GFA should ignore ‘weird’ Justice Dzamefe bluff – Kweku Baako

Veteran journalist Kweku Baako Jnr has charged the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to disregard the order from a judge, Justice Dzamefe instructing the GFA to surrender to government all of its $8million World Cup prize money it received from FIFA.

The GFA had received the monies this week and refunded the $4.3 million loan it borrowed from government to finance preparations for the Black Stars’ participation in the Brazil 2014 World Cup last June.

But the judge who heads a presidential commission of inquiry wants the entire amount handed over to government. Even before the commission submits its report, it has sent a letter to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, instructing that the entire amount be handed over to the ministry for safe keeping pending the outcome of the report of the Commission

His ‘order’ has set off controversy with the GFA expressing surprise at Justice Dzamefe. The GFA has alerted its lawyers to be ready to respond to the Commission – a signal it won’t surrender the money without a fight.

Discussing the issue on Joy FM Saturday, Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako described the order as ‘weird”.

He said the ‘order’ from the judge smacks off trying to abrogate to itself “extra powers”.

A curious Kweku Baako asked “does the commission of inquiry’s powers extend to dealing with a loan transaction approved by Cabinet? I smell some attempt to gather or amass some extra power that is not warranted by law”

He emphasized that the entire money belongs to the GFA and wondered what anybody or institution would want to do with FIFA’s money given to GFA.

Baako suggested that the Justice Dzamefe Commission concentrate on finishing its report.

“This commission hasn’t finished its work, has it? Government hasn’t received its final report, has it? There isn’t any white paper out there showing government’s position on the report.”

“They should call their bluff”, Kweku Baako charged the GFA.

The Justice Dzamefe Commission is a three-man body set up by government to investigate circumstances surrounding Ghana’s poor showing last June.

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