Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide has defended the ability of the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu to effectively investigate the Airbus corruption scandal referred to his office by the President.
President Akufo-Addo on Sunday, February 2, 2020, directed the Special Prosecutor to investigate a top government official under the Mills-Mahama administrations who allegedly took a bribe of ‘approximately €5 million’ from International aerospace manufacturer, Airbus to award them contracts between 2011 and 2015 as revealed in UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations.
Following this directive by the President, many have raised concerns over the ability of the Special Prosecutor to effectively investigate the matter, considering the fact that his office has been able to impress many Ghanaians in the investigation of government officials cited for corruption.
Speaking however to Accra-based Starr FM, the Deputy Minister for Information says he believes in the ability of the Special Prosecutor to do a good job at investigating the issue.
“The fact of the matter is that just like all other anti-graft institutions in this country, this government has increased largely, budgetary allocations to all anti-graft institutions including the office of the special prosecutor. Last year alone, a budgetary allocation of about 180million cedis was made available to that office. We remain confident in the capacity of the office of the special prosecutor and we do not see any limitations as far as their ability to do their work is concerned.
“I believe that should they have any challenges, they know exactly who to speak to and I don’t think that we should take commentary that is not substantiated from third parties purporting to speak for the office of the special prosecutor on these matters, I believe that if it is true that there are limitations, the office of the special prosecutor is well capable of speaking for itself,” he indicated.
Mr Hadzide commended the President for taking swift action in what he describes as “the greatest embarrassment yet in the history of Ghana as far as corruption and bribery is concerned.”
He, therefore, urged the Special Prosecutor to “expedite action on these matters and treat it with dispatch.”
“The people of Ghana want to know who the so-called government official 1 and the intermediary 5 who allegedly is a relation of Government official 1. The people of Ghana deserve answers to these questions. We are of the firm conviction that an investigation is the right direction we can only encourage the office of the special prosecutor to expedite action on these matters and to treat it with dispatch,” Mr Hadzide noted.