Afful-Broni Is Guilty! …Afenyo-Markin Writes To Council
The Governing Council of the University of Education, (UEW) Winneba, has been officially notified that it is under a legal and contractual obligation to take the necessary and requisite action on the University’s Vice-Chancellor who has been found guilty by an investigation conducted by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).
Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni is still at post as Vice-Chancellor of UEW although EOCO investigations have found him guilty of procurement infractions.
Meanwhile, the previous Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke , was sacked from his position based on a mere uninvestigated suspicion that could be guilty of some irregularities. His subordinate by then, Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni was the petitioner that engineered activities which led to the removal of Prof. Mawutor Avoke.
After Prof. Mawutor Avoke was removed from office and his position given to Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni, EOCO continued to investigate the allegations brought against him and found out that he was completely innocent but rather, Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni was the guilty one.
For inexplicable reasons, Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni, despite the outcome of the EOCO report has remained in office and his tenure as head of the University has been marked by chaos, gunshots, bloody and violet riots, reported cases of victimization and strong suspicion of anti-government maneuverings.
Barely a fortnight ago, former President Jerry Rawlings petitioned the government of Ghana, through the office of the National Security Minster, about the matter.
The former President said the dismissal of Professor Mawutor Avoke as a “clear case of injustice” and asked government to correct the abnormality with a sense of urgency.
According to the former President the continuous punishment of Prof. Avoke for a crime which he has been found to be completely innocent of is “justice denied and untenable”
The Member of Parliament for the area, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has out of concern, written officially to the Governing Council of UEW to serve notice that the ongoing situation is a clear case of injustice and an unfairness to Prof. Mawutor Avoke.
According to Afenyo-Markin, the EOCO report ought to be acted on by the Governing Council of UWE and the appropriate decisions taken in the interest of fairness and natural justice.
Below is a copy of the letter as sighted by thepublisheronline.com:
UNIVERSITY OF EDUCAION,WINNEBA
24th October 2019
REPORT OF THE ECONOMIC AND ORGANISED CRIME OFFICE INVESTIGATIONS INTO UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA GOVERNANCE AND PROCUREMENT ISSUES.
Following a series of complaints from lectures and administrative staff, led by the then Pro Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni, I filed a petition through the Minister of Education for same to be investigated. All documents in support of the allegations were handed over to me either directly by Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni or workers he directed to submit to my office
Prior to the filing of the petition, Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni, Prof. Nicholas Abeka and some other lectures held a series of meetings with me at my Abelemkpe residence and my Stadium Office to justify the basis of the said allegations against the affected persons.
Upon receipt of the petition, the Minister of Education forwarded same to the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) for necessary actions.
The EOCO investigations became the bases upon which the previous Council ordered the following six persons to step down to allow for further investigations without any form of interference
- Prof. Mawutor Avoke – Vice Chancellor
- Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie – Finance Officer
iii. Mr. Frank Owusu Boateng – Deputy Finance Officer
- Ms. Sena Dake – Internal Auditor
- Mary Dzimey -Ag. Head of Procurement
- Ing. Daniel Tetteh – Ag. Deputy Director of works and Physical Development
The notice of the letter of their interdiction, on 1st October 2017, was widely circulated in the media
Suffice to say that upon becoming aware of the completion of the EOCO investigations, first, through Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni and later in the media, where there were wide speculations of the same report, I formally wrote to EOCO for a copy of the same report of 26th June 2019 and upon realizing a delay, I wrote a reminder on 11 September 2019. That on the 13th day of September 2019, I received a letter with reference EOCO/ED/081/V.2/138 dated 13th September 2019 from EOCO
I have read in details the report of EOCO and it appears regrettable that Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni who was the lead complainant of the procurement irregularities and persistently urged my office to pursue same was indicted whereas his boss Prof. Mawutor Avoke and the Finance Officer, Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie were completely exonerated by EOCO of any wrong doings
I expect that in the interest of justice and fairness, your Council upon receipt of this report will do the needful and take appropriate action. I need to reiterate that Ghanaians are following the events of the University of Education, Winneba, keenly.
Please find attached copies of the petition, follow-up letters, the interdiction letter and the EOCO report.
Counting on your usual cooperation
MP FOR EFFUTU CONSTITUENCY
Cc NEEYE GHARTEY VII
PARAMOUNT CHIEF OF EFFUTU