The Member of Parliament for Manhyia, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has described as “a distraction”, the decision by the government to subject all judgement debt claims above $10 million to the consideration of cabinet before approval.
Dr Prempeh said the decision was an indication that the Atta-Mills government did not know what it was doing.
According to him, the decision was a ploy by government to divert attention from what he described as “a collusion to loot the country” by some government officials.
This, he said, had already culminated in the payment of $51 million to Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome, who he said did not have any contract with the government.
The MP said the payment to Mr Woyome was done in collusion with top members of government, who should have defended Ghana’s interest.
Dr Prempeh added that many of President Mills’ friends had benefitted immensely from the $600 million paid in judgement debts so far.
He said at least 50 per cent of all those payments was fraudulently carried out.
He said the decision to now involve cabinet in the judgement debt payment process would not benefit the country.
“It is [rather] going to make this [government's] stealing brigade work, he noted.
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