Vetting: Fire Baptism for Godfred Dame, Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Ambrose Dery Today

Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Godfred Yeboah Dame and Ambrose Dery Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Godfred Yeboah Dame and Ambrose Dery

Three of Akufo-Addo's ministerial nominees are expected to face some tough questioning today when they appear before the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

Godfred Yeboah Dame, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu the Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs and Ambrose Dery, the Minister-designate for Interior are expected to appear before the appointment committee and would have a lot of nagging issues to address.

Of the three, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has a Ghanaian businesswoman, Freda Darko, petitioning the Appointments Committee of Parliament to disqualify him as the Minister-designate of Justice and Attorney General (AG), insisting that he is "vicious and cannot be in charge of the country's Justice Ministry."

Among other things, she claimed that Lawyer Godfred Dame, has acted unprofessionally when he managed to get her bank account details and secured a garnishee order on her account when she was not a party to the litigation suit.

Portions of the petition read: "Mr Chairman, I respectfully write to your office for the disqualification of Mr Godfred Dame as the newly-appointed Attorney General and Minister of Justice by the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, due to his deliberate actions which continue to infringe on my fundamental human rights."

Godfred Yeboah Dame, will be speaking to the petition from the businesswoman, as well as another one from customers of MenzGold to disapprove of Dame's reappointment.

He is also expected to speak to the Agyapa deal, PDS, Banking Sector cleanup and his shifting positions in many of these instances.

He also expected to address claims that he had undercut his boss, Gloria Akuffo, leading to his appointment.

His position on the disfranchisement of the Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL) by the Electoral Commission at the 2020 General Elections which he went on to defend.

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, will be speaking to issues surrounding secondary school misconduct which led to his change of name, while at the St Peters Secondary School in Akwatia from Lawrence Addai to his current name.

Ambrose Dery, on the other hand will be speaking to the high incidences of crime, secrets recruitments into the security agencies under the Interior Ministry, Highway Robberies and the many instances of contract senior police officers including the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong Buenu, the salaries of Police personnel, Fire Service, Prison Service among others who were subsequently withdrawn.

Madam Freda Darko, had argued for the disqualification of Mr Dame, saying that he is 'vicious and cannot be in charge of the country's Justice Ministry.'

The Petitioner continued: "About 21 years ago, I purchased a parcel of land at Clinton Street, Shiashe, named as plot 187, 188 and 189, also known as 10, 12 and 13. Mr Godfred Dame, used the law firm of the President of Ghana, Akuffo Addo Prempeh and Co, with his client Mrs. Comfort Korkor Kwashie, and took my former husband Joseph Manu to court; and secured judgement on the 2nd day of July 2009, before his Lordship N.M.C Abodakpi J., to take part of the land I was in possession and have legal documents of ownership, which is plot 189, also known as 13, which he said was in boundary with plot 12".

"The court gave judgment in their favour and awarded general damage for trespass assessed at GHS50,000.00 and cost of GHS2,000.00 was awarded in favour of the plaintiff. The judgment of the court is attached (marked as 'Exhibit FD1'). My former husband Joseph Manu, filed a motion on notice to set aside execution, dated 14/10/2010, because bailiffs of the court carried out a wrongful execution with the intention to attach two other plots which were not subject matter of the suit, namely plots no.187 and 188, also known as plot 10 and 12".

"The court on the 2nd Day of November 2010, made an order to set aside the wrongful execution carried out by the bailiffs of the court on the 14/10/2010. The motion on notice to set aside the execution on the 14/10/2010, and the order of the court dated the 2nd day of November 2010, by his Lordship Mr N.M.C Abodakpi are attached; presented as' Exhibit FD2 and Exhibit FD3'."

The petitioner further said: "Mr Chairman to my utmost surprise, Mr Godfred Dame and his client Mrs. Comfort Korkor Kwashie, filed a motion on notice of application for review, of the order of the court dated 2nd day of November 2010, averred that the land in respect of which execution was carried out was one piece of land and not three different plots of land, and he brought affidavit to the court which was sworn by Mrs. Comfort Korkor Kwashie's Attorney, Nene Kwashie and was signed by her son, Sam Kwashie. In their affidavit, and with the intention to take the other part of the land, He changed the boundary of plot 13 in boundary with plot 12, and said plot 13 was bounded on the North and West by plots of land numbered "10" and "11", so, his client is the owner of the three plots.

"Mr Chairman, respectfully, if someone's plot is in boundary with another plot, does it mean the person is the owner of the plot he shares a boundary with? This shows how vicious Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame is."

The businesswoman also alleged that the AG-designate got access to her bank account details and secured a garnishee order on her account.

"Mr Godfred Dame managed to secure an order to garnishee my accounts, to retrieve money which was awarded to his client in a suit I was not a party to. I am still in shock as to where and how he managed to get my accounts details. This shows how vicious he is," the Petitioner stated.

The petitioner, further alleged that while Mr Dame was Deputy AG, he was also counsel for a defendant in a court case, describing the action as a conflict of interest.

She also chronicled a series of occurrences between herself and Mr Dame and noted that an individual who uses ways contrary to the laws of the land to cheat another citizen, does not deserve to be the country's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.

Source: The Herald