Only state capture beneficiaries would argue with Sam Jonah – Martin Amidu
Former Special Prosecutor Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu has stated that business magnate Sir Sam Jonah was correct in his assessment of Ghana’s current situation.
The former AngloGold Ashanti manager suggested at a Rotary Club event last weekend that the nation seems to be mired in a culture of silence.
“What is perplexing is that those who used to have a say on these matters seem to have vanished. People’s opinions on subjects are influenced by who is in charge. Is our deafening silence implying that we are no longer worried about issues about which we previously complained, particularly when those issues continue….. Journalists are harassed and in some instances assassinated, MPs being murdered, graft, and anti-corruption officials being harassed.
“We just finished voting in our eighth election after the start of our fourth Republican democratic experiment. As is customary, accolades poured in from all parts of the globe, which we accepted with confidence. What we forgot to convince the world is that during the voting process, several citizens died.”
However, not everyone agrees with Sir Sam Jonah.
Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), for example, has claimed that “what I see now in Ghana is a Culture of Bizarre Intolerance but by a Special Class who feel they have the freedom to talk and squeal openly but others must remain quiet and not question the Special Class’s views.”
However, in a recent article challenging the online reportage of Asaase Radio – owned by Mr Otchere Darko – on the appointment of a new Special Prosecutor, Mr Amidu said that even before reading the reportage, he respected Sir Sam Jonah’s reservations and could only infer that no neutral analyst would argue with the Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
Before reading Asaase Radio’s series of misinformation publications on its favoured and proposed new Special Prosecutor, I read Sir Sam Jonah’s expose on impunity, abuse, and other “isms” militating against the battle against corruption in government and the economy.
“Except for beneficiaries of the scheme that steal from the public treasury, no neutral investigator may argue with Sir Sam Jonah’s reflections.”
The former Attorney General said emphatically that Ghana’s battle against corruption “has been and continues to be in state capture.”
He implied that he, too, had recoiled into secrecy as part of an agreement.
“By not speaking on current relations, I am honoring a promise I made. Stop enticing me to chat by spreading false information about me. It is not in anyone’s best interests.”