Every well-meaning Ghanaian shrilled and thrilled when sometime last year, the Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Alfred Benin, ordered that some identified properties of the litigious businessman, Alfred Woyome, be sold towards the payment of the dubious 51 Million Ghana Cedis judgement debt paid to him in 2010 by the erstwhile NDC government (see: ‘Sell Woyome’s properties to pay debt to the state-Supreme Court orders; starrfm.com.gh/ghanaweb.com, 27/06/2019).
That being said, I was shocked to the bone when a panel member incredibly alleged on Thursday’s 27th June 2019 edition of Oman FM’s ‘Boiling Point’ political show that NDC and a number of apologists were beneficiaries of Woyome’s dubious GH51.2 million judgment debt payment.
Perhaps, this chilling allegation may explain why back then, a host of NDC communicators defended, and continue to defend the wrongful judgment debt payment to the hilt in spite of the fact that Woyome once admitted on Kwame Sefa Kayi’s Kokrokoo show that he had no contract with the government of Ghana.
Indeed, JSC Dotse could not have put it any better: “it was an illustrative case of create loot and share.”
Sometime in 2010, it was reported that the late Mills warned some officials in his government not to effect payment to Woyome. And yet the conspiratorial plotters defied the good old Mills orders and doled out a staggering amount of GH51.2 to Wayome, who had no contract with the government of Ghana.
Subsequently, in July 2014, the Supreme Court of Ghana ordered Businessman Mr Alfred Woyome to pay back to the state, GH 51.2million dubious judgment debt paid him between 2009 and 2010.
It must, therefore, be emphasised that the Supreme Court’s ruling was as a result of a review of the court's earlier decision sought by former Attorney General and the current Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, who maintained that Woyome, like international firms, Waterville and Isofoton, had no valid contract to be paid any amount by the state in judgment debt.
The Supreme Court accordingly ruled that Isofoton S.A., and Waterville Holdings BVI, must also refund the dubious judgement debt payments made to them by the erstwhile NDC government.
According to the highest Court of the land, the Waterville Holdings BVI, which was allegedly involved in the construction of some stadia in Ghana, ahead of the hosting of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, was wrongfully paid €25 million and must refund the money.
While the Court ordered Isofoton S.A. to refund US$325,472 it received as judgment debt from the Mills/Mahama government.
Unfortunately, however, none of those monies was retrieved by the erstwhile NDC government, in spite of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Given their calamitous errors in judgment which obviously caused their humiliating 2016 election defeat, it is indeed baffling that the ever so litigious, albeit non-performing NDC apparatchiks have been vigorously bulldozing their way through in a desperate attempt to convince their aggrieved supporters of their consuming desire to recapture power in 2020.
But with all due respect with no appended condescension, it would appear that the NDC stalwarts are living in a denial. They have indeed lost touch with the reality.
Ironically, however, it would appear that it is only NDC founder and former President J. J. Rawlings, who is well-aware of the enormity of the problems confronting his beloved party in any future elections. He has thus rightly refused to live in a denial.
Ex-President Rawlings thus admits: “Most people are yet to recover from the traumatic shock of the December 7th election results. “But I will have to state that if we turn our backs to our history us a party, we cannot escape the responsibility for the result”.
“I kept providing the warning whenever and wherever I could, and in public as well. “But no, once again the uncouth and uncultured in our party and government chose to insult and disrespect some of us” (Rawlings, 2016).
But despite the admissible evidence of rampant corruption and hopeless incompetence, the General Secretary of the party, Asiedu Nketia and his cohorts have been holding on to a phantom believe that they lost the 2016 election because their aggrieved supporters failed to go to the polls. How ironic?
But contrary to the NDC apparatchiks disagreements and disappointments amid numerous excuses over the 2016 election results, the founder of the NDC and former President J. J. Rawlings would rather prefer to blame the leadership for their unobjectionable incompetence, corruption and shenanigans.
There is no gainsaying to submit that the brassbound NDC loyalists do not want to acknowledge the fact that Ghana’s economy was in such a state because a large portion of the country’s resources went down the drain through the irreversible mismanagement and the wanton sleazes and corruption committed by the officials of the erstwhile NDC administration.
In fact, the erstwhile NDC government even managed to allocate judgement debt amount in the national budget (reported to be around GH800 million).
We cannot also obliterate from memory the scandalous corruption cases involving GYEEDA, AZONTABA, SADA, SUBAH, the purported $300million debt incurred on the faded STS housing deal, the dubious Embraer 190 Aircrafts and hanger for the Ghana Armed Forces and over a US$100 million oil revenue loss between 2011 and 2013 as reported by the Public Interest& Accountability Committee.
It is indeed heartrending to recount how Ghana’s economy was sunk deeper and deeper into the mire under President Mahama’s leadership.
In ending, we hope and pray fervently that Woyome carries out a roll-call of the beneficiaries of the dubious GH51.2 million judgment debt payments before the 2020 general elections.
K. Badu, UK.