The Ghana National Association Teachers
(GNAT), is demanding the immediate release of
one of its members who has been arrested for
allegedly insulting a district chief executive.
David Hammond was arrested last week by the
police while teaching in a school at Ekumfi
Otabanadzi in the Central Region.
This was after the District Chief Executive of
Ekumfi, Ibrahim Dawson, reported the alleged
insult to the police.
He has since been charged and has been
remanded in prison custody for a week.
Speaking to Citi News, the General Secretary of
GNAT, David Ofori Acheampong, said the DCE
abused his power by causing the arrest of the
“If they are people found not to have followed
due process they need to be punished. We
cannot allow things of this nature to occur in
this present age where some DCEs feel they are
so powerful such that if they have any conflict
with any individual, they can manipulate the
law and do what they want”, he said.
He further questioned the judicial processes
that remanded Mr. Hammond into prison
“The incident happened at Ekumfi which has a
Magistrate Court which should have handled a
case of assault, the case is then taken to
Ajumako which has no jurisdiction over what
happens at Ekumfi and the case is adjudicated
there and the teacher is remanded. We find
this very inappropriate,” he stated.
Meanwhile a separate statement issued by the
leadership of GNAT in the Central Region,
questioned why the teacher was not being tried
at the court in Essarkyir where he was arrested
instead of Ekumfi.
“We consider his arrest and incarceration as a
show of intimidation and abuse of power on
the part of the District Chief Executive (DCE) of
Ekumfi…This act of ‘show of where power lies’
in this time and age of our country’s
democracy is considered inferior.”
They further called for an “unconditional
release of Mr. David Hammond from Prison
The Central Regional GNAT argued that Mr.
Hammond was only expressing his opinion “on
what he sees as discrepancies of facts
according to the report” since it “will allay the
fear and displeasure among teachers in the
They also called on the Chief Justice to
investigate the matter.
“We are also calling on the Chief Justice to
investigate the circumstances that led to the
trial and incarceration of Mr. David Hammond
at Ajumako instead of Essarkyir where he was
arrested. Essarkyir has a Magistrate Court that
could competently have handled this case,” the
Source : citifmonline.com