National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East and former Deputy Attorney-General, Dr Dominic A. Ayine has filed a suit in the Supreme Court of Ghana challenging the eligibility of Mr Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor.
Dr Dominic A. Ayine is praying the august court to halt the appointment made by President Nana Addo with immediate effect because Mr Amidu, now 66 years of age, is well beyond the retirement threshold of public servants under the 1992 constitution of Ghana- is unqualified for the nomination.
Mr Amidu is due to be vetted today by the Appointments Committee of Parliament, and already, Members of Parliament from Mr Amidu’s former party, NDC, have promised fireworks over his vetting and possible confirmation as first Special Prosecutor of Ghana.
Lawyer Tony Lithur, a legal practitioner based in Accra and a known associate of the NDC party filed the suit in the Supreme Court on the instruction of Dr. Dominic Ayine against the nomination of Mr. Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor.
The suit among others is seeking “a declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement age of all holders of public offices created pursuant to Article 190 (1)(d) is sixty (60) years, anyhow not beyond sixty-five (65) years” and also that “a declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4) of the 1992 Constitution, no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1)(d)”, among seven reliefs.
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