The Students Representative Council’s president at the University of Ghana, Isaac Agyemang, has been found guilty on two grounds of impeachment by the council’s Judicial Board on Friday, May 22.
The Board, presided over by Justice Blessing Otchere Darko Adutwumwaa and comprising of Justices Isaac Arko Inkum, Rachael Ampofo, Barbara Adjei and Eunice Ohene-Darko in a ruling resolved that President had on two occasions breached certain provisions of the SRC constitution which made him liable for impeachment.
The court was petitioned on six (6) grounds of constitutional breaches by John Baffour Senkyire Acquah, Victoria Antwi, Godsway Obro-Boateng. Lead counsel, Daniel Nkrumah on February 24, 2020 triggered Article 24 of the SRC Constitution and proceeded to file an impeachment case at the SRC Judicial Board against the President.
The board upon careful deliberations decided that the SRC President was guilty of having breached Article 51(1) which mandates the president to cause and present the semester budget for every academic year before the General Assembly at the beginning of each semester.
In addition, the court affirmed that the President may be up for impeachment as alleged by the petitioners for ‘negligent in the discharge of his duties’ according to article 23(1)(e).
“The act of the SRC President having not up until now caused to be prepared and delivered to the General Assembly estimates for this semester, upon knowing how important that estimate is to the running of the Student affairs has violated article 23(1)(e).
It is our finding that the President has been negligent for not having to cause to be prepared estimates for this semester to be presented to General Assembly. It gives cause to grounds for removal from office”
However, the apex court counseled that, the principle of natural justice should be adhered to by giving the President a fair hearing at the level of General Assembly before any other decision is taken.
Source : Universnewsroom