Freeze Sir John’s lands in Achimota Forest – Anti-corruption crusader to Gov’t

Co-Chair of Citizens Movement Against Corruption, Edem Senanu, has urged the Government of Ghana to stop the development of some portions of land in the Achimota Forest that are linked to Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.

Mr Afriyie, a former CEO of the Forestry Commission, bequeathed some portions of the forest reserve to some relatives before his death in 2020.

The will of Mr Afriyie also known as Sir John, which has been sighted and confirmed by The Fourth Estate, contains four parcels of specified and unspecified acres of land in the Achimota Forest, which the late politician bequeathed to named persons.

Edem Senanu

On page 4 of the will, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, whose office was situated at the Achimota Forest until his death, states:

“I give my land situate at the Achimota Forest in the name of Jakaypro Limited and measuring 5.541 acres to the following persons forever.

Some of his children are to benefit from the lands he acquired in the forest reserve.

As social media reacts to the juicy wi of Sir John, Mr Senanu who was speaking on Joy News Monday night indicated that the former General Secretary of the NPP could not have acquired all the properties without his last held office.

Apart from urging CHRAJ and the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the properties of Sir John, he called on the government to freeze all lands in the forest reserve in the name of the former Forestry Commission boss.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has said it will investigate the matter.

A statement issued on Sunday, May 22, 2022, and published on the Facebook page of the ministry, said the ministry took “a very serious view of the allegations”. Here is the full statement issued by the Ministry:

“The attention of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has been drawn to a document making the rounds on social media, which alleges that the late former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, had included portions of the Achimota Forest in his Will, and given out same to individuals who are said to be related to him.

“The Ministry takes a very serious view of the allegations and has requested for all documents relating to the lands in question, as part of an initial inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the claims. Considering that the issues that form the basis of the allegations predate the tenure of the current Minister, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, it is important that he is seized with the full facts to enable him take appropriate action, if, indeed, there is any merit in the claims.”



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