Suhuyini: Amidu’s ‘low standards’ can’t be used to judge Kissi Agyebeng


Tamale North Member of Parliament (MP) Alhassan Suhuyini has criticized former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu for his attempts to remove his successor, Kissi Agyebeng. Suhuyini argues that Amidu lacks the authority to dictate his successor’s performance or approach to the role.

Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile programme on Saturday, May 18, Suhuyini, who also serves as the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Lands and Forestry Committee, rebuked Amidu’s actions. He criticized Amidu for his apparent bitterness towards individuals who outperform him, attributing it to Amidu’s own failure during his tenure.

“Mr. Martin Amidu’s standards are not the ones by which we should judge Kissi Agyebeng’s performance because Mr. Martin Amidu’s standards are low. And in his petition, he seems to be suggesting that his standard was the best standard and that was the way Kissi Agyebeng should have proceeded and that again in my view is typical Martin Amidu for you,” Suhuyini stated.

Following the revelation that Martin Amidu had petitioned President Akufo-Addo to remove the current Special Prosecutor, news spread quickly. Amidu’s petition, dated April 30, 2024, was promptly forwarded to Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo on May 6, 2024, signaling the seriousness of the issue.

In his petition, Amidu cited procurement irregularities in the acquisition of vehicles for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and alleged misconduct involving judges and the administration of justice. He also raised concerns about infringements on citizens’ rights through arrests and detentions, violations of the right to information, and questionable appointments within the OSP.

Suhuyini believes that Amidu’s actions have provided President Akufo-Addo with an opportunity to remove yet another independent officer who is not favorable to the government.

In response, Chief Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo has instructed Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng to provide his comments on the matters raised in Amidu’s petition, which seeks his impeachment. The Chief Justice emphasized the importance of due process and fairness in handling the allegations.

“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 6 May 2024. Kindly provide your comments to the matters raised to enable the Honourable Chief Justice to determine if a prima facie case has been made out,” portions of the letter read.

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