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General News of Friday, 16 March 2018

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High Court ‘throws out’ NADMO over transfers and demotion of Directors

An Accra High Court has thrown out a counter motion filed by Managers of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) seeking to entirely dismiss a writ filed by 133 Directors were transferred and demoted without recourse to laws governing the organization

The counter-motion was it has been established by, was filed by the defendants after they filed conditional appearance and defense to an earlier application to the court for an interlocutory injunction by the plaintiffs [affected staff].

After listening to both arguments by defense and plaintiffs lawyers, the court held that it could not grant defense application for dismissal of plaintiffs writ due to the fact that plaintiffs case as set out in their affidavit touches on a matter of law which needed to be determined by the court in full trial.

Accordingly, a cost of GHS1, 000.00 was awarded against defendants, NADMO and its Director General and further ordered to file a defense to commence full trial.

The Court has since adjourned to 27th March 2018 for further hearing.

It would be recalled that some aggrieved directors of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) sued the entity over some irregular transfers that are ongoing within the set-up.

The directors, numbering about 133 from all over the country, proceeded to court to seek redress for transfers that appear to be motivated by malice rather than the good of the organization and the nation.

According to the group’s lawyer, George Loh, the aggrieved directors who are all substantive District Directors of NADMO have been given transfers to work under Acting Directors in different districts or municipals.

“There was somebody who was not given a transfer letter; he was given a handing over letter in which he, the substantive director was asked to hand over to an acting director, for political expediency”, George Loh alleged.

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