The much-awaited “titanic encounter” between the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Martin Alamisi Amidu, and businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, comes off at the Supreme Court tomorrow.
Mr. Amidu is to examine Woyome orally on oath as to whether he (Mr. Woyome) has any property or other means of refunding the GH¢51.2 million he collected from the state as judgement debt for financial engineering.
This judgement debt has generated accusations and counter-accusations in the country especially in the political circles, with varied opinions being expressed by the citizenry.
Mr. Woyome recently paid GH¢4 million as part payment to the Attorney-General through his lawyers and gave an undertaking to pay GH¢5 million every four months, commencing April 1, 2017, until the final payment is made in March 31, 2019.
The Supreme Court last Wednesday, granted an application by Mr. Amidu to orally examine Woyome on oath on questions as to whether he had any property or other means of satisfying the judgement or order of the court.
The former Attorney-General’s action stems from the decision of the current Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong to discontinue an application she had earlier filed to orally examine the judgement debt beneficiary on oath, to ascertain how he could pay back the money he owes the state considering the delay in the repayment two years after the Supreme Court’s judgement which went in favour of Mr. Amidu.
Perhaps, thinking that Mr. Woyome was not ready to pay back the money, Mr. Amidu took another step to find out from the judgement debtor, through the apex court, why he had not made any attempts to pay.
Mr. Woyome held a news conference last Friday and debunked all the allegations Mr. Amidu had levelled against him, notable among them were the issuance of a fake cheque to the AG’s Department to defray part of his debt, as well as his connivance with the Minister of Justice, Mrs. Appiah-Opong, to stop the repayment.
The stage is now set for the oral examination on oath: Mr. Martin Amidu Vrs Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
Ghanaians are anxiously waiting for the outcome tomorrow.
By Castro Zangina-Tong