Spio Garbrah Sues Wontumi For Calling Him A Thief
A former Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ekwow Spio Garbrah, has sued the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako popularly known as Chairman Wontumi for defamation. Spio Garbrah is taking the action because he claims Mr Wontumi called him a thief on a live TV
show in September 2020. In the writ, it said Wontumi (1st defendant), called the plaintiff a thief on a political show on a TV owned by him on Thursday, September 10, 2020. According to the writ, Mr Wontumi said, All that Inusah Fuseini is saying is that even him, Inusah Fuseini is a thief. If you mention Spio-Garbrah’s name he
is a thief, Sylvester Mensah is a thief, Johsua Alabi is a thief, all their Presidential candidates are thieves so if John Mahama is a thief then let us all also allow him to continue stealing. It is not clear yet what specifically was being discussed during that TV show that elicited the supposed comments by Wontumi. The Plaintiff says that the defamatory words were also uttered, without
caution by the defendant in a malicious manner with the intent to cause damage and injury to the plaintiff’s hard-earned global reputation too. The Plaintiff quantifies the value of his global reputation as being in excess of ten million dollars, hence the request for that amount as compensation. The General damages equivalent to the global reputational value of the Plaintiff as quoted in paragraph 10 of the Statement of Claim.