GH₵5m suit: Mahama sues Chairman Wontumi, news website for defamation

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Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako alias Chairman Wontumi

The Chief Executive Officer of Engineers & Planners Ltd, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has sued the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako alias Chairman Wontumi for defamation.

Mr Ibrahim Mahama, a brother of former President John Dramani Mahama, is seeking GH₵5 million in damages after Chairman Wontumi claimed that he made his wealth from unlawful means.

In the writ, Mr Mahama quotes Chairman Wontumi’s comments  from a television broadcast on Wontumi TV:

“He has bought a car, it is said he has bought a car for Hajia for Real. Then he has bought a house and given it to her in addition, then he has snatched Kenpong’s girl. Because the money that [he has], it was when we just came into power, that his brother went and stole money for him. Do you understand?”

Mr Mahama says he understood the comments to mean he is “in possession of stolen wealth or money… tainted with stealing.”

Also facing the same defamation suit is Mr Kenneth Mensah, the editor of daillymailgh, an online news website. Mr Mensah published Chairman Wontumi’s comments on his website.

The businessman also wants an apology and retraction of the said [defamatory] statements within seven days of judgement.

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