President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed that all salaries owed out-gone Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu since his assumption of office are paid in accordance with the law.
This was contained in a statement from the Office of the President to accept Mr. Martin Amidu’s resignation from the office.
Nana Akufo-Addo’s order to the Chief of Staff, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, indicated that “The President has directed me to ensure that all emoluments and benefits due you under law are paid to you accordingly.”
Martin Amidu, in his resignation announcement, disclosed that no attempts were made by the Government to ensure that he was paid in his two years of service.
He further indicated that the Deputy Special Prosecutor, Jane Cynthia Naa Korshie Lamptey, is yet to receive her salary.
“It is essential for me to state for the purpose of the records, and contrary to public perceptions, that my appointment letter was received on 5th February 2020 (almost two (2)-years after my appointment). The copy addressees made no efforts to honour any of the conditions of appointment in terms of emoluments and benefits of the appointment ever since my warrant of appointment was issued on 23rd February 2018 to the date of my letter of resignation. I accepted the offer on 10th January 2018 to be nominated to be Special Prosecutor because Mr. President, and Ghanaians knew I have been an anti-corruption crusader all my life and not an anti-corruption entrepreneur.”
“This explains why I have never put the emoluments and benefits of the Office as central to my commitment and my passion for the establishment of an independent, effective, efficient and impartial anti-corruption Office of the Special Prosecutor before the end of the first term of Mr. President. This has not been possible for several reasons. The Deputy Special Prosecutor has also not been paid any emoluments since her appointment, and there is the need to redress that situation for her now that I am out of the way,” he said in the statement.
Additionally, the Presidency says it will “in due course” respond to issues raised by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu in his resignation letter.
The presidency said it accepts Mr. Amidu’s statement and has taken note of his complaints in the letter.
“The President has taken due note of the other matters raised in your letter, and the Government will issue a statement responding to them in due course,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, another statement from the Communications Directorate of the Presidency also indicated that a “detailed response” will be given shortly.
“President Akufo-Addo has also taken due note of the other matters raised by the Special Prosecutor in his letter of resignation, and the presidency will issue a detailed response to them shortly.”
“The President has directed the Chief of Staff to contact Mr. Martin Amidu to resolve all outstanding matters consequent upon his resignation”.