… In Shameful Conspiracy against Embattled Director of Administration
By: Prosper Agbenyega
The immediate past Minister for Health, Hon. Yieleh Chireh has been caught in a grand conspiracy with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Board Chairman of Korle-Bu respectively, in their devious attacks on the embattled Director of Administration, Mr. Nelson Menorkpor removing him from his position.
The plot hatched by the so-called 3-member cartel at the hospital involving the CEO, Prof. Otu Nartey, the Board Chairman Rev. Prof. Seth Andrews Aryeetey and the Director of Medical Affairs Prof. Afua Hesse seemed to have the backing of Mr. Yieleh Chireh who, according to information, used his position to see to it that the evils plotted by these people comes to fruition.
In making sure that they succeed in their every act, they sought to coerce Yieleh Chireh to use his capacity as the sector minister to assist them in getting rid of Mr. Menorkpor from the hospital to enable them have a free hand in mismanaging the hospital amid corruption and wanton chop-chop.
A letter with reference number KB/G-44 which was written on the 4th of January 2012 and signed by the CEO to the Minister of Health at the time, Yieleh Chireh, and copied to the Board Chairman, the CEO asked the Minister to re-assign Mr. Menorkpor with the ministry.
However, checks conducted by this paper have established that the then minister of health in submitting to their demands wrote a letter on 6th February 2012 even at the time he was out of that office.
The investigation revealed that as per the date the President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills ordered with immediate effect the reshuffle of Ministers and Deputies which affected Yieleh Chireh, he still ordered Mr. E.M. Longi, Director of Administration at the Ministry to sign a letter on his behalf and delivered to Mr. Menorkpor relieving him of his duty at Korle-Bu to be transferred to the ministry.
This, our investigation revealed that, the conspiracy to unlawfully eject Menorkpor from his office to give way for their corrupt practices has been successful.
It beats ones imagination, why Yieleh Chireh could have taken such a decision even though he was asked to leave that office as minister by the President. This decision should have been preserved for the newly appointed minister of health because he (Yieleh Chireh) was at the time of writing the letter has his capacity reduced from the ministerial appointment.
Information reaching this paper has it that the former minister was receiving pressure from the Korle-Bu cartel, with members accusing him of betraying their trust and so had to act out of office and asked his Director to sign a letter in compliance to their plan.
“We write with the reference to a letter No. KB/G44 dated 4/01/2012 from the Chief Executive, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to Hon. Minister on the above subject. In pursuit, I am to request you to kindly release Mr. Menorkpor Nelson of your facility Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) to the Ministry for re-assignment. Please do well to give us a copy of the release letter for our perusal,” the letter stated.
It could be recall that the Mr. Menorkpor’s appointment letter as Director of Administration at the hospital was unlawfully revoked by the Board Chairman, as the Board of Directors never took such a decision.
Indeed, the case was sent to the High Court for determination with a motion to restrain Korle-Bu Board from interfering in his work. This was not granted in spite of an affidavit sworn by two presidential appointees on the board. Mr. Menorkpor has since, appealed against the ruling of the court on the injunction aspect of the case, whilst the substantive case of unlawful revocation of his appointment as Director is also in court. Our investigation further revealed that an injunction has been filed at the Appeals Court pending hearing. But, the directive by the CEO Prof. Otu Nartey to lock up the office of the Director of Administration was till enforced even when the bailiff from the court was serving them with an order from the Registry of the Appeals Court.
Therefore, the position taken by the former Minister and his cohorts ahead of the full determination of the cases could be an affront to rule of law, amounting to abuse of basic human rights and contempt of court. More to come on conspiracy to eject Director of Administration which has worsened the plight of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.