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AMIDU FACES MPs TODAY …Over SP Job But Ayine Rushes to Court To Stop Move

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 By Frank Amponsah

Former Deputy Attorney General has filed a suit that could potentially destroy the Parliamentary vetting and subsequent approval of the Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu.

Dr. Dominic Ayine claims Martin Amidu, 66, is beyond the statutory age of employment into public service and is seeking Order of the Court to have his nomination annulled.

In the event Parliament proceeds with the vetting and approves same, Ayine wants the court to go ahead and annul the approval of Martin Amidu.

In a statement of case, Ayine is praying the court to declare that “by true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1) (d) and 199 (4) of the 1992 Constitution, no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1) (d).”

The suit comes barely 24 hours to the much-anticipated vetting of Martin Amidu by the Appointment Committee of Parliament.

Dr. Dominic Ayine argued in his writ that, “any other interpretation would result in an unlawful amendment of Article 199 of the Constitution by legislation.”

Using the same sections of the constitution, he held that “no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1)(d).”

He is this seeking a declaration from the Supreme Court that Mr. Amidu, “is not qualified or eligible to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959).”

Section 13 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act says “the Special Prosecutor may delegate a function to an authorised officer but shall not be relieved of the ultimate responsibility for the performance of the delegated function.”

But, per the perceived constitutional violations, Dr. Ayine says Mr. Amidu will not be “an authorized officer,” thus also breaching the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act.

He maintains that by nominating and appointing Mr. Amidu to be vetted by Parliament “both the Attorney General and the President [Nana Akufo-Addo, respectively, have violated article 199(1) of the constitution. If Parliament proceeds to approve his appointment, it would also be acting unconstitutionally.”

This action comes barely a day to the vetting of Mr. Amidu by the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

If Parliament is served, there will automatically be an injunction on the vetting process pending the determination of case.

It could be recalled that Mr. Amidu who has earned the nickname ‘Citizen Vigilante’ for his no-nonsense stance and campaign against corruption particularly in the NDC administration, was named by President Akufo-Addo on January 11, 2018, after an emergency cabinet meeting at the Flagstaff House.

The President in announcing the name, said he received the nomination from the Attorney General Gloria Akufo, and has accepted the nominee, whose name will be forwarded to Parliament for approval when the House reconvenes from recess.

The appointment of Mr. Amidu, a known member of the opposition NDC who has been very critical of the then John Mahama administration for various corruption scandals, will indeed come as a shock to many, considering that he was never mentioned when names were been bandied around in the media.

Mr. Amidu was widely commended and celebrated for his fight against corruption, when he single-handedly pursued known NDC businessman Alfred Woyome to the Supreme Court, and secured a ruling for the retrieval of the Ghc51million judgement debt paid to him by the state under the NDC administration.

There have been concerns that the NDC is scared that Mr. Amidu may pursue a political agenda to jail members of the party. But the party has stated on several occasions stated that it harbours no such fears.

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