BY MUNTALLA INUSAH firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MAYOR of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Mr Felix Mensah-Larbi, was yesterday convicted for contempt by the Accra High Court for issuing a public notice for the demolition of structures at the Sakumono Ramsar site despite a court injunction.
The TMA Mayor was cautioned and ordered by the court to, within 14 days, issue another notice retracting what had been published in the media.
The order came after the court, presided over by Mr Justice Kweku Tawiah Ackaah-Boafo, had found Mr Mensah-La guilty of contempt and was slapped with costs of GH¢ 2, 500 in favour of the applicant who owned a property at the Ramsar site at Sakumono.
Hiding behind ignorance
According to the court, the Mayor could not hide behind the submission that he was not aware of the case and ruled that the argument was “unworthy of consideration” and therefore rejected it.
The court said the respondent himself admitted that there was a High Court order for injunction in favour of the applicant, restraining the TMA and other respondents in that suit.
Issues to determine
The court was to ascertain whether or not there was a restraining order against the TMA headed by the respondent from pulling down any structure or house within the landsite and from using land guards and other persons to disturb the occupants of the land pending the determination of the suit.
In the court’s opinion, the respondent, by that deposition, meant the court order could not be an impediment to the TMA’s development agenda and therefore did not respect the court.