GFA president likely to be charged with bigamy

GFA president likely to be charged with bigamy

- He has a Christian wife, Christine, with whom he has two daughters

- He married Mariama Sannie, a Muslim, about a fortnight ago

- He can only be prosecuted if Christine decides to press charges, though she is being counseled against it

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The president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, may have questions to answer in court if his first wife decides to press charges on the count of bigamy.

GFA president likely to be charged with bigamy

GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi

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According to sports journalist Evans Gyamera–Antwi, there could be trouble, as the result of the recent marriage of Mariama Sannie to Nyantakyi could set in motion a chain of complicated issues.

GFA president likely to be charged with bigamy

Mariama Sannie, Kwesi Nyantakyi's new wife

He argues that Nyantakyi has a Christian wife, Christine Nyantakyi, with whom he has two children, both girls.

A fortnight ago , he married Sannie, which he had the right to do, because he is currently a practicing Muslim, a claim he made during the 2014 Commission of Inquiry.

GFA president likely to be charged with bigamy

Left: GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi (middle) Right: Mariama Sannie

Verse 3 of Surah 4 of the Quran says that "If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice,"

GFA president likely to be charged with bigamy

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Gyamera–Antwi then goes on to argue that FIFA’s council member and CAF’s first vice president was legally married to his first wife both customarily and under ordinance.

He goes on to say that Nyantakyo therefore has no right to remarry, especially when he isn’t divorced from his first wife.

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Therefore, the act is bigamous and could result in liability under Ghana’s Criminal Offences Act (1960), section 262.

This would, however, be possible only if Christine decided to press charges.

It is reported that she is contemplating on filing charges against Nyantakyi, though she is being counseled against that course of action.

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