President John Mahama has rejected claims that government contracted and paid undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas for the judicial corruption investigations that exposed Ghana’s judiciary over acts of corruption and impropriety.
Former Attorney-General Martin ABK Amidu has accused government of sponsoring what he describes a ‘fraudulent covert undercover government agency’ — Tiger Eye PI, to investigate the judiciary and that government and Anas are collaborating to shield political corruption by refusing to make public a similar exposé on the legislature.
Mr Amidu said: “the undercover investigation that led to the judicial corruption exposé was commissioned by the Government of Ghana and has its genesis in the acrimonious relationship between the Government and the Judiciary on the assumption of power in 2009 by the government and the constant demand by the Judiciary for proof of judicial corruption from Government and its associates.”
But speaking at a rally in Tamale during his “changing lives tour” of the Northern region, President Mahama downplayed Mr Amidu’s claims saying his government had no hand in Tiger Eye PI’s recent work and that the former Attorney-General got it all wrong.
“I just want to go on record that government did not sponsor Anas. I want that to go on record” ……”I didn’t want to wade into this because, Martin Amidu is somebody I respect very much. He is my elder brother and I will never enter into any altercation with him. I just want to put on record that government did not sponsor Anas in the investigation he did, I want that to go on record,” Mr Mahama told party supporters in Tamale.
The president however confirmed government has previously sponsored Anas’ work and mentioned the cocoa smuggling saga which was commissioned by the former Minister of Finance, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, which Tiger Eye did in collaboration with COCOBOD, who provided a truck load of cocoa beans to aid in the investigations.
Martin Amidu has received a lot of backlash for failing to provide concrete evidence to back his allegations and falling on newspaper publications as evidence.