Ghanaian Chronicle

confusion in Takoradi over sale of prime lands

Date published: October 1, 2012

From Alfred Adams, Takoradi
THE controversy surrounding the sale of the Casuarina belt in Takoradi to Mechanical Lloyd, an automobile company operating in Accra, which has been met with sharp resistance by elected assembly members and residents of Sekondi-Takoradi, has taken a new dimension.
This time round, both the Managing Director and Manager of Mechanical Lloyd, Terry Darko and Mr. Joe Hyde Jnr. respectively, have been cited for contempt. The company and its managers have been accused by the plaintiff in the case of flouting orders of the court not to proceed with the building on the disputed land.

The court has fixed October 10th 2012 to rule on the contempt application filed by Counsel Seth Awuku on behalf of Mantrac Ghana Limited. The Casuarina belt, which is regarded as Takoradi’s green belt, lies in front of the former Pioneer Tobacco Company (PTC) and stretches to the offices of Vodafone Ghana Limited.
In an affidavit in support of the writ, the Branch Manager of Mantrac, Kofi Amo Asare, pointed out that on August 24, this year, the company filed for an order of interlocutory injunction at a Sekondi High Court to restrain the respondent firm (Mechanical Lloyd) from developing the land. He said a search conducted at the Registry of the Court proved that the respondent firm had been served.
He continued that despite being served with the motion, the respondents had entered the land, fenced the frontage with a wooden structure, and during the day and night, their workers and artisans have been busily constructing and building. This, the plaintiff observed, was in total defiance of the court order, and as a result the court should commit the two officers of Mechanical Lloyd into prison.
Kofi Amo Asare said that the conduct of the respondents to defy the order of the court was willful and an attempt to bring the administration of justice into disrepute. He argued that the respondents intend to continue with their gross disrespect of the court, unless they were committed into prison.
Meanwhile, Counsel Seth Awuku has filed for an application of ‘certiorari’, directed at a Sekondi Hight Court to quash all proceedings in the case of Mantrac Ghana Limited vrs Mechanical Lloyd, which was adjudicated on August 21, 2012.

In the said case, the Sekondi Court, presided over by Justice Buadi, restrained Mantrac Ghana Limited from interfering in the developing of Plot 7 of the Casuarina belt, located in front of Mantrac Ghana Limited. This was after Mantrac’s attempt to restrain Mechanical Lloyd from developing the plot floundered.

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