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Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says government is not seeking to blame the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu by responding to his resignation letter.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah in an interview on Joy FM Wednesday said the nine-page reply by the Office of the President was to set the record straight and ensure that the whole truth is in the public domain.

According to him, Mr. Amidu was appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fight corruption, because of the respect the President had for him, adding that it would therefore be inappropriate for the same government to falsely accuse the former SP.

“It is important to state clearly that we have not sought to lay blame at the door step of Mr. Amidu, we have not done that,” he stressed.

“Mr Amidu, even before communicating his letter of resignation to the President had put a document in the public domain that seeks to create an impression that; firstly, he was denied support for his office to function and secondly his Office was interfered with.

“These were the two primary reasons for which he resigned. We respect Mr. Martin Amidu but we respectfully disagree with these two arguments that he put in the public domain,” he stated.

Martin Amidu on Monday tendered in his resignation as Special Prosecutor, a position he had held since 2018.

In his resignation letter, Mr. Amidu wrote that President Akufo-Addo was attempting to make him a “poodle” of his government and since he [Amidu] is an honourable man and a person of integrity he will refuse to let himself be compromised by partisan influence.

He also wrote that for the past 30 months he was in office, he and his deputy were never paid salaries. Mr. Amidu subsequently returned over GHC12,600 he received as sitting allowance over the period he was in office, claiming that he attended those meetings as part of his job so the sitting allowances were not necessary.

The President, after 24 hours of receiving the letter, accepted the resignation of Mr. Amidu, popularly known as Citizen Vigilante, and subsequently issued a detailed reply to the concerns he raised.

In the nine-page, 40-point reply, the Presidency categorically denied all the allegations the Special Prosecutor raised as reasons for his resignation.

According to the Presidency, government did not interfere with Mr. Amidu’s work, neither did it refuse to provide the necessary logistics for the Office of the Special Prosecutor to operate.

The Office of the President revealed it was rather Mr. Amidu who rejected government’s accommodations, funds, and other equipment for the smooth running of his Office, to the extent of even failing to recruit staff even after being made aware that government had budgeted for them over 200 workers for him.

Following government’s response, some people have expressed the view that the Office of the President only wants to shift the blame on Mr. Amidu for the failure of the Special Prosecutor’s Office to undertake its mandate.

However, the Information Minister disagrees, noting that, “for the purposes of public record, it is important to state the facts as they are and thereafter the public can make their judgment.”

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