Backing Rawlings storms court to support taxi driver

Rawlings was personally in court to attend hearing of the case after his earlier attempt to mediate the case was ignored by the microfinance company

  • Published: , Refreshed:
Former President Rawlings play

Former President Rawlings

The taxi driver, Fio Yohannes play

The taxi driver, Fio Yohannes

24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The High Court (Fast Track Division) Wednesday asked former President Jerry Rawlings to mediate a breach of contract dispute between a taxi driver and a micro finance company.

The taxi driver, Fio Yohannes is suing Accra-based Melbond Microfinance Company for the recovery of an amount of GH¢32,390 plus interest at the prevailing commercial bank rates from February, 2015 till final date of payment. He is also asking the court, presided by Justice Robin Batu to award him damages for breach of contract and loss of income.

Rawlings who was personally in court to attend hearing of the case after his earlier attempt to mediate the case was ignored by the microfinance company, accepted Justice Batu's directive saying, "I will try but if it doesn't work, we will return to you."

A statement of claim filed by Fio explains he had in May 2013, entered into an agreement with Melbond for the hire purchase of a Nissan Almera vehicle at the sum of GH¢15,172 to operate as a commercial passenger transport.

He was also to pay a total interest of GH¢15,172 under the 30 months long agreement.

Fio then paid an initial contribution of GH¢2,400 and subsequently made a weekly installment payment of GH¢236.2 for 12 months totaling about GH¢9,140.

After operating the vehicle for a year during which he consistently honoured his obligation to Melbond without fail, the car was involved in an accident and was written off by the insurer, Enterprise Insurance Company Limited (EIC).

The statement of claim said that even though Fio was the one who paid the insurance premiums for the comprehensive insurance cover for the vehicle, EIC on October 17, 2014 paid to Melbond Microfinance, registered as the loss payee on the insurance policy, the full amount recoverable from the insurance policy.

Fio was however told, after several visits to Melbond’s offices at Kaneshie, that rather than a new vehicle to replace the damaged one as stipulated under the terms of the hire purchase agreement, he was due only the initial amount of GH¢2,400 he paid as his contribution towards the purchase of the vehicle.

The taxi driver then petitioned the office of former President Jerry Rawlings to intervene on his behalf but the company ignored entreaties from Rawlings’ office, following which Fio engaged a lawyer to pursue his rights.

In court Wednesday, counsel for Fio, Madam Hanifa Yahaya said her attempts to get Melbond to settle the matter amicably were ignored hence the suit before the court.

Source: Graphiconline

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Watch Fufu is killing Africans - Pastor Mensa Otabilbullet
2 Instant Justice Nana Oye Lithur condemns mob justice on lady stripped...bullet
3 In Tamale Nigerian girl gang raped and killedbullet
4 Assault OccupyGhana demands justice for lady stripped naked in Kumasibullet
5 Independence Celebration Ghana @ 60 cloth out; sells at GH¢240bullet
6 New Government Blakofe is deputy CEO for GTDCbullet
7 Ford Gift saga I gave Ford Expedition gift to Nana Addo - Mahamabullet
8 Drill Ship Saga I'll make sure Asiedu Nketia goes to jail...bullet
9 Nana Addo Gov't Debrah-Karikari appointed Secretary to...bullet
10 In The Central Region Teachers responsible for...bullet

Top Videos

1 Health Alert Fufu is killing Africans - Mensah Otabilbullet
2 Video Police officer attacked at Flagstaff Housebullet
3 Marine Drive Project Time's up, but residents refuse to relocatebullet
4 Meet "The Beast" President Obama's Cadillac that's more tank than carbullet
5 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
6 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at new...bullet
7 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think about beautybullet
8 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a ghostbullet
9 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries...bullet
10 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet

News