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Gary Nimako Marfo sues GA East MCE Elizabeth Kaki Mann over unpaid 130K legal fees

Elizabeth Kaki Mann, the Ga East Municipal Chief Executive

Lawyer in private practice and member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gary Nimako Marfo, has filed an action against the Ga East Municipal Assembly and the Municipal Chief Executive, Elizabeth Kaki Mann for its failure to paid him his outstanding legal fees.

According to the statement of claim filed at the registry of the High Court by Marfo and Associates, the solicitors for the plaintiff (Gary Nimako Marfo), he is asking for four reliefs from the Court.

First, he is seeking recovery of outstanding legal fees of GHc 130,050.00. Second, he is asking for interest on the sum of GHc 130,050.00 at the commercial rate from November 2021 until the date of final payment. Plaintiff is also praying the Court to award damages for breach of contract and cost, including legal fees.

In his argument to show to the Court why his demands should be granted, Gary Nimako Marfo, states that on 1 October, 2019, a retainer agreement was executed between the Ga East Municipal Assembly (1st Defendant) and him (Plaintiff) through his law firm as 1 Defendant’s external Solicitors for a monthly fee of four thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢ 4,000.00) effective 1 October, 2019 to 1 October, 2022.

Mr Nimako Marfo (Plaintiff) avers “that under the said retainer agreement, legal fees in respect of litigation were chargeable separately on a case-by-case basis and that, through his law firm, he rendered legal services for the 1st Defendant from the commencement of the agreement until October 2021”.

“Plaintiff says that after Elizabeth Kaki Mann (2nd Defendant) was appointed to replace her predecessor in September 2021, the 2nd Defendant decided not to continue with the engagement.

“Plaintiff avers that upon the termination of the Agreement, the Plaintiff, through its law firm, delivered to the defendants all documents and files belonging to the 1st Defendant in his possession.

“Plaintiff avers that after the files were released to the Defendants, the new counsel for the Defendants, Kingsley Amoakwa-Boadu Esq., called Plaintiff for his consent to continue the cases which consent was duly given.

“Plaintiff avers that the grant of his consent to the new counsel for the Defendants was to enable him to proceed with the defendants’ ongoing cases in order not to ground those ongoing cases in court.

“Plaintiff avers that he subsequently submitted an invoice of One Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Fifty Ghana Cedis (GH¢130,050.00) to the Defendants as outstanding retainer and litigation fee due up to the date of termination in accordance with the Agreement.

“Plaintiff avers that even though the Defendants were served with demand notice as far back as November, 2021 for the payment of its debt owed the Plaintiff and his law firm, the MCE, Elizabeth Kaki Mann has refused or failed to honour same,” Gary Nimako Marfo stated in his statement of case.

Mr Nimako Marfo further contends that “in spite of oral and written demands to get the Defendants to pay the debt owed the Plaintiff, the 2nd Defendant particularly insists that she would not pay the debt owed the Plaintiff because the Retainer Agreement with the Assembly was not executed by her but by her predecessor.”

Gary again says that “in August 2022, he sent a written notice of intention to sue the Defendants, but the same has been ignored by the Defendants and “that all other attempts by some officers of the 1st Defendant to get the 2nd Defendant to discharge 1st Defendant’s obligation towards the Plaintiff have proved futile”.

In light of this, Gary Nimako Marfo says that until the Court compelled the Ga East Municipal Assembly and its chief executive, they will not pay the debts owed the him.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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