The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court presided by Justice Mensah has adopted the terms of settlement filed by parties to the case in which seven citizens of Binduri sued the Government of Ghana over the location of the principal office of the Binduri District Assembly.
“By reason, adoption of the terms of settlement is that the government of Ghana shall relocate the temporal office of the Binduri District Assembly presently at Bazua to Binduri six months from the date of execution of these terms of settlement, which six months for avoidance of doubt ends on the last day of July, 2014”, it declared.
The ruling was contained in a statement jointly signed by Dr Dominic Ayine, Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister for Justice and Mr Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, for and on behalf of the Minister of Local Government.
Its terms as adopted by the high court further held that the government of Ghana shall acquire the proposed site for the construction of principal and permanent office of the district capital at Binduri as clearly provided for in legislative instrument (LI) 2146.
It indicated that the government of Ghana shall ensure that all permanent structures constituting the Binduri District Assembly shall be constructed at Binduri within two years from the date of execution of these terms of settlement.
Again, the government of Ghana shall erect sign posts at the proposed site of the permanent office of the Binduri District Assembly at Binduri with all the details of location as mentioned clearly by LI 2146 and the signpost shall read “the proposed site of the Binduri district assembly” which signs, for the avoidance of doubt, shall not be erected at Bazua.
Besides, the ruling indicated that the government of Ghana shall ensure that it takes steps to commence the building of the permanent principal office of the Binduri District Assembly at Binduri in compliance with LI 2146 and in accordance with the time frame set down in clause three (3) of the settlement above.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice emphasized that for the avoidance of doubt, the headquarters of the district assembly could only be located in any of the eight communities including Binduri Natinga, Binguri, Zaago Number One, Zaago Number Two, and Bulgu. The rest are Zuulugu, Binduri Sarabogo and Bakango in the schedule to LI 2146, as being part of Binduri.
The District Chief Executive, Mr Daniel Akologo and the Divisional Chief of the area, Naba Robert Agapwine Akolbilla called on all parties involved in the litigation to demonstrate commitment to the rule of law and peace in the district.
It may be recalled that one Phillip Ayamba and six others sued government over the wrong location of the capital of the Binduri District at Bazua and sought proper interpretation of the laws and onward relocation of the capital to Binduri, a suit they won.