Yaw Asare Adu-Otu
Woodbridge, VA USA
Thursday, January 26, 2012
In a cool-headed atmosphere, it should not be difficult for Ghanaians to unravel the basic NPP-induced contradiction associated with the on-going brouhaha about judgment debt a court awarded Mr. Alfred Woyome and his Waterville business.
It is inconceivable that a competent court would award a substantive amount of judgment debt to plaintiff without careful examination of the relevant contract document(s). Yet, in the disputed case of the State V. Woyome, it appears no such document exists. At least, former Pres. J. A. Kufuor has denied existence of a contract between his erstwhile administration and Woyome.
Meanwhile Kufuor supports failure or refusal by former minister of finance in his administration, Yaw Osafo Maafo, to testify publicly what he knows about the Woyome contract. In this instance, Ghanaians cannot be sure if Kufuor is being truthful with them. Therefore, the situation leaves one the option to question the game NPP politicians seem to be playing in an election year.
However, it is surprising that personnel of the media houses in Ghana have not pushed to look through the court documents of the Woyome case in search of the relevant contract document(s). Are court documents not available to the press in Ghana upon demand?
One would have thought that the attention-seeking officials of so-called “think tanks” would have sought to look at the Woyome contract document for the sake of researching a significant story that continues to occupy the public space in Ghana.
Thus far, the excessive attention pressure groups and fringe political actors continue to pay to the Woyome issue has left room for speculation and mischief on the public airwaves. In this regard, it is fair to call on NPP politicians to come up front with the truth about the Woyome contract saga. It is time for Yaw Osafo Maafo to speak out and stop protecting J. A. Kufuor.