A member of the opposition New Patriotic Party and Member of Parliament for Manhyia, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has alleged that President Mills, Attorney General Betty Mould Iddrisu, IGP Paul Tawiah Quaye, ex President Rawlings and other members of the ruling NDC government have all illegally acquired state lands.
Speaking on Citi FM’s Saturday talk show’the Big Issue’ Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh described the decision by the ruling NDC government to retrieve ‘stolen’ state lands acquired by members of the erstwhile Kufour administration as politics of “vindictiveness, jealousy and small mindedness”.
The National Security Coordinator, Col. Anthony Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (rtd), on Monday September 13, said he is battle-ready to ensure that state properties are properly safeguarded in the supreme interest of the people of Ghana.
Col. Gbevlo-Lartey said that all state lands which have found their way into private hands without legal basis and authorization would be retrieved and put into proper use for the benefit of the whole nation.
However, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh in response said members of the opposition NPP who acquired state lands under the Kufour administration did so through legal means. He alleged that he has evidence to prove that several big wigs of the ruling government including ex President Jerry John Rawlings and President John Mills have acquired state lands illegally.
“All this I will claim with all certainty are politics of vindictiveness, politics of envy, politics of hatred, politics of jealousy, politics of small mindedness…when we say those who have taken state property, do you know how many state properties were sold to NDC cronies, 378…go to North Legon Betty Mould Iddrisu and Co. they have government lands that were given to them, go to Adjiringano Prof Twumasi, Seth Kwao, they all have lands there, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings has a house at Adjiringano, it was a government land he didn’t buy it from any Chief”. He said.
“When this government came into power one of the largest (tract) of land was given to Togbe Afede, opposite the Beach road near the Castle to develop the World Trade Centre, whether it was sold or allocated that place is a government land. He took the investors to see President Mills why? They claim they are building a better Ghana that is why President Mills has a land at TDC in Tema, I can take you there. He recently went to weed the place because it had overgrown. The current IGP I hear is building at Shiashie maybe it is not true but I will verify”
He also alleged that the current Chairman of the Lands Commission Nii Oko Dzane and other Supreme Court judges have been given state lands for personal use.
“The current chairman of the Lands Commission, he owns NDK Financial his land that his office was on, go and ask where he got it from. This hypocrisy is not good for governance. They talk about the Chief Justice, she has worked as civil servant for 30 years, the impunity, listen every Supreme Court judge has got a government land, they were given a government plot of land, I don’t know about the last three Judges who were just confirmed, let them come and tell us they didn’t give them”.
According to Mathew Opoku Prempeh it is the policy of the ruling government to use government lands to entice investors into the country.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the Lands Commission, Nii Oko Dzane has dismissed the allegation by the Manhyia MP.
Nii Oko Dzane who phoned into the discussion said his company was built on a family land acquired somewhere in 1993. He stated categorically that none of the lands on which NDK financial offices have been built belongs to government.
“The NDK office land doesn’t belong to government; this is a family land that we bought many years ago which we have developed. We bought it from the Dowuona family long ago in 1993 whereabouts”.