Ghana: Court Dismisses Contempt Application Against Kumasi Club Chairman


The High Court, Kumasi, has dismissed an application for contempt brought against the chairman of the Kumasi Club Limited, Richard Owusu Nyarko.

The application was brought by two members of the club, Francis Oppong and John Nketia.

They sought an order for committal of the respondent for bringing the administration of justice into disrepute by his wanton, deliberate, wilful acts of disregarding a pending action in court.

Formed over 100 years ago, the Kumasi Club is the oldest existing social club in Kumasi with membership cutting across various professionals.

The applicants, in their motion, stated that the respondent deliberately and wilfully ignored a pending action and filed an action describing himself as chairman of the Management Committee of the cClub and also attended a gathering where he described himself in same words.

They, therefore, prayed the court to slam him with the contempt of court.

Nyarko, in his affidavit in opposition, averred that he was not served with any motion on notice for injunction seeking to restrain him from holding himself out as the chairman of the Kumasi Club Limited, and therefore the application was filed in bad faith and showed an attempt to bully him.

In its ruling, the judge, Justice Francis Obiri said the court determined two issues namely whether or not the respondent was served with the injunction application filed by the applicants to restrain him from holding himself out as the chairman of the Kumasi Club Limited and whether or not the respondent did anything to show disregard or disrespect or to impugn the integrity of the court by doing what the injunction was seeking to restrain him from doing.

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