The Attorney-General (AG) has rejected the request of embattled businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, to pay his outstanding ¢46.6 million debt owed the state in installment.
In a response to a letter signed by the Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame said the state is “unable to grant your request, for obvious reason.”
This follows a letter by lawyers for the defendant who has so far paid only ¢4.6 million of the ¢51.2 million judgement debt wrongly paid to him, requesting for a meeting with the A-G’s team to negotiate the outstanding judgement debt.
Mr Woyome was paid ¢51 million for helping Ghana raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup.
However, an Auditor General’s report released in 2010 said the amount was paid illegally to the NDC financier. This triggered nationwide controversy with critics accusing government of misappropriating funds.
Officials of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who were in government during the CAN 2008 tournament said Mr Woyome did no work to be paid that whopping sum of money.
The then Attorney General Joe Ghartey said Mr Woyome was contracted to help in raising money for the construction works but he failed to meet the deadline.
He said the NPP government had no choice than to abrogate the contract with Mr Woyome.
When the NPP left office in 2009, Alfred Woyome proceeded to court claiming his contract was illegally terminated and was demanding a judgment debt.
In 2010 Martin Amidu was appointed Attorney General to replace Betty Mould Iddrisu who was sent to the Education Ministry.
That appointment and revelations in the 2010 Audit report changed the dynamics of the Mr Woyome scandal.
Mr Amidu however proceeded to the Supreme Court as a private citizen and managed to retrieve for the state millions of cedis said to have been paid illegally to Waterville.
The judges however stayed a verdict on the Mr Woyome case Amidu brought before them because the matter was pending before the High Court.
He later went on a review and had the court rule in his favour and Mr Woyome was asked to refund the ¢51 million to the state.
Below is the letter:
Source : myjoyonline.com