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Agambire drops defamation suit against Manasseh Azure

Date published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

Roland Agambire

Chairman of AGAMS Group of Companies, Roland Agambire, has served a notice to discontinue the defamation case against Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni.

Lawyers for the rLG boss filed the discontinuance application at the Accra High Court to drop the GHȼ1m defamation suit, Thursday.

On June 2015, Chairman of the AGAMS Group, parent company of rLG, filed a lawsuit against Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni, accusing him of posting malicious and defamatory comments about him on his Facebook wall.

According to his statement of claim, the Joy FM investigative journalist attacked him on two separate occasions namely; February 10, and March 3, 2015, without any basis.

The first post which was published on February 10, read: “I am deeply hurt and worried. If companies belonging to Roland Agambire of RLG fame and Joseph Siaw Agyapong of Zoomlion fame are going to run GYEEDA (now YEA), then another scandal will soon emerge. These two groups of companies have been named in all major scandals in recent times: GYEEDA, SUBAH and SADA."

"The most disturbing issue is that they are untouchable. They have not been prosecuted and they have not repaid the monies that were wrongly paid to them despite the recommendation of the committee. RLG paid only one quarter's installation. Zoomlion is yet to pay a pesewa. As we speak, the World Bank banned Zoomlion from bidding for contracts funded by the Bank.

But in Ghana, they move from grace to grace on government contracts and the tax payer's money is not accounted for. I am very hurt and disturbed." it continued.

Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni

The second post also read: “Mahama may not be a thief. But if he supervises stealing, how should we call him? Or has Batidam not heard the Akan proverb? Maybe he should be reminded now that he is singing from a different hymn book: An elder who sits at home and allows children to eat python will not be left out when a roll call of python eaters is conducted."

It continued, "What systems is he referring to? Roland Agambire or Joseph Siaw Agyapong, for instance, have been made more powerful than any minister of state. So if their companies are involved in corruption, which institutions, systems or persons are to lead the crusade against this corruption? Did Batidam not know of such systems when he was “firing” Mahama to act when the GYEEDA scandal first broke? And if President Mahama is not a judge, why does he keep assuring us that he is fighting corruption?”

Mr. Agambire said the claims are untrue and prayed the court to slap a sum of ȼ1m on the anti-corruption crusader for the posts he described as being “offensive and actuated by malice” to tarnish his good image.

However, in a surprise U-turn, the rLG boss acting through his lawyers asked the Accra High Court to terminate the one-year-old defamation case.

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