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Court case holding up Dzamefe White Paper — Dame

BY: Maurice Quansah
 Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame
Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame

A Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice-designate, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, says some legal hurdles standing in the way of the White Paper on the Dzamefe Commission report will have to be cleared before its full implementation.

Mr Dame, who is also a member of the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Commitee, told Parliament’s Appointment Committee when he appeared before it yesterday that one of Ghana football chief, Kwesi Nyantakyi, had challenged aspects of the government’s White Paper on the report, hence the Attorney General would be handicapped trying to implement it fully until the case was disposed of in court.

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“First and foremost, Mr Chairman, it is true that aspects of the Dzamefe Commission reports are subject matters of a court action. I know that GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi filed a court suit challenging the aspects of the implementation of the Dzamefe Commission report.

“So I believe that would have to be disposed of before we can actually implement or not, because indeed if the court decides, definitely or imperatively, it has to be respected by the Ghana Football Association,” said Mr Dame, in response to a question by the immediate past Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, on why it has become difficult to implement the White Paper.

In July 2014, former President John Dramani Mahama set up a three-member Commission of Enquiry, headed by Justice Senyo Dzamefe, a Justice of the Court of appeal, to investigate matters relating to the participation of the Black Stars at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

It sat for over three months during which officials of the GFA led by Mr Nyantakyi, some selected Black Stars players, government officials, including the former Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, and key stakeholders appeared to give their testimony on Ghana's World Cup campaign.

 

Seven months after its inauguration, the Commission presented to President Mahama at the seat of government a 400-page report which made some wide-ranging recommendations on the Black Stars and football administration in Ghana, some of which are being challenged in court.