Specifically pointing at the President’s recent CHRAJ appointment, Amidu says it has confirmed the description of the NDC as corrupt
As Mahama makes last minute appointments, former Attorney General Martin Amidu, is taking last minute swipes at the outgoing president before his handover on January 7, 2017.
The former AG has said that Mahama’s appointment of a new Chairperson for the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), a few weeks to his handover; is an indication of the inherent corruption within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
President Mahama on Tuesday, swore in Joseph Whittal as the new CHRAJ Commissioner and Ms Josephine Nkrumah, as National Commission for Civil Education (NCCE) Chairperson. Mahama’s appointments came barely two weeks before his handover on January 7, after losing the last presidential elections.
This unusual move however, raised eyebrows among stakeholders especially the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government. The NPP described the move as a malicious one, with a possible attempt to stifle the party’s anti-corruption mandate -given the role of CHRAJ in ensuring transparency.
Martin Amidu who has long raised calls for proper scrutiny of the outgoing government during the pre-election period, per this recent development, launched more attacks on the NDC. In a well detailed statement, Mr. Amidu drew the attention of Ghanaians to the past and present shortcomings of the NDC government, which he described as a “looter government”.
According to him, Mahama’s last minute deals, especially the CHRAJ appointment, has justified his earlier calls on Ghanaians to vote out the NDC, because of their perceived symbiosis with corruption. Part of his article reads:
What is going on in the transition to the new Government reinforces my conviction for my pre-election call upon the electorate to vote out the incumbent looter Mahama Government to stop the plundering of the public purse and get our looted monies back.
The former AG also said that Ghana would have gone bankrupt if President John Dramani Mahama was retained in government for another four years.