Rawlings reduced corruption; he didn’t abolish it – Amidu

BY: Jasmine Arku

The Special Prosecutor nomimee, Mr Martin Amidu has commended former President Jerry John Rawlings’ resolve to fight corruption during his tenure.

According to him, regardless what is said about Mr Rawlings, he believes that “he reduced corruption and graft to the barest minimum. He didn’t abolish it.”

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He said this in response to a question posed to him by the Deputy Minister of Trade, Nii Kwartei Titus Glover during his vetting on Tuesday.

Titus Glover had sought to find out why Mr Amidu had the Mr Rawlings as one of his references.

In his response, Mr Amidu had this to say: “Well, he is the one who brought me into politics by appointing me from 1982 as an investigator through 1983 as a PNDC secretary, I served under him until January 2001 [and] if there’s anybody who knows me better, it must be him.”

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“…if I’m an anticorruption crusader who is defending the constitution, who better than him?” he added.

He also noted that he was humbled when hours after his nomination; Mr Rawlings “came out to make those commendable comments about me.”

“He is the only one who can say it,” he added.

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Mr Rawlings following the nomination of Mr Amidu as Special Prosecutor by President Nana Akufo-Addo, congratulated him noting that “The President couldn’t have made a better choice”.