The Editor of the New Crusading Guide, Mr Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has stated that President Mills was aware that huge sums in judgement debts were paid to some individuals and institutions.
Speaking on Joy FM’s News File this morning, Mr Baako said: “The President cannot convince us that he did not know anything about the payment of huge judgement debts. He was aware of its gargantuan nature.”
He was reacting to a recent decision by the government to subject judgement debt claims above $10 million to consideration by cabinet before possible approval.
According to Mr Baako the decision was “cosmetic” and “inadequate in view of the corruption that had characterised judgment debt in the country.
He said “no deep thinking went into it”, because it did not address the issues that contributed to the payment of about $600 million in judgement debt payment by the government.
He noted that some of the individuals and institutions who had received judgment debt payments would not have paid if government officials including President Mills and the Attorney-General’s Department had done their work well.
Mr Baako said the decision was also ill-timed as it pre-empted an investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament into the entire judgment debt situation.
Beyond the PAC investigations, the New Crusading Guide Editor called for a comprehensive scrutiny into the judgement debt payments to enable Ghanaians understand how about some of them came about.
Touching on claims by some government officials that NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo, was behind a smear campaign aimed at portraying President Mills as a sick man, Mr Baako said Nana Addo was “too Intelligent to play mischief”.
“Nana Addo is too clever; too smart; too sharp; too intelligent. If he wanted to play mischief about the President’s health he wouldn’t do so openly”, he said.
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