Nana Kwame Ampadu
One of Ghana’s evergreen highlife musicians, Nana Kwame Ampadu and 100 music right owners have finally filed a suit against the entire 12 board members of Ghana Music Right Organisation (GHAMRO) instead of four in the previous suit filed on May 15, accusing the board members of dissipating funds of the society collected on behalf of music right owners in Ghana.
Some of the big names who joined Nana Ampadu in the suit include; Abrantie Amakye Dede, Rex Omar, Tic Tac, Daddy Lumba, Reggie Rockstone, Francis Gyesi, Nana Tuffuor, Castro, Samini, Grace Ashy, Nobel Nketia, among others.
On Thursday May 15, the plaintiff only sued four members of the GHAMRO board; Carlos Sakyi, Amandzeba Nat Brew, K.K Kabobo and Mark Okraku Mantey instead of all the 12 members.
When the case was called on Monday, June 2, 2014, the court stated that the plaintiff must sue the 12-member board and not only four of the board members because if the board must go, everybody must go with them.
He, therefore, urged that other members of the board – Kojo Antwi, John Mensah Sarpong, Akwesi Agyepong, Ahmed Banda, aka Bandex, Bice Osei Kuffour, Daniel Adjei, Jonathan Kakraba and Mary Ghansah should be given the opportunity to also defend themselves in court.
Following the directive from the Human Rights High Court, the plaintiffs have amended the writ of summons by suing all the 12-members of the GHAMRO board.
When both parties made their first appearance in court on Monday, June 2, 2014, the counsel for the plaintiffs, Garry Nemako, asked the court to request the accused to render accounts of the monies collected and also organise an annual general meeting.
He also stated that the GHAMRO board should be dissolved for an interim board to be constituted to organise general elections for a permanent board within six months.
Counsel for the accused, Pappoe Robert, on his part also argued that the application by the plaintiffs cannot stand on its own and prayed that it should be thrown out.
According to the writ of summons, GHAMRO board members have refused to organise any annual general meeting since May 2011 and also refused to account to the right owners including the plaintiffs when they took office as interim board members.
The writ also stated, ‘They have been dissipating the funds of the organisation to the disadvantage of the rights owners and have been paying themselves monthly salaries between GH¢2, 000 and GH¢4, 000, excluding other allowances, even though the regulation of the organisation expressly forbids the payment of salaries.’
The plaintiffs in the writ prayed to the court to place an order of interlocutory injunction restraining all the interim board members including the interim executives made up of Carlos Sakyi, Amandezba Nat Brew, K. K. Kabobo and Mark Okraku Mantey from continuing to act as interim board member executives of GHAMRO until the matter is finally heard and disposed off.
The plaintiffs again want the court to order the interim board to produce an audited account of its stewardship since they took office in May 2011 to date.
An order of court has set up a three-member interim management board to take over the administration of GHAMRO and organise elections within six months to elect permanent board members in accordance with the constitution of GHAMRO.
By George Clifford Owusu ([email protected])
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