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Archer demolition: You or your descendants will pay for your abuse of power- Manasseh to Akufo-Addo, NPP

Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has fired the government of President Akufo-Addo for allegedly sanctioning a midnight order-from-above demolition of the factory of pro-NDC businessman Raymond Archer which employs 120 people.

In what was a direct message to President Akufo-Addo,
Manasseh Azure asks the president to “remember power will not always be in your
hands. One day, you will leave this stage. You or your descendants may pay for
what you do with the power you have today.”

“Beyond that, you should be concerned about the legacy
you’re leaving behind ask yourselves the most important question of life” he
added.

According to the journalist, demolitions such as the one targeting
Raymond Archer’s GH$10m factory “poison the soul of the nation” and that “their
psychological effect on the people and their sense of patriotism goes beyond
the damage caused Raymond Archer.”

Read Manasseh’s full article
below:

That kind of mining was illegal. Those doing it knew it.
They were warned, but they did not stop. The government set up a task force
made up of the military, police and other security agencies. The illegal miners
were given an ultimatum to vacate their sites.

When that well-publicised ultimatum expired, the task force
went into the forests. They caught the recalcitrant illegal miners engaging in
their illegal activities. Were the excavators, vehicles and other equipment of
the miners destroyed?

No. They were seized.

Let’s come to a fairly decent and legitimate business being
undertaken on government land that was rented to businesses. The government
wanted to put the land to a different use so those operating there were served
notices to move out.

One of them went to court to challenge the decision and
secured an injunction on the government’s threat to demolish the businesses
that did not move.

According to the government, it got the injunction lifted on
February 12, 2020. The businessman says his lawyers filed further processes to
stay the execution and those processes were duly served on the government
agency threatening to demolish his businesses. The agency denies receiving any
such legal processes. In Ghana, strange things are normal so this confusion is
not new.

Four days after getting the injunction lifted and
purportedly not receiving the other processes filed by the businessman, the
government agency went to the site of the business at midnight with armed state
security and demolished two factories belonging to the businessman. Other
businesses were pulled down, but let’s focus on this particular businessman
with the two factories.

According to him, the machines and other factory equipment
alone cost more than $10 million. He had employed 120 people. He said even if
the government had wanted to act on the court injunction that was lifted, he
would have needed more than four days to remove the factory machines and
equipment. Those who installed them had come from four different countries.

So could the government and the Ghana International Trade
Fair Centre have done things differently even if they had to enforce the law?

Yes.

They could have served the businessman a notice:

“You were challenging us in court. We have got the
injunction lifted so we have the power to demolish your structures now. We,
however, know that your business is not just made of blocks and roofing sheets.
You have very expensive equipment and you have operated these factories for 10
years. So we are giving you a month to dismantle your equipment and we will
demolish the structure.”

This was not what happened. They moved in at midnight and
pulled everything down. They were acting with instructions “from above”.

They are in power and have the power to do anything. And
they had to teach that arrogant brat a lesson he would never forget. After all,
who in this country does not know Raymond Archer has links with the opposition NDC?

Kudos to those behind this decision and action. Kudos to
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his ministers and everyone who saw
nothing wrong with this wickedness and are justifying it.

It takes a lot of courage to move in at midnight and destroy
a more than GHC50 million worth of investment when that same government is
desperately giving tax holidays to existing companies owned by foreigners and
claiming them to be 1D1F.

If you could save the galamsey excavators, why could you not
save Raymond Archer’s factory equipment? Was it because you could not
appropriate the factory equipment to yourselves as you did with the galamsey
equipment?

There’s one important fact you must remember. These actions
poison the soul of the nation. Their psychological effect on the people and
their sense of patriotism goes beyond the damage caused Raymond Archer.

Also, remember power will not always be in your hands. One
day, you will leave this stage. You or your descendants may pay for what you do
with the power you have today.

Beyond that, you should be concerned about the legacy you’re
leaving behind ask yourselves the most important question of life.

What memory will your name evoke on the day you are lowered
into the grave?

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure/2020

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