The prominent businessman, Zafu Eyesus Work Zafu, won yet another legal battle against the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) that suspended him from representing United Insurance Share Company (UNIC) at the chamber’s general assembly.
Zafu filed a lawsuit personally against the chamber for banning and depriving him of his rights to be elected.
Zafu disputed the chambers’ action is against the constitutional Right of Representation. He appealed the court to turn down AACCSA’s measure, and to grant him moral compensation fee.
On Thursday January 29, 2015 the court ordered the chamber to lift the ban against Zafu and to settle a moral compensation of 1,000 birr.
According to Ethiopia’s law, the highest moral compensation fee is 1,000 birr. Zafu said that he intends to give the compensation to charities who are engaged in metal healthcare provision.
In a letter that was signed by Getachew Regassa, Secretary General of AACCSA and issued on December 18, 2013, the chamber disclosed that it has suspended UNIC’s representative from participating in all events of the chamber.
The letter was sent to UNIC a day before the ninth general assembly of AACCSA that was held in December 2013. The letter stated that the insurance company would have to assign another representative for the general assembly.
Zafu gets the representative status as he is the board chairman of UNIC. He is also one of the major shareholders of UNIC, which is a member of the chamber.
Zafu refuted the decision arguing that the chamber does not have the right to suspend him.
Eventually, Zafu attended the event after much wrangling but was not allowed to vote nominees for the Directors Board and the chamber president. Following the event, the insurance company sued the chamber at the Federal Cassation Bench. The court ruled in favor of UNIC. The court has annulled result of the ninth general assembly election and other decisions that were passed by the general assembly.
The court decision left the city chamber without an elected president or board of directors. The court has order the formation of caretaker administration that was comprised of the Ministry of Trade, Addis Ababa City Trade and Industry Development Bureau, and the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations until a rerun of the ninth general assembly is held.