Top NDC lawyer drags Martin Amidu to court over retirement age


A former  Deputy Attorney General in the Mahama government, Dominic Akuritinga Ayine,  has dragged Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu, to court  for allegedly exceeding  the retirement age for public officials.

The anti- corruption crusader appears before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on 13th February 2018 for his vetting.

However, Dr Ayine believes Mr Amidu is unfit for  the job due to his  current age of 66.

He is therefore seeking a declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement 
age of all holders of public office created pursuant to Article(1)(d) is sixty years, anyhow not beyond (65).”

He added that “any other interpretation would result in an unlawful amendment of Article 199 of the Constitution by legislation,” according to one of reliefs.

According to Dr Ayine, Mr Amidu “is not qualified or eligible to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959).”

Making reference to the constitution, the former Deputy Attorney said  “no person above the age of 65 years is eligible for employment in any public office created under Article 190(1)(d).”

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