AFAG calls for the arrest and prosecution of some Ministers of State


afagAccra, Jan. 17, GNA – The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) on Tuesday called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of some Ministers of State, government officials and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) financial guru Alfred Agbesi Woyome for alleged crimes committed against the State.
     They are, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, Minister of Education and former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dr Kwabena Dufour, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Ebo Barton Odro, Deputy Attorney General and Mr Henry Martey Newman, Chief of Staff to the President, for individually and collectively contravening sections of the Financial Administration Act 2003(Act 654).
     For the purposes of clarity we quote; “Each officer or person acting in an office or employment connected with the collection, management or disbursement of public or trust moneys or with the control of Government stores who ‘conspire with another to defraud the Government or makes an opportunity for another person to defraud the Government commits an offence, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 5000 penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to both.”
     In a statement issued in Accra, AFAG said “The public officers involved, have not only contravened Act 654 but also by their actions and inactions, undermined the oath of Public office. In the case of Mr Alfred Woyome, it is a case of fraud”.
     AFAG said “It is outraged at the turn of events surrounding the Woyome scandal. An amendment made to the writ filed by Mr Martin A.B.K. Amidu, Attorney General and Minister of Justice to the effect that Mr Woyome has no contract throws more light to the levels of ‘gargantuan’ corruption that AFAG has been trumpeting for the past three years”.
    “President John Evans Atta Mills stated in response to a questioner at the 2012 Editor’s Forum that ‘He cannot be criminally-minded and irresponsible to order for the payment of such a huge amount to Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome’. Interestingly, the NDC Financier is on record to have stated that he had no contract with Government of Ghana. “
     It said the Attorney General acting on behalf of the Government had also filed a writ to the effect that Mr Woyome had no contract with the Government of Ghana and should therefore refund the GHC51 million paid to him.
     “What is happening here? Is the Mills-Mahama Government trying to hide from its own shadows?’, the statement asked.
     AFAG said “It is becoming increasingly clear on daily basis, that the resolve of Mr Martin Amidu, Attorney General to recoup every pesewa of the taxpayer’s money from Mr Woyome, has met stiff opposition from some leading members within government and they are bent on frustrating his efforts.
    “This for AFAG has severe security implications on the person of Mr Martin Amidu, given the colossal amount involved.”     AFAG has therefore, called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to make special security arrangement for the protection of the Attorney General.
    It called on Ghanaians to join the struggle, which seeks to promote accountability and good governance, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
    “The Atta-Wayo Demo is to waken all sleeping government officials, who have allowed fraudulent individuals to milk the State coffers at the expense of the ordinary man on the streets,” the statement added.


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