General News of 2014-05-05

Woyome’s 'jumbled testimony' forces adjournment

Beleaguered businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome on Monday failed to impress the trial judge on day one when he opened his defence in the ongoing GHc51.2 million judgment debt trial.

His inability to put together his thoughts to make a precise presentation today is said to have compelled the judge, John Ajet-Nassam, to adjourn sitting, Joy News’ Anny Osabutey reports.

Mr. Woyome has been recounting to an Accra Fast track High Court how he was contracted by the erstwhile John Kufuor-led government to source for funds to put up infrastructure for the CAN 2008 tournament.

He is battling allegations that he benefitted from an amount of 51 million cedis paid to him by the state as judgment debt for no work done.

The businessman, whose submission of 'no case' application was thrown out last week, had told the media the hearing would provide him an opportunity to tell the public what actually happened with regards the judgment debt.

He recalled in court that, at the time he came into the picture of CAN 2008, Ghana was classified as a highly indebted poor country (HIPC) and was therefore not credit worthy even to the Breton Woods institutions.

The late former sports minister, Osei Kwaku, engaged him to secure funds for the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the construction of some stadia, he told the court.

He also said he played a key role in even getting Ghana the right to host the tournament; he used his strong ties with Libya, who also had expressed interest in hosting the game, he claimed.

But the sitting judge realized that Mr. Alfred Woyome’s “testimony was jumbled up”.

Justice John Ajet-Nassam, therefore, adjourned sitting to allow Mr. Woyome and his counsel the opportunity to reconcile and come back later.

The case resumes on May 12, 2014.