iWatch Africa backs decision to nominate Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor

Fighting corruption in Ghana

iWatch Africa fully backs President Akufo Addo’s decision to nominate Martin Amidu as the first Special Prosecutor in his effort to fight corruption in Ghana.

The former Attorney General has demonstrated, irrespective of his political leanings an unquestionable impartiality when it comes to the fight against corruption.

Martin Amidu waged a relentless campaign against the payment of questionable judgement debts to individuals and institutions in 2013 and obtained a Supreme Court ruling ordering the retrieval of over 40 million Euros from an international company which had earlier convinced government to pay the said amount.

iWatch Africa is convinced that the appointment of Martin Amidu especially at a time when many Ghanaians seem to have lost confidence in the fight against corruption will restore some hope in a move to reduce the canker to the barest minimum.

Martin Amidu has clearly chosen to put the national interest beyond and above personal gains and we salute him for sticking to and believing in the rightness of his convictions, especially against corruption.

iWatch Africa also commends the President for the decision to nominate the former Attorney General and it is our expectation that Mr. Amidu will continue to demonstrate his professionalism and impartiality in the discharge of his responsibilities after he has received Parliamentary approval.

Statement by

Director of Policy Analysis | Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa


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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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