General News of Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Kwabena Mensah Woyome has described as depressing the continuous trial of his brother – Alfred Agbesi Woyome – over the GHc51.2million supposed judgment debt paid to him by the State.
“What is happening to my brother is a sad thing,” bemoaned the MP for South Tongu on Morning Starr Wednesday July 26, 2017.
According to him, his beleaguered brother duly worked for the money he was paid and that he is being witch hunted.
He thus alleged that the charges against his brother are cooked, saying “until somebody proves me otherwise I am entitled to my opinion.”
Mr. Woyome was paid GHc 51 million after claiming he helped Ghana raise funds to construct stadia for the hosting of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
However, an Auditor General’s report released in 2010, held that the amount was paid illegally to him.
Subsequently, the Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back the money, after a former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, single-handedly challenged the legality of the payments.
Following delays in retrieving the money, Supreme Court judges unanimously granted the Attorney-General clearance to execute the court’s judgment, ordering Mr. Woyome to refund the cash to the State.
Mr. Amidu himself, in 2016, filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking to examine Alfred Woyome, on how he was going to pay back the money, after the Attorney General’s office under the Mahama Administration, led by the former Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, discontinued a similar application.
In February 2017 however, Mr. Amidu withdrew his suit seeking an oral examination, explaining that the change of government and the assurance by the new Attorney General to retrieve all judgement debts wrongfully paid to individuals, had given him renewed confidence in the system.