
Nothing epitomizes corruption in the annals of the history of this country better than the
circumstances and context of the Woyome case
, and its trial by an irredeemably
corrupt
High
Court Justice
.
Accordingly, one understo
od the promise by President Nana Akufo Addo and his
party to fight corruption to include dealing with the residual matters relating to what Mr. Kweku
Ba
a
ko now calls “the missing link.”
No reasonable person expects President Nana Akufo Addo to personally
investigate and deal
with suspects
in fulfillment of
his promises of fighting corruption and dealing with past
corruption which substantially contributed to earning him the Presidency. This is a function of
his appointees to whom he has assigned ministeria
l responsibility for security and intelligence,
law and order, and particularly justice.
The change of Government brought about by the electorate who demonst
r
ated their hatred for
corruption in the body politic offered the chances for the new Government t
o reopen the case and
find the real facts
,
which the previous
G
overnment suppressed because it was itself complicit in
the commission of the suspected crime
s
. Eleven months down the line nothing has been done or
is being done to the knowledge of the publi
c to redeem the President’s promise on this
outstanding matter.
One of the problems faced by some of the appointees of the present
G
overnment is the ability to
go beyond the
biased
advice being proffered to them by the senior public officers they inheri
ted
from the previous
G
overnment.
A
conscientious
and knowledgeable Minister should be able
with
in
the first three months in office to know how many of his officers were recently promoted
by the outgoing
G
overnment and their role in cover ups in the Minist
ry. The inability of any
Minister to understand the composition and promotion
al history
of his senior public servants
upon whom he depends for advi
c
e within the first three to six months means that he may be
working with moles planted before the demise of
the previous
G
overnment.
A simple analysis of the staff list in any Ministry including transfers within a period will easily
give any Minister a bird’s eye view of how very junior staff w
o
rmed their way
in
to acting
senior
positions above their very senior
and competent colleagues and
were
later promoted in the
election year
, just in case the ballot was lost
. This may provide an opening into the dependability
and professionalism of some senior public servants in calling the
G
overnment’s attention to
residua
l issues needing urgent redress.
The Woyome criminal trial was conducted before a pertinently
and irredeemably
corrupt judge
who did not feel shy chasing accused persons around Accra to collect bribes. This matter is
recorded on video and Ghanaians who ca
red to watch saw
now disgraced
Justice Ajet

Nasam
plainly executing his endemic behavior of taking bribes and corrupting his judgments in criminal
case
s
.
The manner the case was prosecuted by the Government and its lawyers clearly facilitate
d the
verdict
pronounced by
the irredeemably corrupt former Justice
Ajet

Nasam of the
High
C
ourt
who
m
the whole world now knows sold justice for cash and had a
penchant
for chasing accused
persons for payment.
In any civilize
d
system of criminal justice administration
,
the Woyome trial should have been
vacated at the instance of the Republic because of the overwhelming evidence that
now
disgraced Justice
Ajet

Nasam did not have the capacity to
administer impartial criminal justice
by virtue of
his internalized
endemic co
rrupt nature.
The disgraced former Justice
did not even
challenge the case of bribery and corruption
so glaring
ly
made a
gainst him
on video
because he
was guilty to high heavens
.
But t
he Government of the day simply allowed him to disappear
for
corrupt ser
vices previously rendered to it
.
But the same
law o
fficers who deliberately chose to prosecute Woyome without his co

suspects
knowing very well that they were likely to lose the case
as a result
are still those in position to
compromise the
execut
ion of
t
he President’s promise of fighting corruption. Furthermore
,
the
same
senior law
officers who thwarted the execution of the judgment and engaged in various
sp
uri
ous agreements
with him
while
their more senior court going
colleagues were in the
Supreme Court
trying to execute the judgment are still those in position to advi
s
e the present
Government on outstanding matters related to the case.
As a result of lack of progress in the execution of the
Woyome
judgment I obtained in the
Supreme Court and
my
concern
s
about how the residual criminal matters were
not
being handled
by the present Government
,
I wrote a letter dated 5
th
October 2017 to the Attorney General and
copied the Chief of Staff
at the Presidency
on the execution of the Supreme Court Judgment.
N
obod
y bothered to
form
al
ly
acknowledge even the receipt of my letter from the Attorney
General’s Office.
I observed in that letter that:
There are other aspects of this Woyome case which your Government if it is really bent on
fighting corruption could pursu
e in addition to the judgment and order under reference.
Unfortunately you have the misfortune of working with some officers who have earned
their mid

night promotions protecting the looting and covering up of the activities of the
previous Government. The
y have no interest in pointing out residual matters in this case to
your Government unless your Government has a personal commitment, the energy and
industry to fish out those matters by yourselves.
I wish H. E. the President and you God’s guidance in al
l your genuine efforts to protect
the national purse from looters of all kinds and hues holding various political party cards
as an insurance against crime.

I was talking about
Mr.
Kweku Baak
o
’s “the missing link” and why it might not be receiving th
e
attention of the Government as promised by the President.
Mr.
Kweku Baako and I have been
talking about this missing link for years and this is the only
G
overnment that can deal with it if
indeed it has
a commitment to fight corruption
. Thank you
, Mr.
Kw
eku Baako
,
for not allowing
the matter of “the missing link” in the Woyome criminal saga to die a natural death for lack of
any public voice to remind the Government of its compact with the electorate on 7
th
December
2016.
Mr. President
,
remember that the
buck on fighting corruption stops with you
whether it succeeds
or fails
.
Martin A. B. K. Amidu
4
th
December 2017

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