…..For Nonpayment Of $43,000 Rent
By Cecil Mensah
Little did the former Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Sammy Crabbe, know that his decision to brag about the wealth, he unduly acquired under ex-President John Agyekum Kufour has deepened his woes and portrayed him as an insincere businessman.
This came to the fore when he opted to single handedly foot the congress bill of the party at a Steering Committee of the party in Accra last week.
Even though the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the defunct Ghana International Airlines (GIA) owes $ 43,000 his land lord for nonpayment of rent, he was all over in the news last week openly pledging to pay a whopping forty million Ghana Cedis that was needed for the organization of the 2014, NPP’s congress to elect a flagbearer r the party.
The family members of S. K. Glah at Mepe in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region have filed a writ at the Accra Human Rights Court (4,) against him for refusing to pay amount of US$ 43,000 office rent he owes them over many years.
According to a copy of the suit sighted by The Herald in Accra, the plaintiff said an Accra High Court (Land Division 4,) presided over by Justice Mrs. Margaret Webourne, earlier in Thursday December 1, 2011 ordered Mr. Crabbe to pay up the outstanding rent debt, on House No. C7253 in Asylum-Down, Accra, which building is the Greater Accra Regional office of the NPP, to the Glah family.
But, Mr. Crabbe still refuses to pay the arrears hence the family’s decision to re-arraigned Mr. Crabbe before the Accra Human Rights Court which trial is set to commence on October 18, 2013.
In the statement of claim, the plaintiff said sometime in 2012, Mr. Crabbe paid GH¢10,00.00 for the use of the office, but still refuses to pay the arrears.
The S.K Glah family in the suit provided documentary proof to back his claim that the office in question was, indeed, rented by Mr. Crabbe on May 17, 2005.
The suit explained that, originally, Mr. Crabbe used it as the offices of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to provide services in micro-finance and human resource development.
According to the plaintiff, the family, on February 18, 2006, entered into a tenancy agreement with the Crabbe Foundation, represented by Charles Crabbe for the house.
According to the suit, the plaintiff said per the agreement the tenancy agreement commenced on April 1, 2006 and was to expire on April, 1 2008 and the house was to be used exclusively for the objectives of the Crabbbe Foundation
The plaintiff revealed that the rent was fixed at $1,000.00 a month or its cedi equivalent, Mr. Crabbe paid $6,000.00 on the day the agreement, and the parties agreed that on or before March, 15, 2006, he would pay $18,000.00, being the balance of the two-year rent.
The plaintiff asserted that it was further agreed that the tenancy would be renewed after two years on terms to be agreed on by both parties, the agreement was signed and Mr. Crabbe took possession of the house.
Thereafter, the plaintiff said Sammy Crabbe and his brother who is also the second defendant in the 2011 case, Charles Crabbe, used the said house as the headquarters of the Greater Accra regional branch of the NPP where that party’s activities – press conferences, meeting, etc. – were held.
“The defendant erected signboards, appropriately to that effect. All these were done without the plaintiff being informed by the defendant and contrary to the agreement…
The defendant also made structural alterations to the premise and presented a bill of works captioned ‘Rehabilitation and Redecoration of New Patriotic Party Regional Office Building, Asylum Down, Accra’ to the plaintiffs,” the plaintiff noted.