Domelevo surprised by Akufo-Addo’s rapid action on petition against Kissi Agyebeng

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana
President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana | Photo: Getty Images

Former Auditor-General Daniel Yaw Domelevo has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of selective justice in forwarding a petition against Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng to the Chief Justice for action. Domelevo noted that similar petitions had been presented to the president previously, but no action was taken.

“This selective way of administering justice is not helping the country. I am surprised with the conveyor belt’s neck-breaking speed in forwarding the petition,” Domelevo stated on the Key Points on TV3 on Saturday, May 18.

Domelevo also mentioned that he had heard that Kissi Agyebeng might be asked to step aside while investigations into the allegations in the petition are conducted. “By next week they may be asking him to step aside until the investigation is finished. Somebody whispered into my ears that is what is going to be done,” he revealed.

He suspects the petition is a retaliation for Agyebeng’s efforts to combat corruption. “Once you fight corruption, corruption will fight you back,” he intimated. Domelevo expressed surprise that the petition came from Martin Amidu. “My only surprise is that this petition is coming from Martin Amidu. If I were in his position, I would not do anything to remove his successor from the post.”

On Friday, May 17, Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo wrote to Kissi Agyebeng requesting his comments on the petition filed by his predecessor, Martin Amidu, seeking his removal. The Chief Justice’s letter stated that Agyebeng’s comments were needed to help establish a prima facie case or otherwise.

“This is to forward to you a copy of the petition dated 30th April 2024 sent to the Office of the President which was forwarded to the Office of the Honourable Lady Chief Justice on 6th May 2024. Kindly provide your comments on the matters raised to enable the Honourable Chief Justice to determine if a prima facie case has been made out.”

Martin Amidu, a former Attorney-General, filed the petition against Agyebeng on grounds of procurement breaches in the purchase of vehicles for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and abuses involving judges and the administration of justice.

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