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Evidence suggests that there was no lack of collaboration from presidency – Baako

The Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper has said the presidency went to great length to support the Office of the Special Prosecutor the needed logistics.

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako said there is documentary evidence to show that the Akufo-Addo government did its best to support Martin Amidu with the logistics he needed to enable him execute his mandate.

“My scrutiny of some official documents and records point to the fact that there was no lack of commitment from the executive.

“In this case, the presidency to collaborate with the Office of the Special Prosecutor and the special prosecutor himself to deliver an efficient office in terms of accommodation, logistics…,” he observed.

Mr Amidu had earlier stated that he was denied key logistics and accommodation that would enable him to perform his functions appropriately.

But speaking on Newsfile on Joy News on Saturday, veteran journalist Kweku Baako objected to former Special Prosecutor’s assertion.

Kweku Baako also observed that there was “abundant evidence of communications, exchanges between the Office of the Special Prosecutor and the presidency, especially the office of the chief of staff who appears to be the point person the Special Prosecutor was dealing with oftentimes.”

“So both sides apparently had a certain commitment to deliver on the office.”      

“With reference to page 7 of the parliamentary report on the office of the Special Prosecutor for 2020, “the Special Prosecutor informed a committee that the plan to move the offices to an appropriate office accommodation in 2019 could not materialise due to the fact that the building was finally secured with the help of his excellence the president had certain structural defects which need to be remedied by the original contracture before it could be repurposed as offices for the OSP. 

Given that the 2019 budget of the OSP was prepared on the assumption that the new office facility would be made available among others to accommodate 249 staffs which were to be recruited in the year and the establishment of a tender entity committee to make the necessary procurement to accommodate situation significantly hampered the implementation of planned programs and activities of the OSP in the year under review”.

The Editor-in-chief observed that the correspondents and communications from both sides indicate that they were still in pursuit of a decent and suitable Office of the Special Persecutor.

“I am not sure it is a substitute for the kind of office the special prosecutor envisage for his safety and because the executive also agreed that it was a temporal facility, both sides were cooperating or collaborating to look for an effective one,” he noted.

Martin Amidu officially resigned on November 16, 2020, as the Special Prosecutor alleging government’s interference in his duty to help fight corruption.

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