A High Court in Winneba presided over by Her Ladyship, Justice Janapare Bartels Kodwo, has thrown out an injunction and certiorari application filed by Dr Kaakyire Duku Frimpong against the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).
The injunction by Duku, a lecturer and President of the UTAG-UEW, sought to challenge the Vice Chancellor’s power to nominate three candidates for election to occupy the position of a pro-Vice-Chancellor.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor’s election slated for June 13 this year was postponed a day before the election, due to an application filed against the respondent institution.
In court today [Monday] her Ladyship Justice, Janapare Bartels Kodwo dismissed the said application on procedural grounds and awarded a cost of 5,000 cedis against the applicant, Dr Kaakyire Duku Frimpong.
Dr Duku Frimpong had alleged in his suit that participation in the process for the election of a Pro-Vice-Chancellor was being limited to a chosen few to the disadvantage of other equally qualified persons.
Dr Duku had told Citi News that the unlawful conventions must be immediately discontinued to allow for the right processes to be used in the selection.
“When you practice a convention for a period, it doesn’t make it a law. What used to be where senior-most professors were nominated, things have now changed. We need to revisit our statutes and use what the statutes say. The nomination should be avoided. Whoever is interested and qualified per the statutes should avail himself or herself to be elected,” he said.
This development comes in the wake of a request from the Member of Parliament for the Effutu Constituency, Alexander Afenyo Markin for the reinstatement of dismissed Vice-Chancellor of the school, Professor Mawutor Avoke.
Mr Markin has written to the Governing Council of the UEW, calling for steps to be taken to reinstate Professor Avoke.
“I have read in detail the report of EOCO and it appears regrettable that Rev Father Professor Afful Broni who was the lead complainant of the procurement irregularity and persistently urged my office to pursue same was indicted whereas his boss, Prof. Mawutor Avoke and the Finance Officer, Dr Theophilus Senyo Akorlie were completely exonerated by EOCO of any wrongdoing.”
“I expect that in the interest of justice and fairness, your council upon receipt of this report will do the needful and take appropriate action. I need to reiterate that Ghanaians are following the events of the Education of Winneba keenly,” excerpts of his letter had said.
Afenyo Markin’s letter came days after former President Jerry John Rawlings wrote to the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, making the same demands.
Notice Of Election Of PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR
The university Of Education Winneba Has Officially Released Notice On The Election Of The Pro-Vice Chancellor With The Statement:
Members of staff may recall that the Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s election which was scheduled for Friday, 14th June, 2019 had to be postponed indefinitely due to a court injunction.
Following the Court’s ruling today, 18th November, 2019, dismissing the application as unmeritorious, Management of UEW hereby wishes to inform the University Community of new arrangements for the Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s election.
Members of Convocation shall go to the polls on Thursday, 21st November, 2019 across all the campuses to elect a substantive Pro-Vice-Chancellor. The election is expected to start at 8:00am and end at 4:00pm.
The Vice-Chancellor’s nominations for the elections in accordance with the University Statutes 7 (b) still stand valid. The Nominations are:
- Prof. Yaw Ameyaw – Director, Quality Assurance Directorate
- Prof. Dominic K. Danso Mensah – Director, Institute for Teacher Education and
Continuing Professional Development (ITECPD)
- Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang – Dean, Faculty of Foreign Languages Education and Communication
Ballot papers have been forwarded to the satellite campuses.
Background Of The Impasse
The Efutu Member of Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin in May 2017 petitioned EOCO through the Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, with 13 allegations against some principal officers of the University.
The officers included; former Vice-Chancellor Prof Mawutor Avoke, former Registrar Akwaah-Mensah and Former Head of Finance, Theophilus Senyo Akorlie.
EOCO, in addition to the three investigated officials, also questioned a former VC for the University, Prof. Akwasi Asabere Ameyaw, the Winneba Area Manager for Ghana Highways Authority, Mensah Bedie, and the Authority’s Chief Technical Officer also for Winneba, Lawrence Lamptey.
The investigations concluded that the University complied with the provisions of the Public Procurement Authority Act as amended in its award of contracts to Sparkx Ghana Limited for five distinct projects.
