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30-Jun-2012  
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ABOUT 37 KUMASI Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) taskforce personnel sacked by the assembly for going public over unpaid allowances have threatened legal action.

In an interview with DAILY GUIDE, spokesperson for the group, Philip Opoku Kyei maintained the KMA did not treat them fairly.

He said they lost their jobs because they went on radio to complain about their salaries which have not been paid for almost one and a half years threatening “we will go to court to against the KMA to seek redress. This is day light robbery.”

Opoku Kyei indicated that though they had received the KMA’s letter abrogating their contracts, the assembly had still not settled the money it owes them.

He alleged that the KMA led by the Kumasi Mayor, Samuel Sarpong had taken this decision after tagging them NPP members, adding that some workers employed about five months ago have been receiving their allowances though they do not have appointment letters.

The group numbering 60 including women, were employed by the KMA to work as a taskforce in 2009 and as part of their duties, they worked to maintain orderliness on the streets of Kumasi.

He noted that during their first year at post, the assembly used them mainly for the decongestion exercise in Kumasi but they were not paid any allowance because their duties were seen as voluntary.

Kyei Poku noted that in November 2010 after numerous complaints, the KMA officially employed them for two years and out of the 60, a total of 37 were given appointment letters.

He said the 37 were then made to open fresh bank accounts at the ADB to ensure smooth payment of their monthly allowance of GH¢70.

Kyei Poku noted that after working almost for one and a half years, the KMA has not paid them and several attempts to get their money have yielded no results.

Frustrated, Kyei Poke noted, the group went to some radio stations to complain about their ordeal, hoping to compel the KMA to finally address the issue.

Unfortunately, the move backfired and the assembly terminated their contracts which ideally should have ended at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, DAILY GUIIDE has chanced upon the KMA letter issued on June 20, 2012 abrogating the contracts signed by J.K. Anhwere, chief personal officer for the mayor.

Parts of the letter captioned ‘Withdrawal of Internship’ reads “On Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June, 2012, you misconducted yourself by unjustifiably accusing management of the assembly of refusing to pay your monthly allowance and embarked on demonstration and followed up with strike illegally.”

“You also made false allegations against some officers of the assembly at Angel, Boss and Fox radio stations in Kumasi on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June, 2012.

“Your action tends to bring the assembly into disrepute and therefore contravenes section 76(1) D of the Service Law, Section 27 (1&2) and 28 of the code of conduct of the service.

“Consequently, I am directed to inform you that management has withdrawn your internship as National Youth Employment Personnel with the assembly with immediate effect.”
 
 
 
Source: I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
 
 

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