June 20, 2013

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Asuogyaman constituency has called on President John Mahama to reinstate Martin Amidu as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

Kofi Osei-Ameyaw said the current A-G, Marietta Appiah-Opong has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that the Ministry is too big for her to handle.

The NPP MP was commenting on the claim by the AG’s Department that it supported the former Attorney General to retrieve the £25 million paid to Waterville in court.

A statement from the department signed by the Deputy Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine stated that “the Attorney General’s office researched and supported the filing of processes leading to our identification with and support for Mr. Amidu”.

But on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, Osei-Ameyaw scoffed at the attempt by the AG’s department to share in Amidu’s victory over Waterville Holdings case.

According to him,it is very “shameful” for an institution mandated to prosecute cases on behalf of the state to metamorphose into a research unit for a private individual.

The NPP MP noted that the AG’s department by its action has turned itself into a laughing stock.

He added that Martin Amidu’s victory is an indictment on the A-G’s office for shirking its responsibility.

“This is just a charade; they [AG’s office] want to use Amidu’s victory to cover up their ineptitude. They must bow down their heads in shame.”

He said what Ghana needs is a citizen vigilante like Martin Amidu to be in the helm of affairs to expose corrupt officials in government.

The Asuogyaman MP challenged President Mahama to act on the call if he is really committed to fighting corruption in the country.

He wondered why the AG’s department had all the documentation on the Waterville scandal at their disposal and yet failed to go to court.

Osei-Ameyaw urged the AG’s department to quit the pettiness and walk the talk by retrieving the monies doled out illegality.