A renowned legal practitioner in the Country, Lawyer John Owusu Agyemang has said Ghana as a. Nation is not serious as a Country to fighting Bribery and Corruption.
According to him, If FIFA could ban Kwesi Nyantakyi but Ghana as of now has not found him guilty then Ghana is not serious as a Country.
Speaking on the Susubiribi Morning Show on Radio1FM on Wednesday October 31 2018, he told the host, Captain Kofi Wusu that FIFA has exposed Ghana to the whole world that Ghana is not serious and not ready to sanction Bribery and Corruption culprits especially when you are rich. Meaning the judiciary respects people with wealth and delay their jurisdictions.
However, the former President of Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi has been banned the the independent Federation of Football Association, FIFA, not to take part in anything related to football for the rest of his life.
A statement on Fifa’s website announcing the ban said “the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has banned Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.”
“The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Nyantakyi guilty of having violated art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) and art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition. As a consequence, Mr Nyantakyi is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 500,000 has been imposed on Mr. Nyantakyi.”
Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was then one of the most powerful men in world football, was viewed as the biggest casualty of a probe that extended beyond the borders of Ghana.
He was caught on tape outlining the process involved in setting up an agency that would broker a sponsorship deal for the Ghana Premier League.
The dummy company in question was to ensure that all promises made by the Ghana Football Association with regards to the contract were adhered to.
The deal under discussion was to be worth $5 million for a year for five years.
As part of the deal the, FA would allegedly pay an agency fee that ranged between 20 to 25 percent to the agency that Kwesi Nyantakyi proposed to set up.