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29-Nov-2013  
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A Kumasi High Court is set to hear a case of contempt brought before it against the Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, by Freko FD Company Limited, a private company that was, hitherto, managing the Kejetia Bus Terminal.

The means by which the mayor will be served is described as a Substituted Contempt Service notice, and has become necessary due to what the plaintiff in the case, Freko FD, describes as a deliberate attempt by Mr. Bonsu to “dodge” being served court papers to appear before the judge for contempt.

Thus the mayor will now be served by posting the notice for him to appear before court to answer contempt on notice board, a location and media outlet specified by the court. The notice, signed by the Kumasi High Court Registrar, Isaac Essibu, is to be posted on the Notice Board of the High Court, Commercial Division, Kumasi; at the location specified by the occupational Address of the Respondent, that is the office of the Metropolitan Assembly in Kumasi, and; by publication in any daily newspaper.

The notice will be placed at and in these locations for a period of eight (8) days and the court will deem the mayor served to appear.

Lawyers for Freko FD filed an application for Contempt against the Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, for refusing to heed an order of interlocutory injunction – temporary decision – restraining him or his assigns from impeding the work of Freko FD as managers of the Kejetia Bus Terminal in Kumasi.

The two originally went to court, the judge presiding over the case, Emmanuel Amo Yartey, ordered the mayor, his agents, officers, servants, workers and assigns not to interfere with Freko’s possession, operations, and enjoyment of the terminal.

The court also ordered that the defendant, KMA mayor, to vacate the premises so as to allow the company do its work.

Hence, counsel for Freko, Richard Appiah-Nkyi Esq. had to return to court to ask it to commit the mayor for contempt over disobeying the interlocutory order of the court to vacate the bus terminal in question. And the Substituted Contempt Service notice became necessary when Bonsu was evading being served.

Mr. Appiah-Nkyi also prayed the court to order the mayor to pay for the cost of the instant application as well as any other costs attendant to and or consequent on his posture and behaviour, coupled with the KMA’s immediate vacation of the bus terminal.

The KMA occupation of the bus terminal is now known in Ghana’s second largest city as the “Kejetia Invasion.”
 
 
 
Source: Today
 
 

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