Former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tsatsu Tsikata has described as a blessing in disguise, his time spent in prison 12 years ago.
According to him, though it was unexpected, the turnout of events made him realise how God has blessed his life in ways he couldn’t imagine.
Tsatsu Tsikata in 2008 was sentenced by the Kufuor government for willfully causing financial loss to the state through a loan facility the GNPC guaranteed for Valley Farms, a private cocoa-growing company.
Following a legal tussle between his lawyers and the state, he was eventually found guilty on three counts of willfully causing financial loss of GH¢230,000 to the state and another count of misapplying public funds.
He was granted a presidential pardon by President Kufuor but rejected it on the grounds that his trial was politically motivated because he did nothing wrong.
Mr. Tsikata later appealed the case at the Court of Appeal and was accordingly acquitted and discharged. The Court of Appeal upheld that he was denied a fair trial when the High Court gave a judgment in spite of an appeal.
Sharing moments of his time in prison and how he sailed through the ‘valley’ alive in an interview, Mr. Tstikata said he harbours no pain in him and only expresses gratitude to God for vindicating and saving his life as he almost died in prison.
He recounted, “It was such an unexpected, an extraordinary event that day June 18, 2008. But as I look back now, I take it as something that happened. Unfortunate as it was, it took me through a further 5 months of which I experienced what I can only call a lot of blessing from God and so when I look back I do not think of it as something terrible that I went through and feel bitter or angry or anything like that. Rather I’m thankful to God that I went through that valley and was able to come out still alive.”
He continued, “I could have been dead because I had a very bad asthmatic attack by the end but by God’s grace I’m still alive so I have a lot to thank God for. I have a lot to be grateful for in terms of the support that I received from my wife, my siblings, my mother, my family and indeed people whom I have never met…altogether it is a picture full of gratitude and recognizes important lessons learnt. I think that I’ve gone ahead, gone on in my life in a way I really can’t have regrets about.”