The Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Alamisi Amidu has argued that his offspring who are over 30 years are not his children because they have attained ages which do not permit him to call them children.
According to Martin Amidu, his biological children are above 18 years and considered adults, he has no control over them and, therefore, does not consider them children but rather his adult companion. “Children are children when they attain the age of maturity, they are legally adults and cannot be identified as children.”
Responding to questions pertaining his CV asked by the Appointment Committee in Parliament during his vetting as a Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu said he wanted to put on his CV that he has no child because the current ages of his offspring do not permit him to called them children.
"If you go to the UK and tamper with anybody of this age, you will go to jail. So it’s because of the ambiguity of the question that I put those names there but my family matters are private.”
However, a member of the Appointment Committee and MP for Akim Abuakwa South constituency, Samuel Atta Kyea referenced the laws of Ghana to correct the impression put out by Martin Amidu that even if one's offspring get to the age of majority, per the law of succession in Ghana, no matter their age, they are still referred to as children.
What is the Special Prosecutor Bill About
The purpose of the bill is to establish the office of the Special Prosecutor as a specialized agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers, and politically exposed persons in the performance of their functions as well as individuals in the private sector implicated in the commission of corruption and prosecute these offences on the authority of the Attorney-General.
When operational, the Special Prosecutor’s office will be independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued past governments.
The office of the Special Prosecutor will have the mandate to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged corruption under the Public Procurement Act 203 Act 63 and other corruption-related offences implicating public officers, political office holders and their accomplices in the public sector.
The Prosecutor will also be mandated to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption.