Gov’t payroll is full, venture into entrepreneurship – Finance Minister

Ken Ofori Atta, Finance Minister Nominee

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has informed the 2021 graduating class of the University of Professional Studies-Accra (UPSA) that government’s payroll is full – making it unsustainable to keep adding to employment figures in the public sector, hence the need to create their own jobs.

According to him, government’s role is to create the needed enabling environment, establish micro-stability and ensure that citizens have the right skillset – and that is what government is going to do: focus on the youth and budget for their demands.

“The future for you in regard to jobs is the most important thing for you at this stage, and we have gone through a period when most people look for a job from government or state institutions; but that payroll is full.

“I can tell you that because we are spending about 60 percent of our revenue on renumerating some 650,000 people, and that is not sustainable,” he said.

The finance minister further indicated that entrepreneurship, skillset and credit are the important things needed in the mix to ensure sustainability for the youth and offer them an opportunity to create their own path to wealth.

According to the minister, education is a ladder to social mobility as well as economic and social prosperity, offering beneficiaries the opportunity to help society – adding that it is important for the graduates to acknowledge the privilege of accessing four years of tertiary education and do their best to impact society through the transformation and renewal of their minds.

Chief Executive-Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Dr. K.K. Sarpong, in his address at the graduation ceremony emphasised that it is important for the graduates to acquire 21st-century skills and core competencies which will enhance their employability and advancement in career.

He emphasised that, currently, industries search for graduates who have more than a university degree, as they consider life-skills such as creativity, innovation, critical-thinking, collaboration, teamwork, communication, empathy and digital literacy, among others, as essential skills for effective individual performance.

“These life-skills underpin the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that aids in dealing effectively with the challenges of everyday life, particularly work. It is therefore important that graduates acquire life-skills as mentioned,” he said.

Dr. K.K. Sarpong further singled-out digital literacy and indicated that this is an era of digitisation wherein automation, artificial intelligence and the use of software has dominated the delivery of accounting and financial services, hence the need for them to equip themselves with these skills to stay relevant on the job market.

He further stated that outsourcing of functions such as procurement, payroll, taxation, pensions and benefits, recruitment and training has become a new normal under COVID-19, hence the need for them to respond swiftly to that trend.null

“I encourage you to set up your own firms to tap into the growing outsourced financial and business services. Be entrepreneurial, for your training here has given you what it takes to do that,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Prof. Abednego F.O. Amartey, indicated that for the 2020/2021 cohort UPSA is graduating a total of 3,640 students – comprising 793 postgraduates, 2,054 undergraduates and 793 diploma students.

He entreated them to be worthy ambassadors of the school, exhibiting the values and tenets imbibed in them.

“As a marketer, my parting words to you are remember these four Ps – be positive, principled, proactive and productive,” he said

.Source: thebftonline.com

Two children found dead in broken-down car at mechanic shop

Crime scene experts have examined the scene and the bodies have been conveyed to the Police Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy.

Police in Accra say they are probing a case involving the death of two children at Alajo, a suburb in the capital.

The bodies of the two children, both aged three, were found in the passenger seat of a broken-down Mercedes-Benz saloon car parked at a mechanic shop.

The Nima Divisional Police Command has taken over the case to establish the circumstances leading to the death.

This was announced by the police in a statement signed by Director, Public Affairs, Superintendent Alexander Kwaku Obeng on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Crime scene experts have examined the scene and the bodies have been conveyed to the Police Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy.

“We wish to advise parents and guardians to take the safety of their children seriously and to always keep an eye on them whenever they are out to play”, the police’s statement further cautioned.

In the meantime, the police have also entreated automobile mechanics to enclose their shops to control access to unauthorized persons, including children.

According to the police, children and other suspicious persons found loitering around mechanic shops should be reported to them for further action.

Source: Citinewsroom

Mahama to begin Volta Region ‘Thank You’ tour today.

His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, Former President and the 2020 Flagbearer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) 2020 will from today, Monday, October 18, 2021, take his nationwide ‘Thank You’ tour to the Volta Region.

As part of the two-phased tour of the region, President Mahama will meet the Agbogbomefia, Togbe Afede XIV, and the Asogli Traditional Council.

He will also hold an interaction with Religious Leaders at Dela Cathedral, Ho Kpodzi.

The former President will also grant a live radio interview at Global FM.

Other activities lined up include a visit to the residence of late Comrade Courage Worlasi Danku where he will commiserate with the family and sign a book of condolence in memory of the late Deputy Regional Youth Organizer at Sokode Gbagble.

Mr. Mahama will also meet party stakeholders at the G.M. Afeti Auditorium, Ho Technical University.

The second phase of the tour will allow him to pay a courtesy call on the Volta Regional House of Chiefs.

The visit is to show former President Mahama and the NDC’s appreciation to the traditional rulers and the people of the Volta Region for their massive support during the 2020 general elections.

John Mahama will be accompanied by his running mate, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, National Chairman and General Secretary respectively, national executives, and other party stalwarts from the region.

Komenda Sugar Factory is not working due of your improper planning. – John Mahama told.

Komenda Sugar factory, which cost Ghana a whopping 35million US dollars has been abandoned in grass farms since it’s inauguration in 2016 by former President John Dramani Mahama.

The factory, aimed at primarily producing sugar for consumption by the entire country as a measure to cut down importation coat is unable to produce a cube of sugar to the market.

John Mahama in an interview with a local radio station in the Central Region accused current Akufo Addo’s government for neglecting phase two of the project.

This has sparked some criticism within some well meaning Ghanaians on social media as Mr. Mahama admitted the fact that the factory was established while the raw materials for production was not ready.

Some section of the Public has overtime pointed accusing fingers at him for poor and unplanned execution of the factory project. The Ex President however explained that the initial agreement and funding means necessitated the need for the factory before planting of the raw material.

Agyapa deal bad for Ghana’s youth – Mahama

Former President John Dramanihas re-stated his opposition to the Agyapa deal.

The deal, he says, will be bad for the youth because it will invariably mean “mortgaging the future of the youth”.

According to the former president, the Agyapa deal is inconsiderate because it is a plan to mortgage the future of the country and Ghana’s youth to fund Akufo-Addo’s present-day desires.

Explaining the rationale behind the Agyapa deal in an interview on Cape 93.3FM, Mr. Mahama said, “they are mortgaging Ghana for everything. They have sold everything for loans. Now they don’t have anything to sell anymore. It is our gold that is left, that is the Agyapa they want to do”.

“Because they see that they’ve sold the utensils, they’ve sold the chairs in the hall, the bed in the bedroom has been sold, now they are looking for the next item to sell. They have settled on the windows to sell. That is our gold, which they want to sell this time. They want to use that to go and collect over one billion dollars”, he lamented.

He said government has always received a 10% stake as gold royalties, which royalty the Akufo-Addo government is intent on mortgaging for loans to spend today.

He fingered Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, accusing him of being a happy participant because his company always gets a percentage from the loans raised.

The 2020 National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential Candidate said the government has benefited the most from Ghana’s resources and accrued the most revenue, but this has not reflected in the development of the country, and on the living standards of the people.

He observed that President Akufo-Addo, through his cousin the Finance Minister, has mortgaged the Energy Sector Levy and the GETFund for many years, which he says imposes the burden of payment on the youth who would be paying the debts for many more years to come.

“Even though the ESLA bond we brought was supposed to be for five (5) years, today the last ESLA bond they did they have extended it to between 20 – 30 years. It means you and I; our children and our grandchildren will continue paying the loan until beyond 2030. GETFund has been mortgaged for the next 15 years. This means all contributions we pay for GetFUND will only go toward paying loan and not for anything else”, he disclosed.

“Our children will pay and pay and pay but won’t be able to finish paying. Our grandchildren will take over from them and continue paying the debts” he added.

Mr. Mahama, therefore, warned that “If we don’t halt this trend government appears set on, it will get to a point where we can no longer pay our debts

My policies, flagship programmes bearing fruit – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the policies and programmes initiated by his government, since taking office in January 2017, are bearing fruit. and have impacted the lives of all Ghanaians.

Speaking at the centenary celebration of the Ash Town Seventh Day Adventist Church, on Saturday, 16th October 2021, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that he came into office with the goal of improving the living standards of the Ghanaian people.

“After my first term in office, our achievements were visible for all to see, and that is why the Ghanaian people were good enough to repose their confidence in me again, and gave me four more years to do more for them,” he said.

Whilst acknowledging that life is still not easy as it should be, the President noted that there are solid reasons for all Ghanaians to hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Recounting the passage in Jeremiah 12:2, which says “You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit”, he told congregants at the Church that “likewise, the policies and programmes being implemented by my government have taken root, they are growing, and they are bearing fruit”.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “In this Church, at least, I am sure we have parents here whose wards are beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School policy. We have achieved a number of noteworthy successes, and even though the pandemic of COVID-19 has derailed temporarily our progress, we remain on course, and will build back Mother Ghana much strongly.”

Reiterating his vision for the progress and prosperity of Ghana, the President stated that his vision to build a Ghana Beyond Aid remains constant, adding that “with the help of the Church, I am confident that we can realise this vision”.

Centenary Celebration
Thanking Almighty God for the growth of the Ash Town SDA Church, President Akufo-Addo stated that, since its establishment a century ago, the Church has impacted positively not only on the lives of congregants, but also on residents of Ash Town and Kumasi.

“From humble beginnings, this Church has grown into what it is today – a dynamic and integral part of this community. You have lived up to the aspirations of the forebears of this Church, Edward Sanford and Karl Rudolph, who first came to the shores of the Gold Coast, first landing at Apam, moving to Cape Coast before spreading out to the Ashanti Region, and other parts of Ghana,” the President said.

He continued, “Successive priests and congregations are to be applauded for these achievements, and for the many years of service and fellowship to country. You have been a good example of what it means to love one another and give cheerfully to those in need, and I have no doubt that this legacy of ministry and compassion will long grace this Church”.

The President’s prayer was that the Church will continue, for the next one hundred years (100 years), to spread the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, win souls, and serve the people of Ghana and Almighty God.

He also asked congregants to “pray for me, the government and the people I have appointed to various positions, that we exercise our responsibilities with humility and integrity, and pray for Ghana, that she remains united and continues to strive for progress and prosperity

When I Saw The Seven Supreme Court Judges, I Lost Hope: John Mahama Speaks On The Election Petition

John Mahama met the NDC party stakeholders this afternoon as part of his Thank You tour in the Central Region. He reacted once again to the 2020 election petition. Mahama compared and contrasted the 2012 election to the 2020 election petition.

Mahama explained that the judges were unjust. He recounted how the then Chief Justice, Madam Georgina Theodora, excluded herself from the panel of judges who presided the 2012 election. Mahama disclosed that he was shocked when he saw the current Chief Justice, Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah on the panel.

Mahama added that when he saw the remaining six supreme court justices who presided the hearings, his heart skipped a beat. He revealed that he lost hope in the justice system at that particular instance. He stated boldly that he was not surprised at the consistent unanimous 7 votes.

Akufo-Addo is mortgaging everything in Ghana – Mahama

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• Former president Mahama kicks against new Agyapa deal

• Ghana won’t be able to pay its debts if government’s trend is not halted, Mahama

• The Akufo-Addo-led government introduced the Agyapa deal to help leverage Ghana’s gold royalties


Plans by government to re-introduce the Agyapa royalties deal have been opposed by former president, John Dramani Mahama, who insists the government is mortgaging the entire wealth of the country.

According to him, the deal is inconsiderate as government is invariably putting the future of the youth at risk.

“They [Akufo-Addo government] are mortgaging Ghana for everything. They have sold everything for loans. Now they don’t have anything to sell anymore. It is our gold that is left, that is the Agyapa they want to do.

“Because they see that they’ve sold the utensils, they’ve sold the chairs in the hall, the bed in the bedroom has been sold, now they are looking for the next item to sell. They have settled on the windows to sell. That is our gold, which they want to sell this time. They want to use that to go and collect over one billion dollars,” he lamented in an interview on Cape 99.3FM.

He said even though the government has benefited and accrued the most revenue from Ghana’s resources, the country has nothing to show for it.

According to a citinewsroom report, the former president said that the Akufo-Addo-led government wants to mortgage the 10% stake it receives as gold royalties for loans to spend today.

“Even though the ESLA bond we brought was supposed to be for five (5) years, today, the last ESLA bond they did, they have extended it to between 20-30 years. It means you and I, our children and our grandchildren will continue paying the loan until beyond 2030. GETFund has been mortgaged for the next 15 years. This means all contributions we pay for GETFund will only go toward paying loans and not for anything else,” he explained.

The 2020 National Democratic Congress presidential candidate added that “Our children will pay and pay and pay but won’t be able to finish paying. Our grandchildren will take over from them and continue paying the debts.”

He said the country will get to a point where it cannot pay its debts if the trend the government is setting is not stopped.

The woes of the Agyapa royalties deal were compounded by a risk assessment conducted by former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu after widespread criticisms by stakeholders who insist it was not in the best interest of the country.

