Deputy Sports Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has served notice he will do everything under the law to correct a Supreme Court decision dismissing a call to stop New Patriotic Party chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey from buying a state bungalow he previously occupied.
Dr. Omane Boamah described as a ?malignant spreading tumor? ?that should not be allowed to stand in the law books” the 6:3 majority decision by the Supreme Court after he and his colleague Deputy Information Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa dragged Jake to court in 2008 when he attempted to purchase a land housing a bungalow he occupied whilst in office as a minister.
They accused him of abuse of office, corruption and conflict of interest and prayed the court to declare the intended acquisition illegal.
But the court on Tuesday returned a 6:3 verdict throwing out the case, saying the plaintiffs failed to prove allegations of corruption and conflict of interest against the respondent.
In an interview with Joy News, Dr. Omane Boamah said if the ruling is allowed to stay, government will not have any state property to call its own in the next couple of years.
?As I speak to you now if this ruling is allowed to exist, what it means is that tomorrow I can a pick a pen and a pencil and apply to the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing that I want to purchase my bungalow.
?Other deputy ministers and ministers can do likewise. Doctors, nurses who are living in government bungalows can do same.
?? In a matter of two to three days government will have no bungalow for the state machinery to run.”
Dr Omane Boamah said he respects the decision by the court but vehemently disagrees with it.
He said if the ruling is allowed to stand, it will not augur well for the country.
He explained that they will outline a series of lawful actions in the coming days, including an option of a judicial review to try to overturn the court?s decision.
Jake Obetsebi Lamptey described the verdict as a vindication of his long-held opinion and hopefully should put an end to the vilification and libelous insinuations he has been subjected to since the case arose.