President’s brother sues NPP guru

Bernard Antwi Bosiako,Ashanti Regional NPP ChairmanA Kumasi High Court has begun hearing of a defa-mation suit filed by Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, a brother of President Mahama against Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Mr. Mahama, on May 5, this year, filed a suit against Mr. Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, for defamation, and is claiming GH¢2,000,000 as damages.

The court, presided over by Justice Ringo C. Azumah, however, adjourned the case to December 11, 2014 for hearing.

While Ibrahim Mahama was in court, Wontumi was not in court but was represented by Mr. Edward Akuoko.

Mr. Mahama in a statement of claim, indicated that on March 30, 2014 at a ‘People’s Forum’, the Ashanti Regional NPP Chairman mounted a platform before a large public audience and said:

“President Mahama and his brother Ibrahim, have loaded all the money into their pockets. Each and every day, they increase petrol prices and then you and I, the downtrodden, suffer to pay for the increases”.

Wontumi, according to the statement further said: “They keep the monies in their pockets, and use it to buy aeroplanes in which they fly. Each week, President Mahama and his brother, Ibrahim, travel to South Africa. You, my brother, the monies President Mahama has given to his brother, have you got any? Does someone pay for your children’s school fees?”

It said the statements made by Mr. Boasiako were repeated through rebroadcasts on radio stations across the nation, and were published in various tabloids, newspapers and on internet web sites accessible both locally and abroad.

Stressing that in 2012, a construction company, Engineers and Planners of which Mr Mahama is a major investor and shareholder, acquired an aeroplane for use by the company in its trade and business, the statement indicated that Mr Boasiako’s comments meant that he, Mahama is a thief.

It alleged that Mr. Mahama had benefitted so greatly from the proceeds of his ill-gotten gains realised from his daily practice of stealing from the Republic of Ghana and its citizenry that, he had been able to buy himself an aeroplane as a result.

The statement said the Ashanti Regional NPP Chairman made those statements maliciously, recklessly and or not caring whether they were true or false.

In consequence, the statement said, the reputation of Mr. Mahama had been seriously damaged in the minds of right thinking members of society, and had suffered considerable hurts, distress, embarrassment and damage to his personal reputation, and that of his business.

Earlier, counsel for Mr. Mahama, Charles Zwennes, prayed the court for a fast trial of the case because the defamatory statements were already in the public domain, and so hurting the reputation of his client and his work.

Meanwhile, counsel for Wontumi, Kwabena Attah-Adjei, who though, was not against the speedy trial, asked the court to fix a date after the Yuletide in view of the fact that the court had a tight schedule, to which Justice Azumah said: “It is not in your domain to make that decision” and therefore, fixed hearing on December 11, 2014.

From Kingsley E. Hope &
Gideon Botwe, Kumasi

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