Similarly, it concluded that the University followed due process when it selected Paa Badu Construction Limited for the construction of a 2000-Bed Hostel and another to C-Deck Limited for the construction of a clinic extension at Winneba as well as a Basic School at Kumasi.
This is contrary to Mr Afenyo-Markin’s allegations that the Officers did not follow the due process in the award of the contracts. EOCO in its report, also noted that there was no evidence to establish any act of impropriety against the Officers for a 3 per cent investment paid to the management staff of the University.
It also dismissed Mr Afenyo’s allegation that the University failed to use national competitive tendering in the purchase of 8 pick-up trucks which cost the Institution eight hundred thousand Ghana cedis.
EOCO concluded in its report that the allegations were unfounded, baseless and untrue.
Prof. Avoke had on several occasions attempted to take back his previous position but to no avail.
Guidelines for the Use of Proxy Votes and Copy of the Proxy Form
Please click the links below for the Guidelines for the Use of Proxy Votes as well as a copy of the Proxy Form:
Guidelines for the Use of Proxy
USE OF PROXY VOTES – ELECTION OF PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR
In connection with the election of Pro-Vice-Chancellor scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 21,
2019, I wish to communicate the procedure for the use of proxy votes to electorates as follows:
A proxy vote can be accepted if the applicant satisfies the following:
• An eligible voter who will be unable to vote on the polling day will apply to appoint a person to vote on
his/her behalf by completing a proxy form.
• The applicant should be at post (including those on local study leave in Ghana).
• The applicant should submit the proxy form (Attached) in a sealed envelope with applicant’s Name,
Department and Signature written across the seal to the Department of Publishing and Web Development
(Publications Unit), Winneba Campus, College Registrar’s Office (Ajumako Campus), College Registrar’s
Office/University Relations Office (Kumasi Campus) and College Registrar’s Office (Mampong Campus)
(whichever is applicable) by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The envelope should be
marked PROXY. Applications to vote by proxy sent as emails and as text messages on cell phones
would not be accepted.
• An eligible voter shall not act as proxy for more than one person.
• A person appointed to vote by proxy will be required to show a copy of the proxy form at the polling station.
• A person appointed to vote by proxy must be an eligible voter.
• A person shall not appoint more than one person at a time as a proxy to vote at the election.
• A person who has applied to vote by proxy shall not vote at the election unless he has applied for cancellation
of the proxy.
• An application for the cancellation of the proxy shall be in writing to the Returning Officer at the Department
of Publishing and Web Development (Publications Unit) Winneba Campus, College Registrar’s Office
(Ajumako Campus), College Registrar’s Office/University Relations Office (Kumasi Campus) and College
Registrar’s Office (Mampong Campus) (whichever is applicable).
• A proxy whose appointment is cancelled shall cease to have the right to vote for the applicant whether or
not the proxy is aware of the cancellation.
• The Returning Officer shall certify that the proxy and the applicants are eligible voters.
Copy of the Proxy Form
UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLISHING AND WEB DEVELOPMENT
ELECTION OF PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR
PROXY VOTE FORM
I, the undersigned, …………………………………………………… (Name and Staff number)
of ……………………………………………………………… (Department) being an eligible
member of Convocation (UEW) and entitled to vote at its elections hereby appoint
………………………………………………. (Name of appointed person and staff number) of
…………………………………………………… (Department) as my proxy to vote on my
behalf during the Election of Pro-Vice-Chancellor to be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
• The completed proxy form should reach the Department of Publishing and Web
Development (Publications Unit) (Winneba Campus), OR the College Registrar/University
Relations Officer (Kumasi Campus) OR the College Registrar, Mampong Campus OR the
College Registrar, Ajumako Campus (whichever is application) by 4:00 p.m. on
Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Applications to vote by proxy sent as e-mails and as
text messages on cell phones would not be accepted.
• A person appointed as a proxy would be required to show a copy of this form on the day
• The completed proxy form should be in a sealed envelope with applicants Name,
Department and Signature written across the seal. The envelope should be marked