The deal which was introduced by the Akufo-Addo government to help leverage Ghana’s gold royalties was suspended after these.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Dozens of Qnet agents and recruits arrested in Koforidua

Dozens of Qnet Agents and hundreds of recruits have been arrested by Police in Koforidua.

The special operation carried out by Police and Ambulance service Personnel from the Counter-Terrorism and Concentration Camp located in Huhunya on Friday targeted places where Qnet agents operate and target their victims.

The suspects include some West Africa Nationals. Some women with their children were among the recruits found at the premises of the Qnet branches. They have been arrested for defrauding hundreds of victims under false Pretenses.

Starr FM Investigation

Starrfm.com.gh published on March 15, 2021 that scores of Ghanaians and some West African nationals risk being scammed by agents of network marketing company Qnet Ghana.

Many Independent Representatives (IRs) in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, operating as agents of the company are using what appears to be deceptive business modules to recruit people as independent representatives.

On the first week of 11th January 2021, Starr News Eastern Regional Correspondent Kojo Ansah initiated investigations into the operations of Qnet agents in Koforidua following complaints of possible scam.

It was quite difficult establishing location of at least six Qnet agents operating in parts Koforidua. They operate in rented bedroom apartments without signposts.

At Koforidua Adweso-Mile 50, an agent was found operating from a walled four-bedroom house. A number of desperate unemployed youth well-dressed with some in suit and tie were found seated under tents in the house. A few minutes later, a self-acclaimed pastor came to worship with them and delivered a motivational message.

Ushered into a room after disguising as potential customer interested in joining the network marketing company, five persons including two (2) ladies were already seated in the room. They had come after an Independent representative introduced the direct selling business to them.

Twenty (20) minutes later, a young man came to the room to introduce the business modules. He first convinced the prospective Independent Representatives about the credibility of the company citing numerous sponsorship packages by Qnet for FIFA, CAF, , Manchester City WHO, UNICEF, ECOWAS among others.

He said worthy medical doctors, Journalists, Musicians, Politicians and some rich men in Ghana including Kennedy Agyapong, late former President Jerry John Rawlings were into the business.

He demonstrated that an Independent Representative could get initial commission of $225 for the first month and as high as $76,725 monthly commission after four years of joining the network marketing company and advertising its products to other customers who also refer others.

A young man who identified himself as Elvis Nelson Ayittey -Manager and Qnet agent, explained that to be registered as an Independent Representative, the individual must buy a form of at least Ghc100 and pay at least Ghc4,200 for the purchase of a product online and additionally pay Ghc400 hostel fee.

He added that  after payment, an online dollar account would be created for the individual to receive payment of commission twice daily after referring two others to also purchase a product

“To join this company, you have to purchase a product before. I hope he mentioned the prices to you. The least priced products are the chi -pendant which is ghc4,200 and the bio-dic is Ghc4,300. There is a way that we can do it for you to secure an account but without. getting the product that is paying ghc2,800. The company operates in 184 countries,42 is in Africa so they use one common platform. So, we are going to create international account for you so that you can use to get the product. This business is a form of E-commerce so you can do it to attach any work that you do. If you want to come and stay here add just Ghc400 to the amount to make it ghc4,600 or Ghc4,700” He said

“The advertising of the product is not about the number of people that you are going to advertise to. It is a form of teamwork. I started this business 16th of April last year things have changed in my life. I have many people. I have an office at Cape coast. Every week you will get commission. If you get 60 people under you, you will make $5000 every week. So, try and join.so are you going to fill the form. For the money, you can pay in installment. The forms are from GH100 upwards “The manager was captured on tape .

Apparently, the Qnet agent has a school attached to the network marketing as new recruits are made to register for online diploma and degree courses allegedly affiliated to Quest International University. He said Diploma and Degree certificates will be awarded depending on the course one pursues.
Quest International University had not replied email sent on January 13, 2021 to verify the genuineness of the alleged affiliation.

At Okorase, a community near Koforidua, where another agent was operating with same modus operandi, the story was not different. Over hundred youth were seen on the compound of the alleged Qnet agent going through training after paying huge sums of money to purchase a product online hoping to be registered as an Independent Representative to start earning the supposed commissions as assured.

The next stop this time around, was a house where nationals from West African Countries were similarly operating as Qnet Agents in Okorase.
They are mostly Burkinabe, Nigerians and Malians. The agents convince their victims mostly from Mali and Burkina Faso that they have secured well-paid jobs in Ghana for them.

The victims are asked to pay huge amounts to enable them commence work. After paying the amounts, they are held hostage under the guise of being trained to work online as Qnet Independent Representatives. Mobile phones of the victims are seized to disable them from communicating to their families.

The victims are told to convince two persons each from their respective countries to come to Ghana under the guise of securing job opportunities for them before they could be released. Few days before, Police in Koforidua arrested dozens of West African Nationals at Bornya a suburb of Koforidua after one of the fresh victims escaped from the custody of the agent.

QNET has maintained that it is a direct selling company that provides customers around the world with unique high-quality products and services while giving customers the opportunity to build a sales business by promoting the products. Qnet sells products online to clients.

The company trades products ranging from energy, nutrition, personal care, luxury and collectables, accessories, cosmetics, vehicles, holidays and education among others

Under its business module, independent representatives” (IRs) of the company receive $250 commission after they introduce the products to six people, placing three people on their left and three people on their right, described as two ‘legs’. When an IR introduces a new customer who then becomes an IR if they so wish, the original IR benefits (by receiving bonus points) from the success of their recruit.

These bonus points build up on only one of the IR’s legs. The IR must then introduce the product for a new customer to purchase it and also become an IR to add up to the monthly commission.

Over 10,000 people working under Qnet in Ghana

Qnet claimed that its network had employed 10,000 people in Ghana who earn between 1,000-10,000 dollars per month.

On 22nd and 23rd February, 2018, Qnet Ghana organized its first-ever Absolute Living Expo which was attended by many stakeholders and the general public. Government agencies such as the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Business Development were well represented.

Ghana’s largest business association, the Association of Ghana Industries was also represented at the Expo which took place at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Business Development, Mr. Joe Tackie, representing the Minister for Business Development said: “We are glad to have QNET in Ghana for the long haul. We are also very glad that QNET’s business module supports entrepreneurship. Having being in existence for 20 years and operating in about 100 countries across the world, we believe that Ghanaians will benefit immeasurably from the health, nutritional and entrepreneurial exploits QNET is introducing to Ghana.”

The Head of SME, at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr. Sampson Abankwa, representing the Minister for Trade & Industry added: “QNET’s entrance into Ghana is opening the space up for more entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth and Ghanaians in general”

Reaction on Findings of the investigation

Qnet Ghana responded to some of the findings in the investigation as follow.
“Okay Qnet is a business company and every business require a starting capital……So for sure you need a capital to start with…. And become a representative….No one get to the top alone team work is a key in our business”

On the Quest International University Courses being offered as part of the business module, Qnet Ghana said “Education is part of our business sectors if you meet the requirements you can enroll in any of our Universities…. And start offering a course of your choice through digital platform e-learning”

On Foreign nationals holding people hostage

Qnet Ghana explained that “People From far places organizing themselves confining themselves into rooms are not part of the business model…. But from the understanding of new representative can decide to join hand in hand to find a house to stay in so they can build their business…… Note: Qnet is a Global Business of only you have the understanding you can do business with us from any angle ”.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/Kojo Ansah

Two Robbery Suspects Jailed 12 Years, Two Other Suspects in Custody for Kidnapping

Two accused armed robbers, Sameed Issa and Ivor Constance Kwahie were on 15th October, 2021 convicted for 12 years by the Fiapre Circuit Court in the Bono Region. The two convicts were arrested through a Police-public collaboration on Monday, October 11, when they robbed their victim of three (3) iPhones, a wristwatch, a car key and an amount of GH₵ 350.00 at gunpoint.

In a related development, on Thursday, October 14, unknown men allegedly kidnapped one Tahidu Adam aged 38 at Dakpen in the Northern Region. The victim was later rescued by the community members who also led the Police to arrest two suspects – Inusah Abdulai and Amadu Ahmed. One locally made Pistol and five live AAA cartridges were retrieved from them.

The Police Administration wishes to express profound gratitude to the leaders and people of the two communities- Fiapre and Dakpen for their active participation in crime-fighting in their communities.

We also commend the two Regional Police Commanders and their personnel for deepening Police-community partnership in ensuring that peace and security are maintained in their jurisdictions.

A solid Police-Community partnership is critical for effective policing. We, therefore, urge other communities to support the Police to bring the activities of criminals to a halt for safer and peaceful communities.

Savanna NDC sacks constituency executives

The Savanna arm of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sacked some constituency executives in the region including the constituency chairmen for Salaga South and Daboya-Mankarigu.

A letter dated Thursday, 14 October 2021, and signed by Regional Secretary Salisu Be-Awuribe, announced the fate of Haruna Salifu and Alhaji Mohammed Mutala.

“Adverse findings were found against them by the Regional Disciplinary Committee to the effect that some of their actions in the constituency contravened some sections of Article 48 (8) of the party constitution”, the letter copied to the party’s National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said.

“Consequently, in the exercise of the powers vested in the Regional Executive Committee of the party as per Article 48 (9) of the Constitution, the Regional Executive Committee at its meeting on the 7th of October 2021, resolved to relieve the above-named officers of their positions they once held in the Salaga South Constituency Executive Committee with immediate effect”, it added.

The party also expelled some other executives.

“The former Chairman, Mr Haruna Salifu and former Organiser, Mr Murtala Falalu have been barred from holding any executive position within the party for two years and one-and-a-half years, respectively while the former Communications Officer, Mr Abubakari Abu Omega, former Youth Organiser, Muazu Mamuda, and former Women Organiser, Madam Haruna Fuleraare, also barred from holding executive positions in the party for a year each,” one of the letters stated

FDA orders Ceres 100% Apple Juice recall over high mycotoxin-patulin levels

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has demanded the recall of some batches of Ceres 100% Juice from the Ghanaian market.

A statement on Friday, 15 October 2021, said: “The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ghana, in collaboration with Transmed Ghana Limited, Accra, wishes to bring to the attention of the public, an ongoing recall of certain batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice”.

The FDA noted: “This follows information received from the International Food Safety Network (INFOSAN) and the manufacturer of the product, Pioneer Foods Groceries (Pty) Limited, South Africa, confirming that extensive laboratory tests and consultations with their local supplier of the apple juice concentrate, revealed that it contained levels of mycotoxin-patulin higher than the regulatory threshold”.

“It is important to note that so far, most of the affected batches have been successfully retrieved and this includes all the 1-litre pack sizes”.

“The FDA’s market surveillance team is therefore working earnestly with the importer to remove all the affected products in trade and is calling on persons in possession of the above products to return them to any of the depots of Transmed Ghana Limited, nationwide or to any FDA offices across the country.”

The juice has also been recalled in Kenya and markets in Eastern and Southern Africa as well as Singapore

We’re ready to share ideas – Bawumia Guyana VP

Ghana is ready to share her learnings and development experiences with other countries as they all seek to better the lives of their citizens, Vice-president Mahamudu Bawumia has said.

Thus, Ghana will continue to develop and enhance cordial and mutually beneficial relations with friends both near and far, with the ultimate aim of accelerated development and improved livelihoods.

Dr Bawumia assured of Ghana’s commitment to the exchange of practical development ideas on Friday, 15 October 2021 when he welcomed Mr Bharrat Jagdeo, Vice-president of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, to the Jubilee House, Accra for bilateral talks at the beginning of a three-day visit to the country.

Amongst other objectives, Vice President Jagdeo and his delegation are in Ghana to learn about the country’s experiences in the oil and gas sector, with particular reference to local content and participation, the legal framework, and general best practices in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon finds, having discovered hydrocarbons on a large scale in 2015.

During the visit, technical teams from Ghana’s Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Petroleum Commission (PC), Ghana Gas, Energy Commission and other stakeholders in the energy sector will be engaging their counterparts from Guyana to share ideas and exchange learnings.

“We are here to listen and learn, and given your experiences in the oil and gas sector, I am sure we have come to the right place” Vice President Jagdeo declared, adding, “Our ongoing cooperation is testament to how well we can work together and learn from each other.

“We want to deepen our cooperation beyond the oil and gas sector, to trade and investment in each other’s country. We want to learn from you in the areas of agriculture, digitization, health, especially your Agenda 111, and infrastructure development” he indicated.

Recalling the longstanding relations between Ghana and Guyana and the uncanny similarities in their histories, Vice President Bawumia said Ghana remains a bulwark for peace and democratic development in the West Africa sub-region and indicated that given the emerging opportunities, particularly in the energy sector, greater cooperation would serve as a catalyst for trade and investment for both countries.

As a sign of Ghana’s readiness to provide practical learnings, Dr Bawumia presented a large, bound folder detailing the origins and implementation plans for Government’s Agenda 111, designed to make health care accessible and affordable at the lowest level of society.

A beaming Vice-president Jagdeo described the document as the “highlight” of his day

Don’t stop anyone who wants to contest me for NDC flagbearership – Mahama to executives

“The NDC is a democratic party so all those who show interest and qualify to contest must be allowed to do so,” Mahama said.

Former President John Dramani Mahama has urged the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) not to hinder persons who want to become the party’s flabearer for the next general elections.

Addressing party stakeholders as part of his ‘Thank you’ tour in the Western Region on Thursday, October 14, 2021, Mahama said the party must rally behind any candidate who will emerge victorious after their primaries.

“From next year, we (NDC) will begin our branch, constituency, regional and national elections. From there we will do our flagbearership elections.”

“The NDC is a democratic party so all those who show interest and qualify to contest must be allowed to do so. We must all support whoever emerges victorious into the 2024 elections, and I am certain that God will give us victory,” he said.

Duffuor to contest NDC flagbearership?

There have been rumours about some senior members of the NDC lacing their boots to contest the flagbearer slot.

In a video making rounds on social media, a former Finance Minister, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, is seen soliciting support for the party ahead of the 2024 elections.

Though it is unclear whether the former Governor of the Bank of Ghana would contest for the flagbearer position, sources indicate there is a possibility.

However, some big wigs in the party believe John Mahama is the NDC’s best bet at winning the next elections.

One of such persons is the former Deputy Minister for Youth and Sport, Joseph Yamin.

In a post on Facebook, he said the NDC shouldn’t allow anyone to contest John Mahama in the party’s next presidential primaries.

Another person with a similar position is former Minister for Youth and Sports and Member of Parliament for the Odododiodoo constituency, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye.

He has even gone ahead to predict a massive defeat for any member of the party who contests John Mahama for the flagbearer position.

“John Mahama is our next candidate. We are going to endorse unanimously him as our candidate in the next congress.  Anyone who will be courageous enough to come forward will not have more than 1%.”

“This does not mean we do not have other viable candidates. We do, but John Mahama is the candidate people identify more with. They have come to identify with him more.”

Source: Citinewsroom

Agyapa Best For Ghana – Ofori-Atta

Ken Ofori-Atta

MINISTER OF Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, says the Agyapa Royalty deal is best way to go for Ghana to help monetise her minerals and find a way to leverage mining.

He has consequently charged the reconstituted board of the Minerals Income and Investment Funds (MIIF) to continue with the work that has been done to address and overcome “all the concerns against the Agyapa transaction.”

Speaking at the inauguration of the board, the Finance Minister stated that this would enable the government to market and create the first mineral royalty company in Ghana and in Africa “because it is good for Ghana.”

Mr. Ofori-Atta indicated that the Ministry would do all the necessary consultations and resubmit Agyapa to Parliament for consideration.

“You must continue with the work that has been done following the theme of the budget ‘Continuity, Consolidation and Completion’ and address and overcome all the concerns against the Agyapa transaction, so that we can go to the market and create the first mineral royalty company in Ghana and in Africa because it is good for Ghana.”

The Agyapa Royalty was proposed by the government last year as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to manage and monetize the country’s mineral royalties to finance key infrastructure projects.

However, some stakeholders, particularly civil society organisations (CSOs) working on extractives, anti-corruption and good governance, kicked against the move, asserting that there had not been enough consultation for their views to be reflected in the deal.

But management of the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) at the time indicated that there had been erroneous assertions made in the media about the fund and its purpose.

The Public Relations Unit of MIIF, in a statement, noted that the MIIF was formed by Parliament pursuant to the Minerals Income Investment Fund Act, 2018 (Act 978) with the key objective of maximising the value of Ghana’s income from its mineral wealth for the benefit of the Ghanaians.

It insisted that the special purpose vehicle was also to maximise the minerals’ income in a sustainable and responsible manner with an aim to ensure that Ghanaians fully benefitted from the wealth created in the mining sector.

Mr. Ofori-Atta said “the Attorney General has looked at it. We had a few stakeholder meetings, and I think the new board should be energised to review that and go through the parliamentary process. I’m unequivocal that it is the way to go in terms of monetizing our minerals and finding a way to leverage mining

2024 Elections: Some politicians have consulted UK-based prophet – Rev. Owusu Bempah

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Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah, the founder and leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International has claimed that some members of a particular political party have already commenced spiritual machinations towards the 2024 General Elections.

Reverend Owusu Bempah said members of the unnamed party traveled to the United Kingdom to seek directions from a powerful man of God on what must be done to enable them win the polls.

He said the UK-based prophet in turn referred them to him as the prophet with the spiritual legitimacy to reveal the winner of elections in Ghana.

“One Great Prophet of God in Britain was approached by some politicians to find ways of winning the 2024 elections. The prophet told them God has lifted a certain prophet and that the said prophet is higher than him. He told them to go look for Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah,” he said.

He subsequently cautioned politicians that it will be impossible to win an election and govern the country without sharing ties with him.

Reverend Owusu Bempah said that he has been handpicked by God to prophesy the presidency of the country and that anyone who wants to win an election must share some relationship with him.

“When the name of Reverend Owusu Bempah is mentioned, people ask a lot of questions about him. Recently there was a revival in South Africa and during prayers someone began to prophesy that God has anointed a great prophet for Africa and that the said prophet is from Ghana. God is going to use the prophet to lift Africa and embark on a new move in Africa. He heard the name, Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah.

“It means God has lifted a certain name in this country. Sometimes when I say certain things, people feel I’m bragging. I swear by God, nobody can lead this country without connecting himself to me. You may choose to believe it or not. I know the person God has made me and I speak in humility,” he added.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

FDA recalls batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has recalled some batches of Ceres 100% soft drink which is currently on the Ghanaian market.

According to the FDA, the product contains a higher amount of mycotoxin-patulin, which is above the acceptable level.

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ghana in collaboration with Transmed Ghana Limited, Accra wishes to bring to the attention of the public an ongoing recall of certain batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice.

“This follows information received from the International Food Safety Network (INFOSAN) and the manufacturer of the product, Pioneer Foods Groceries (Pty) Limited, South Africa confirming that extensive laboratory tests and consultations with their local supplier of the apple juice concentrate, revealed that it contained levels of mycotoxin-patulin higher than the regulatory threshold,” the FDA said in a statement.

Greater Accra Minister Swears In 26 MMDCEs To Start Work

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey has sworn in 26 confirmed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the Region.

Assembly members since September in the various Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies in the Region have been voting to confirm or reject the nominees by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The process has been smooth for the nominated MMDCEs with only three out of the total number of 29 yet to be approved by the assembly members.

The three outstanding nolminees, Mordecai Quarshie of Ledzokuku, Mohammed Bashiru Kamara of Ga Central and Latif Amanor, Ningo Prampram could not secure the required number of votes from their respective Assembly Members to be confirmed as Municipal Chief Executives.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, speaking at the swearing in ceremony charged the MMDCEs to execute their mandate guided by the rules, regulations and procedures of the Local Government Act 2016 (Act 936).

He further implored them to ensure equitable distribution of developmental projects in all Electoral Areas devoid of Political biases for the total development of the Assembly.

The Head of Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur outlined plans by his outfit to organize some academic courses for key staff of the assemblies to enhance service delivery at the local level.

According to him, “I want to assure you that, your staff will be trained as soon as possible particularly Regional Coordinating Directors, engineers, and procurement officers on contract management, public financial management, etc.
“The rationale behind this is to help bring on board the best management practices in achieving the objectives of the service. I wish to express my confidence in you and the expertise you are seeking to bring to bear.”

For her part, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources who doubles as the Caretaker Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Cecilia Abena Dapaah tasked the newly confirmed MMDCEs to deal with streetism and sanitation to ensure a safe society.

“One major problem is the street children we see around. They are everywhere, and they are a danger to all of us and society. I hope you find ways and means to deal with that issue properly,” she said.

Communication and Digitalization Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful also urged the MMDCEs to use digital platforms in collecting property rates and other services to enhance revenue mobilization

We can’t win 2024 with this attitude – Sammy Gyamfi to NDC members

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Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress, (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi has warned that it may be very difficult for the party to capture power if its current posturing on the political front does not change.

Sammy Gyamfi made the comments on his Facebook page on Friday.

According to him, if the NDC does not do an honest self-introspection and soul searching, it may never recapture power from the NPP.

Read full statement below:

“It’s about time we in the NDC did an honest self-introspection and soul searching.

“We cannot capture power from these power-drunk NPP despots with our current posture. There has to be a drastic change in our mindset, posture and actions relative to how we relate with the NPP on all fronts. It cannot be business as usual.

SAMMY GYAMFI”

Source: atinkaonline.com

John Mahama’s ‘Thank You’ tour lands in Volta Region on Monday

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The nationwide ‘Thank You’ tour across the country by former President John Dramani Mahama, is expected to land him in the Volta Region in Ho, next Monday.

A statement signed by Kafui Agbleze, Volta Regional Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said “the tour is meant to thank the chiefs and people of the Volta Region for their massive support for him during the 2020 elections”.

He said the tour would be concentrated in the regional capital, Ho, and would begin with a radio interview early Monday morning, which would be carried on all frequencies in the Region.

The former President is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Asogli Traditional Council and then meet with religious groups, stakeholders of the Party and other identifiable groups in the Region.

President Mahama, who has been on the tour for the past two months, had been using the opportunity to contribute towards the governance process.

Source: GNA

I rejected US$200,000 offer to push LGBTQ+ agenda – Captain Smart claims

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Godsbrain Captain Smart, the host of Onua TV breakfast show has alleged that some foreign-based organizations are offering huge sums of money to influential Ghanaians to have them advocate for the legalization of LGBTQ+ in the country.

Captain Smart said that some radio personalities, religious and political leaders have fallen for the bait and are now championing the cause of LGBTQ+ in the country.

On the Thursday, October 14, 2021, edition of his show, Captain Smart revealed that similar advances were made to him and private legal practitioner, Moses Foh-Amoaning.

He said, he and Foh-Amoaning were offered US$200,000 each to campaign for LGBTQ+ rights in the country.

He recounted that some promoters of LGBTQ+ rights held separate meetings with him and Moses Foh-Amoaning to have them support the cause.

Captain Smart explained that he turned down the offer because his conscience would not have judged him right had he picked money over his principles.

“Lawyer Foh-Amoaning and I were handed proposals. They met the two of us at the same venue separately. They said that they like how I handle issues so they wanted me to take US$200,000 to advocate for LGBTQ. They also wanted me to recruit people to advocate for this stupid thing,” he said.

Captain Smart alleged that a popular female TV presenter has been financially induced to defend and campaign for LGBTQ+ in the country.

He called on President Akufo-Addo and the fundraising committee of the National Cathedral not to accept any funding from a pro-LGBTQ+ person or organization.

“I want to appeal to the President not to accept any funding from the LGBTQI community for the National Cathedral. It’s better we don’t build it at all than to use LGBTQ money. Anyone who tries to use LGBTQ+ money for the National Cathedral will suffer.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill: If anybody fails you, it isn’t us, we’ll hold high Ghana’s moral flag – Minority

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The Minority caucus in Ghana’s parliament has said it will at a press conference on Friday, 15 October 2021 that it is rallying the full bipartisan support of the house to pass the anti-LGBTQ+ bill to “hold high the moral flag of our country.”

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu told the press: “Certain issues of significance, either make or put asunder the collective unity of people of a nation at critical moments in its history, and the parliament of Ghana must stand the litmus test.”

According to him, “if anybody fails you, it is not the NDC Minority.”

He said “we will insist on a vote” on “every accompanying sentence”, including “amendments to every provision”.

“We will do what is legally needful within the 1992 Constitution clause by clause, and we want every member of parliament to get counted and to stand to be counted as reflecting the aspirations of Ghanaian people.”

The Majority side of the house held a press conference on Tuesday at which Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the bill must be handled in a carefully balanced manner, noting that Speaker Alban Bagbin, on his own, cannot commit the entire chamber in reference to the bill’s passage.

The Suame MP said: “We are a democratic country and parliament should ensure that the rights of citizens are protected.”

Democracy, he noted, does not mean “we should trample on the rights of others.”

“The appropriate thing will be done,” he noted, citing Article 40 (a) of Ghana’s Constitution as “the driving principle that should underpin our international relations.”

“In its dealings with other nations, the government shall promote and protect the interests of Ghana,” the Majority Leader noted.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu added that “the Speaker cannot commit parliament, the Speaker can make a referral to Parliament which will be programmed by the business committee for consideration.”

“I’ll find it difficult if we have a Speaker who, as part of his own antecedent as a former member of parliament, says that parliament is going to pass the bill. It’s a bit of difficulty unless I didn’t hear well.”

“I’m not saying parliament is not going to pass it, but the Speaker should not make a predetermination for the house because he’s not a Member of Parliament and this is the business of Parliament,” Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu told journalists.

