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Martin Amidu tackles E-levy cake, Barker-V’s arrest, Prof Atuguba’s coup speech

My only regret in life is I sheepishly, naively trusted Akufo-Addo

Martin Amidu tackles E-levy cake, Barker-V’s arrest, Prof Atuguba’s coup speech

Former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has released a new epistle in which he tackles some issues of national interest.

Among the issues, Martin Amidu touched on were the arrests of #FixTheCountry campaigner, Oliver Barker-Vomawor and the New Patriotic Party’s Abronye DC.

In the case of Oliver, Amidu accused ‘the executive’ of perpetuating an illegality with its decision to arrest Oliver and hold him behind bars for more than 48 hours.

On Abronye DC who is the Bono Regional chairman of the NPP, Martin Amidu said he committed the crime of ‘misprision treason’.

He also wondered why Abronye was granted bail but Oliver is still languishing in police cells despite attempts by his lawyers to have him released.

Professor Atuguba’s supposed coup comments were also discussed by Martin Amidu who admitted to having difficulties with aspects of his speech.

He is however firm in his conviction that the comments by the Dean of the University of Ghana Law School does not amount to treason.


The Government’s 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy, particularly its determination to impose its draconian Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) on an already financially exhausted and challenged poor citizenry contrary to its own electoral promises and undertakings has seriously polarized this nation and created needless acrimony amongst the body politic in a manner I have never witnessed since my first involvement in public service and observation of the governance processes of Ghana since February 1982.

The adversarial conflict over the Government’s E-Levy policy eventually deepened with the uncomplimentary public reaction to what some citizens perceived to be an opulent, arrogant, and insulting 65th birthday celebration by the Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary
Affairs, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, (which fell on Thursday 3 February 2022) amid their sufferings and the government’s intention to further tax their scarce incomes.

The “Mr. Kyei Mensah Bonsu’s E-Levy cake for his 65th birthday” celebration provides the immediate context for understanding the public comments and reactions that led to the arrest and detention of a known political adversary of the Government’s policies, Mr. Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor, the convenor of #FixTheCountry, who was later charged unconstitutionally for the offence of treason felony. Mr. “Kyei Mensah-Bonsu’s E-Levy cake for his 65th birthday” celebration has also led to other citizens being gagged and intimidated from exercising their constitutional rights and freedoms to free speech and thought on pain of being arrested and detained without bail at the behest of hawks and operatives of the Government under the smokescreen of coup mongering or first-degree felony offences against the safety of the state.


My only regret in life is I sheepishly, naively trusted Akufo-Addo

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