The infamous businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, who has been in the centre of the GHS51 million judgement debt case says he now depends on the benevolence of society to make a living.
Speaking in an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi TV, Woyome said, the government has frozen his accounts and impeded him from carrying out any business transactions which has worsened his predicaments.
With a sullen face, Woyome said his shares in 14 companies have been frozen and all his other means of income have been blocked as his struggles with the state goes unabated.
“I have not worked. Government has closed all my businesses against a court order. Bank of Ghana had blacklisted me causing a huge contract I had to supply items to the government for the building of the port…and that thing was taken away.”
“My consultancy work, because of the criminal case and all the pursuant things, I couldn’t [consult] for any other country,” Mr. Woyome explained.
Mr Woyome added that the state does not appear to be interested in retrieving the money from him but want to punish him for challenging the status quo.
“They don’t want me to pay. What they want to do is to render Mr. Woyome useless for challenging the status quo.”
The Supreme Court, on July 29, 2014, ordered Mr Woyome to refund GHS51.2 million to the state, because he benefited from unconstitutional and invalid contracts between the state and Waterville Holdings Limited in 2006 for the construction of stadia for 2008 AFCON.
The case leading to the Supreme Court decision was initiated by Martin Amidu, the current Special Prosecutor.
Eventually, in March 2016, Mr Woyome asked the court to give him three years to pay back the money, but the court declined to grant his wish.
He is, however, said to have refunded GHS4 million in November 2016 and an additional GHS600,000 and promised to pay the outstanding balance by quarterly instalments of GHS5 million, commencing April 1, 2017.
But he also initiated legal challenges at the Supreme Court challenging orders for him to pay the money which was all dismissed.
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