Thursday, September 16

Mahama’s aide chides Godfred Dame over $170m judgement debt

Mahama’s aide chides Godfred Dame over $170m judgement debt

Aide to former President John Mahama, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, has rebuked the Attorney-General’s handling of the GPGC case that has resulted in the award of $170 million judgement debt against the state.

According to the private legal practitioner, Godfred Dame failed his office when he did not give the case the needed attention at the London court.

“To lose a case of this magnitude due to tardiness and sloppiness is unconscionable. How could government ignore a recommendation to pay $18million and rather end up forcing the Ghanaian taxpayer without consideration for their suffering, to now pay almost 10 times the amount, $170million, just because some people did not do their job well?” she said in a Facebook post.

The Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC) dragged the Government of Ghana to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) for terminating a deal it had struck with the previous administration in 2018.

GPGC was demanding compensation from the government for a breach of the contract.

The court subsequently awarded the company an amount of $170 million to be paid by Ghana.

Ghana challenged the arbitration award in a UK court, but could not meet the deadlines to file its case citing the COVID-19 pandemic among others as reasons for the delay.

The Attorney General, Godfred Dame, has stated that processes are underway to thoroughly probe circumstances that led to Ghana being slapped with the $170 million judgement debt but says the previous administration did a poor job.

Former Power Minister, Dr Kwabena Donkor, who signed the contract has said the judgement debt was awarded against the state because of the wrongful termination of the contract and not because the power deal was signed.

Wading into what is fast becoming a political tussle between the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition, National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joyce Bawah Mogtari said the current government owes Ghanaians explanations.

“We need explanations on how much, separately, was expended on the external lawyers both in Ghana and in London and to what end? Today, for no fault of the people of Ghana, we have to now pay a colossal amount of $170 million as judgment debt, aside from the fees and other costs the taxpayer will be burdened with that is yet to be disclosed. Why?

“People have gone to prison for far less recklessness than this. And did I hear that instead of those in charge accepting responsibility and apologising to the good people of Ghana for letting them down, yet again, with this painfully monstrous judgement debt, blame and threats are rather being made?” she said.

Joyce Bawah Mogtari

14h  · Attorney General Godfred Dame must remember that it is required and important that he occupies that office with due decorum and showing respect to us, the citizens of Ghana, including his colleagues on the other side of the political aisle. To lose a case of this magnitude due to tardiness and sloppiness is unconscionable. How could government ignore a recommendation to pay $18million and rather end up forcing the Ghanaian taxpayer without consideration for their suffering, to now pay almost 10 times the amount, $170million, just because some people did not do their job well? And why does the Akufo-Addo government constantly feel it has a right to force bitter pills down the throats of struggling and suffering Ghanaians, who continue to pay huge amounts in taxes? We need explanations on how much, separately, was expended on the external lawyers both in Ghana and in London and to what end? Today, for no fault of the people of Ghana, we have to now pay a colossal amount of $170 million as judgment debt, aside from the fees and other costs the taxpayer will be burdened with that is yet to be disclosed. Why?People have gone to prison for far less recklessness than this. And did I hear that instead of those in charge accepting responsibility and apologising to the good people of Ghana for letting them down, yet again, with this painfully monstrous judgement debt, blame and threats are rather being made? Unfortunately, that is what happens when there is no true conviction behind industrialising Ghana, setting up factories and employing millions, which would have dealt with the so-called matter of “excess capacity of power.” When will this nightmare end?

Source: primenewsghana.com

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