An official of the local branch of Amnesty International, Samuel Agbotsey, has embarked on a solitary mission to dabble in the management of University of Education- Winneba as he has rolled out an agenda to interfere in a court case involving a sacked lecture and the University.
Mr Agbotsey, who is the Campaign and Fundraising Coordinator, without the approval of his superiors, according a source singlehandedly held a press conference to pass judgment on an ongoing court case.
A source at the University told this paper that the Amnesty Int Ghana official is on the mission with one Dr. Vincent Adzahlie-Mensah, who serves on the Board of Amnesty International and is said to be a former lecturer at UEW.
“Look, we know what is going on over there. Dr. Adzahlie-Mensah has told several people that he would make the administration of this Council very difficult, so we are not surprised at their machinations. At the appropriate time, they would all be exposed”, said a source at UEW.
“Where is the Country Director of Amnesty International, Ghana Chapter? Why is it that a so called Fundraising Coordinator is the one leading the onslaught?”, quizzed our source.
It would be recalled that Amnesty International Ghana, last week, bemoaned what it described as the culture of silence on the campus of the University of Education, Winneba.
The human rights organization said at a news conference in Accra that authorities in the school have constantly abused the rights of lecturers and students to the extent of illegally evicting some officers of the university.
Mr. Agbotsey, for instance, alleged that two lecturers of the University of Education, Winneba have been forcibly evicted from their official residence. Unfortunately, he could not provide any evidence to support his claims.
Dr. Ofori Bekoe was dismissed on allegation, which is currently under investigation by the police. At a management meeting, Dr. Ofori Bekoe misbehaved by threatening members and destroying properties belonging to the university. An official complaint was subsequently lodged at the Winneba Police Station, where he was invited to assist in investigations. The university council instituted disciplinary actions against Dr. Ofori Bekoe, but he failed on three occasions to appear before the Council; hiding behind a lawyer’s advice.
The University Council, after being snubbed by Dr. Bekoe,decided to dismiss him for insubordination.
He was given enough time to prepare and pack out of his official residence. He did not protest. Upon expiration of the deadline, Dr. Bekoe sought refuge in the law court claiming that he had been wrongfully dismissed by the university. While the case is pending in court, Amnesty International Ghana chapter out oif the blue jumped into the fray, drawing conclusions, making good governance watchers wonder what could be the motivation of the unconventional posturing of the local chapter.
It must be noted that, in all these, the local director has remained silent raising eyebrows on the interest of the fundraising coordinator and Dr. Adzahlie-Mensah.