General News Sat, 21 Jan 2012

President must explain A-G’s dismissal – NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is asking President John Evans Atta Mills to explain why he sacked his Attorney General Martin Amidu, saying the presidency’s claim that the former A-G misconducted himself was fishy.

Deputy Director of Communications of the NPP John Boadu, in an interview with Joy News’ Dzifa Bampoh, Friday, though admitted the president was not obliged to explain his decision, he stressed that the President could have done a lot of service to Ghanaians if he had assigned a convincing reason for his judgment.

Mr Martin Amidu was fired as the A-G on Thursday after he “misconducted” himself in a meeting with the president to substantiate his allegation of concealment of gargantuan crimes against the state by functionaries of the ruling government, including a colleague minister. He was replaced in an acting capacity by Dr Benjamin Kunbour, the incumbent Minister for Interior.

“The president has no obligation whatsoever to explain his reason for hiring and firing, but if you have a situation where there are lots of issues pertaining to the firing of a minister for which the president went ahead to say that his behavior was so bad that he misconducted himself, then you ask yourself, there have been a lot of misconducts by ministers of state of this administration – Referring to “grand misconduct” on the part of Kobby Acheampong, Rojo Mettle Nunoo and Ebo Barton Odro – so I think that it is important that we know the dubious nature of this misconduct that led to the president to fire Hon. Martin Amidu,” John Boadu posited.

When told that the scenarios given about the deputy ministers could not measure up to a misconduct against a president who hired the A-G, he insisted: “We don’t know what really happened, because it is possible that Martin Amidu might have explained and given the name of the minister and the group of people who are helping to conceal a gargantuan crime against the people of this country. We are not aware!”

John Boadu was convinced that the colleague minister alleged in Mr Amidu’s ‘explosive statement’ could not be farfetched.

He indicated that if the statement is carefully read, “the minister’s [name] is there”, insinuating that the cup should fit a minister who is supposed to defend the state but failed to do so, which caused the country to lose millions of cedis.

Vitus Azeem, Executive Secretary of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, also stated that although the president is not enjoined to make his intention of firing an appointee known, as the country’s democracy progresses, and with the government’s believe in accountability “it is only proper and fair to Mr Martin Amidu that they become a little bit more specific”.

He explained that since Ghanaians were not in that meeting, the claim of misconduct “can be widely interpreted, it can be used with discretion, it would have been good for us all to know what the misconduct meant”.

“If he just walked out of them, that could be considered misconduct; if he was ordered to say something, to withdraw a statement and he refused because he felt that that was the right thing, it could also be interpreted as misconduct.”

Source: myjoyonline