General News of Wed, 11 Feb 20041
Drama at NRC hearing
Accra, Feb 11, GNA - There was drama at the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC), on Wednesday, when a witness stated that an official who was invited in place of a Deputy Secretary for Education, Mrs Vida Yeboah, to a school function was sitting member of the Commission.
The Witness, Mrs Constance Murray, former Headmistress Yaa Asantewaa Secondary School (YASS) in Kumasi said she suspected her demotion from Headmistress to tutor was because the original guest speaker for the Silver Jubilee celebration of the school in 1987 was changed.
A Member of the Commission, had wanted to know who the new official was.
With a bit of hesitation, Mrs Murray spoke softly: "I think Mrs Dolphyne" pointing to Professor Florence Abena Dolpyhne," This action attracted a spontaneous laughter from members of the Commission, the press and the people in the witness and public galleries.
Mrs Murray alleged that Mrs Yeboah was responsible for her demotion and said initially after her demotion, she swore to make trouble if she ever met her.
"I hated her, if ever I met her there would be trouble. She destroyed my life and now she is enjoying. I don't love her. I now leave everything to God", Mrs Murray said.
She said the then Director General of Ghana Education Service exonerated her from a ghost names allegations.
There was another scene of laughter when a another Witness, Ex Staff Sgt Samuel Adjei Mensah said he wanted his money's worth and interest for 20 years for goods he ordered through Ofori Electronics, when he served on a peacekeeping mission in Southern Lebanon in 1984.
When General Erskine said the Commission was in touch with the Military authorities to address the issue of the goods that never arrived, the Ex Staff Sgt remarked that the affected soldiers had been given similar assurances to no fruition.
The Witness said they were just Ananse stories (folk tales). General Erskine, taking the statement as joke remarked that the Commission members were not Ananse people but very respectable people. He said: "Put the Anansesem somewhere".
Mr Justice Amua-Sekyi, the Chairman of the Commission said: "I'm quite sure the Government will implement our recommendations, especially for people like you."