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Weekly Wrap: Martin Amidu’s resignation, Odawna market fire and Election 2020

Martin Amidu, on November 16, announced his resignation as Special Prosecutor citing political interference by President Akufo-Addo among others.

Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) cautioned the government not to accept the resignation as that would amount to the collapse of the Special prosecutor’s office.

But government responded to Mr. Amidu by accepting his resignation and also debunking the claims of presidential interference.

The NPP’s deputy General Secretary Nana Obiri Boahen noted the resignation of Mr Amidu was no big deal.

However, Honorary Vice President of IMANI Africa, Bright Simons thought otherwise. He believes in spite of all the budgetary allocations, government’s failure to migrate the Office unto the GIFMIS meant that it would have been difficult for the special prosecutor to access those funds.

The concern of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) was an immediate replacement for Mr. Amidu because of the many key corruption-related investigations being handled by the office.

Former British High Commissioner Victor Smith believes the resignation of Mr. Amidu is enough reason or the president to resign.

Whiles all this was ongoing, Mr Amidu made available an interview he granted Citi News claiming his life was being threatened after he resigned.

The President immediately directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide security for the former Special Prosecutor.

Traders at the Odwana market woke up to news that parts of the market were burnt. They blamed the Ghana fire service for responding late to their calls and also not having enough water to douse the flames when they got to the scene the fire officers at the scene debunked this assertion.

Running mate of the NDC flag bearer Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Aguemang was at the scene of the fire and President Akufo-Addo was also there, promising assistance to those whose wares had burned that NBSSI would help them with financial capital so they can get back on their feet.

The Electoral Commission told us it is ready for the December elections and it had dispatched electoral materials to the regions two weeks before the general elections.

Meanwhile the National Peace Council is cautioning voters’ against inciting violence as well as asking religious leaders to desist from prophesying about the elections.

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