More troubles for Asiedu Nketia

kwahuonlineradio February 12, 2019 0

The Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Prof. Edward Dua-Agyemang, has
amended his writ against the General Secretary of the opposition
National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

The plaintiff, in the amended writ has increased the compensatory damages from GHC15 million to GHC20 million.

The amendment follows an order by an Accra High Court urging the
plaintiff to amend his statement of claim to include the exact words
alleged to have been spoken by the NDC scribe which are said to be
defamatory.

The order was borne out an application filed by the Asiedu Nketia’s
lawyers praying the court to dismiss the writ because the statement of
claim did not disclose any reasonable cause of action.

The NDC scribe who claims he has evidence and witnesses to support his
allegations against the former Auditor General was praying the court to
dismiss the suit because it cannot rely on the English translations of
the comments he made in the local Twi dialect.

But the court presided over by Justice Sophia R. Bernasko-Essah
dismissed the application and directed the plaintiff to amend his case
to include the original comments which were made in the Twi language.

Subsequently, the plaintiff has amended the writ to include the exact
word spoken in the local Twi dialect which has been certified by the
Ghana Institute of Languages.

Gary Nimarko, counsel for the plaintiff has since filed the amended
statement of claim and Asiedu Nketia has also `been served on January
30, 2019.

The NDC scribe popularly known as ‘General Mosquito’ has been accused of
making slanderous statements against Prof. Dua-Agyeman that he was fond
of churning out fake audit reports based on which he was sacked by
accountants association.

Prof. Dua-Agyeman in his suit avers that without basis or probable cause
Asiedu Nketia “ostensibly sought to impugn the integrity, dignity and
reputation of the Plaintiff and to ridicule him in the eyes of right
thinking members of society”.

The plaintiff avers that Asiedu Nketia on October 2, 2018 made some
unsubstantiated and disparaging statements on an Accra based radio
station, Neat FM accusing him of producing fake audit accounts in 1983
while he was at the Audit Service leading to his dismissal.

But the former Auditor General has taken exception to the comments,
saying it has generated several comments and media attention in Ghana
and abroad ostensibly to tarnish his hard won reputation.

Contrary to the claim by Asiedu Nketia, Prof Dua-Agyeman avers that a
letter authored by Prof Kwame Adom-Frimpong, President of Institute of
Chartered Accountants, Ghana Council, (ICAG) dated 15th October, 2018
shows that he has been in good standing since 1978 and has never been
banned.




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