An aide to business mogul, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, has asked the public to disregard a story that recently broke about Mr. Mahama supposedly granting the loudmouthed Ernest Owusu Bempah parley in his home.
According to the story, the CEO of Engineers and Planners had invited Bempah over tea and forgiven him GHC 203,000 of the Ghc310, 000 judgment that the High Court in Accra slapped on Bempah for defaming Mr. Mahama as a thief.
However, Mr. Rafik Mahama has dispelled the story as wishful thinking insisting his boss has not forgiven Bempah because they expect him (Bempah) to pay through the nose.
“Kindly disregard the story that went viral today with the headline: “ Ibrahim Mahama invites ‘brother’ Owusu Bempah home for tea, pardons payment of GH¢203,000. There’s no such invitation extended to Owusu Bempah after the apology was issued. An amount of GHC 107,000 has been paid so far with GHC203,000 outstanding,” said Rafik.
“Mr. Ibrahim Mahama received an official apology from Owusu Bempah and apart from that, no further decision has been taken with regards to the apology from Owusu Bempah and the outstanding amount of GHC 203,000,” Rafik Mahama wrote on Facebook.
It is not clear where the story was coming from but after Bempah had eaten humble pie and apologized publicly for calling Ibrahim Mahama ‘a thief’ on Accra based UTV, the story sort of rode the tide of remorse.
Apparently it was planned as clemency gimmick but Mr. Ibrahim is having none of it.
Ernest Owusu Bempah heads the Communications Directorate of the Ghana Gas company. It would be recalled that his appointment had been personally sanctioned by President Akufo-Addo in 2017.
He will need the President to renew his appointment because if he does not he is likely to end up a debt wreck because of Mr. Ibrahim Mahama’s debt-hold on him.
Bempah, notorious for his abrasive attacks on members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), had gone on air and slammed former President Mahama’s younger brother, calling the business moguls names.
Mr. Mahama went to court over the issue, suing severally and singularly so that both Bempah and UTV would appear in court. After two years of adjudication the court judged in favor of Mr. Mahama and awarded him Ghc300,000 in addition to cost, instead of the Ghc2million he had asked for.
The mogul has since been exacting his pound of flesh and as a result at least one known bank account mogOwusu Bempah has been wiped out to cater for GHC 107,000 out of the Ghc310,000 judgment debt.
The mogul is still looking for other funds of Bempah to tap and there have been reports that Bempah might have to sell a house he is putting up to settle his debt.