Regional news for Friday, January 28, 2022
Source: Kwafo Eric, Contributor
Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) Central Regional Chairman Alhaji RS Artey has been banned for allegations of financial malfeasance, autocracy and dictatorship leveled against him.
This is contained in an official letter from the National Union Leadership with a copy to the Central Regional Secretariat in Cape Coast and all National Officers.
Management in the letter explains that the decision was made after a preliminary investigation into the allegations established a prima facie case.
“The National Leadership of the Union following a preliminary investigation carried out into the allegations of financial embezzlement, autocracy and dictatorship over the Central Regional President of the Union by your fellow Regional Officers; have made the decision to ban you so that the whole matter can be fully investigated.
“This is after the national officers questioned you and established (prima facie) (preliminary information in support of a case) against you pursuant to section 23 of sub-clause (c) of the constitution unions,” part of the GPRTU letter informing Alhaji RS Artey of his ban reads.
As per the management’s decision, the GPRTU Central Region Chairman will now receive two-thirds of his salary allowance until the investigation is completed and a decision is made on the case.
This is in line with article 23 of sub-clause (d) of the Union constitution and I quote “An officer charged with a criminal offense shall be barred from two-thirds (2/3) of his salary or his indemnity until he is exonerated without quotation marks”.
Alhaji RS Artey is in hot water after some regional elected officials led by Vice President Ignatius Mensah lodged a complaint with the GPRTU national headquarters.
They complained among other things that the president does not respect the constitution. They also accused Alhaji RS Artey of selling two Benz buses and pocketing a colossal sum of GHS 68,000 from the sales.
Letter of complaint