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While Ghanaians are fuming over the circumstances under which Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a key bank-roller of President John Mills’ 2012 electoral campaign, received an amount of GH˘58million as payment for a supposed judgment debt, information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that the NDC self-styled financier has actually gone for an additional GH˘34million of the tax payer’s money, bringing the total sum received to GH˘92million.

Meanwhile former Minister of Education and Sports, Yaw Osafo-Marfo and Kofi Amoah, the former Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the CAN 2008, are to appear before the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to help in the investigation of the apparent scandal as directed by President Atta Mills.

Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on Monday put on record that apart from the controversial GH˘58million, Mr. Woyome had received an additional GH˘34million paid to him in three tranches as at September 2011.

This latest payment would be captured in the Auditor General’s Report for 2011.

Mr. Woyome, in January 2011 was paid an amount of GH˘10miilion, and was again paid an additional GH˘10million in April of the same year. Again in September 2011, Woyome was paid a final GH˘14million to bring the total sum to GH˘34million, aside the initial GH˘58million he was paid in 2010 which had set tongues wagging.

Interestingly, Mr. Woyome, after receiving the payments, dragged to court almost anyone who had commented on the issue in a manner he did not like.

Mr. Woyome had claimed that he had “rendered services” to the State and that he incurred some cost because the contract under which he was ‘rendering the services’ was unlawfully abrogated by the erstwhile New Patriotic Party (NPP) Administration.

He accordingly made a claim of GH˘105,540,548.24 before the then Attorney General who doubled as the Minister of Justice and the President’s Chief legal adviser, Betty Mould-Iddrisu.

However, Betty managed to negotiate with Woyome, agreeing to pay an amount of GH˘41,811,480.59. The money was subsequently paid on the blind side of the court on June 4, 2010, when the same matter was before the court.

On September 6, 2010 the Courts ordered the payment of GH˘51,283,480.59 to Woyome as complainant. It however added that only the first tranche of GH˘17,094,493.53 should be paid; and granted the stay of execution on the second and third tranches.

After the first tranche of GH˘17m was paid in September, and the stay of execution pending, the remaining two instalments which adds up to GH˘34m were paid to Mr. Woyome on three separate dates last year.

He was given an amount of GH˘10million in January 2011and again paid an additional GH˘10million in April of the same year. Finally in September 2011, Woyome was paid an amount of GH˘14million to bring the total sum to GH˘34million.

Meanwhile Woyome had already received GH˘41m he and the Attorney General negotiated on, before he marched to court and had a judgment of GH˘51million made in his favour.

Both figures add up to the GH˘92million that has since been paid to Mr. Woyome in the name of judgment debt in a matter in which he had no contract whatsoever with the government of Ghana.
Source: Halifax Ansah-Addo

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