UEW saga: Former VC, dismissed staff chased out by Police
A combined team of National Security operatives and Police personnel Tuesday afternoon chased out some dismissed staff of the University of Education, Winneba.
The dismissed staff who stormed the Council Chamber Tuesday, July 23, included the former Vice-Chancellor Professor Mawutor Avoke, the former Finance Officer Arkorlie, and Dr. Ofori Bekoe who had his review for reinstatement thrown out by the Cape Coast High Court on Monday and the Member of the Parliament for the Effutu constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin.
This occurred after Afenyo-Markin in the company of the five dismissed officials broke into the Council Chamber of the university in to reinstate the dismissed officials.
This action comes seven days ahead of the Cape Coast High Court ruling on a case filed by Afenyo-Markin challenging the legitimacy of the current Vice-Chancellor Rev. Afful-Broni.
The dismissed Vice Chancellor Mawutor Avoke and the five dismissed others are currently holding a press conference in the Council Chamber, according to Starr News’ Central regional correspondent, Kwaku Baah Acheamfour.
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This comes few days after the University suspended its planned and publicized congregation for 2018/19 graduands indefinitely due to government’s failure to constitute a new governing council to supervise the ceremony following the expiration of the tenure of the existing one last month.
On Monday a Senior Staff of UEW also sued the university and its Vice-Chancellor, Anthony Afful-Broni.
Kingsley Amoakwah, an accountant by profession and Chairman of the Senior Staff Association Union is seeking an order restraining Afful-Broni from “holding himself out as the Vice-Chancellor or performing any such functions in that capacity at UEW.”
He is also seeking an order “restraining Afful-Broni from continuously interfering in the administration of Professor Mawutor Avoke, the legitimate Vice-Chancellor of UEW.”
The Winneba High Court in 2017 ordered Prof Avoke, to step aside until a case brought against him and the University’s Governing Council was determined.
The Governing Council subsequently dismissed Avoke and replaced him with Prof. Afful-Broni.
Lawyers for Prof. Avoke, in November 2018, wrote a letter to the school’s Governing Council directing it to prepare the office of their client to enable him to resume following his supposed exoneration by the Supreme Court.
The governing council, however, threw its support behind Prof. Afful-Broni despite accusations of victimization, injustice and other actions said to have brought the image of the university into disrepute.