Source: classfmonline.com

I’m no fool to build sugar plant with no raw material plan’ – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has said his government had plans of establishing a sugar cane farm around the Komenda sugar factory to provide the raw materials for production but that part of the project has been ignored by the Akufo-Addo government since taking office in 2017.

He told Cape93.3FM in an interview in the Central Region during his Thank You tour on Friday, 15 October 2021 that his vision for setting up the factory was to cut down on the almost $300 million spent annually to import sugar into Ghana.

“Phase I of the project was to build the factory and with phase II, the government of India gave us another $24 million for sugar cultivation and the out-growers”, Mr Mahama explained to Ohene Kwame David.

“When this government came, they said the sugar factory wasn’t their priority and, so, they didn’t apply for the $24 million and, so, they left it and the factory is just sitting there”, he bemoaned.

According to the 2020 flag bearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), the second phase of the project was designed to provide the raw material for the factory to make it self-sustaining.

“Do you think I’m a fool to build a factory and not make provisions for raw materials? I’m not that foolish. I did economics in the sixth form”, Mr Mahama pointed out.

“So, I knew what the vision was: get the factory first and, so, when we start producing, we’ll have a processing plant”.

“So, it was one of our priority projects”, he added.

He said: “There’s about 3,000 acres of land at Komenda, so, we planned doing a nucleus farm to feed the factory with raw materials and use the remaining balance of the $24 million to buy sugar from the out-growers in the area.”

“We’ll give them the planting materials because our sugar cane variety is very thin compared to the very think hybrid variety which has a lot of sugar in it”, he noted.

“So, the factory would buy the sugar cane from the out-growers”, he said.

“This government forgot about the second part”, he said, emphasising that “the Komenda Sugar Factory project has two parts: the plant and the sugar cane growing but they forgot about the second part, that is why the factory is sitting there idle and now they want to privatise it”.

“But even if you privatise it, you still need the support of the farmers to grow the sugar cane”.

“If we come back into government, by the grace of God, and they have not sold the factory yet, it’s a factory that can work to produce a very good percentage of Ghana’s sugar requirement and provide the youth in the area with jobs”, Mr Mahama said

Nana Worried Over Boundary Issues

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo thinks the dispute between Ghana and some neighbouring countries over boundary issues could explode if care is not taken.××

That, he said was because “an extensive analysis of our borders for example shows numerous recorded cases of distractions at the boundary markings of our demarcated lands and maritime boundaries.”

This situation, according to the President “exposes us to security, economic and other developmental implications including setting the tone for potential conflicts with neighbouring countries” and that “we (referring to Ghana)  still have a number of boundary disputes with our neighbours, both land and maritime.”

Thankfully however,  he noted that “none of these challenges have been violent.

Based on these concerns, President Akufo-Addo has charged the Governing Board  of the newly constituted Ghana Boundaries Commission (GhBC) to spearhead the amicable resolution of all existing border and maritime boundary disputes to avert any potential conflicts in the future.

This was when he swore in members of the Governing Board of the Commission which is chaired by the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor this afternoon.

“We are told by the Institute of Security Studies that African maritime boundary disputes for example, that, unless resolved in a concerted and timely manner, will imperial both the long and short term implementation of maritime policies and strategies”, he noted with concern.

To that end,  he stressed the need for  African States and stakeholders to prioritize boundary dispute resolution, if a vital maritime economic development is to occur.

Meanwhile, he indicated that “there are also ongoing efforts to settle border problems with Burkina Faso in Paga, in the Kassena-Nankana district, and Sapeliga in the Bawku West District, both in the Upper East Region.”

“The vast amount of mineral resources along our borders including in the famous dollar power, in the Savannah Region, makes it imperative that we conclude these matters once and for all to forestall any potential needless conflicts”, he emphasised.

On his part, Chairperson of the Governing body of the Ghana Boundary Commission said their was consequential to the peace and security of the nation.

He therefore assured the President that the Board will work hard to protect Ghana’s territorial integrity.

Members
Members of the Commission includes Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Godfred Yeboah Dame, Attorney – General and Minister for Justice, Dominic Nitiwul, MP, Minister for Defence, Lawrence Asangongo Apaalse, representative of the Minister of Energy, Nathaniel Amonoo Wilson, representative of Ministry of Transport and Samuel Seth Passah, represebtive of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

The rest are Osei Bonsu Dickson, Esq, representing the National Security Council, Emmanel Philip Owusu-Boakye, Ghana Revenue Authority, Surv. Michael Enam Dordor, FGhIS, Ghana Institute of Surveyors, Prof. Jerry Samuel Yaw Kuma, Ghana Institute of Geoscientists, Dr. Bukari Ali, Minister’s Nominee, Major General Emmanuel Wekem Kotia, National Coordinator, Ghana Boundary Commission, and a representative of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture yet to be nominated.

The Boundary Commission

Ghana Boundary Commission (GhBC) exist to ensure that Ghana’s land, maritime and air boundaries are effectively secured and managed within the framework of International Law, Peace and Security, and the African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocols on African and Regional Integration.

It has as its mission to demarcate, delimit and manage Ghana’s international and internal boundaries, including settling boundary disputes through the implementation of National legislation, and Regional and International Conventions on boundary management and cross-border cooperation in Africa.

The goals of the Commission are to determine and demarcate the land boundaries of Ghana and delimit the maritime boundaries of Ghana in accordance with accepted principles of international law, protect and secure the interest of the Republic in determining and demarcating land boundaries and delimiting maritime boundaries of Ghana.

Other goals of the Commission are to adopt international best practices in the demarcation of land boundaries and delimiting of boundaries of Ghana, Promote effective and efficient management of the boundary demarcation and delimitation processes and ensure consideration of the interest of Ghanaians affected by the placement of boundaries

NDC Incest Guru Caged

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Central Regional Communications Director, Emmanuel Kwesi Dawood, who was arraigned in court over allegation that he had sexual intercourse with his biological daughter and impregnated her, was yesterday remanded into police custody by a Circuit Court in Cape Coast.××

Dawood, 40, was remanded by the Circuit Court 2 presided over by Her Honour Dorinda Arthur-Smith, to re-appear on October 27.

Different Cases

There are two different cases that the Central Regional DOVVSU of the Ghana Police Service are currently pursuing against Dawood.

The police have filed a case of abetment of crime relating to a supposed illegal abortion he allegedly caused to be performed on the daughter, who claims the accused impregnated her, at the Circuit Court 1 and another case of incest and defilement which is before the Circuit Court 2.

Dawood was detained overnight on Tuesday and sent to Circuit Court 1 on Wednesday morning, where he was granted GH¢30,000 bail with two sureties, one to be justified, for the charge of abetment, and was asked to return to the court on October 27.

Circuit Court 2

At the Circuit Court 2 where he was remanded until October 27, Dawood was charged with three counts of defilement, incest and assault.

On Count One, the charge read: Defilement of a female child contrary to Section 101(2) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, and said Dawood had sexual intercourse with his daughter, Rita Arhin, in 2019.

For Count Two, Dawood was charged with incest, contrary to Section 105 (1) of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), and the offence, the prosecution said, was committed against Rita Arhin in 2019 at Agona Swedru in the Central Region.

Count Three is for assault contrary to Section 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), and the offence was that Dawood on August 27, 2021, at Agona Swedru, unlawfully hit and stepped on the abdomen of Rita Arhin, his daughter.

The charge sheet filed, was signed by ASP Daniel Mensah Gadzo.

Official Facts

According to the Central Regional DOVVSU, “the complainant in the case is Mavis Ayite, who is unemployed and the mother of the survivor or victim Rita Arhin, aged 18 years, who stays with her grandmother, Margaret Arthur at Otabilkrom, a suburb of Agona Swedru.

“Accused Kwesi Dawood, aged 40, is the biological father to the girl and stays in the same vicinity with the survivor and grandmother at Otabilkrom.”

Luring Daughter

“During the year 2019, on a day, accused lured the survivor who was then 15 years old into his matrimonial home and informed her that he used to love her mother so much but their love could not last long hence, he wanted to replace the love for the mother to her by dating her.

“Survivor told accused that she cannot do that but accused went ahead and forcibly had sexual intercourse with the survivor in his matrimonial room at Agona Swedru.

“After the act, the accused person promised to send the daughter abroad only if she did not disclose the ordeal to anyone, but if she revealed it her life will be very miserable.”

Sexual Partners

“The accused then released the girl and she went home but did not inform anyone. Accused and the survivor became sexual partners and their last sexual act was in the month of June, 2021 at Agona Swedru.”

Pregnant Daughter

“In 2020 survivor got pregnant but accused took her to one Atta Mensah who was not a medical practitioner at Agona Swedru and aborted the pregnancy for her. Survivor later informed her school counselor about all that she had suffered in the hands of the accused.”

Brutal Assault

“On August 27, 2021 after accused heard that the survivor has informed the school counselor, he attacked and subjected her to severe beatings. Survivor managed to run away to her grandmother. Complainant was informed later and she lodged complaint at Agona Swedru DOVVSU.

“Police medical report form was issued to the complainant to send the survivor to any government hospital for examination and treatment and report, which she did. Later the case was transferred to the Regional DOVVSU in Cape Coast for further investigations. Accused was arrested, cautioned and after investigations charged with the offence before the honourable court.”

Bold Claim

Initially, Kwesi Dawood said the woman (Mavis Ayite), who is ‘pushing’ the girl (victim) to make the allegation, was a TESCON member at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), and that it was an NPP agenda to discredit him.

Later on Adom FM on Monday, the same Kwesi Dawood said that it was his own NDC party elements who were behind the agenda he had accused the NPP of instigating, and said the NDC elements were doing that because the party’s internal election was drawing closer.

Initial Suspension

In the ensuing heat, the NDC Regional Secretary, Kojo Quansah, confirmed on Monday that Kwesi Dawood has been suspended by the opposition party.

“When we look at the position Kwesi Dawood is holding as Regional Communications Officer, and for him to be embroiled in such a case, we obviously, are sad,” he said.

“In party politics, all the executives are one body so anyone of us who is involved in a criminal case automatically will have negative effect on the whole party. It is Kwesi Dawood who is being alleged to have been involved in incest but technically, his conduct is affecting all of us.”

Mr. Quansah said “we haven’t told him to go and have sex with his daughter, but once it is alleged to have happened, we shall use Article 48 of our party’s constitution to take drastic decision against Kwesi Dawood.”

“It has worried all of us, especially the administrator of the region. How can I stand somewhere and say that we do not know anything about what Kwesi Dawood has done?” he queried, adding “we heard it as an allegation, and the victim has spoken, the mother of the girl has spoken and the police who are investigating the case have also spoken, so we cannot do any cover-up.”

“We want to put on record that Kwesi Dawood has been suspended as Regional Communications Director of the NDC. As a major political party, we do not condone such things. Even if our leader is found to have breached the law, we can take action against him.”

Counter Decision

The NDC through its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the party has quashed the decision to suspend Dawood.

He issued a statement yesterday saying, “The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has taken note of reports in the media that the Central Regional Communication Officer, Mr. Kwesi Dawood has been suspended by the Central Regional Executive Committee of the party over some allegations that are pending before a Court of Competent Jurisdiction.”

“Our attention has also been drawn to media interviews granted by the Central Regional Secretary of the party, Mr. Kojo Quansah in which he confirmed the said decision by the Central Regional Executive Committee.

“The Functional Executive Committee of the party at its meeting held today, 13th October, 2021 took the view that the suspension of Mr. Kwesi Dawood is not only prejudicial to the matter pending in Court, but that same violates the rights of a criminally accused person to a fair trial, the rules of natural justice and Article 46(1)(a)(c)(d) of the NDC Constitution.”

The statement said it was evident from the NDC constitution that “only the Functional Executive Committee at the national level of the party has the power to suspend an office holder of the party at the regional level,” and said “consequently, FEC has quashed the purported suspension of Central Regional Communication Officer, Mr. Kwesi Dawood by the Central Regional Executive Committee of the party, as same is wrongful and without regard for due process.”

“As a law abiding party, we do not and will not condone crime of any form. Neither will we judge an accused person unheard nor presume him guilty until proven innocent. Thus, the Functional Executive Committee will abide by the decision of the Court hearing the matter on the guilt or innocence of the accused person, before we decide on whether or not he should be subjected to disciplinary proceedings of the party.”

Chronology of Events

2003 – The girl’s mother (Mavis Ayite) became pregnant and Dawood said on radio that the woman said he had impregnated her.  “We were in the same church. She was in the Girls’ Brigade and I was in the Boys’ Brigade. Somewhere in 2003, we were involved in fornication. It was a one off thing and that was all. I was even suspended from the church. Later they came back that she was pregnant. It was not even up to one month after the fornication. As a responsible man I said I had accepted it.”

2004 – The lady delivered. Dawood said “my family was actively involved in helping her till the time she delivered. We gave her a lot of things.”

