Wayoe Ghanamannti, a member of the legal team for the two Rastafarian students, Tyrone Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, who were given admission to Achimota School but refused enrolment because of their dreadlocks, has stated that he accepts the judge’s decision to dismiss their ex parte motion.
The lawyer for the duo filed an ex parte motion seeking an order from the court to compel Achimota School to temporarily enrol Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea pending the verdict on the main case but the motion was dismissed by the court.
The second student, Tyrone Marhguy, will have a similar injunction motion heard later today.
“We were seeking an injunction that gives an order for the judge to look at the exigency of the matter, and Her Ladyship was right by saying anyhow you look at it, we are seeking a mandatory order for the court to do something [about his enrolment].”
According to him, the judge’s reason for the dismissal is an acknowledgement of a violation of the students’ rights.
“We are grateful that the judge has shown that there is something that should be considered immediately by saying that we should look at the substantive application to enforce fundamental human rights. It tells you that this judge is telling the whole world that she recognizes that there is something urgent to be looked at and has called for us to come back in seven days.”
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Ghanamannti stated that “the main reason for the dismissal of the application is that it will jeopardize the substantive application. It’s simply saying that you have the main application under Act 33, you have laid so many complaints, claims, allegations, and violations in regards to the young man’s rights and now you have made an order to get the young man to go to school, and it will affect the main case.”