Mr Yaw Manu, National Chairman of Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), has dismissed claims by some group of local branch members of the Union that he is no longer at post.
He described as false report in the media which sought to portray that by the evidence of his conviction with three other national officers, Mr Kwame Kumah, Mr Benjamin Kwesi Ansah and Mr Stephen Okudzeto, cited for contempt, violates the GPRTU constitution.
Addressing an emergency national delegates conference at Trades Union Congress (TUC) Hall in Accra, Mr Manu said he was surprised at the “illiterate interpretation” of the constitution by those few disgruntled local branch members.
He admitted that the judgement delivered by a Commercial Court of Justice in Sekondi on May 22, 2014 Presided by Justice Nicholas Agbevor and sentenced them to a day’s imprisonment does not in anyway constitute criminality against them.
Mr Manu said Article 13(h) of the GPRTU constitution clearly states: “Any member of the Union who has been convicted on criminal offence shall be disqualified from contesting election, if the fact of the criminality is established after election, such person shall be removed from office and a report made to the appropriate level of authority.”
“The issue at stake is not about corruption charges brought against us that will warrant our removal from office as claimed by the false report since the constitution is explicit enough,” he explained.
The National Chairman said the local and branch members who took the law into their hands have no mandate to sack any executive member from office, adding : “Greater Accra has 255 branches and if 16 branch members can just dismissed executives where are we heading towards,” hence the need to convene the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to inform members.
The NEC members took the attack on the national officers very seriously and issued queries to the 16 members who took the action to explain in two weeks why they took that decision.
The 16 local branch members petitioned the TUC Secretary General for the removal of the four executive members from office, but instead of them to wait for responds they took the unilateral action by locking up the offices of the GPRTU at the TUC Hall.
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