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GOC ‘Constructively Dismissed’ Me -Erasmus Kwaw

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A former Project Officer of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) Erasmus Kwaw has told an Accra Labour High Court today he was ‘constructively dismissed’ from his employment when the GOC named a Media Sub Committee that excluded him in July, 2017.

The incident occurred before the plaintiff was eventually relieved off his duties as a Project Officer effectively on 30th August, 2017. Under cross-examination from the GOC lawyer Peter Zwennes, the plaintiff averred that the action by the defendant meant his responsibility as Media relations officer was taken over by the new subcommittee while still in the defendant’s employment.

He further stated that ‘Exhibit 2’ of the defendant’s witness statement complained that members of the media sub-committee were not attending meetings regularly. The plaintiff therefore told the court his responsibility as Media relations officer was taken away from him and given to a ‘disfuctional sub-committee.’

The plaintiff explained to the court his appointment was severed on 24th August 2017 but he received the said letter of dismissal on 4th September, 2017- in breach of the required one month notice before termination of appointment.

Erasmus Kwaw, who instituted the court action on 26th January, 2018, avers the defendant caused his abrubt dismissal to enable them perpetrate an illegality in the media accreditation process which resulted in the deportation of some 60 journalists from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The plaintiff was represented by his counsel Kweku Mamfe while the respected Mr. Peter Zwennes represented the GOC. But no officer of the GOC was in court. The cross examination continued on Wednesday, 1st July, 2020.

 

 

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