Ampadu, 99 Others, In Ghampro Case Adjourned To Tomorrow

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court yesterday adjourned the case involving Nana Kwame Ampadu, the high life musician, and other 99 right owners against the Board of Ghana Music Rights Organisation, GHAMRO to Friday,July 11.

Nana Kwame Ampadu and 99 right owners — composers, song writers, music producers have accused Carlos Sakyi, Chairman of (GHAMRO) and his board members of embezzling funds collected on their behalf by GHAMRO.

They also accuse the board for failing to organise an Annual General Meeting (AGM) since May 2011, when they took office as board members.

Garry Nimako Marfo, counsel for the plaintiffs urged the court to dissolve the current board of GHAMRO for a new board to be constituted, to run the organi-sation.

Counsel for the defendants however, prayed the court not to uphold the stand of the plaintiffs that the entire board be dissolved for an interim board to be constituted to organise general elections for a permanent board, within six months.

The court, presided over by Justice Essel Mensah after hearing submissions from the counsels adjourned sitting to Friday, July 11.

In the plaintiffs’ writ of summons filed on May 15, 2014, MROG accused Carlos Sakyi and the GHAMRO board members for deliberately refusing to organise an Annual General Meeting since May 2011, when they took office as interim board members and failed to account for their stewardship.

It indicated that Carlos Sakyi, Amandzeba, K.K. Kabobo and Mark Okraku Mantey had allegedly been dissipating the funds of the organisation.

The unit averred that the board members have been paying themselves monthly salaries ranging between GH¢2,000 and GH¢4,000, excluding other allowances, even though the regulation of the organisation expressly forbade the payment of salaries.

At the last hearing, the court ordered Nana Kwame Ampadu and the 99 right owners to sue the entire board and not a selected few, to which they obliged.   By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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