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11.07.2012 General News

AAL judgement debt is another “Woyome” in the making-Abu Jinapor

11.07.2012 LISTEN
By The Statesman

Samuel Abu-Jinapor, a spokesperson for the New Patriotic Party flag bearer Nana Akufo Addo has described the $1.5 billion claims by African Automobile Limited for 'rotten' 87 Galloper vehicles as "another Woyome in the making”.

Drawing inference to the controversial Gh¢ 51.2 judgement debt awarded to businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, Abu Jinapor said the $1.5billion the AAL is claiming over the importation of 110 Cross-Country Galloper vehicles is a “daylight robbery”.

African Automobile Limited is said to have imported the vehicles at the instance of the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry during the National Democratic Congress' regime in 1999.

Out of the 110 vehicles, 23 were initially delivered and paid for by the NDC administration before they exited power in 2001.

The remaining 87 vehicles arrived in 2001 during the NPP administration which refused to take custody of the vehicles citing some irregularities pertaining to contract documents on the vehicles among other reasons.

Speaking on Peace FM"s Kokrokoo Monday, Abu Jinapor said the AAL claims that Kufuor's administration unduly abrogated their contract which subsequently led to their loss of the Mitsubishi franchise for which they are seeking $1 billion government is ridiculous.

According to him, in 2005 when AAL dragged the government to court on the said abrogation of the contract on the vehicles, they did not state any specific amount as damages.

He said the immediate U-turn of AAL to demand $1.5billion as claims over the abandoned vehicles when the NDC came to power is ridiculous and has to be thoroughly analysed.

Abu Jinapor stated that the NDC government has to be cautious the way they handle the issue of judgement debt which according to him is the collection of taxes paid by the vulnerable sections of the society.

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