The Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr has reacted to a Supreme Court ruling directing that some properties of embattled businessman Alfred Woyome be sold to offset some GH¢47.2 million owed the state.
The properties include three residential apartments: two at Trassaco Valley and one at Accra Newtown, as well as a quarry at Mamfe in the Eastern Region.
The properties, according to Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, were estimated to cost at least GH¢20 million.
Reacting to the court’s decision, Woyome told the Daily Graphic that “I will meet with the government to see how money can be paid in renegotiated terms.”
If you may recall the embattled businessman refunded GH¢4 million in November 2016 and promised to pay the outstanding amount in quarterly basis of GH¢5 million, commencing April 1, 2017, but failed to abide by that.
Kweku Baako contributing to a panel discussion on Joy Newsfile program, Saturday, 29th June 2019 was happy with the ruling saying ‘it is better than none’
He claims: “Mr Woyome has courage or misplaced aggression towards nobody; he’s a very interesting personality…we said it here, that he can run but he can’t hide. For me what has happened is good enough and I salute Martin Amidu...he stands out. I am not sure we are going to retrieve the money in its entirety but at least it is better than none”
Kweku Baako, however, believes the ‘missing link’ has not been solved.
According to him, “those who collaborated with him (Woyome); have questions to answer. We should interrogate that missing link. My view is that we haven’t finished. We’ve finished maybe chasing the man who really took the cash but he didn’t walk to the bank as he has been saying”
Meanwhile, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) says the retrieval of the money would be meaningless if the officers of state who "deliberately, conscientiously and dutifully participated in the state loot are not brought to justice. Then Minister for Finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffour; Minister of Justice and A-G, Betty Mould Iddrisu; her Deputy, Ebo Barton Oduro; and Neequaye Tetteh, formerly of the Ministry of Finance, must be made to dance to the same adowa".
“It was through their willful negligence, willful participation or a combination of the two that made this unarmed broad-day robbery of the powerful state of Ghana possible. The state must go after them or risk serving any lesson to individuals entrusted with the power of the state who tend to abuse it,” a statement signed by CPP’s acting General Secretary, James Kwabena Bomfeh noted.
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