The office of the Special Prosecutor was set up with much fanfare by President Akufo-Addo, promising a new age in accountability for politicians in Ghana.
In reality, virtually nothing has happened in the over one year period since the office was set up and Martin Amidu put in charge.
The Special Prosecutor has complained that government bureaucrats have obstructed his work by refusing to provide relevant documents to help his investigations and apparently, he might not even have an office to work out of quite soon.
Amidu’s office was given a larger office space towards the end of last year. The new office is undergoing renovation and the construction of a fence wall, but the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has put a stop to any construction due to the lack of a permit for the building.
The infamous red paint has been used to inscribe on the building — ‘Stop work and produce permit’ – with the message inscribed on the 16th of January 2019.
AMA Chief Nii Adjei Sowah confirmed the stop to construction on the building and said they only need to be furnished with a permit for them to allow construction to continue.
“Certainly, they don’t have permits… We don’t know that it is for the special prosecutors’ office. Whoever the property belongs to, certainly has to apply to the appropriate authority for a permit. The permit is not for us to even charge a fee… It is for us to have proper records of all properties in Accra.
“They should just notify us and furnish us with the documentation as to what exactly they want to do. We will approve it and that ends it,” Sowah said on Citi’s Eyewitness News.