April 4, 2012

A former Attorney General under the Kufuor administration Joe Ghartey has waded into the never-ending judgment debt paid to National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier Alfred Woyome.

According to Mr. Ghartey, under whose tenure the alleged contract was flouted, the dust hovering over the GhC58 million judgment debt brouhaha would settle for good if Mr. Woyome produced the contract document he signed with government.

Speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News on Tuesday, the former Attorney General said “if indeed Mr. Woyome had a contract with the government, the simplest thing for him to do is to show the contract to the entire populace of Ghana. ”

The Esikado-Ketan Member of Parliament explained that a letter which he is purported to have written when he was AG is being referred to as the contract between the then New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and Mr. Woyome. He said the letter under reference was a precursor agreement between government and Waterville and not Woyome as an individual.

He further added that it was categorically clear in the letter that certain procedures needed to be taken before the contract between government and Waterville can take effect, some of which was that the amount of money needed for the construction of the stadia should be in the Escrow Account, then the contract can be taken to cabinet for perusal and further approval, before it goes to Parliament for final approval.

He said these processes did not take place so there is no way Mr. Woyome can hold himself up that he had a contract with government.

The case and the key players involved have been in and out of court several times with fresh suits coming up almost every week since the debate started.