The National Chairman of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), Mr Peter K. Lumor, together with the Chief Finance Officer, Mr James Azortibar, have been sued over allegations of misappropriation of funds.
The suit, filed by the Vice-Chairman of the Greater Accra Region and Chairman of the University of Ghana Medical School branch of TEWU, Mr Effah-Baffo-Gyamfi, began hearing on Friday, 23rd August, 2019.
The suit is asking the court to ensure that both the national chairman and chief financial officer of TEWU refund an amount of GHC279,000.00 with interest as recommended by a committee set up by the National Executive Committee (NEC), TEWU, to investigate various allegations levelled against the two.
Reports available indicate that an emergency meeting of the national executive committee held on Wednesday, 10th April, 2013 to investigate funeral expenditures and other related matters, following the demise of the General Secretary, Mohammadu Seidu Bogobiri, recommended that the chief financial officer should refund the said amount of money and other expenses he claims to have expended on the funeral and the withdrawal of funds from the solidarity fund without the approval of the national executive committee.
The plaintiff also prayed the court to restrain Mr Lumor from chairing the national delegates’ conference slated for Kumasi, Ashanti Region, on August 25, 2019.
That, according to the plan tiff, will enable delegates discuss issues related to the misappropriation of funds and other matters pertaining to his office.
Article 26 of the Union’s constitution states that 2% of total dues revenue to the national union shall be set aside every month to build a solidarity fund which shall be administered on the direction of NEC. But both the national chairman and the chief financial officer failed to adhere to these constitutional arrangements and instead allegedly withdrew monies from the account without the national executive committee’s approval.
For his part, lawyer for the defendants, Mr Limann Mohammed, challenged the motion filed against his client, stating that Mr Baffo-Gyamfi does not have the capacity to sue his client as a local executive member.
However, the Presiding Judge, Justice Ackah Boafo, could not make a ruling due to the late appearance of the case, particularly on restraining the chairman from chairing the conference.
The presiding judge, urged Mr Lumor to be mindful of his arbiter and conduct as the case continues.
Lawyer for the plaintiff, Mr Livingstone, on his part, argued that there were no available channels available for the issues to be determined, hence their resolve to seek redress in the court.
The case was adjourned to Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
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