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I didn’t pay GHS52m to Woyome because he had no proper documents – Duffour


Former Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Duffuor has broken his long silence on the payment of the controversial GHS5.2 million judgements to businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

According to him, as Finance Minister under late President Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills, he refused to pay the controversial judgement debt to Mr. Wayome.   

The country in 2012 paid the businessman who was embroiled in some financial engineering for the construction of stadia for the African Cup of Nations in 2008 under ex-president John Agyekum Kufour.

The embattled businessman contested that the money [judgment debt] he was paid was legal by the state.

“The money was paid to me legally, the court didn’t even say I should pay back because it is legal, the court said it is unconstitutional,” Mr Woyome said years back.

Speaking on the matter on Accra-based Asempa FM, the former Finance Minister said he refused to pay the money to the said businessman during his tenure because Mr. Woyome had no proper documents to support his claim.

He said, “when the then Attorney-General and Minister wrote to me as the sector Minister, I asked her to provide all the needed documents for me to pay. So without the appropriate documents, I refused to pay”.

“As the Finance Minister, I refused to pay because the said businessman had no documents covering his claims,” he stressed.

He admitted the money was subsequently paid but it was paid by the courts and not him.

“As Finance Minister, I did not pay it, it was the court that paid,” he emphasized.

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