Martin Amidu must be prosecuted for wasting time as the Special Prosecutor – Gary Nimako

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A member of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) legal team, Gary Nimako has said Martin Amidu must be prosecuted for doing nothing as Special Prosecutor.

His reactions come after the new Special Prosecutor said it will be a “complete waste of time” to go-ahead to prosecute the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, who was standing trial over alleged procurement breaches in an ambulance purchase.

He revealed this during a recent radio interview on Okay FM:  He said “It will be a complete waste of time if we were to open this case further and go to a length where it will only be dismissed on the submission of no case to answer.”

Ayariga was standing trial together with six others who were charged by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) for contravening the Procurement Act. The NDC MP and six others, including the current Municipal Chief Executive for Bawku, Hajia Ninchema, were in court for allegedly engaging in procurement breaches.

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They were facing seven counts of conspiracy, abetment, contravention of the procedure for request for quotation, using public office for-profit, and transfer of foreign exchange from Ghana through an unauthorised dealer.

The case was started by the former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu, who resigned his position in 2020.

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Amidu put the MP on trial over two issues – breaching procurement processes in the purchase of some ambulances for his constituency and tax evasion in the importation of some luxurious vehicles.

Gary Nimako speaking on the development said Martin Amidu instead of focusing on his core duties rather engaged in tasks that were of no benefit to the country.

“You have to weigh the case and realize, if there is enough evidence then you go to court. If there is not enough evidence, you don’t waste the taxpayers’ money by going to court. You must weigh the evidential basis before you go to court. He was just running his mouth for two and half years and there is nothing to show for it. Kissi Agyebeng is working now so we should all support him,” he said on Accra-based Okay FM.

He added that “He [Martin Amidu] was just incompetent. Go to the board members and ask them about their dealings with him, his relationship with them, and how he conducted his duties. He is gone so we should let him be. He should continue writing, nothing will come out of it. He was given the job but did nothing.

“I wish he will be investigated and taken to court over the job he did in those two and half years. People will not agree but he should be made to account for his tenure. The truth must be told, when you are dealing with the law, you have to put aside political sentiments else it will cloud your judgment.”

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