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Melcom Manager Fined

2007-01-30 00:14:04
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THE REGENT of Gulkpegu, Naa Alhassan Ziblim, has slapped a 20 million cedi fine on the Tamale Melcom branch Manager, Mr. Samir Halvadia, for preventing his workers from participating in the recent clean-up exercise in Tamale.

The Chief, who vehemently condemned the Melcom Manager for his alleged rude and dictatorial conduct towards his customers, staff and the entire people of Tamale, said he was hurt by an alleged filthy comment by the Manager that even the President cannot order him to close his shop for the clean-up exercise.

Mr. Samir Halvadia has also been ordered by the Chief to render an apology to the people of Tamale and the organisers of the clean-up exercise for his vulgar comments and his refusal to participate in the exercise.

In a meeting with a delegation from the Melcom Head Office, the Gulkpe Regent said that the comment by the Melcom Manager meant that he had no respect for the authorities and laws of this country.

The Chief, who cautioned Mr. Halvadia to change his uncultured attitude outlined that, the President, the Regional Minister, Chiefs, Police and the Military were key pillars of this land and must be respected as such by every individual.

According to Naa Alhassan Ziblim, he would not allow the Melcom Branch Manager, Samir Halvadia, to muddy the waters or the existing peace in Dagbon and Ghana as a whole with his unacceptable conduct.

The ¢20 million fine imposed on him, according to the Chief, would serve as a deterrent to other employers who usually put up similar behaviour. The money is supposed to be paid to the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly.

The Regent of Gulkpegu reiterated that he would not hesitate to order for the close down of Tamale Melcom, if the Branchcedi fine. All pleas by the Melcom Accra delegation, led by one Mr. Quarshie, to the Chief to reduce the fine proved futile.

Apologising on behalf of the Branch Manager, the delegation asserted that the opening of the shop on that day was to enable workers of Melcom clean in and around the shop as part of the exercise.

But some of the workers who spoke to The Chronicle described the statement as a pack of lies. According to them, the Manager on that Saturday January 20, 2007, fired three of the workers for challenging his orders not to participate in the exercise.

Meanwhile, the workers at Tamale Melcom are seriously calling for the removal of the Branch Manager, for alleged intimidation, harassment and other forms of human rights abuses.

source: Chronicle

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