Three years after the Supreme Court ruled that monies paid wrongfully to Waterville Holdings should be returned; the national coffers remains 51 million cedis shy. That is because government has failed or has been unable to retrieve the money as directed.
On June 14, 2013, the apex court ruled that the sum of 51 million cedis which Alfred Agbesi Woyome received from the state as a result of a judgment debt suit he acquired from an illegal and invalid contract and should, therefore, be refunded. According to Woyome; this was for work done ahead of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations tournament; which the country hosted.
The government claimed it has tried but was unsuccessful in retrieving the money. At a meet-the-press interaction in January 2016, the president blamed the state’s inability to do so on another suit filed by Abdulai Yusif Fanash Muhammed.
Muhammed argued that the Supreme Court did not have the power to make that ruling.
In May 2016, the Attorney General’s department directed the valuation division of the Lands Commission to assess the value of a house owned by Mr Woyome. However, Woyome is reported to have denied them access to the building.
Woyome is a well-known financier of the governing National Democratic Congress.
Will the money come?
In an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa Constituency, Atta Akyea laments about the lackadaisical attitude of government to retrieve the money.
According to him, efforts by government have not been strong enough. He also expects these efforts to be further weakened because all the attention will be on the elections in November this year.
“After three years? What are you going to do in November when the whole energies of government are to contest this election? I am afraid I do not see them retrieving the money; it is sad indeed.”