Tuesday 23rd August, 2016
Isaac Owusu, GNA
Kuntanase (Ash), Aug 23, GNA – The
delegates’ congress of the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) to
elect new national officers ended abruptly, amid confusion and chaotic scenes.
This followed the controversial decision by
the Vetting Committee Chairman to disqualify one of the candidates, contesting
for the position of the USAG President.
Supporters of Malik S. Y. Basitilate would
have none of that and hell broke loose as they vandalized everything in sight –
projectors, tables and chairs.
The swift response of the police helped to
prevent matters from getting worse – what would have been a nasty
It all started when the chairman of the
seven-member committee, Wilson Dabua, announced to the delegates that Basitilate
could not meet the qualification requirements because of his inability to
produce his academic transcript.
The other members of the committee profusely
denied taking any such position and insisted that an academic transcript had
never been one of the qualification requirements for the election of the
association’s national officers.
At this point, irate supporters of the
candidate, who felt, somebody wanted to give him a raw deal, went on the
rampage, bringing the event, which was being held at the Kessben University
College in the Bosomtwi District, to an abrupt end.
The cost of damage to property had not yet
been assessed and there was no arrest by the police.