Court quashes decision to suspend Wa Polytechnic Rector

A Wa high court yesterday quashed the decision by the governing council of the Wa Polytechnic to suspend Rector of the educational institution, Professor Emmanuel Owusu-Marfo.

The court presided by Justice Kwasi Aboakye also awarded cost of GH¢5,000 against the council.

 

Prof. Owusu-Marfo was suspended by the council on April 4, this year, following allegations of corruption and financial malfeasance leveled against him by staff of the institution.

The suspension according to the council was to pave way for investigations into allegations leveled against the Rector in a petition by the staff.

Prof. Owusu-Marfo was accused of verbal and physical abuse of staff, financial irregularities, disregard for laid-down procurement procedures and disregard for directives of the council regarding the implementation of government’s fiscal policies.

Consequently, the Rector filed a suit challenging the decision of the council to suspend him without recourse to laid-down procedures, at court.

Counsel for the Rector, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, argued that his client was not given a fair hearing by the council in its preliminary investigation, and it was wrong to issue a directive suspending him from office.

Mr Tuah-Yeboah contended that the decision to suspend Prof. Owusu-Marfo was a punitive decision, which required that he (client) was given a hearing within the rules of natural justice, and prayed the court to set aside the council’s decision and restore the Rector to office.

The trial judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye upheld the argument, and ruled that the decision by the council to suspend Prof. Owusu-Marfo breached the rules of natural justice, and quashed the decision of the council, and awarded a cost of GH¢5,000 against it.

 

 

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