There was no need inviting Woyome, Betty Mould – Commission

Sole Commissioner, Justice Yaw Apau
Sole Commissioner, Justice Yaw Apau

The Commission of Inquiry set up by President Mahama to investigate all judgment debt payment has justified why it never interrogated businessman Alfred Woyome  and  Betty Mould  Iddrisu over the 51milion cedis paid to the former.

Betty Mould  Iddrisu who was the Attorney General at the time, was accused of failing to defend the case brought against the state by Alfred Woyome resulting in the payment of the said amount to him.

However, at the last public sitting of the commission on Thursday, Lead counsel for the Commission, Dometi  Kofi Sokpor justified their decision.

“With every Commission that is set up, it is the Commission… that decides persons that should appear before it. We felt that there was no need inviting Betty Mould Iddrisu, Woyome etc the reason is that we had a lot of dossier on them. We had also written to them. They themselves had provided dossier on what they had done and we then we ourselves through our own research had gathered a lot of information that they did not know about them on them so we would sieve those information and whatever conclusions we want we will get them out of those documents. That is the reason why we did not call them,” Kofi Sokpor explained.

Meanwhile the Commission has said it will present its final report to the President by the end of this year.

“All that we have been doing is to compile the proceedings over the years, the close to two years that we have been sitting and also work on the report that will be presented to the President by the end of the year.”

The Commission on Thursday brought its two-year investigation into the payment of judgement debts in the country to an end.

The Sole Commissioner, Justice Yaw Apau, who was sworn in by the President, John Mahama in 2012 was charged to thoroughly investigate judgment debts among others.

 Persons invited by Commission

Over the period of the sitting, the commission has invited prominent personalities including former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

Former Energy Minister under the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Albert Kan-Dapaah and his deputy, K. T. Hammond were also invited to answer questions concerning the infamous sale of the drillship, Discoverer 511, belonging to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

By: Marian Efe Ansah/