2011 – In 2011, the girl would have been about seven or eight years. Dawood said on radio that he started taking the responsibility of looking after her including paying her school fees following passionate appeals from the woman’s father. “In 2010, there was serious flooding in Swedru and after the destruction, I moved to a new place, and Mavis’ father, now deceased, appealed to me to look after the girl who was growing up. He told me Mavis is not looking after the child and that it was the grandmother who was looking after the child.”

2011 -2017 – Dawood said he was looking after the child but she was not staying with him. “From 2011, looking after the child became my full responsibility. I have so many kids I am looking after. Some belong to me, others are adopted. This girl is not my child!”

2017 – In 2017, the girl moved to stay with him. She was about 14 or 15 years. “The girl started staying in my house in Swedru somewhere in 2017/2018. She was here until August this year (2021). She was staying with me as one of the children I have been looking after and she is not my biological daughter,” Dawood said.

2019 – According to the girl, Dawood started having sex with her in 2019 when she was about 15 or 16 years.

2020 – The girl said Dawood impregnated her in 2020 and made her to do an abortion. He allegedly got his friend to administer an injection to terminate the pregnancy, and according to the victim, she bled for more than two weeks.

The girl’s mother said the person who performed the abortion is a doctor, and mentioned his name as Dr. Atta Mensah, but Dawood said it was not true although he admitted he knows the name Atta Mensah as an Assemblyman. “I know an Assemblyman called Atta Mensah. I didn’t send her to anyone to be injected. It is part of their fabrication.”

He then made serious allegations, including describing the teenager as a nymphomaniac.

He said “my neighbours told me the girl has become a deviant. She could invite boys from Accra to all have sex with her at the same time. Everybody in my area is aware of these things. She has been sleeping with many guys. People have been complaining to me about her lifestyle.

August 2021 – The girl claims that Dawood beat her up when he got to know she had informed her mother about the father’s incestuous act

Mahama is deceiving himself over the outcome of 2020 polls – NPP

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Dramani Mahama is deceiving himself and his supporters regarding the outcome of the 2020 general elections which he lost.

Director of Communications of the NPP, Mr Yaw Buaben Asamoa noted that Mr Mahama’s posture does not edify the sacrifices of Ghanaian voters who defied the existence of the coronavirus to exercise their franchise during the polls.

His comments come after Mr Mahama has attempted to discredit the work done by the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Adukwie Mensa in the 2020polls.

Mr Mahama said that he will score Mrs Aduwkei Mensa F on how she conducted last year’s elected.

 “2020 was Ghana’s worst election. If I was marking her, I would have given her an F. She is marking her own paper after examination so she can give herself any mark she likes.

“Tell me which election in Ghana was ballot papers printed yet one million ballot papers were found elsewhere… We didn’t witness this under Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan. She [Jean Mensa] knew there was ballot stuffing,” he said as part of his thank you tour.

His comments come after Mrs Mensa has expressed pride in the process and outcome of the December 7, 2020 elections of Ghana, recommending same to other West African nations.

She said Ghana’s latest election has become a case study for most advanced democracies in the world that they are ready to take a leaf or two from it.

She made this known on Wednesday, October 13 while speaking at the opening of the High Level Meeting of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) in Winneba, Central Region.

“To the glory of God, I am pleased to say that Ghana held an election in December 2020 that prove the story of elections in our sub-region can indeed be an inspiration.

“That our story as West African states has been one that brings hope to our youth and light to the coming generations and that we can provide best practices the most advanced democracies of the world can learn from. Yes, we can!”

She described the elections as “historic” in many ways.

“I humbly refer to Ghana’s 2020 elections as historic for the transparency, the credibility, the cost-effectiveness, the high turn-out and the peaceful conduct that characterized it.

“So orderly, so methodical, so calm were the polls on the 7th of December, 2020 that BBC could find no other way to describe our elections than boring.”

Addressing a press conference in Accra on Friday October 15, Mr Buaben Asamoa who is also a former lawmaker for Adenta said “Only losing candidate Mahama and his cabal in the NDC  continue to deceive themselves  about the outcome of the 2020 elections . The heart-warming record of achievement that the conduct of the elections chalked  deserves better from  the one who seeks to lead the country  coming next elections.

“In fact, his posture on the election does not edify the sacrifice of Ghanaian voters  who queued  in defiance of covid-19  to register and vote. Often,  the same breadth, he reminds  Ghanaian families of the pain  of losing loving ones  during post votes collation  by mischievously referring  to the regrettable deaths .

“President Akufo-Addo is on record as saying that not a drop of Ghanaian blood  is worth exchanging  for electoral victory  and the steps he took  against vigilantes literally ensured them  the most peaceful  voting process ever. In the 2020 elections we didn’t hear anything about vigilante groups, the BBC described the elections as boring, as the electoral  commissioner has said.

“True leadership will not focus on the unfortunate and painful situation for political gains  to the detriment of  national peace  of mind . In any event, former President and candidate Mahama has a very poor record in terms of political violence. He is the one who brushed aside the infractions of the Talensi by-election when guns were flowing about including the vehicle of his party’s National Chairman.

I don’t have a foreign account, probe my ADB, GT and Zenith account – Mahama

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John Dramani Mahama has denied he has a Swiss account

• He said he only has 3 accounts

•He added he is open for a probe


Former President John Dramani Mahama has denied claims that he owns a Swiss bank account which has an amount of over $100 million.

According to him, he has only 3 bank accounts – ADB, Zenith, and Guaranty Trust bank -, hence any person who thinks otherwise can probe into that.

“I don’t have any foreign account anywhere, I have three bank accounts – ADB, Zenith, and Guaranty Trust bank. If you want to investigate me, investigate those banks, my money is all there,” Starrfm.com.gh reports he said this on Cape 93.3 Fm in Cape Coast.

Mr Dramani Mahama added that people who criticised him when he was in power have now become silent.null

“You made so much noise, and now you’ve all gone quiet. You’ve all been cowed. You can’t talk. There were all kinds of propaganda against me. They said Lordina and I have stolen $100 million into a Swiss Account. How would you get access to that kind of money? World Bank money doesn’t come to Finance Ministry. It’s with the BoG, how do I go to them to ask for such money and transfer it to a Swiss account?” he added.

His comment falls at the back of a publication by Pierre Wimhoven of the Associated Press News (APN) concerning President Mahama hiding $170 million in a foreign Bank account.

In the said article, the writer alleged that former President John Mahama and his wife, Mrs Lordina Mahama, hid a tune of $170 Million in a Swiss bank account.

It is alleged in the said article that World Bank and IMF officials are contemplating suspending aid to Ghana.

John Mahama has, however, denied this claim availing himself for further investigations.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Keeping Ghana’s borders closed is not great leadership – Ablakwa to Akufo-Addo

• Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has demanded the immediate reopening of Ghana’s land borders

• Ghana’s land borders have remained closed since March 22, 2020, as a measure against COVID-19 spread

• Mr Ablakwa said the situation is affecting land travellers


Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has demanded the immediate opening of Ghana’s land and sea borders.

According to the North Tongu Member of Parliament of Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is being hypocritical in implementing an ECOWAS agreement that mandates member countries to open their borders before the end of July this year.

“ECOWAS agreed to a phased easing of restrictions in the sub-region with a 31st July 2021 deadline by which date all member states should open their land and sea borders for free movement of persons and goods,” he wrote in a Facebook post sighted by GhanaWeb.

He described President Akufo-Addo’s position on keeping Ghana’s borders closed as a sign not representing great leadership.

“From all independent assessments, it appears only Ghana has not opened its land borders with her neighbours within ECOWAS. This cannot be great leadership from ECOWAS Chair, Nana Akufo-Addo who presided over the Fifty-eighth Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments held on 23rd January 2021 via videoconference where these critical timelines were agreed.

“President Akufo-Addo, you are under a compelling obligation to open Ghana’s land borders now!” he demanded.

The government of Ghana in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak announced the closures of the country’s land, sea and air borders as a measure to curb the importation of the virus into the country.

Despite announcing the reopening of Ghana’s air borders on September 1, 2020, the government is yet to reopen Ghana’s land and sea borders to travellers.

Several concerns, including economic implications, have been raised on the continued closure of Ghana’s land borders.

Sharing such concerns in his Facebook post, Mr Ablakwa again wrote, “those of us privileged to travel by air must spare serious thoughts for our compatriots who far outnumber the few elite air travellers but still cannot travel via our land borders for more than a year and still counting.”

“Our policy interventions should not leave the vulnerable masses behind. They do not deserve the indirect economic sanctions we have imposed on them.

“It is not impossible to put in place practical public health measures that protect all from the pandemic just as has been done for air travel.”

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

HIV was first discovered among homosexuals – Okoe-Boye claims

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Bernard Okoe-Boye, a medical doctor at the Ga East Municipal Hospital has given a medical or health justification in support of the anti-LGBTQ+ bill currently before Parliament.

The former Deputy Minister of Health also disclosed some health-related issues which he asserts are triggered by sexual acts between persons of the same sex.

The former lawmaker for Ledzokuku constituency explained that research indicates that homosexuals are more vulnerable to certain diseases due to the nature of their sexual intercourse.

Okoe-Boye, speaking on the October 14 edition of Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show, stated that the first sign of the Human Immune Virus was discovered among homosexuals.

“HIV was discovered among same-sex individuals. The first group that started exhibiting very unusual symptoms that physicians saw was from same-sex partners. It was peculiar amongst them and that’s where the research started.

“One of the things that is also identifiable with such a group is mental and psychological illnesses. If you take 100 heterosexuals and 100 same-sex people, the studies show that, they (same-sex people) have serious psychological issues.null

“Anorectal cancers which is a disease that has got to do with the back of a man, it is very high amongst same sex relations and we know why. The more you try to access a place not meant for it, the more you open yourself for disease,” he said on Metro TV.

Bernard Okoe-Boye also gave a hypothesis of how homosexuality is a threat to human existence and could create a procreation crisis in the near future.

“Anytime science proves that there is danger ahead, laws are made to get people out of that danger. What makes a society is a family. Today, people are saying that it’s nothing because we assume 98% of the society is heterosexual so it’s normal. What if in 50 years’ time, the homosexuals become 98% percent and the heterosexuals 2%. It means the human race will go extinct,” he said.

In light of this, Bernard Okoe-Boye wants Parliament to pass the anti-LGBTQ+ bill to guard against these things.

He explained that with the country’s health sector not in the best of conditions, it is important that the state initiates measures against practices that could create crises in the future.null

Background Parliament is expected to discuss a Private Member’s Bill submitted by some eight MPs. The 38-page bill before parliament, among other things, stipulates that, people of the same sex who engage in sexual intercourse are “liable on summary conviction, to a fine of not less than seven hundred and fifty penalty units and not more than five thousand penalty units, or to a term of imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than five years or both.”

The Bill targets persons who “hold out as a lesbian, a gay, a transgender, a transsexual, a queer, a pansexual, an ally, a non-binary or any other sexual or gender identity that is contrary to the binary categories of male and female.”

The Bill also targets promoters and advocates of LGBTQ+ rights including, “a person who, by use of media, technological platform, technological account or any other means, produces, procures, markets, broadcasts, disseminates, publishes or distributes a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill, or a person uses an electronic device, the Internet service, a film, or any other device capable of electronic storage or transmission to produce, procure, market, broadcast, disseminate, publishes or distribute a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill” as well as a person who “promotes, supports sympathy for or a change of public opinion towards an act prohibited under the Bill.”

As part of its provisions, the Bill outlines that a flouter can be sentenced to a jail term of not less than six years or not more than ten years imprisonment. At the back of the public support the Bill has received, a group of academicians and other professionals have expressed their opposition to the bill.

According to the group of 18, the bill, ‘Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values 2021 Bill’, when passed into law, would erode a raft of fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

You made noise when I was in power, but quiet now – Mahama to the Media

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he is not afraid to open his three accounts for a probe to prove his incorruptible nature.

This was in response to what he claims were the vile lies and propaganda peddled against him while in government.

Speaking on Cape 93.3 Fm in Cape Coast, the former leader dismissed claims of owning a Swiss bank account insisting he operates just three bank accounts domestically including ADB, Zenith, and Guarantee Trust bank.

“I don’t have any foreign account anywhere, I have three bank accounts – ADB, Zenith, and Guaranty Trust bank. If you want to investigate me, investigate those banks, my money is all there.”

He said the media has spared his opponent (President Akufo-Addo) and his government from criticisms in respect of corruption matters compared to what was seen under his government.

“You made so much noise, and now you’ve all gone quiet. You’ve all been cowed, you can’t talk. There were all kinds of propaganda against me. They said Lordina and I have stolen 100 million dollars into a Swiss Account. How would you get access to that kind of money? Worl Bank money doesn’t come to Finance Ministry. It’s with the BoG, how do I go to them to ask for such money and transfer it to a Swiss account?

He claimed under him, all the corruption-related matters were dealt with frontally, saying that same cannot be said under his opponent’s government who shielded public officials embroiled in corruption allegations.

