Presidency not shielding corrupt legislature, executive- Bartidam responds to Amidu

The presidential advisor on corruption Daniel Batidam says he cannot confirm whether the controversial corruption and bribery scandal that brought the judiciary on its knees was commissioned by the presidency.

He also stated that any piece of investigation that may have security implication on the state would have government playing a role but was unequivocal in his denial that government was suppressing damning revelations of corruption in the legislature and in the executive.

Mr Batidam was reacting to claims by former Attorney General Martin Amidu that the presidency commissioned private investigative company Tiger Eye PI to investigate perceived corruption in judiciary as well as in the legislature and the Executive.

The former AG, an anti-corruption campaigner, in a damning verdict claims the John Mahama-led administration in concert with Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye PI washed the dirty corruption linen of the judiciary in public but decided to keep an equally dirty linen of that of the legislature and the executive out of the public eye.

Titled “The Ghanaian sense of justice: corrupt judges removed, corrupt attorneys rewarded and corrupt politicians protected,” the citizen vigilante, as he has come to be known, said “what nauseates me in the whole judicial corruption scandal as a not-for profit anti-corruption crusader is the posture of the Government through the President and the Attorney General in using the results of its commissioned undercover investigations to detract attention from the Gargantuan political corruption that has engulfed not only the Government but the Legislature as well.”

He goes further by saying the “Attorney General, an ex-officio member of the Judicial Council, hypocritically and opportunistically calls upon the Chief Justice to restore the integrity of the Judiciary and declares that the culprits will be investigated and prosecuted by her office. The President plays holier than thou and chips in later to tell the whole world that his Government will ensure that those found culpable are dealt with. In the euphoria of emotions and public reaction to the judicial scandal expose the President and the Attorney General might have forgotten the saying that one must remove the moth in one’s eyes before removing the spec in another’s. The President and his Attorney General may be controlling the prosecutorial process of this nation for the time being but that does not make the saying that “justice is might” or “might is justice” right in purposefully using judicial corruption to hide political corruption in any form. This so-called social democratic government has failed to retrieve the over GH₵51million and €47million corruptly paid to an NDC financier and other surrogate ordered by the Supreme Court to be refunded to the Republic but has shamelessly and unlawfully commissioned agents to divert attention from Gargantuan political corruption.”

His comments, just like those in the past, have sent the state talking. The first to react was the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper Kweku Baako Jnr and his prodigy Anas Aremeyaw Anas all of whom have condemned the latest epistle by Martin Amidu.

They insist the latest corruption scandal by Tiger Eye PI was without government involvement.

“Government did not, repeat, not commission the Anas Project on Judicial Corruption. Neither did Anas/Tiger Eye collaborate with any State Security or Law Enforcement Agency in pursuit of this particular project,” Kweku Baako said in a facebook post.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas in a rebuttal to claims by Martin Amidu that Tiger Eye was suppressing the corruption it unraveled in the legislature and the executive said: “We are aware of information in the public domain that we have conducted similar investigations into the legislature and executive. We will not confirm or deny that. No self-respecting investigation body will speak to such matters, even if it is not conducting such investigations. It is a fact that we have shown a 20-minute film to the leadership of Parliament. But that was a 20-minute cut of the “GHANA IN THE EYES OF GOD” film on the same judicial corruption expose.”

On whether the government commissioned the investigations he said: “In the case of our recent exposé into judicial corruption titled “GHANA IN THE EYES OF GOD”, we had no such collaboration. We did not seek it, did not want it, did not need it and did not require it. Nobody in government commissioned the work. It was our own singular work and effort. It might be difficult for Mr. Amidu and some to believe that we could undertake such a gargantuan task, unaided and unassisted. But those are the facts,” he stated.

However speaking to Joy FM, the presidential advisor on corruption Daniel Batidam was not categorical in whether government played a role in the judicial scandal or not.

When asked if government commissioned the investigation he said: “I am not in the position to confirm that the judicial investigation. I believe that anybody who knows how government work and any political watcher of the African continent will know that no single individual or group can undertake an activity that also has implications for security without or outside of an environment created for same to happen. In other words it is part of government responsibility to create the space and environment for people like Anas and other investigators to be able to do their work,” he said.

He said government’s commitment to fighting corruption is unshakeable and will mobilise all stakeholders in the fight against corruption.

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