Obour steps down, Bessa Simons takes over as MUSIGA President

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First Vice President of Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bessa Simons has been appointed as Acting President by the Union’s Countrywide Executive Council (NEC).

Bessa Simons’ appointment was confirmed at a meeting on Friday, August 30 and he is envisioned to direct the body right until the nationwide government elections just take put.

The NEC also appointed previous Next Vice President, Rev. Dr. Thomas Yawson as Acting 1st Vice President of MUSIGA in this interim time period.

This follows the conclusion of the tenure of the Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour led administration which ended on August 11, 2019.

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The NEC also appointed former Second Vice President, Rev. Dr. Thomas Yawson as Acting First Vice President of MUSIGA in this interim period.

According to Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour, in line with the Union’s constitution, no president should exceed the 8-year term limit and since his time is up, he does not want to appear to be clinging on to power after the expiration of his constitutional mandate.

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“With the announcement of the election roadmap last year, I had made plans to further my education and pursue other interests so my continued stay as the President of MUSIGA would be an abuse of the Union’s constitution and will also affect the Union’s operations since I can’t give my full attention,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the NEC also resolved to seek an Alternative Dispute Resolution to the court suit brought against the Union by Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi a presidential aspirant in the race to succeed Obour.

According to Ras who was part of the meeting, he agrees in principle to the idea to seek an ADR to the court issue.

He noted that “my decision to go to court wasn’t for any selfish interests but rather, the supreme interest of the Union so I will consult with my lawyer and indicate my position, going forward.”

Other members of the NEC applauded the camaraderie displayed in the meeting and expressed the confidence that the issue would be settled out of court and MUSIGA would be the ultimate winner.

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