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General News of Saturday, 14 March 2015


Woyome case not an indictment on gov't – Ricketts Hagan

Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Kweku Ricketts Hagan is worried about the tagging of government officials as corrupt.

According to him, such blanket statements like "all appointees are corrupt" affects government's resolve to “weed corruption which is now endemic in the country”.

Rickett Hagan made the comment while reacting to the acquittal and discharge of businessman Alfred Woyome, accused of defrauding the state of 51 million cedis.

The High Court presided over by Justice Ajet-Nassam ruled against the state after prosecution failed to back their claim against Mr. Woyome with incontrovertible evidence.

But many believe the government presented a sloppy case to save its appointees implicated in the Woyomegate scandal.

But speaking on Asempa FM, Kweku Ricketts Hagan said government cannot be blamed for losing the case in court.

He explained that the Woyome case was a matter of law, thus his victory must be accepted as part of Ghana’s growing democracy.

Deputy Trade Minister stated emphatically that the Attorney General's department presented a solid defense to secure conviction.

“There are so many irresponsible comments and negative things around us which makes the fight against corruption difficult,” he bemoaned.

He was, however, confident the Attorney General can overturn the ruling of the High Court and ensure Alfred Woyome refund the 51 million cedis back to the state.

"The wheel of justice grinds slowing, so let’s have confidence in the AG,” he added.

Kweku Ricketts Hagan called on all Ghanaians to support President Mahama in his fight against corruption in the country.