General News of Monday, 24 July 2017
Officials of the Lands Commission in Ghana have been summoned by the Supreme Court to testify in the cross-examination of embattled businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome over the questionable GH51.2 million judgment debt paid to him by the previous administration.
The invitation of the commission was necessitated by a disagreement between himself and Deputy Attorney General Godfred Dame over the ownership of a building located at Kokomlemle in which he currently is occupying.
Mr Woyome had denied in court that he owned the building and that the property belonged to his brother. The only building he claimed belonged to him is one located in Abelemkpe, a suburb of Accra.
However, the Deputy AG, according to Accra News’ Ama Brako Ampofo, told the court on Monday July 24 that he had in his possession documents indicating that the property at Kokomlemle also belonged to Mr Woyome.
Following this disagreement, the apex court invited the Lands Commission to produce documents covering the property at the next hearing.
The case was adjourned to October 2.
The oral examination is to determine if Mr Wayome has what it takes to pay back the GHS51.2million he fraudulently got from the state, as ruled by the same Supreme Court about three years ago.
Mr Woyome was paid the said amount for helping the state raise funds to construct stadia for the hosting of the 2008 African Cup of Nations.
However, an Auditor General’s report released in 2010 held that the amount was paid illegally to him. The Supreme Court in 2014 then ordered Mr Woyome to pay back the money to the state.
Apart from finding out if Mr Woyome has what it takes to pay back the money, he will also be examined on issues pertaining to whether he owed any debts, whether he has property to satisfy the debt, and the manner in which he used the judgment debt among others.