“BOST, Agyapa, PDS, missing excavators, and galamsey fraud with smoking-gun evidence have all been swept under the carpet. I recently heard the President talking about the names given to him by Ghanaians and sadly, he forgot to add the name Clearing Agent,” Mr Mahama said.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has said the mere allegations against public officials did not amount to improper conduct because the affected persons must also be listened to for their explanation.

He contends he has not shirked from fighting against corruption and will not retreat in ensuring that people manning state anti-graft agencies acted in the interest of Ghanaians.

“I don’t think that any government has mobilized resources to give opportunity for the anti-corruption agencies of the state to function efficiently as possible as this government has done. It is a matter of record,” he said in an interaction with Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition

John Mahama scores Jean Mensa ‘F’ for election 2020

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• Former President Mahama has shot down assertions by Jean Mensa touting the 2020 elections as well organized

• Jean Mensa addressing the ECOWAS Parliament recently described the 2020 elections as historic

• But contrary to her position, Mr Mahama says the election was marred by unprecedented irregularities

The 2020 presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, has described the recent general elections as the worst organized in the history of Ghana.

According to him, the 2020 elections recorded irregularities on a scale never experienced in Ghana before.

His comments come after the Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, Jean Adukwei Mensa speaking to an ECOWAS Parliament session held at Winneba on Wednesday, October 13, described the 2020 elections as a “historic” one which has become a model for other democracies in the world.

Reacting to the EC Commissioners comments Mr Mahama said: “2020 was Ghana’s worst election. If I was marking her, I would have given her an F. She is marking her own paper after the examination so she can give herself any mark she likes.”

He added, “Tell me which election in Ghana was ballot papers printed yet one million ballot papers were found elsewhere… We didn’t witness this under Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan. She [Jean Mensa] knew there was ballot stuffing.”

Speaking on the election-related violence of the 2020 elections which resulted in the death of some eight persons, Madam Jean Mensa told the ECOWAS Parliament that the EC cannot be blamed for the unfortunate incident.

“Sadly, seven lives were lost and though this did not occur at our polling nor arise as misconduct on our part, one life lost is one too many. We are confident that our security agencies will share their investigations and recommendations for future learnings,” she said.

But, the former President Mahama questioned the circumstance leading to the record of deaths during the elections while insisting that it was wrong for the military to be deployed to polling stations on the election day.

“I have taken part in elections since 1992 as an MP. I haven’t seen a situation where soldiers were holding guns at collation centres. We normally have police, immigration officers etcetera there,” he added. “Eight people have died, which election did we have in Ghana that eight people perished?”

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

You kept running from accountability so 2020 polls cannot be best – Mahama to EC Boss

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has indicated that the claim by Electoral Commissioner Mrs. Jean Mensa that Ghana’s 2020 polls were the best in history is nothing but a joke.null

According to him, Mrs. Jean Mensa could not make such a claim when she refused to account for her stewardship during the 2020 presidential petition.

Mr. Mahama opined that as someone who claims that the elections organized were the best, she should have made herself available for questioning during the petition.

The EC Chairperson has indicated that the electoral body saved the nation up to $90 million after spending over $700 million in the 2020 polls.

She said the EC managed to reduce the cost of the elections through prudent management compared to the 2016 polls.

She explained that the EC reduced the cost of the elections from $13 per person in 2016 to $7.7 in 2020.null

She was speaking at the opening ceremony of the high-level parliamentary seminar on the theme “Two decades of democratic elections in ECOWAS member states: Achievements, challenges and the way forward”.

She further described the polls as historic, transparent in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak and price hikes.

“I humbly refer to Ghana’s 2020 elections as historic for the transparency, credibility, cost-effectiveness, high turnout, and peaceful conduct that characterized them. So orderly, so methodical, so calm were the polls on 7th December 2020 that BBC Africa could find no other way to describe our elections than ‘boring’.”

But former President John Dramani Mahama insisted that the polls were not as credible as the EC chair claimed.

“In 2012, Afari Gyan was questioned in the box about the general elections. But in 2020, it got to our turn, the EC Chair Mrs. Jean Mensa, refused. You claimed the 2020 polls were credible, and yet, you refused to testify. You claimed to have organized the best election in Ghana but come and account, you are running away. If you knew the elections were credible, you should have accounted for your work, he added.null

The 2020 presidential candidate also expressed worry over the decision of the Supreme Court to rule against his petition.

“The way the court presided over the matter was problematic. We filed for interrogatories, but the court refused. We witnessed how in 2012, the court granted Akufo-Addo his request for interrogatories, but when it got to our turn, we were refused by a unanimous decision,” he stated when he paid a courtesy call on the Divisional Chief of Prestea Himan, Nana Nteboah Prah.

On his part, the traditional leader took the opportunity to ask Mr. Mahama and his political party to be clear on their position on LGBTQI+ activities.

He said such activities should not be entertained in our communities.

Source: rainbowradioonline.com

Centre right parties don’t accept homosexuality, democrats like NDC do – John Boadu

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With regard to concerns that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) appear to be mute over the anti-gay and lesbian bill before Parliament, the General Secretary of the ruling party, John Boadu, has stated categorically that homosexuality is not part of their ideology as a centre-right political party.

According to him, it is rather the Social Democrats which the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) subscribes to, that is known in the world to be the sole promoter of the activities of the LGBTQ+.

Arguing his case on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show, John Boadu noted that it is an undeniable fact that the social democrat groups condone homosexuality, and cited former US President Barack Obama and current President Joe Biden to buttress his point.

“NDC is a social democrat. Social democrat is known in the world to be a promoter of the LGBTQ+. Social Democrat groups accept homosexuality and we should not run away from it. I am telling you the truth. President Obama is a social democrat and he implemented that homosexuality law in the USA. And so if the NDC wants to run away from the stance of the social democrat, they should do so”.

“But the NPP is a centre-right political party and we don’t accept homosexuality at all and the law that was passed by President Obama. That is why President Akufo-Addo has said that homosexuality will not be accepted under his watch as a President; not in his time as President of Ghana will the activities of the LGBTQ+ be accepted or legalised in the country,” he advanced.

He reiterated that even though the NPP government will not condone and entertain what he described as “nonsense behaviour” [ie homosexuality], the anti-gay and lesbian bill that is before Parliament should be well defined and cover all aspects of homosexuality which are not captured in the constitution.null

” . . discussion of the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill should find a way to tighten the definition that is in the constitution that bans homosexuality already . . . the definition of homosexuality and the time the constitution was drafted did not cover transgender, hence, the need to tighten the existing law.

“Right now, the new additions to the homosexuality issue have to be really defined well so that the law will be adequate to cover all the possible unnatural carnal knowledge or intercourse some people are engaging in,” he stated.

He, therefore, argued that a certain aspect of the bill that criminalises parents for not reporting their children who practice homosexuality, should be looked at again in the course of the discussion of the bill, since most of these unnatural sexual behaviours are hidden from parents.

“If we don’t look at this and allow the bill to pass, do you know that it is possible for some parents not to be aware of their children engaging in any criminal activities in the country? How do I report such a case to the police? So if the child is arrested, will the police arrest the parents as well for a crime they know nothing about?” he quizzed.

Source: peacefmonline.com

We won’t withdraw ‘no Ghana card, no salary’ directive – CAGD

The Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) says it will not withdraw its directive ordering public sector workers to acquire a national identification card by December 1, 2021, or forfeit their salaries.

There have been agitations by a section of government workers and unions since the Department issued the directive on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, with some asking the Controller and Accountant-General to reconsider the directive and withdraw it completely or have the deadline extended.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday, Mr Cephas Narh Dosso, the Head of Public Relations at CADG, reaffirmed the Department’s directive, saying it was the best way to address challenges in the government’s payroll system.

He explained that Section 8(4) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), mandated the CAGD to, among other functions, receive, disburse and provide secured custody for public funds.

He said as a department that deals with about 500,000 government workers, it was necessary that it put in measures to ensure the integrity of the payroll at all times.

“We have a payroll that takes care of about 500,000 government employees nationwide. As a department, over the years, the CAGD has been instituting measures that will ensure that the integrity of the payroll is maintained at all times,” Mr Dosoo explained.

He rather urged the various public institutions and unions to educate their members to acquire the cards before the deadline.

Me Dosoo said: “We appreciate the concerns by our unions because they are our major stakeholders but, what we will say is that…we need to urge our colleague workers to avail themselves and go through the registration process. For now, the deadline is not today, and so the best thing to do is to avail ourselves.”

“When we get to the deadline we will review the data, and I am sure the right decisions will be taken by the right authorities,” he added.

The CAGD, in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, warned that government workers without Ghana Cards would not be paid from December 1, 2021.

The move, it said, formed part of the Government’s efforts to deliver a speedy, secured, and verified payroll service to employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payments or claims.

The National Identification Authority, early this month, disclosed that more than 15 million citizens had registered for the Ghana Card.

However, out of the number, only 12 million had been issued with their cards. The NIA added that provisions were being made for the three million Ghanaians yet to receive their cards to get them.

Source: GNA

EC Thumb-Printed Over 1 million Ballot Papers For NPP- Mahama Alleges

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Former President John Mahama is yet to overcome the defeat handed down to him 10 months after the 2020 presidential elections as he keeps churning out ridiculous excuses for his two embarrassing defeats in a row.

After blaming his polling agents for doing a shoddy job as exhibited during the election petition at the Supreme Court, Mr Mahama is now turning gun on the Electoral Commission (EC) for stealing the votes for the NPP’s Nana Addo dankwa Akufo-Addo.

John Mahama is accusing the Electoral Commission of thumb-printing more than one million extra ballot papers in favour of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.

According to the 2020 presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), “over one million extra ballot papers were printed, which the EC claimed happened by mistake but on the day of the elections, some of the more than one million extra ballot papers had already been secretly thumb-printed in favor of the NPP.”

The Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa speaking at the 2021 ECOWAS Parliamentary Seminar in Winneba in the Central Region on Wednesday, described the 2020 general elections as historic, credible, and cost-effective.

Mrs. Mensa explained that the comparative cost of the election was reduced by 41% which is equivalent to $90 million.

She stated that the 2020 elections were a historic one for the transparency, credibility, cost-effectiveness, high turnout, and peaceful conduct that characterized it.

But Mr. Mahama addressing the Divisional Chief of Prestea Himan, Nana Nteboah Prah, recently, as part of his Thank You tour of the Western Region, disagreed with the EC and said over one million ballot papers were thumb-printed in favour of the NPP.

Mr. Mahama claimed “And, so, all these things dented the credibility of the polls and caused an embarrassment,” added that “I heard her [Jean Mensa] say ‘it’s the best election Ghana has ever had and yet you run away from scrutiny at the Supreme Court. So, how do you boast that it’s the best election ever

I need protection” -Taxi driver who found and returned $50,000 says people are threatening him

An 18-year-old taxi driver who found and returned huge money to a businesswoman has cried for “maximum protection” because some people are threatening him for the gesture, while others mock him, saying he “will live and die poor”.

According to the BBC, Emmanuel Tuloe, 18, a Liberian returned $50,000 (£37,000) after hearing the owner, Musu Yancy, appealing to the radio.

However, some people thought the young man from Gbolor Dialla on the border with Ivory Coast committed an irredeemable mistake for returning the life-changing money to the owner.

His plight gets worse when his friends see his car break down on the road. They tell him that if he had not returned the huge money to Musu Yancy he would not continue driving a rickety car.

“They tell me I will never get rich in my lifetime, they say because I returned such an amount of money I will live and die poor,” Emmanuel Tuloe told the BBC.

He had given the money wrapped in a plastic bag to his aunt for safekeeping, only to hear the owner making a passionate appeal to whoever may have found it to return it.

Reports say the businesswoman rewarded Tuloe with money and other items including a mattress that he intends to give to his grandmother.

However, his friends and other people in his community don’t think the reward is worth the exceptional honesty he displayed.

He recounted how he was threatened while attending a celebration party at Ms Yancy’s house and he had to return home quickly for his safety.

“I left and returned home because in the crowd were also people who were angry with me for returning the money, they even threatened me, and so right now I need maximum protection.”

Meanwhile, the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission expressed admiration for Tuloe’s action saying it is “deeply touched by the sincerity of the teenager”.

A few friends have also given him thumbs up and urged him to remain honest and sincere.

Let’s Be Disciplined To Break The ‘8’ – Dr Bawumia To NPP

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is asking the New Patriotic Party (NPP) faithful to be disciplined and united to break the ‘Eight-year’ change of governance and political administration.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by a Senior Advisor at the Office of the Vice President, Fred Oware, at the NPP Greater Accra Regional Annual Delegates’ Conference, he charged the members to show commitment in their work to enable the Party to maintain power in the 2024 general election.

He said the NPP had the vision, capacity and good programmes to manage the economy to provide better standards of living for every Ghanaian, hence the need for every member to work towards breaking the ‘8’.

Dr Bawumia supported the regional conference with GHS20,000 and GHS2,000 each for the constituencies’ conferences.

