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GOVERNMENT GOES TO COURT: OVER MOVE TO DISSOLVE GFA

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The government has activated legal processes that will enable it to carry out its decision to dissolve the Ghana Football Association.

The government has activated legal processes that will enable it to carry out its decision to dissolve the Ghana Football Association.

 

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice yesterday filed a motion at the Accra High Court that commences action to trigger both Act 179 (the Companies Act) and Act 180 (Official Liquidations Act) in pursuit of the state’s dissolution of the GFA. It is expected that the motion will be moved today at 9am.

The decision to disband the GFA follows public outrage in response to an exposé by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which uncovered pervasive corruption among high-ranking FA officials, football referees and match commissioners.

Even though there has been overwhelming support for the move, the government wants to carry out the exercise within the confines of the law.

According to Deputy Attorney General Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, who confirmed yesterday’s filing of the motion to the Daily Statesman, the Akufo-Addo government is determined to clean up the rot at the GFA and will use the law to ensure that the Association is dissolved, sanitised and rebuilt to meet the expectations of ordinary Ghanaians.

Mr Kpemka explained at the weekend that because the GFA is a limited liability company, the government would have to call on both the Companies and the Official Liquidations Acts to meet the requirements for dissolution.

Immediate but legal

“We have two main laws that we are going to trigger in this – Act 179, which is the Companies Act, and Act 180, Section 4, which is the Official Liquidations Act. We will trigger the processes there that would lead to, if need be, winding up and a takeover.

“The Registrar General’s powers and Attorney General’s powers will be invoked in these processes,” Mr Kpemka said on Joy FM’s “Newsfile”.

He said the Akufo-Addo government was mindful of the mood of Ghanaians since the screening of the investigative documentary by Anas. It was therefore ready to ensure that the process to dissolve the Football Association was “immediate” but that all actions taken would also be within the confines of the law.

“What is going on is part of the legal processes to dissolve the GFA,” he said. “The police have gone to cordon off the [GFA headquarters] and say it’s a crime scene. They have gone through the legal processes to do what they are doing.”

The Deputy AG assured Ghanaians that the government would act within the appropriate framework to ensure that it does not act illegally in working to cleanse the GFA of corruption.

Call for inquiry

The public response to the government’s decision to intervene in the GFA’s affairs has so far been largely positive.

The media, sports journalists, civil society, politicians and ordinary Ghanaians have joined forces to demand state intervention as well as a public inquiry.

The president of the Ghana League Clubs Association, Kudjoe Fianoo, has also expressed support for the government’s decision.

Critics however argue that the government does not have the power to interfere in GFA affairs because the soccer administrator is an autonomous association.