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General News Thu, 5 Feb 2004

CPP Prez Candidate Sued For Non-Payment Of Tax

FOURTEEN former employees of Gocrest Security Limited, a private security company based in Accra, have filed a writ at a Sunyani High Court against the Managing Director (MD) of the company, Mr George Aggudey, for non-payment of tax and defaulting in the payment of their salaries since September last year.

The plaintiffs also claimed that Mr Aggudey, who is also the flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), had also defaulted in the payment of their Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions and income tax to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) since they were employed in June last year.

A resident of Sunyani, Mr Adu Boahen, instituted the action for himself and on behalf of the 13 others. A Sunyani-based legal practitioner, Mr Francis Obiri of Nso Nyameye Chambers, filed the suit on behalf of the plaintiffs.

The other plaintiffs are Benson Osei Poku, Darko Danso, Richmond Afriyie, Maxwell Awekeya, Ibn Nuhu Mohammed, James Ofori Awuah, Dominic Gyamfi, Stephen Gyau, Ali Kwadwo, Mohammed Zakaria, Daniel Marfo, Francis Amoah and Joyce Essuman.All the plaintiffs live in Sunyani, with the exception of Ofori Awuah, who resides at Fiapre.

According to the plaintiffs, they were employed by the defendant’s company between July 2000 and August 2002. They claim that the defendant’s company employed them and their letters of appointment were signed by Mr Aggudey, who endorsed them in his capacity as the MD of the company. The plaintiffs contended that they were all made to work at the Sunyani branch of the Standard Chartered Bank as security guards.

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They said the Sunyani branch of the bank stopped operating on August 31, last year, but they were not given any letter about the closure of the branch, adding that as of now, they had not received any letter terminating their appointments.According to the plaintiffs, in the course of the trial, they would seek leave of the court to tender in all their relevant documents to prove their case.

They contended that since they were employed, the defendant had not paid their Social Security contributions to the SSNIT as required under the Social Security Law 1991 (PNDCL 247).The plaintiffs claim that even granted that their appointments had been terminated at all, the defendant had not paid them their end-of-service benefits.

They contended that since they had not been given any letters terminating their appointments as employees of the defendant’s company, it showed that they were still employed by the defendant.The plaintiffs claim that the defendant had also failed to pay their income tax to the IRS tax since they were employed.

They are claiming that all their entitlements should be paid to them as early as possible since they are now unemployedWhen Lawyer Obiri was contacted on the issue, he said the defendant’s counsel, Mr Otu Essel of Asempa Chambers in Sunyani, had entered his appearance before the court.Meanwhile, the High Court has slated the case for hearing on March 3, this year.

Source: Graphic
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