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General News of Saturday, 12 November 2016


Martin Amidu is a ‘damn liar’ – Omane Boamah

Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah minced no words when he discredited a former Attorney General Martin Amidu as a “damn big liar”.

The minister went riot throwing a challenge to Martin Amidu, who served under his government and a member of his party -National Democratic Congress -, to purge himself of lies on a live TV/radio show.

The former Attorney General who describes himself as a citizen vigilante has been very instrumental in the state’s case against businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the scandalous GHC51.2million judgement debt payment.

The state is currently pursuing Woyome for repayment.

Contributing to a discussion on MultiTV/Joy FM’s news analysis programme, Newsfile, on Saturday, Dr. Omane Boamah listed a number of claims Mr. Amidu made in court and his public treatise, describing them as “lies”.

He therefore accused Mr. Amidu of “perjury”, when he asserted that “Martin has told lies to the Supreme Court”.

The Minister recalled Mr. Amidu telling the courts that the current Attorney General Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong’s firm, Lithur-Brew and Co represented Austro-Invest, a company he claimed benefited from the GHC51.2million wrongly paid to Woyome.

He also mentioned cases such as Alfred Agbesi Woyome vrs Raymond Archer (a journalist), and Raymond Smith (Ray Smith) a shareholder of Austro-Invest and Managing Director of M-pawapak Ltd vrs Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

Dr. Omane Boamah insisted that in all these cases, Mr. Amidu lied when he claimed the Attorney General’s firm was on the side of Mr. Woyome when in fact the firm was rather against Woyome.

It was based on these that the Minister in a fit of rage projected the former Attorney General that “he is a damn big liar”.

“Get Martin Amidu to speak to his lies,” Dr. Omane Boamah demanded, pestering the host of the show Samson Lardy Anyenini to call Martin Amidu into the show, but the host will not budge.

The Minister virtually hijacked the show insisting that the “the truth is being sacrificed” with the host’s show of disinterest in allowing the Communications Minister to direct how the show should be run.

Mr. Amidu recently expressed distrust in government’s determination to retrieve the money from Mr. Woyome when the latter promised to pay the GHC51.2 million in quarterly installment of GHC5 million.

He therefore applied to the Supreme Court to examine businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome, which was opposed by both the AG and Woyome’s lawyer.