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General News of Friday, 2 February 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

‘Being accused of corruption was my lowest moment’ – Betty Mould

Former Attorney-General (A-G), Betty Mould Iddrisu says she was saddened when some people branded her as a corrupt person after discharging a selfless service to the state.

Labelling the A-G Department as a very difficult place, she said every decision she took while serving under the past regime, was done in the national interest.

Speaking to Lexis Bill on Joy FM’s Personality Profile Thursday, the former University of Ghana law lecturer said she has never been corrupt in her public life and will not.

Mrs Mould Iddrisu’s decision to authorize the payment of $51.2million to National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier, Alfred Woyome in 2011 has been a subject of court action, for many years.

The businessman had said he had a contract with the Government of Ghana, which he claimed was illegally terminated.

But in a unanimous decision in July 2014, Ghana’s apex court ruled the money was fraudulently paid to Mr Woyome and ordered the government to retrieve the whole sum.

The former A-G dominated headlines in major newspapers in the country, with political opponents describing her as a corrupt person.

Then NDC Lower Manya Member of Parliament (MP), Michael Teye Nyaunu backed calls by the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), for her to be relieved of her position.

But opening up eight years after she vacated the A-G office, Mrs Mould Iddrisu said she was at her lowest moment when her decisions and actions while serving as the A-G were questioned.

"You are acting as a lawyer for all the Ministries and Departments. It's a delicate balancing act [and] in my whole career it was the most difficult job," he said, adding he gave off her best.

“Anybody who knows me will tell you that,” she told the presenter.

But she had to turn off her radio and television sets because of the repeated attacks against her in the media.

“For you to become a national figure and for your image to be appearing on the major headlines in the major newspapers day in and day out for years will try anybody,” she said.

When she was invited to comment on the appointment of his successor, Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor nominee by president Akufo-Addo, she declined.

"I am not going to say a word about that," were the only words Mrs Mould Iddrisu muttered about Mr Amidu’s appointme