Director of Operations at the Presidency, Lord Oblitey Commey who addressed the delegates on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo, said the NPP was holding on to power forever.

“We have tasted power and tasted opposition, myself and John Boadu and if you know what it is to stay in opposition and to have power, we will stop joking and work to hold on to the power,” he added.

He advised the delegates to stop complaining about not being treated fairly and keep sacrificing for the party to enable it to reach higher heights.
Greater Accra Regional Chairman, NPP, Divine Otoo Agorhom, said the NPP had learned from its mistakes that led to the loss of seats in the 2020 Parliamentary election and was going to make amends.

He said the Party would employ hard work, dedication and ensure there was unity to recapture power in all constituencies lost to the opposition National Democratic Congress.

“If we allow party structures to work and do not interfere in the work of the leadership and empower them to work hard, then we can propagate development.
We are one big elephant and must work together to regain power and victory,” he added

Mahama Beg Chiefs To Join NDC Electoral Reforms Fights

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has urged the traditional rulers across the country to support the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) efforts in its demand for electoral reforms.

According to him, “We hope that the National House of Chiefs and the Regional House of Chiefs will join voices with us so that we have an independent view of the proposals that have been brought.”

He explained that”Because, in most cases, after an election, the Electoral Commission takes steps to set up a panel to look at some of the issues that went wrong and come up with proposals for making sure we correct them. We expect that this Electoral Commission will do the same,” said Mr. Mahama.

The 2020 NDC Presidential candidate made this known recently when addressing the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs as part of his “Thank You Tour” in Koforidua.

He explained that the Electoral Commission hasn’t reviewed the last elections to even come up with proposals to correct some of the anomalies that were witnessed in the 2020 elections.

Mr. Mahama further claimed that the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary election is one of the worst organized elections in the democratic history of Ghana.

According to him, the election was riddled with many irregularities and security infractions unleashed to the advantage of the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP.

He said the Electoral Commission showed clearly that it had problems with the NDC hence snubbed concerns raised by the party.

John Mahama said even though the electoral commission has refused to acknowledge suggestions for electoral reforms sent to it by the NDC, it will continue to use available means including engagement of key stakeholders to push for the reforms to avert a repetition of the irregularities that occurred in 2020 polls.

He explained that “Many things went wrong in the 2020 election. The EC was reluctant to listen to the NDC when we foresaw them. Talk of the issues in collation centers, extra ballot papers found among others. We have been voting every election”.

” Every four years we vote but it seems this particular electoral commission seems to have a problem with NDC so they snub whatever we raised”.

John Mahama added “So this is one of the worst ever elections we’ve had in Ghana. Because many things went wrong. Military invaded collation centers and forced Electoral officers to declare results. I have not witnessed any election that after printing ballot papers, another one million extra ballot papers are printed. So many things went wrong”

He, however, called on the Electoral Commission of Ghana to set up a neutral body to review the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections for reforms to enhance the credibility and acceptability of future elections

Cape Coast road has become the devil’s triangle – Allotey Jacobs

• Allotey Jacobs believes the STC has the potential to stop accidents on the Accra-Cape Coast highway

• The former NDC executive has bemoaned the spate of accidents recorded on the road

• The Cape Coast road has over the years witnessed several accidents leading to various numbers of deaths


Former Central Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Allotey Jacobs, has lamented the spate of accidents recorded on the Accra-Cape Coast highway.

According to the former Regional Chairman, the road owing the carelessness of some drivers has become what he says is the “devil’s triangle” costing dozens of lives each year.

However, in his view, the best opportunity to deal with accidents on the Accra-Cape Coast highway lies in the state transport company, State Transport Corporation (STC).

He thus urged STC to ensure their operations are expanded to increase the number of trips to and from Cape Coast.

“There should be Cape Coast trips for mornings, evenings, and afternoons because the Cape Coast-Accra road has become the devil’s triangle and the only transport company that can save us is the STC,” he said.

Meanwhile, the STC is set to open a new terminal at Pedu Junction opposite the University of Cape Coast.

The terminal according to the Managing Director of the STC, Nana Akomea would be the prettiest and the most exciting STC terminal.

Nana Akomea who was appointed Managing Director by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has engineered a lot of progress for the state-owned company.

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If you die for NDC, the party will also die for you – Mahama to supporters

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has told supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to work hard to ensure that the party wins power in the next general elections.

Addressing supporters of the NDC in the Western Region on Thursday October 14 as part of his thank you tour, he assured that if the supporters kill themselves for the party to win power, the party will reciprocate their effort and not forget them.

“We urge you all to work hard and bring the party back to power.

“When you work hard and we come into office we won’t forget you, the party shall not forget you.

“If you die for the party, the party will also die for you when we come into office.

“Do that and we come into office we won’t forget you, we will reward you for your hard work when we come to power.”

He further expressed optimism that the NDC will win the 2024 elections with revived energy and commitment.

“When I said do or die, I meant we will work hard. I strongly believe that God will give us victory in the next elections.

“NDC will win the 2024 elections with revived energy and lesson learned from the 202 elections,” the Presidential Candidate of the NDC in the 2020 elections told the supporters.

Earlier in the week, he paid a visit to the Esatern Regional House of Chiefs to thank them.

Over there, he noted that times are hard for Ghanaians under the Akufo-Addo administration.

He said food prices and other commodities are increasing on a daily basis.

“Fuel costs are rising, every day the pump prices go up,” he said.

He added “This year many unions are unhappy with the negotiations that took place where a paltry 4 per cent was given to them” when those of Article 71 office holders have been given wider increment.

“Even though you do free SHS you have no jobs for them to do when they come out. Times are hard and people suffering, food prices are going up. every day the prices are increasing,” he stressed.

“These are things that are not going on well and I believe Nananom (Chiefs) will speak about it,” he said.

Source: 3news.com

W/R: Mahama repeats ‘Do or Die’ comment, says it means hard work

Former President John Dramani Mahama has assured supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the party will win the 2024 elections.

He said they will approach the elections with renewed energy and commitment and also lessons from the 2020 polls.

“So, when I said do or die, I meant we will work hard,” he told party supporters in the Western Region on Thursday October 14.

“I strongly believe that God will give us victory in the next elections,” he added.

Mr Mahama further encouraged members of the party to partake in the upcoming internal elections to elect executives ahead of the next general elections.

“This is a party that believes in rule of law and is law abiding, and so when the time comes and you feel qualified you can partake in in the exercise, ” the 2020 presidential candidate of the NDC added.

He is currently embarking on a thank you tour of the country to acknowledge the support Ghanaians gave to him last year.

Earlier in the week, he paid a visit to the Esatern Regional House of Chiefs to thank them.

Over there, he noted that times are hard for Ghanaians under the Akufo-Addo administration.

He said food prices and other commodities are increasing on a daily basis.

“Fuel costs are rising, every day the pump prices go up,” he said.

He added “This year many unions are unhappy with the negotiations that took place where a paltry 4 per cent was given to them” when those of Article 71 office holders have been given wider increment.

“Even though you do free SHS you have no jobs for them to do when they come out. Times are hard and people suffering, food prices are going up. every day the prices are increasing,” he stressed.

“These are things that are not going on well and I believe Nananom (Chiefs) will speak about it,” the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in last year’s elections said

Suspend Recalcitrant Party Members – Henry Quartey

Henry Quartey

THE GREATER Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey has proposed the suspension of recalcitrant members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) whose actions impact negatively on the party’s overall fortunes and ambitions.××

According to him, there was the need to instill discipline at all levels to help protect the integrity and consolidate the gains of the party.

He made this proposal while delivering a message during the party’s Greater Accra Regional Delegates’ Conference which is currently ongoing at the Teachers’ Hall in Accra.

The Regional Minister in his remarks lamented the abuse of social media by some members of the party who use it to among others, verbally abuse leaders and elders of the party.

“Social media has become a platform for us to insult leaders of the party. We wash our dirty linen on social media and when people are cautioned, they will tell you, ‘the party belongs to all of us.’

“There must be discipline in the party. If people misbehave, suspend them”, he suggested.

He also charged party supporters to be mindful of their utterances, especially on social media as they would have a far-reaching impact on the party.

“Mind your language! We’re already in power and therefore any inaction or misbehaviour of ours, will hurt our chances of retaining that power come 2024.”

Mr. Quartey, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ayawaso Central constituency, admonished party supporters to be united while eschewing all forms of vices such as backbiting, gossiping and treachery in order not to repeat the 2020 incident where the party lost seven parliamentary seats in the Greater Accra Region alone.

“We sit here and say ‘break the 8’ and you’re holding meeting among yourselves to bring someone down. My duty when I was elected as Greater Accra Regional Minister was to ensure that I unite the party from the grassroots. Now are speculations that I’m becoming too powerful in the region. I am only trying to work with all of us to ensure that the party is strong at the base”, he intimated.

He asked all and sundry to let go of the past and unite to collectively break the 8, saying, “we shall continue to do our work and God will continue to be with us.”

“Let us work hard to retain power in 2024 so that in 2015, a new president will be sworn from the NPP

Ban On Illegal Mining Activities Affected Western Region In 2020 Election – Boadu

The General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr John Boadu, says the government’s ban on illegal mining activities affected the party in the Western Region during the 2020 election but stressed that the ban was for the good of the nation.

He said the NPP had majority parliamentary seats in the Western Region but after the 2020 election lost many, adding that, “Prestea Huni-Valley constituency was one of them and even in Tarkwa-Nsuaem constituency we nearly lost that seat.”

Mr Boadu said, “I am so gratified it caused us in the just-ended election but it was to protect our forest reserves, including water bodies from individuals who illegally tampered with it”.

The General Secretary disclosed this to the media during the Western Regional NPP annual delegates conference held at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa.

It was on the theme: “Consolidating our gains of 2020 election, the role of stakeholders.”

“We cannot sit down unconcern and watch few people destroy the country because of politics without taking any action. President Akufo-Addo took a bold decision and we supported him,” he said.

“In as much as we try to protect the environment, we would also provide alternative livelihood for people who have been displaced as a result of government decision to halt illegal mining in this region”

Mr Boadu said, “Currently if one gets a concession, the government would provide the needed machines and equipment that are environmentally friendly to these miners to enable them to go about their duties.”

“As we speak now, we have even procured 200 processing machines to be given to these miners to help them practise safe mining,” he announced.

He emphasized that the government would resolve this issue once and for all to ensure the safety of every citizen and the generations unborn.

Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Western Regional Minister, said the government would do more to transform the Region and assured residents to be patient.

He appealed to NPP supporters to protect the interest of the party to enable them to win the 2024 polls.

Mr Joe Ghartey, MP for Essikado-Ketan constituency, on behalf of the Western Regional NPP Parliamentary Caucus, charged the youth to be decorous in their behaviour and urged them to propagate the good work of the party.

“We cannot afford to leave Parliament because both sides in the house have 137 seats. We will, therefore, depend on the MMDCE’s and constituency executives to hold forth while we are away,” he added.

Mr Kojo Acquah, Municipal Chief Executive of Effia-Kwasimitim, who spoke on behalf of all MMDCE’s, said they would work tirelessly to ensure NPP break the eight years governance cycle in Ghana.

The NPP Western Regional Chairman, Mr Francis Ndede Siah, commended the NDC for cooperating in the confirmation of the five MMDCE’s and implored them to do the same for the remaining nominees.

Source: GNA

Takoradi: Fake kidnapping and pregnancy case adjourned to November 11

Philip Fiifi Buckman, lawyer for Josephine Panyin Mensah, the Takoradi woman accused of faking her kidnapping and pregnancy, says the police prosecution team is yet to furnish his client with all intended prosecution documents.

Speaking to Citi News after the Presiding Judge for the Takoradi Habour Circuit A, His Honour Michael Cudjoe Ampadu adjourned the case to November 11, 2021, Mr. Buckman said they were in court for case management but could not proceed because the prosecutor failed to furnish the court and the defense team with all the necessary documents.

“We came to court today [October 14, 2021] for the prosecution to provide us with their documents which they intend to rely on for the trial. The law is that they have to disclose everything they intend to use for prosecution, including their witnesses, witness statements, and their evidence.”

“After that, we were to decide on a date for Case Management Conference, which we could have done today. Unfortunately, there were some documents which the prosecution needed to add, and the substantive prosecutor couldn’t also attend court today. So we have to send all the documents back to him to look through and when we come on the next adjourned date, we will do the Case Management, thus, if they serve us before we come to court. If they do not serve us before we come to court but serve us on that day, then we have to take another date for the case management. This is because we need to go through the documents to see that everything is in order,“ he said.

Josephine Panyin Mensah is currently on bail after she was charged with deceiving public officers contrary to section 251 (B) of the Criminal Offences Act and Publication of false news with intent to cause fear and panic contrary to section 208 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act.

She was at the court today in the company of her husband, Michael Simmons and the mother, Agnes Essel.

source: citinews

NDC will win 2024 polls with revived energy – Mahama

Former President John Mahama Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed optimism that his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will win the 2024 elections.

