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General News of Friday, 20 March 2015

Source: adomonline.com

Woyome Saga: OccupyGhana questions A-G’s commitment

Pressure Group, OccupyGhana has questioned the commitment of the Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong to helping retrieve the Woyome cash.

The group in a press release copied to Adomonline.com said they could not really know how an Attorney General who has been compromised in the Woyome Judgement debt payment could fight to retrieve the money into the state’s coffers.

“OccupyGhana is fully convinced that the recent acquittal and discharge of Mr. Woyome from criminal prosecution is due to the half-hearted prosecution mounted by the State and this calls into question the Attorney General’s self-interest and commitment to duty,” it said in the statement.

There have been public outcries since an Accra High Court acquitted and discharged businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome of criminal charges preferred against him by the Attorney General.

OccupyGhana’s statement questioning the ability of the Attorney General to retrieve into the state’s coffers the 51.2 Million Ghana cedis judgement debt wrongfully paid to the NDC financier is part of the numerous calls on her to resign.

Another Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) during the week also backed the call by Mr. Woyome, for her to resign. Mrs. Brew Oppong-Appiah would, however, not have any of that, and has argued that the President is behind her.

OccupyGhana has subsequently called on her to step aside and allow for persons not implicated in the whole saga to come to office and execute the Supreme Court decision to retrieve the money.

“OccupyGhana, having closely followed proceedings in the Woyomegate scandal and the matter arising therefrom, strongly believes that the half-hearted prosecution and inability to retrieve monies aside, it is a cardinal principle of democratic governance that a person must not put herself or be put in a position where her public duty is in conflict with her personal interest.

The Attorney General has been implicated in the ‘Woyome et al’ judgement debt saga. It has also come to light that the Attorney General’s department did, in fact, leaked certain documents to the beleaguered businessman to aid him secure his acquittal.”

The elitist group further argued that the role A-G’s law firm played in getting part of the judgement for a client further implicates her.

“OccupyGhana is believes that Attorney General has also been unable to retrieve an amount of 51.2 Million Ghana cedis wrongfully paid by the state to Mr. Woyome as judgment debt because her law firm was a beneficiary of the judgment debt through her clients.”

Outlining what the amount could do for Ghana’s economy, the group further urged Ghanaians to put on red today to ‘occupy the hearts and minds’ of the Attorney General and the public to force her to resign.

“We are asking all Ghanaians to wear our bold and loud voices in red, and be clad in Red Friday wear preferably made in Ghana as a sign of our commitment to demand the immediate institution and publication of settlement terms to facilitate the retrieval of the 51.2m GHs from Alfred Woyome.”