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Your recklessness brought us $170 mil. judgment debt – Sam George fires A-G

Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George has chastised Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame for sleeping on his job and causing Ghana to incur a judgment debt that could have been averted.

He was reacting to the mystery surrounding a 170 million judgment debt that was awarded against the government of Ghana for terminating a contract between it and a  power company.

The Akufo-Addo government was sent to court over the termination of a power agreement the erstwhile NDC government signed with Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC).

Attorney General, Godfred Dame earlier accused the erstwhile Mahama government of entering into a needless power agreement with the GPGC and threatened to prosecute the officials who were involved in signing the deal.

But he has come under fire for the negligence of duty as it emerged that he refused to utilize the opportunity of an appeal.

Speaking on the Gumbe show on TV XYZ hosted by Mugabe Maase, the MP for Ningo Prampram suggested that it was the negligence of Dame the country had to incur the huge debt that will be paid by the taxpayer.

He noted that Parliament ratified the agreement to meet the constitutional provisions under article 181(5) which the NPP parliamentarians at the time agreed to, stressing that there is no way the current government can blame the Mahama administration for the termination.

“What we are seeing today is the result of Godfred Dame’s negligence. It is his dereliction of duty that has brought us this far,” he added.

Godfred Dame is Ghana’s Attorney General and Minister for Justice

His comments come after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) cataloged events leading to the judgment debt and explained why the citizens should blame the government for the financial loss.

National Communication Officer of the party, Sammy Gyamfi, who addressed the press stated chastised the government, saying its attempt to parry blame is shameful especially when available evidence in the Dr Ahenkora PPA Committee report, that reviewed a number of agreements by the previous administration did not recommend the termination of the GPGC Agreement.

“The Agreement which was signed on 3rd June, 2015 was negotiated by a competent team of technical experts from the then Ministry of Power, the Electricity Company of Ghana, the Volta River Authority, and the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice,” Gyamfi stated.

The NDC described as fraudulent, Attorney General, Godfred Dame’s defense that the Cabinet decision to terminate the contract was informed by the said report

Former Power Minister Reacts

Before the NDC officially reacted to the accusations from the government, the sector minister at the time the agreement was signed, Dr Kwabena Donkor had called a bluff of the threats from the A-G’s office.

The Pru East MP dared Godfred Dame to prosecute him over the $170 million judgment debt if he had cause to do so.

Dr Kwabena Donkor is former Minister for Power

“If anybody disagrees, he has the right to investigate. But you don’t sit on the national radio as Attorney General, the number one lawyer of the nation, and try to intimidate people like me. We are not intimidated,” the Pru East legislator told XYZ Parliamentary Correspondent Princess Arita Anim.

Donkor contended he cannot be blamed for the award of the judgment debt against the government and expressed readiness for any probe.

Asked if he was worried about being investigated, he responded “Worried? Then you don’t know Kwabena Donkor, the village boy called Kwabena Donkor then you don’t know him.”

“We were all here with the AMERI, they raided our homes at dawn, it amounted to nothing. I act in the best national interest.”

 

Background

A three-member arbitration tribunal chaired by John Beechey, a former President of the International Criminal Court’s Court of Arbitration, and co-chaired by Prof Albert Fiadjoe, a Ghanaian academic, sided with the power producer and awarded a judgment debt of almost US$170 million against the state, following the termination the contract.

According to British law, the government had 28 days to challenge the tribunal’s decision but only made an appearance three days to the expiration of the deadline to ask for a 56-day extension.

However, the court set March 8, 2021, for the Government to file the processes to challenge the Tribunal’s decision in January. But again, the government went to sleep until April 1, 2021, before filing.

Another British law firm, Volterra Fietta, that the government had instructed to begin the process explained that the new Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, had only been sworn in on March 5, and the firm received the directive to represent Ghana 10 days later.

But ruling on the matter on June 8, 2021, the court had no sympathies.  It said the excuses were unreasonable and “intrinsically weak.”

 

By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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