General Overseer Of Divine Healers Church Dragged To Court
Six unhappy pastors of the Divine Healer’s Church have sued their general overseer and four other principal officers of the church for their refusal to retire after attaining their retirement age.
The pastors have filed a lawsuit at the Accra High Court, seeking a court order to enforce the retirement of the church’s leaders due to their prolonged occupation of their positions, which is a violation of the church’s constitution.
Graphic Online reports that the lawsuit was brought against several church leaders including the General Overseer, Apostle Isaac Kwabena Adade, Deputy General Overseer, Apostle Maxwell Aryeetey Foster, General Secretary, Apostle Kenneth Ashaley Addo, Chairman of the National Youth Ministry, Apostle Emmanuel Acquaye, and National Women’s Fellowship Leader, Apostle Dora Edith Osekre.
The plaintiffs contend that the named officials have reached the age of 65, the mandatory retirement age specified in the church’s constitution. However, the General Overseer of the church has claimed that the Holy Spirit has communicated to him and his team to continue in their positions.
The plaintiffs, who are led by the Chairman of the Pastoral Council of the church and the Tema A2 Regional Head of the church, Apostle Daniel Mensah Attakpah, maintain that since the defendants have already served two consecutive five-year terms, they are not entitled to continue in office or seek to prolong their tenure.
The six pastors argue that the continued occupation of the five top positions in the church is in violation of the church’s constitution and, as such, is unconstitutional.
“Despite reaching the age limit of 65 in 2011 and serving an unconstitutional second term as General Overseer and member of the National Executive Council, which ended in 2016, the second defendant has continued to remain in office in an unconstitutional and indefinite manner, without following proper procedures for his replacement,” the pastors stated.
The plaintiffs, in their statement of claim, asserted that the third, fourth, and sixth defendants, like the second defendant, have also continued to occupy their respective positions in an unconstitutional manner, beyond the end of their tenures of office in 2016.
The plaintiffs further allege that the General Overseer and other top officials of the church had engaged the services of a lawyer to amend the church’s constitution by removing the age and term limits, without seeking the input or consent of the church members.
In addition, the plaintiffs state that the church members have been left powerless in the situation, as the defendants refuse to relinquish their unconstitutional hold on their positions and conduct elections to appoint new officials. As a result, some members have left the church in protest, according to the statement of claim.
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