President Akufo-Addo (R) with D. K. Poison when the boxing legend visited him at the Jubilee House in 2019

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given approval for the repayment of a sum of $45,000 to Ghana’s first-ever world boxing champion, David Kotei, popularly known as D.K. Poison.

The Boxing legend was said to have lent the money to the Ignatius Kutu Acheampong-led administration in 1976, which was used to purchased mackerel during the economic hardship in the late 70s.

In a letter signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, President Akufo-Addo directed the Ministry of Finance “to take the necessary action to give effect to this directive”, adding that the payment was being made on “compassionate grounds.”

This followed a petition D.K. Poison and his lawyers presented to the Presidency in September 2019.

In the petition, they sought a refund of the money D.K. Poison loaned to the state of Ghana over four decades ago.

The boxing legend was reported to have received a total sum of $75,000 for winning his second title defence against Shigefumi Fukuyama in Japan in 1976.

He loaned the full amount to the then-Acheampong-led military government to salvage an economic crisis.

However, Mr Kotei said out of the amount, GH¢34,000, which was equivalent to $30,000 at the time, was transferred to him.

By this, there was an outstanding arrears of $45,000.

SOURCEby thecustodianghonline.com/
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