Court Stops Parliament

An Accra high court – labour division – has granted an interlocutory injunction restraining parliament from appointing or advertising the position of a new director of development.

This follows a motion filed by Vincent Aikins of 1st Law Chambers on behalf of Kofi Safo-Duodu, the current director who had held the position for many years until he was purportedly demoted by former speaker, Ebenezer Begyina Sakyi Hughes.

Mr. Aikins stated that even though his client’s appointment had not been terminated, the position was being advertised for a new person to apply and take over.

He said the action by parliament was a calculated attempt to find a subtle way of unlawfully removing his client from his post and alleged that the defendant was feverishly preparing to recruit someone to fill that position.

It will be recalled that parliament recently advertised in some newspapers seeking to invite applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of the director of development.

But the court, presided over by Gifty Dekyem, upheld the reliefs of the plaintiff by slapping the injunction on the House.

According to aggrieved directors and management members, if Mr. Duodu was replaced that way, it would amount to lowering of standards because their colleague has a better and higher qualification than what is being asked for by the board.

They told the media that what was happening was a clear case of witch-hunting, details of which they claimed they were privy to, and urged the board to reconsider its decision.

The angry parliamentary service staff disclosed that their colleague, Mr. Robertson, who had acted as director of audit for over eight years, was also facing a similar humiliation as the position had been advertised for a new person.

They were of the view that their colleague, who had held the fort all these years without creating problems for the service, should have been confirmed as the substantive director of audit, having been taken through the process, and not to be treated the way the board was seeking to do.

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