Barring any last minute changes, Parliament will on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 consider the report of the Appointments Committee on the vetting of the Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Alamise Burns Kaiser Amidu, and a possible approval.
The date was communicated to members on the floor of Parliament, on Friday, February 16, 2018 by the Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu.
Delivering the business statement for the Fifth week, Mr Mensah-Bonsu hinted that the House is expected to approve the nomination of Amidu as the Special Prosecutor (SP).
‘The appointments committee may submit their report, the report on the president’s nomination of Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu as Special Prosecutor. Mr. Speaker, the report may be adopted by the House on the same day or perhaps the ensuing day,” he added.
It is based on this that the Member of Parliament (MP) for Yunyoo Constituency in the Northern Region, Mr Joseph Bipoba Naabu has cautioned his colleagues from the minority side not to become a hindrance to the approval of Mr Amidu.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today at his office at the plush Job 600 office complex, the Yunyoo lawmaker opined that if there were any group of people to embrace the appointment of Mr Amidu with an open arms then that group should be the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr Naabu’s reasons were that, first Mr Amidu is one of their own which goes to confirmed that the NDC have some men and women of integrity to do a clean job for the larger interest of the nation.
Again, he said Mr Amidu through his life and his toughness at the vetting last Tuesday, February 15, 2018; has demonstrated that he is the best bet for the SP position.
Mr Naabu stated emphatically that the over nine hours vetting for a single individual in the history of vetting of nominees was deliberately caused by the NDC members of the Committee.
“My people on the Committee wanted to frustrates and flaw Martin Amidu but he rather flawed them at the end of the day” he noted
Even though the committee is said to unanimously recommend the approval of the nomination of Martin Amidu for the position of Special Prosecutor moments after his 9-hour grueling public vetting, the Committee of the Whole would have to approved him. Thus my caution to the minority side of the house.
“What we need to do as legislators with oversight responsibilities of the executive, to ensure that the public purse is protected is to massively endorsed the candidature of Martin Amidu” he stressed
The Yunyoo Lawmaker is also calling for the support of all Ghanaians to make the Office of the SP work.
Source: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH