A Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Tuesday told the Financial Division of the Fast Track High Court in Accra that Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome had been issued with an introductory letter to enable him to raise funds for the rehabilitation of stadia for the CAN 2008 tournament.
He said in that letter, Woyome had been introduced as someone who needed assistance but there was a disclaimer that the government would not be liable for his activities.
Mr Agyemang-Manu was testifying as a prosecution witness in the case in which Woyome is standing trial for allegedly defrauding the state of GH¢51.2 million.
According to the witness, in April 2005 Woyome had gone to his (witness’s) office that he (Woyome) had seen a publication for expression of interest for the construction of stadia in which he was interested.
He said Woyome then told him (witness) that he (Woyome) was going to meet with three banks to ask for a concessionary loan, after which the witness consulted the then Finance Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, on the meeting with Woyome.
The witness said after listening to him, Mr Osafo-Maafo gave the go ahead that Woyome be given the introductory letter dated May 4, 2005, which was issued to Woyome.
Mr Agyemang-Manu said the disclaimer was inserted in the letter because Woyome was not acting for the government but himself and also the government did not receive any money in respect of the letter given to Woyome.
During cross-examination by Mr Osafo Buabeng, counsel for Woyome, the witness said he had not been part of the committee which evaluated the bids for the stadia project.
He said he could not say anything after the letter had been issued to Woyome and that he was not privy to anything which happened afterwards.
The matter was adjourned to Wednesday.