National Democratic Congress(NDC) member and Lawyer, Abraham Amaliba says the legal process in retrieving the 51 million Ghana Cedis from businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome started under the last NDC administration hence, there is nothing new the current government did legally to get Mr. Woyome to pay the money to the country.
According to him, the New Patriotic Party(NPP) led government only continued a process that had started already and did not see why the NPP government will arrogate all credit to itself as though the process started under its administration.
Lawyer Amaliba was speaking on the Day Break Upper East programme on A1 Radio on Monday.
He wants government to stop trumpeting the recent judgement by the Supreme Court as a victory solely for government and rather tell the story of how the process started.
According to him, it is on record that the business man paid some 4 million Ghana Cedis at the time the National Democratic Congress was still in office and the process to attach his properties to pay the debt to the state also started under the same government and cannot be ruled out as though everything was done by this government.
“I can liken this case to the judgement that was passed on the Maritime dispute. The process was started under the NDC and continued by the NPP and the judgement came at the time government is in power.”
Even though Mr. Woyome has the right to appeal, Mr. Amaliba advised that he should rather get into an agreement on how to pay the money in instalment ro the state.
“The state is not interested in making him homeless, the state is not interested in making him a pauper. What the state wants is the money and so what he should be doing is to enter into some form of agreement to pay the money in instalment.”
Source: A1radioonline.com | 101.1MHz | Ghana