Supreme court orders the Government to purchase properties of Woyome


Following an application by the Attorney General encouraging the Supreme court to seize properties of Mr Woyome and have them transferred to the National Security, Mr Woyome appeared before the court to plea on the matter on the 2nd of June 2020. In this relation, the Supreme Court has ordered the Government of Ghana on Wednesday, 24th of June 2020 to purchase some identified properties belonging to the business mogul.

Following the latest order of the Supreme court, the Government of Ghana is required to purchase the said properties of Mr Woyome other than merely taking ownership thereof. Deputy Attorney General, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, had applied to the Supreme Court to grant the State the opportunity to take ownership of some identified properties of Mr Abgesi Wayome amid the pending issue that the licensed auctioneer is encountering problems having the properties auctioned to pay off the debt owed by Mr Woyome.

In a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General, on the 04th of March 2020, Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah (Minister of National Security) noted that potential buyers of the auctioned properties of Mr Woyome are frightened by the likely situation that ownership of the properties may be restored to the business mogul in the future. Properties identified as belonging to the business mogul took the State three years to determine the actual ownership of the said properties before an order to have them auctioned was passed.

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana on the 29th of July 2014 found that the money to the amount of GHS 51.2 Million paid to Mr Woyome was unconstitutional. That means, the contract serving as the basis for the payment between the State and Waterville Holdings Limited agreed in 2006 for the construction of a stadia for Cup of Africa 2008 was invalid. In March 2016, Mr Woyome prayed the court to extend three years to him to allow him to repay the State, but the Supreme Court denied his plea.

Amid all these, the businessman refunded the State GHS 4 million in November 2016 and later, an additional amount of GHS 600,000.00. He further promised to repay the balance by a quarterly disbursement of GHS 5 million, starting from the 1st of April, 2017. He, however, failed in this capacity to fulfil the payment schedule. Mr Wayome currently owes the State an amount of 47.2 million after an initial refund of GHS 4 million, paid in November 2016.

A five-member panel headed by Chief Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah on Wednesday; the 24th of June 2020 has emphasized that the application by the Attorney General’s office isn’t allowed by the rules of the Supreme court. The application was, therefore, withdrawn by the Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, as a new directive by the Supreme Court seeks the Government to purchase the said properties.

Meanwhile, Mr Agbesi Woyome had applied to the High Court, seeking the judicial institution to prevent the State from auctioning his properties. The Supreme Court, however, treats the application by the business mogul to the High court as undermining the authority of the highest Judicial Institution in the country as it puts that issue on hold.







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