Former Chief of Staff under the erstwhile Kufuor administration has said businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome conspired with some influential persons in the National Democratic Congress to steal government funds.
He mentioned former deputy Attorney General Ebo Barton Oduro as one of the people who contributed to his release.
His acquittal thus, does not surprise him.
Speaking on Adom FM’s morning show ‘Dwaso Nsem’, Mr Mpiani said the refusal of the state to invite witnesses such as the former deputy Attorney General and his boss to the trial proves this.
He also reiterated a popular opinion that Mr Woyome was bound to walk free because government prosecutors did not show enough commitment in protecting the interest of the nation.
In his view, certain people who collaborated and paid the È»51.28 million to the businessman failed to provide substantial evidence that would have implicated him. They rather defended him, he added.
He said the government erred in granting Woyome – who is an individual, letters to raise funds for building stadia for 2008 African Cup of Nations.
Alfred Woyome was paid ¢51 million following claims that he had a contract to help raise funds to construct stadia for the purposes of hosting the 2008 Nations Cup. But he claims, the contract was cancelled and took government to court to demand compensation.
In what came to be known as the judgment debt saga, the Attorney-General failed to defend the state against his claim, resulting in the payment of money.
However an Auditor General’s report released in 2010 said the amount was paid illegally to the NDC financier.
The report triggered nationwide controversy with critics accusing government of misappropriating funds. Officials of the New Patriotic Party who were in government during the CAN 2008 tournament said Woyome did no work to be paid that whopping sum of money.
Although Martin Amidu, a dismissed Attorney General during late president Mills’ government secured a Supreme Court ruling for the money to be retrieved, an Accra High court has set him free of any criminal conduct. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Naa Sakwaba Akwa | [email protected]
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