May 20, 2024

Ghanaian businessman, Nana Kwame Bediako known as Freedom Jacob Caesar or Cheddar has reacted to tax evasion claims by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The founder of the New Force believes that the government wants to disgrace him after he declared his intention to contest as an Independent Candidate in the December 7 general elections hence, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) tax evasion accusation.

It is reported that Ched­dar had been fined a total of GH¢50,000.00 for his failure to file personal income tax returns from 2013 to 2016.

According to sources at the GRA, despite settling a sum of GH¢209,171.00 between 2018 and 2020, he once again failed to file his returns for the post-2020 period.

The source revealed that for the years 2021-2022, the GRA estimated Cheddar’s tax assess­ment to be GH¢2,088,228 and GH¢5,096,536 respectively, along with penalties for his failure to file his personal income tax returns.

Reacting to this claim, Nana Kwame Bediako indicated that the government intends to disgrace him but it is impossible to achieve their aim.

“I woke up this morning and found out that my picture has been published in the various newspapers that I evaded tax, I have worked for almost 22 to 23 years in this country and I have paid a lot of taxes and I am still paying more. I have brought many things in this country, containers only are more than 1500 and I have paid the tax accordingly” Cheddar stated.

He said Ghanaians are facing economic hardship and that is what the government should focus and address these challenges.

“Traders in Makola are suffering, traders in Kumasi kejetia are suffering, Traders in Kantamanto are suffering, we are looking up to the government to see what he has for us the citizens to alleviate our difficulties. If the government intends to disgrace me and has decided to publish my name in newspapers, no, you can’t disgrace me because God has given me strength” Cheddar said.

According to him, the GRA could have scheduled a meeting with him if they found that he is guilty than publishing his name in papers.

“If you think I own you, let us talk and I will settle it is not about disgracing, and for GRA, I am a concerned citizens so if there is anything you can call me and I come and settle everything”

The founder of the New Force, Nana Kwame Bediako also called on Ghanaians to rise up and demand what they deserve from the government.

He said there are no factories in the country that have resulted in high rates of unemployment so Ghanaians should give him the chance to turn the fortunes of the economy.

“What I am saying is that Ghanaians should rise up and talk to the government and demand what deserves us, there are no jobs, no factories so what are we taxing? Only one or two people are going to be taxed, that is why I have come to create jobs for Ghanaians. If you are working and we tax you, we will know what we will use our taxes for. So Ghanaians must rise up and change political powers and I know the leaders will understand me.” Cheddar charged Ghanaians.

According to him, the New Force is moving forward and nothing will stop them.

“The New Force is moving forward and we will not stop, no turning back, we are moving forward. Whatever you say we understand you but we are moving forward”

The Founder and Chairman of Kwarleyz Group focused on real estate, finance and property management in West Africa, Nana Kwame Bediako has been in the news after revealing that he is “the man behind the mask” declaring his intention to contest as an Independent Presidential Candidate in the general elections.