Opinions Sun, 3 Aug 2014
– Kwabena Kesse?Since the very inception of Rawlings dabbling in politics, he discriminately targeted the Ashantis for persecution. He selectively presided over the physical extermination of some prosperous Ashantis and their businesses. What informed his inherent malicious hatred towards the Ashantis is only best known to him, and his few equally senseless cronies whom inferiority complex moved to commit heinous crimes bordering on intended ethnic cleansing against the Akans, especially, the Ashantis.
He has by unexplained reasons, been able to pass on this legacy of animosity towards the Ashantis to his NDC party that he single-handedly formed. How the NDC are pursuing policies of discrimination against, and ruinous or malevolent hatred towards, the Ashantis, are amazing.
Is it not by their same evil intentions and purposes that they are holding Mr Kwabena Kesse of Kesse Group of Companies, an Ashanti, in incarceration?
He is charged with the offences of money laundering and forgery of documents to facilitate his evil intentions of siphoning money out of Ghana to unknown destinations.
I do not support anyone, irrespective of their tribes or nationalities, to involve in the offences of which Mr Kesse is charged. However, does he not need hard foreign currencies to run his businesses most of which are import-oriented? Did he dubiously avail himself of State money as did Alfred Agbesi Woyome? Did he try to cheat some banks as did Ibrahim Mahama, alias Pepeni No 1 and Tanii no. 2? I am afraid not.
To proceed further, let us try to understand what Money Laundering is. What is money laundering? “Money laundering means exchanging money or assets that were obtained criminally for money or other assets that are 'clean'. The clean money or assets don't have an obvious link with any criminal activity. Money laundering also includes money that's used to fund terrorism, however it's obtained”
By the definition, was the money supposed to have been transferred by Mr Kesse obtained criminally or genuinely? Was it his own money obtained through the successes of his businesses or they were obtained through armed robbery, through the sale of class “A” drugs (cocaine etc.)? It must be proved beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Kesse did obtain the transferred money criminally as did Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the “create, loot and share” judgment debt payments or through other such obnoxious means.
Did he forge documents to avail himself of the money similarly as done by Alfred Agbesi Woyome? Whose money was it in the first place? Was it his companies’ money or the State’s or some banks’? Has anyone or any bank been moaning and reporting that Mr Kesse has stolen their money as Ghanaians cried out against Woyome when he duped the Ghanaian taxpayers through the judgment debt payments?
Whose money did Mr Kesse transfer and who is reporting that their money has gone missing from Stanbic Bank? The case is interesting. Has he transferred the money to support terrorists elsewhere in the world? The Court should be very careful about the charges they prefer against him.
I hope they are not doing this to him because he is an Ashanti, my compatriot? If this is their motive, then they should be ready to face the wise one from Kumawu in a bitter contest. I shall not sleep on the oars while some NDC rouges are forcing the Ashanti ship aground. I will defend the defenceless all of the time, either my services are solicited or unsolicited.
Find below excerpts from Ghanaweb on the arrest of Mr Kwabena Kesse.
General News of Thursday, 31 July 2014
Source: Graphic Online
Kessben CEO remanded in Police custody
“An Accra Circuit Court has remanded the Chief Executive Officer of Kessben Group of Companies, Kwabena Kesse, in police custody.
He is to re-appear on August, 7 2014. Mr Kesse has been charged with two counts of money laundering and forgery of documents to which he has pleaded not guilty. He is alleged to have illegally transferred $127,931,727.65 out of Ghana to dubious locations within a period of 14 months and also forged documents to the bank to facilitate the act”.
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Columnist: Adofo, Rockson