Feature Article of Monday, 11 February 2013
Columnist: Adofo, Rockson
A group of learned Ghanaians in London sat to discuss Alfred Agbesi Woyome. We all recall that Alfred Agbesi Woyome declared himself the financier of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party. In less than no time, he was all over the news having duped Ghana to the tune of GHC51.2 million.
The concerned learned Ghanaians constituted a court, carried out a mock trial of Alfred Agbesi Woyome and within hours had found him guilty. The Court found him guilty on four counts. 1. Attempting to defraud and defrauding Ghana 2. Knowingly using forged documents to access GHC51.2 million 3. Wrongfully accusing the government of Ghana of a breach of contract with intent to swindle Ghana 4. By singly stealing GHC51.2 Million from the consolidated fund, he has denied Ghanaians of essential developments.
The presiding judge has warned Alfred Agbesi Woyome to expect a jail sentence on the day the court will reconvene to pass sentence. His assets will remain frozen until judgment day when they may be disposed of by the State to defray the financial loss he has caused the nation through his thievery.
At the trial, the court called witnesses. A designated first witness, an Alex Segbefia confessed under oath that Woyome approached him with documents and sought his legal expertise on how best to defraud Ghana. He went through the papers, and advised him accordingly. He fine-tuned the statements in the document and gave him his blessings and wish of good luck.
The second witness, a Betty Mould-Iddrisu, said Woyome, promising her a percentage of the money if he did succeed with his plan, flattered her. She then hurriedly accepted the contents of the falsified documents, arranged out-of-court settlement and compelled the Finance Minister, Dr. Kwabena Dufuor, to effect payment immediately.
The third and final witness, Dr. Kwabena Dufuor, became very suspicious about the documents presented to him by Alfred Agbesi Woyome for payment of that unprecedented gargantuan sum of money. He requested further details and better clarifications from the second witness, Betty Mould-Iddrisu. He copied the letter to a designated President Evans Fifii Atta Mills. The president twice did order the Finance Minister not to pay the money, but a secretary at the Finance Ministry endorsed the payment regardless.
The witnesses' statements coupled with that of the principal State witnesses, Kwadwo Mpianim and Oseadeyo Osarfo Marfo and Woyome's own confession on air to not having signed any contract with the government was far very enough to nail him. The judge said the weight of Woyome's own acceptance of guilt through confession of having never signed any contract with the government was more than sufficient to convict him.
From the above mock trial, I see the excuses the State prosecutors and attorneys are offering to justify their incessant demand for adjournment as grossly without basis but completely nonsensical. They think to be able to fool all Ghanaians to let Woyome off the hook, that is, win the case on technicalities for lack of evidence. They are kidding if that is their belief.
They should be able to prosecute and seek conviction of Woyome even if based solely on his own confession. I have always agreed without prejudice that Alfred Agbesi Woyome is guilty of conning Ghana out of GHC51.2 million. The NDC cannot save him. So he had better cease living in the fool's paradise, thinking he will be vindicated judging from the absurd excuses the probable accomplices clothed as State attorneys are always adducing for the postponement of the hearing of the case. For all these many months, they have not yet completed the docket. They have not yet assembled their witnesses. They are then not yet ready to prosecute Woyome. This act of silliness purported to underestimate the intelligence of many Ghanaians can only take place in Africa and especially, in Ghana.
I promise that Woyome can run but he can never hide. No one will dare gag the learned Ghanaians that met to mock-trial Alfred Agbesi Woyome. We freely invite every concerned Ghanaian to discuss Woyome. They are to suggest how best we can be a pain in the backside of the useless and hopeless State attorneys who seem to be conniving with him to steal that unprecedented gargantuan sum of money.
I dedicate this article to the now silenced, but once publicly vociferous sole Ghanaian vigilante in Ghana, Hon. Martin Amidu. Where is he? I am worried about his health and safety under this lawless NDC administration that is full of surprises for all bad reasons.