$170m judgment debt: Stop the empty threat - Mensah Thompson to Godfred Dame

The Executive Director of the Alliance for Social Equity and Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson, has taken swipe at the Attorney General, Godfred Dame-Yeboah over the $170 million judgment debt awarded against Ghana.

Godfred Yeboah Dame

His reactions come after the AG said the CID of the Ghana Police Service, will investigate the Power Purchasing Agreement signed between the government and Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC), exposing the nation to a financial loss.

He stated that the agreement was unnecessary and ill-informed because the country did not need excess power at the time and that an inquiry would be instituted into the matter to protect the public purse.

The AG said the agreement contained clauses, which rendered the government liable for payment of huge sums of money.

"Irrespective of whether it was terminated before it became effective or not, the government was exposed to financial loss," he said.


Mensah Thompson reacting to the Godfred Dame said he should have rather pursued the matter to save the country money on the court where he had the chance to mount a strong defence for the government of Ghana.

"Godfred Dame has no legal locus to report public officials who signed the GPGC contract to CID," he said on Power FM.

A Commercial Court based in London has awarded a judgment against Ghana in favour of a power contractor.

The award of the judgment debt is in respect to a UNCITRAL award worth over US$134 million.


Ghana would be paying US$170 million in damages to the claimants; Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC) located at 1 Airport Square Building, 7TH Floor, Accra.

The award is said to be worth around US$170 million. Under English law, the government had 28 days to bring a challenge to the award.

The case started under Gloria Afua Akuffo, then Minister of Justice and Attorney General, with Godfred Yeboah Dame as one of her Deputies.

State attorneys, including Helen Akpene Awo Ziwu, Anna Pearl Akiwumi Siriboe, and Grace Oppong Dolphy in Accra, were also mentioned in the case as having failed to beat a 28-day deadline.


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