Posted: Thursday 31st July 2014 at 15:06 pm

Government must not shield officials involved in Woyome case


The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West Constituency, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has added her voice to the call on government to arrest and prosecute government officials who were involved in the payment of GH₵ 51.2 million judgment debt to business man Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

‘Government must not shield officials who aided or were involved in the Woyome case’.

Speaking Friday, on Peace FMs morning show ‘Kokrokoo’ Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said failure on the part of government to undertake a thorough investigation and arrest of these officials, will be “very unfortunate”.

‘For the first time in our history judgment debt has become a part of our budget and therefore issues concerning it must be thoroughly investigated’.

The Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice Theodora Wood ruled by a unanimous decision on 28 July that, judgment debt paid to Mr. Woyome was fraudulent and has therefore ordered him to refund the entire amount to the state.

The court ruled that the contracts upon which he made and received the claim was in contravention to Article 181 (5) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which requires such contracts to be laid before and approved by parliament.

Mr. Woyome received the money during the tenure of Betty Mould-Iddrisu, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The money was paid in three instalments.

But Martin Amidu who succeeded Betty Mould-Iddrisu, but was later dismissed by the late president John Evans Attah Mills concerning the same issue, dragged the matter to court in an attempt to have the money refunded.

Member of Parliament for Assin North Kennedy Agyapong has called for the arrest of Mrs. Mould-Iddrisu for her involvement in the payment of the GH₵ 51 million judgment debt to Mr. Woyome.   

The Ablekuma West MP in agreement with Mr. Agyapong said, the money was paid to Mr. Woyome due to the failure by government official to conduct a proper and thorough investigations into the contract before making payment.

She further stated, all names mentioned in connection with the case must be called on and investigated.

‘Woyome must not be the only one to take the blame and the lawyers of the Ministry of Finance should not be blamed either’.

So far the government of Ghana has paid GH₵600 million in judgment debts.

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