Agyeman-Budu: Ghanaians must not abuse provisions for removal of public office holders

Agyeman-Budu's comment is in reference to a petition by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu for the removal of the current Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng

Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Budu, head of Law Centres at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has said the provision for removal of public office holders must not be abused in the country.

Agyeman-Budu’s comment is in reference to a petition by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu for the removal of the current Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.

President Akufo-Addo is reported to have remitted the petition for the removal of Kissi Agyebeng as Special Prosecutor to the Chief Justice for action to be taken.

The Chief Justice, according to reports, is determining whether there is a prima facie case to establish a committee for Agyebeng’s removal as required by the Constitution in Article 146.

Amidu filed the petition on the grounds of procurement breaches in the purchase of vehicles for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and abuses involving judges and the administration of justice as part of his call for Agyebeng’s impeachment.

Other allegations include violations of citizens’ rights through arrests and detentions, violations of the right to information and improper appointments of personnel to the office.

He also alleges a violation of the right to information when he requested appointment letters and salary details of all OSP staff to be put on a pen drive for him, which  Agyebeng refused.

Reacting to the development on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday (17 May), Agyeman-Budu said any petition for removal of the Special Prosecutor must be well grounded.

“There have been such petitions in the past brought against public holders, but we also need to understand that we should also understand that this process is not one that can or should be abused.”

“The fact that we are to hold public officers to account, doesn’t mean that any flimsy reason or basis can be used to bring a petition. It will be dismissed,” he said.

Agyeman-Budu added, “That is why the due process guarantee is provided that there has to be prima facie, so I can wake up and fabricate stories or even if the person has done certain things, it has to fit the grounds for removal and it is a very high bar to say a person should be removed.”

Listen to Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Budu in the attached audio clip below: 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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