Kufuor: Woyome Had No Contract; He Never Laid A Single Block

The former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, has for the first time spoken on the controversial Gh¢58 million judgment debt paid to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier Alfred Woyome. He has stated that his previous NPP administration did not award Mr. Woyome any contract which was allegedly terminated wrongfully for which the NDC financier has been hugely rewarded by the court. Speaking to Accra-based radio station Asempa FM, ex-President Kufuor backed moves by the Attorney General to pray the court to order Woyome to refund the whopping sum. “Where did Woyome say my government awarded him a contract, we never awarded him any contract so if he is being sent to court he should be sent for the right thing to be done,” the former President said. He added that “I came to work for Ghana and to protect properties that belonged to the state and not to steal what belongs to Ghanaians. Whoever wants to know the truth has the right to know. ” Kufuor said he is ever ready to answer questions on the controversial Woyome saga.“Woyome did not lay a single block for him to be given such huge amount of money. My government did not in any way award him with a contract…wherever I am sent, I will go to explain myself,” he added. A member of the governing NDC legal team, Chris Ackumey, has filed a writ seeking the court to declare that former President Kufuor be held personally responsible for the Gh¢58 million loss incurred by the state as judgment debt paid to the NDC financier in 2010. A group, the Coalition Against Corruption, has also submitted a petition to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate ex-President Kufuor, former Minister of Education and Finance and Economic Planning, Yaw Osafo Maafo, and former Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Mr. Kweku Agyeman Manu. Others include a Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Mr. O. B Amoah and Mr. Kofi Amoah, the former Chief Executive Officer of the local organizing committee of CAN 2008 tournament for their alleged roles that led to a judgment debt paid to Woyome.