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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kufuor: How can a ‘broke’ nation pay that sum to Woyome?

From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com| Nathan Gadugah          Last Updated: January 21, 2012, 6:30 am
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 Kufuor: How can a ‘broke’ nation pay that sum to Woyome?
Ex-President Kufuor and President John Mills
Ex-president John Kufuor has expressed shock over monies paid as judgement debt to National Democratic Congress financier, Alfred Woyome.

In what is his first public comment on the month-long controversy, Mr Kufuor could not understand how a country described as “broke” by the Mills-led administration, could afford to pay a whopping sum of ¢58 million to one man.

He told Joy News’ Jefferson Sackey the controversy is “surprising” and “disturbing,” especially when the president John Mills claimed he had no knowledge when and how the money was paid.

According to Mr. Kufuor, the chain of authority should have known about the payment and if they didn’t it is only because the “system is not working.”

The ex-president also supported the position by some ministers during his tenure - Yaw Osafo Maafo, O.B. Amoah - who have refused to appear before the Economic and Organised Crime Office.

He explained that the EOCO is itself a suspect in the matter because it is directly under the Attorney General, which has been accused of dereliction of duty and in some cases, causing financial loss to the state.

He insisted EOCO can therefore not proceed to investigate a matter it has an interest in.

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