General News of Friday, 13 March 2015
Former Chief of Staff under Kufuor’s administration, Kwadwo Okyere Mpiani, says he was was not surprised businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome was freed by an Accra High Court.
Mr. Mpiani, speaking on Adom Fm’s Dwaso Nsem on Friday, said government did not show much commitment to protecting the interest of the nation during the trial.
According to him, certain people who corroborated and paid the amount to the businessman were the same persons who defended the government, hence was not shocked by the outcome.
The NDC financier was yesterday acquitted and discharged by the court on two counts of defrauding the state by false pretense and causing financial loss to the state.
His acquittal has since received widespread condemnation from the general public including former President Rawlings who insist Woyome still remains ‘a thief’.
Rawlings said the country, by the ruling, has shown that ‘we are not committed to fighting corruption’.
The former Chief of Staff maintained that Woyome never had a contract with the Ghana government.
To him, Woyome conspired with various elements including First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ebo Barton Odro to steal government funds.
The state by refusing to invite to the trial, various witnesses including Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrissu, who paid the money to Alfred Woyome showed the government’s lackadaisical attitude to fighting the businessman for the money.
He said the government erred by granting Woyome letters to raise funds for building stadia for CAN 2008.