The commercial division of the High Court in Accra has ordered Vodafone Ghana, the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, to settle a debt of over USD11 million in overdue bills and accumulated interest to Ghanaian company International Rom, local news agency Ghana Business News reports. According to the article, Vodafone Ghana signed a number of agreements with the Tema-based vendor in 2003; International Rom was contracted to provide Vodafone with a complete turnkey solution, including network installation, commissioning, maintenance and managed services. International Rom filed a lawsuit against the Ghanaian cellco in 2009, claiming that Vodafone ‘illegally terminated’ the contracts in 2008 and refused to pay the outstanding bills ‘despite numerous reminders’. On 15 May 2013 Justice IO Tanko Amadu awarded the judgement debt against Vodafone, for terminating a contract between the two parties and refusing to settle the debts. Vodafone has filed several ‘stay of executions’ in relation to the debts, but its latest application, filed on 5 November 2013, was rejected, paving the way for International Rom to secure a garnishee (a third party who is instructed by way of legal notice to surrender money to settle a debt or claim) order against the telco.
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