The centre appears not to be holding at the University for Education Winneba (UEW), as Member of Parliament (MP) for Afutu, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, continue to bulldoze his way into the academia, not because he has expertise in the management of educational institution, but simply because that school in question, is located in the Constituency he represents.
The politician cum lawyer, is back in the news after he led in ousting the then Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, last year and got President Akufo-Addo to brazenly attend the investiture and induction of a Catholic Priest; Reverend Father, Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, as the fourth Vice-Chancellor, despite a legal tussle in the Supreme Court at the time.
Less than a year, Mr Afenyo-Markin, is biting his fingers as he has been stabbed in the back by his main man, whom he had worked for, using his political connections and clouts at the seat of government; The Flagstaff House.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP after his back and forth, leading to a court action in 2017 and finally succeeding in replacing Prof. Avoke, with a man he perhaps thought he could control, but Prof. Afful-Broni, has proven to be a tougher meat for his teeth, refusing to countenance any form of interference in the affairs of the University by the MP.
But in all these, Mr Afenyo-Markin, has gained notoriety in interfering in the affairs of institutions where he has some influence of some sort.
At Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) where he is the Board Chairman, the MP, has been accused of interfering in the day-to day-running of the company which has angered the workers. Petitions for his removal from the Ghana Water Board, have been snubbed by the President.
In what has been described by many as karma whipping the lawmaker, the VC’s betrayal pushed him to vent his anger on social media on Monday.
But The Herald’s information is that, there is a hidden agenda behind the MP’s sudden U-turn which has shocked many.
According to sources within the Constituency, the lawmaker has decided to go on this new path, because from the grounds, he is fast becoming very unpopular among the Ewe community in the area, who are said to be in huge numbers.
The MP, who has lived all his life in the Efutu Constituency, has his father from Tsiame near Abor in Volta Region, while the mother hails from Winneba.
His involvement in the removal of Prof. Avoke, who is also from the Volta Region, and has lived in the community with his parents since his childhood, has infuriated the Ewes there, who have vowed to teach him a bitter lesson.
Mr Afenyo-Markin’s current action according to sources is to undo what he did, so that he can win the favour of his father’s people in the next election.
In a long facebook post which attracted several negative comments, the MP, accused the VC of heatless victimization of other senior lecturers of the University, even though he perpetuated similar things that led to the removal of Prof Avoke.
Mr Afenyo-Markin, has since called for the resignation of Prof. Afful-Broni, accusing him of contract irregularity; something he (Prof. Afful-Broni) had accused his predecessor of.
The Catholic priest has allegedly caused the dismissal of some senior members, including Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, former Upper East Regional Minister and Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako and one Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku, who is the local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).
The legislator who is not happy with the sudden turn of events is describing Prof. Afful-Broni’s administration as a failure, and asked the VC to resign.
“Afful-Broni was supposed to do [more], but he has failed. I am sure that in the next few days if he has a conscience, he will resign and leave the university because he has failed the University. Afful-Broni has failed the University; he has misled all of us – that is a matter of fact. Mistakes of the past shouldn’t be repeated”, he disclosed on Accra-based Citi FM.
Meanwhile, students of the University yesterday, demonstrated demanding the reinstatement of their sacked lecturers. Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary, Kojo Yankah, also held a meeting with the authorities and assured the students they are working to resolve the issue amicably.
Below is what the MP wrote on facebook……
“Afful-Broni is digging his own trap pit and very soon he will fall deep into it. Time shall speak. Afful-Broni, in his cassock and without shame, viciously attacked the image of Avoke, but time has exposed all the lies.
As the inevitable awaits him, he is now using Bawa and a busy body independent candidate to neutralise me through character assassination. Destroying the lives of others can’t be part of any Christian virtue.
Avoke, Avea Nsoh, Bekoe, Sarpong, Dennis, Kaakyire and Ahmed Jinapor, will soon see real justice. In fact, many others will see their dignity being restored and it shall be like a dream. The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious.
When Afful-Broni was busily releasing university documents at dead nights to implicate his boss, was he sacked? When Bawa was writing articles against Avoke, was he sacked? Didn’t Avoke call him to his office to know his concerns? Why such heartless victimization? Aren’t some of these victims Catholics? Aren’t they children of God?
How can Afful-Broni crucify Avoke for awarding contracts irregularly and after getting him out turn round to uphold the same contracts and pay more money? Was the motive merely to take over by any means necessary? If tribalism was bad yesterday at UEW then it’s bad today as well.”
The University was sued at the Winneba High Court in connection with a writ filed by one Supi Kofi Kwayera, represented on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 in court by Mr Afenyo-Markin, who challenged the legality of certain actions taken by the then-Governing Council of the university.
The plaintiff argued at the time that the term of the Governing Council had expired and, therefore, certain actions taken by the council was illegal.
The action by the plaintiff eventually led to the dismissal of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Avoke
Prof Afful-Broni was appointed V-C and subsequently sworn in by President Akufo-Addo in 2018.