Many people resorted to social media to accuse politicians of trying to sell the lands to themselves and their cronies. The government has refuted the allegations, claiming that it was only returning a portion of the land to its proper owners.
Even as the dust settles on the Achimota Forest scandal, the will of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the former general secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party, has surfaced and contains a block of land in the Forest reserve.
Sir John Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission until his death.
The will, which The Fourth Estate has seen and authenticated, contains four portions of identified and unspecified acres of land in the Achimota Forest that the late politician left to specific individuals.
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, whose office was located at the Achimota Forest till his death, states on page 4 of his will:
"I eternally grant to the following persons my land in the Achimota Forest in the name of Jakaypro Limited, measuring 5.541 acres."
–Yaw Amoateng Afriyie -One (1) acre
— Eva Akua Afriyie One (1) acre
–Ivy Akua Afriyie One (1) acre
–Elizabeth Asare Boateng (aka Mother) One (1) acre
–Michael Owusu 1.541 acres
"I gift my land likewise situate at the Achimota Forest in the name of Fasoh Limited and measuring 0.987acres to my nephews Michael Owusu, Yaw Boadu, and Kwabena Amoateng forever," the will states on page 5.
"I jointly possess a plot of land at Achimota Forest with Charles Owusu," the will states on the same page. Ruth Korkor Odonkor should inherit my half of the specified land when I die."
There's more. "I transfer my piece of land that we jointly hold at the Achimota Forest in the name of DML Limited to Elizabeth Asare Boateng who is domiciled in the United States forever," the will states on page 5, still on the Achimota Forest.
In his will, the former head of the forestry commission also indicated that he held land in the Ramsar area of Accra's Sakumono.
"I give my land situated at the Ramsar area at Sakumono in the Greater Accra Region and measuring 5.07 acres to my sisters Abena Saah and her children, Comfort Amoateng and her children, Abena Konadu and Juliet Akua Arko and her children on an equal share basis forever to my sisters Abena Saah and her children, Comfort Amoateng and her children, Abena Konadu and Juliet Aku
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