Woyome Case Made Ghana Look Like A Banana Republic
‘Look at the level of the people that we entrusted State responsibility to, and look at their level of education and experience and exposure; just for one man to dribble all these people. This case was the lowest point in terms of Ghanaian public service including the political leadership. It made the country look like a banana Republic! This case was a classic indicator that we had gone very down, perhaps yet to be buried. We were dead, left with our remains to be buried’
Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako has lambasted the previous Mills-Mahama government for hero-worshipping Alfred Agbesi Woyome, Waterville and others indicted in the infamous judgment debt scandal.
Kweku Baako chided the late President John Evans Atta Mills for his extreme laxity to mete out punitive measures on judgment debt culprits.
According to him, the key problem associated with the payment of judgment debts to beleaguered Alfred Agbesi Woyome and Waterville including other parties “was the failure or refusal or both of the Mills administration; the officers that were in charge of this thing consulting the previous administration.’
Supporting his claims with some documents which he read on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo, Kweku Baako believed the two-time Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), then Attorney General under Kufour regime and Former Chief of Staff, Kwadwo Mpianim have been exonerated by the Supreme Court order.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled that Alfred Agbesi Woyome had no valid contract and directed him to refund the $ 51.2 million judgment debt paid him, between 2009 and 2010, to the State.
The eleven-member panel presided over by the Chief Justice; Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood ruled that the contracts Mr. Agbesi Woyome made and received the claim were in contravention of Article 181 (5) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
In the ruling, they also noted that the contracts should have been presented on the floor of Parliament for approval.
The ruling follows a judicial review brought before the Supreme Court by former Attorney General Martin Amidu against businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
Mr. Martin Amidu also triumphed in his case against Waterville Holdings to refund all sums paid it in the controversial 51 million dollar judgment debt scandal to the Government of Ghana.
Speaking on Peace FM, Kweku Baako described the nation as “banana Republic” wondering how the NDC government officials with all their pedigree could be swindled in the Woyome scandal.
‘Look at the level of the people that we entrusted State responsibility to and look at their level of education and experience and exposure. Just for one man to dribble all these people.
‘This case was the lowest point in terms of Ghanaian public service including the political leadership. It was the lowest point. It made the country look like a banana Republic! This case was a classic indicator that we had gone very down, perhaps yet to be buried. We were dead, left with our remains to be buried and shut on the ground.’
Kweku Baako lauded the heroic efforts by Mr. Martin Amidu, stressing that the claims by the late Mills government to only look out for the parties that caused the liabilities to the State without punishing the beneficiaries as well, was nothing but “an inept poor attempt at political equalization tailored to rescue those who had perpetuated this Waterville-Woyome’ conspiracy to defraud this country.
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