General News of Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East Constituency, and Former Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Dr. Dominic Ayine, has sued the Assembly member for Zuarungu central electoral area, Roland Nsobila Ayambire at the Bolgatanga High Court for defamation of character.
According to the plaintiff, the defendant, Mr. Ayambire during the 2016 election campaign, held a political radio discussion on two local radio stations in the region, where he made defamatory statements against his reputation.
“…He(Plaintiff) is sleeping on the Job…he has done nothing in the past four years…the only thing he has achieved is that he has acquired land at Katanga for rearing cattle and has brought Fulani people who are dangerous, who are known to rape women, kill people …deadly people.
Government gives him GHC60,000 per borehole, the MP(Plaintiff) pockets GHC50,000 and uses only GHC10,000 to drill the borehole…” He said the words in their ordinary meaning meant he(Plaintiff) is deceitful, dishonest, had embezzled public funds, abetted crime, and is not properly representing his constituents.
The plaintiff, who filed his writ of Summons on the 17th January,2017, and served the defendant on the 23rd January, 2017, is demanding GHC100,000.00 in general damages and GHC50,000.00 in aggravated and punitive damages respectively.
Dr. Ayine told Citi News he never intended suing the Defendant, but several steps taken to resolve the issue amicably proved futile hence the suit.
On his part, the defendant, Mr.Nsobila confirmed being served the writ of summons, but debunked the allegations leveled against him, adding that, he has a good defence, and will response to the suit in due course.