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Missing excavators: Government slapped with $16m judgement debt

In the last couple of weeks, it had been one judgement debt after the other and Ghanaians were hopeful this came to an end. Unfortunately it does not seem the discussion on judgement debt will end anytime soon.

Latest on the topic is that Kumasi high court has slapped the state with yet another $15,304,714.20 judgement debt to be paid to a small scale mining company for unlawful seizure of its escavators.

In a one paged court ruling intercepted by CitizenOne, Justice Samuel Obeng Diawuo, Justice of the high court, Kumasi also awarded $500,000.00 and $100,000.00 as general damages and legal cost respectively to Heritage Imperial Ltd to be paid by the state.

Background information

Heritage Imperial Ltd is a small scale mining company which aquired a prospecting license from the Minerals Commission to carry out exploration for gold in the Apamprama in the Amansie West District of Ashanti region of Ghana. But the government's Inter-Ministerial Committee Against Illegal Mining (IMCAIM) task force stormed the site while work was ongoing and seized their excavators and other equipment.

The aggrieved company sued the Government of Ghana for unlawful seizure of equipment and won. The court ordered IMCAIM to return the equipment but they could not be traced hence the award of the judgement debt.

However the Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame has hinted his office will appeal against the ruling even though the window period for appealing has expired.

Godfred Yeboah Dame, Attorney General of Ghana.


CitizenOne's own investigation reveals that at least 20 other companies and individuals whose equipment were seized by the IMCAIM are in court demanding for judgement debts among other damages.


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