The Disciplinary Committee of the Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) has exonerated the National Youth Organiser and General Secretary Nii Akomfrah after they were suspended for acts of indiscipline.
A Disciplinary Committee (DC) report signed by its chairman, Kwaw Ansah, stated that it found no “proof of misconduct” and is “unable to sanction the respondents” who were referred to the committee by the party’s Central Committee (CC).
The party on June 30 announced the suspension of its General Secretary, Nii Armah Akomfrah and National Youth Organiser, Ernesto Yeboah after they publicly condemned President John Mahama for accepting a gift.
Their position clashed with that of the flagbearer who maintained it didn’t “feel wrong” to accept the gift. The suspension came 48 hours after the CPP flag bearer, Ivor Greenstreet suggested that there is a price for taking individual positions.
The Central Committee suggested that the Disciplinary Committee was not serious about the suspension. The party could supply the Disciplinary Committee with even suspension letters of the two.
The DC had to sit relying on the suspension letter supplied by the respondents.
According to the DC, the CC could not state exactly what the two did wrong.
It revealed that although the National Chairman Dr Edmund Delle promised to supply the charges within 48 hours, the Committee had no charges to work with when it sat on July 14.
“After several reminders, no charges were brought before the Disciplinary Committee as at the time the Committee sat ….and concluded their deliberations….”, 14 days after the chairman’s promise.
At the sitting, the committee found that: “to arrive at the essential ingredients there must be charges accompanying the referral and the respondents must have received notice of the charges adequately to allow them to respond to the charges”
“That due to the absence of charges before the committee, it is the finding of the committee that the Respondents were not given any chance to know beforehand the charges levelled against them. This is clearly in breach of Article 114(e) of the party constitution which reads as follows; “A person referred to the DC shall be given adequate time to prepare his/her answer to the charges...".
The DC advised the CC that in the future when matters of discipline are referred to it, the CC should provide at least minutes of the meeting that arrived at the conclusion to suspend a party officer and also a letter containing written charges.
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