How Rawlings demolished my multimillion-dollar hotel in Accra – Businessman recounts

Ghanaian businessman Alhaji Yusif Ibrahim has recounted how former president Jerry John Rawlings demolished his multimillion-dollar hotel in the late 1990s.

In his autobiography, he narrated how his plush hotel was demolished in 1999 under Rawlings administration.

The said hotel was at the Airport Residential Area, near the Kotota International Airport in Accra.

The 4-star hotel had 65 rooms, conference-hosting facilities, a Chinese restaurant and a cocktail bar.

It also had a swimming pool, tennis court and 16 catering apartments, in what he said, cost a total of $5 million to build.

But Rawlings, who was president at the time, reportedly directed armed officers to besiege the place and take the hotel down after having suspicions about the ownership of the hotel.

Speaking on Good Evening Ghana, Alhaji Yusif Ibrahim opened up on what led to the said demolition.

According to him, Rawlings took the decision because he thought Sam Jonah, who he had fallen out with, was a co-owner of the hotel.

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