Leader of Occupy Ghana, Kweku Segbefia says Martin Amidu was the right man for the position of Special Prosecutor until he allowed his ego to get in the way.
According to him, Martin Amidu’s anti-corruption stance before his appointment to the Office of the Special Prosecutor, fueled by his vendetta with the erstwhile NDC government, had made him the perfect candidate for the job.
However, his sense of righteousness had been his Achilles heel after he had been appointed into the office and was faced with the alleged political interference he mentioned in his resignation letter.
Kweku Segbefia speaking on Top Story Wednesday night said, “This is a person who clearly had a certain personal and professional vendetta against people in the previous government. And so in his write-ups and everything that he did, he looked like the one to go after corruption.
“And so the government at the time thought that no one was better suited to fill that position. But you see a man that has a certain personal or professional vendetta against a government that really messed him up now assume the role of an office that is bigger than his personal vendetta.
“And if you go into this office with a certain ego, where you feel that… he works from a sense of righteousness, a sense of knowing that he’s right. And when you’re working with that sense … a lot of lawyers will tell you that whatever sense of righteousness or sense of right or wrong you have only goes with the law.”
According to Mr. Segbefia, Martin Amidu should have downplayed his ego and worked in a manner that would have fortified his office against external interference that would have inevitably come, instead of expecting his office to run smoothly just because the President had said so.
He said Mr Amidu’s failure to foresee such a situation and his inability to fortify himself and the independence of his office against such encroachment simply showed he had been self-serving.
“And so it requires a certain downplaying of ego and coming forward with what the facts are so that if you file a case in court and that case is thrown out because that case was wrongly filed what do you do? You refile.
“But if you come back and sit at home, as if you didn’t expect that there will be some legal challenge to what you thought you were doing to bring corrupt persons to book, then it means that what you’re serving in that office is your ego and not the constitutional requirements that the constitutional powers require of you and this further underscores our disappointment,” he said.
He stated that Martin Amidu’s self-serving nature had cost the country an opportunity to finally have a formidable institution to fight corruption.
“This is an opportunity we have lost and we may never gain it back. Because it is important for us to understand that if you are in a constitutionally created body, you’re not only there for yourself, you’re there for the rest of us who want to believe that the fight against corruption can be won,” he said.