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General News of Monday, 30 March 2015


Dzamefe Commission indicts officials; AG studies report

President John Mahama has been given the long-awaited Justice Dzamefe Commission report into Ghana’s participation in the 2014 World Cup.

Although details of the 400-page report were not made public, Commission sources have hinted to some officials have been indicted and could face prosecution.

President Mahama has handed over the bulky report to the Attorney General’s Department to study and to advice on the way forward.

Mahama set up the three-member Commission to investigate the backroom rumpus that contributed to Ghana’s early exit from the global showpiece in Brazil. It was the Black Stars’ third appearance at the World Cup since 2006 and the first time they failed to make it past the group stages.

Two players – Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng – were expelled from camp over appearance fee row and other acts of insubordination. The West African nation dominated international headlines after the Mahama-administration was compelled to airlift $3 million in cash to calm tempers in camp.

Receiving the report at the Flagstaff House Monday, President Mahama described it as a “good one” and promised that government will act on it.

He commended the commissioners – Justice Senyo Dzamefe, a former Ghana Boxing Association chair Moses Foh-Amoaning and Kofi Anokye Owusu Darko – for their dedication throughout the four-month sitting.

A total of 85 witnesses including, the Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi, ex-sports minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan appeared before the commission.