General News of Tue, 15 Jan 201933
Supreme Court dismisses Avoke’s reinstatement request
The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit by former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Professor Mawutor Avoke, in a controversial case in which he was seeking an order to compel the University to reinstate him.
Professor Avoke went back to the apex court to seek an order for reinstatement, because the Governing Council of UEW did not allow him to take his former position.
A Winneba High Court had earlier found Avoke and the former Director of Finance of the university, Dr. Senyo Ackorlie, guilty of procurement irregularities leading to their removal from office; a ruling which was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court.
Lawyer for Avoke and Ackorlie, Harold Tivah Atuguba, in November 2018 wrote to the university’s Governing Council directing it to prepare the office of his clients to enable them resume work on Monday, November 26, 2018, following the Supreme Court ruling that quashed a High Court’s decision during the aftermath of the dismissal of the two former officers of the university.
But the Governing Council described as baseless the reinstatement request, and threatened to take action against the two if they dare step foot on campus.
“Finally, I want to state for the avoidance of doubt that your clients still remain dismissed staff of the University and will be declared persona non-grata and dealt with in accordance with the law should they assemble on our campus for the purpose of following your naive advice of coming to re-occupy their former offices; be advised” the Governing Council stated.
This compelled Avoke to go back to court to seek an order for his reinstatement which was also denied.