He said the party has picked lessons from the 2020 elections, lessons he indicated, will inform them on how to approach the next elections.

He told supporters of the NDC in the Western Region on Thursday October 14, as part of his thank you you tour that “So, when I said do or die, I meant we will work hard.”

“I strongly believe that God will give us victory in the next elections,” he added stressing “NDC will win the 2024 elections with revived energy and lesson learned from the 202 elections.”

Mr Mahama further encouraged members of the party to partake in the upcoming internal elections to elect executives ahead of the next general elections.

“This is a party that believes in rule of law and is law abiding, and so when the time comes and you feel qualified you can partake in in the exercise,” the 2020 presidential candidate of the NDC added.

He had indicated that times are hard for Ghanaians under the Akufo-Addo administration.

He said food prices and other commodities are increasing on a daily basis.

“Fuel costs are rising, every day the pump prices go up,” he said in a meeting with chiefs in the Eastern region as part of his Thank You tour.

He added “This year many unions are unhappy with the negotiations that took place where a paltry 4 per cent was given to them” when those of Article 71 officeholders have been given wider increment.

“Even though you do free SHS you have no jobs for them to do when they come out. Times are hard and people suffering, food prices are going up. every day the prices are increasing,” he stressed.

“These are things that are not going on well and I believe Nananom (Chiefs) will speak about it,” the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in last year’s elections said in an earlier meeting with the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on Tuesday, October 12.

He also indicated that the 2020 manifesto document of the NDC contained the solutions to all the challenges that Ghanaians are saddled with at the moment.

The manifesto contained plans for job creation, for the economy and also infrastructure, he said.

There was a plan to create one million jobs for Ghanaians in the document, he said, while addressing a group of Ghanaians in the Eastern Region as part of his thank you tour..

“The high unemployment rate, business are suffering, the economy is collapsing. All the answers to what Ghana is going through today are in NDC’s 2020 manifesto.

“The big push for infrastructure, 10 billion dollars into infrastructure to construct our roads, our hospitals, our schools, they are all in our 2020 manifesto,” Mr Mahama said.

Mr Mahama further said that due to the good contents of the NDC’s manifesto, that of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) was relegated to the background by analysts.

“After the launch of our manifesto no one discussed the NPP’s manifesto, they all focused their attention on ours, the plan to create one million jobs was also in there.

Source: 3news.com

Police Recruitment Fraudster Gets 18 Months Imprisonment

The Ho District Magistrate Court has sentenced 21-year-old Frank Fenuku Junior to 18 months imprisonment for defrauding by false pretence.

Thus, the accused defrauded members of the public through a fake police recruitment portal on Facebook.××

Prosecuting the case, Chief Inspector Clever Ayayee told the Court presided over by His Honour Mr. Akosah Amoampong Agyiri Yaw that on September 3, 2021, Police picked a fraudulent Facebook publication purporting to be making recruitment into the Police Service.

The said Facebook publication which contained the photograph and name of the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP/Mr. Edward Oduro Kwateng, misled the public to believe that it was created by the said officer.

It further misled the public to believe that the said officer created the page to assist interested applicants to be enlisted into the Ghana Police Service through a protocol allocation in the recent police recruitment advertisement.

Unsuspecting applicants fell victim to the fraud and sent money through a  mobile money account that belonged to the accused.

This prompted an investigation into the false publication leading to the arrest of three suspects.

Further investigation led to the arrest of Frank Fenuku Junior who is believed to have been the brain behind the scam.

He was then arrested at Madina Zongo Juction in Accra.

Upon searching his hideout, Police retrieved SIM cards with numbers that were displayed in the fraudulent Facebook post.

The accused pleaded guilty to the offence of defrauding by false pretence and was convicted to 18 months on his own plea.

Pronouncing the sentence, His Honour Mr. Akosah Amoampong Agyiri Yaw considered his age and the fact that he was a first-time offender and convicted him to 18 months imprisonment to deter other young people from emulating the act

Police begins shuttle services to carry officers from home to duty posts

The Ghana Police Service has introduced shuttle services for its personnel across the country.

The move is to facilitate the movement of personnel from their residence to their duty points.

The program which has been implemented in fifteen (15) out of the eighteen (18) Police Operational Regions is intended to ease the burden of commute on officers, as well as to ensure that personnel who carry weapons for duty, do so under safe conditions.

The Police Administration has, therefore, deployed buses on designated routes with pick-up and drop-off points to ensure the safe and easy transportation of personnel, especially during the rush hour when movement along the roads is usually a struggle.

The Administration acknowledges that some members of the general public had expressed concern about the practice of police personnel boarding commercial vehicles with weapons and the possible danger posed to other occupants of these vehicles.

The spectacle of uniformed officers struggling to get on board vehicles during the rush hour is not good for morale in the service and does not inspire public confidence in the police.

The Administration is certain the shuttle service will reduce these concerns and ensure that both the police officers and the commuting public go about their duties in safety and dignity.

It is also expected to give some respite to officers and further boost their morale for enhanced performance.

World record holder Agnes Tirop found dead in Kenya

Kenya’s Agnes Tirop broke the world record for a women’s 10km road race in Germany in September

Kenyan world record holder Agnes Tirop has been found dead at her home in the western town of Iten, a training hub for many athletes.

The two-time World Athletics Championships bronze medallist, who finished fourth in the Olympic 5,000m final two months ago, was 25.

Kenyan police have told BBC Sport Africa they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, with crime scene investigators at her house on Wednesday.

Last month, Tirop set the world record for a women’s only 10km road race in Germany.

“Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop,” the country’s athletics body said in a statement.

“We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise. Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.”

At the 2020 Olympic Games in August, Tirop finished just outside the medal places for the women’s 5,000m, trailing Ethiopia’s bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay by 0.75 seconds.

As well as her 10,000m bronze medals at both the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships, Tirop also impressed off the track.

In September, she set a time of 30 minutes and one second in Herzogenaurach, Germany, as she took 28 seconds off the old 10km road race record set in 2002.

Tirop began her career as a junior athlete in 2011, winning two bronze medal in the 5,000m at that year’s world junior championships.

Four years later, during a rapid ascent, she won the senior World Cross Country championships in China – becoming the second youngest medallist at that level.

In its statement, Athletics Kenya wished “strength to [Tirop’s] family and friends at this difficult time”.

Source: BBC

Decision not to pay workers without Ghana Card unfortunate – TUC

Labour unions in Ghana say they were not consulted in the decision by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) to stop the salary payment of government workers if they do not possess a Ghana card by December 1.

The unions say even though the motive is good one, the timing is wrong since Accra and Kumasi are not the only cities that constitute Ghana.

They are therefore warning the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to halt such threats if it wants peace in this country.

The labour unions are not pleased with the directive by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to stop the salary payment of government workers if they do not possess a Ghana card.

The Deputy Secretary-General of Trades Union Congress (TUC), Joshua Ansah, in an interview on 3FM’s Sunrise on Thursday said “it is very very unfortunate that the controller will sit and make such decision.

“The laws governing salaries must be respected and TUC says no no to it and we are calling the Controller to do the needful”, he told Sunrise Host, Alfred Ocansey on Thursday.

Mr. Ansah explained that “doing the needful means that all the stakeholders must be brought on board to decide on the issue because Accra and Kumasi is not only Ghana. We have remote areas”.

“I don’t want to believe it. They must do the needful by calling on the labour unions and talk about it because it is a good thing but wrong approach”.

The TUC Deputy scribe noted that “it must include all those who sit to deliberate on conditions of service but we were not consulted before the notice was put out”.

Mr. Ansah said the way forward for this is to put on hold the directives and call all the unions and deliberate on the issue.

“They don’t have to do anything that will mare the peace of this country. It is a god thing but the timing is wrong

Procedurally, they did not respect labour, either wise they are not going to do anything at the end of December.

Mr. Ansah urged workers not to sit but make the effort to register for the Ghana Card since it will definitely be used.

“Our workers must also do the registration”.

Deputy General Secretary of Federation of Labour Unions, Ken Koomson, also added that “the notice is just provocative. Salaries constitute a significant and important part of our conditions of service so employers must be very careful when dealing with salaries”.

He said “the rationale is purging the system of ghost names which is good but we were also not consulted”.

“This is an indictment on Ghanaians workers. It is unacceptable

Ghana Navy Foils Pirates Attack On Korean Vessel

THE GHANA Navy has foiled attempted pirate attack on a fishing vessel on the country’s territorial waters off South Aflao in the Volta Region.

The tuna vessel, christened AFKO 80 was operating 105 nautical miles south of Aflao when the attack occurred on Monday October 11, 2021 at about 2am.

Ghana Armed Forces Acting Director of Public Relations, Commander Andy La-Anyane, said in a statement issued Wednesday October 13, 2021 and copied DGN Online, that they successfully warded off pirates onboard two speed boats who suspiciously approached a Tuna vessel.

According to him, the operation was carried out without any casualty to the vessel and its crew as the vessel continues to be engaged in its lawful fishing activities.

Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Issah Yakubu, recently stated that ransom negotiations had become the norm as kidnapping had become an attractive cooperative venture for pirates.

According to him, pirates often demanded nearly $50,000 minimum in ransom per crew member kidnapped.

He added that this was affecting Ghana’s fishing industry which recorded two separate attacks in June and August 2020, with two Koreans presently being held captive in the Niger Delta as the Korean Embassy in Ghana continued to negotiate for their release.

The Ghana Navy in recent times has doubled its patrols at sea to curb the numerous piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea making the country’s waters one of the safest in the Region.
“The Ghana Navy in recent times doubled its patrols at sea to curb the numerous piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea making our Exclusive Economic Zone one of the safest in the Region,” he assured.

The piracy situation in the Gulf of Guinea has created a sense of insecurity in the Region.

In Ghana, the Navy has strived to maintain adequate security at sea to enable a conducive maritime environment for national development. Fishing vessels have often fallen prey to pirates within the Region.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Naval Staff recently visited his counterparts in Nigeria, Benin and Togo as a way of seeking their cooperation to combat the regional menace.

Additionally, the Ghana Navy in its quest to curb this menace, decided to deploy armed naval personnel onboard fishing vessels in consultation with stakeholders in the industry all aimed at ensuring a safe and secured maritime environment for the smooth operations of fishing and commercial vessels.

The Ghana Navy, however, assures all vessels and their operators within the country’s maritime domain of the eagerness to protect all those engaged in legal businesses and also accost all those engaged in illegalities.

The Navy therefore seeks the cooperation of all partners to enable the nation to achieve a safe maritime environment for national development

We do not support same-sex marriage, we are against violation of human rights – Akoto Ampaw

Akoto Ampaw Shayshay Lawyer

A member of the Coalition of Lawyers, Academics and other Professionals calling for Parliament to scrap the Anti-LGBTQI+ Bill, Akoto Ampaw, says the Coalition does not support same-sex marriage.

According to Mr Ampaw, the group rather abhors the violation of human rights.

“Let’s be clear, we are not advocating as a group for same-sex marriage. Many of the people who seek to rouse public discontent against us are saying that we are promoting same-sex marriage. If you read our Memorandum, we do not say anywhere that we support same-sex marriage. We do not support any violation of their rights because they are human beings.”

The bill, titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021”, prescribes severe sanctions against various activities of the LGBT+ community.

But speaking on the GTV’s Breakfast Show, Lawyer Akoto Ampaw said the Bill is in direct conflict with a number of constitutionally protected fundamental freedoms and human rights.

“Every person, not even every Ghanaian citizen, is entitled to the enjoyment of the fundamental human rights guaranteed under the Constitution. And our position as a group is not that there are no limitations to those rights. Almost all the rights under the Constitution have limitations but the limitations raise a very high bar, you must be able to demonstrate that the restriction is necessary first, and secondly, the limitation is reasonable.”null

“The case is being made that the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians do not like gays and therefore there should be a law against them. We are treading a very slippery road because if the view of Ghanaians is that anything that the overwhelming majority do not like should be criminalised, then it means the Constitution has no place,” he said on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

“It means today that a small minority like the LGBTQ group has been targeted and their existence criminalised, tomorrow, God forbid, it could be some small religious group that people don’t like, they will criminalise them contrary to the constitution. The next day it will be other Minorities in the society and this was what happened under Adolf Hitler.’’

He disclosed that democracy evolves both the Majority rule and the protection of the Minority.

“97% should not be used as a basis for passing a law for 3% of the population. You do not simply say that because you are in the democratic society, everything that the majority says, even if it violates the interest of the minority, it should go.’’

He urged Christian organisations to be tolerant and not promote hate.

Source: gbcghanaonline.com

Akufo-Addo applauds ECOWAS parliament

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has applauded the ECOWAS parliament for the theme it chose for its high level regional parliamentary seminar in Ghana.

Mr Akufo-Addo addressed the forum on Wednesday, 13th October 2021.

He wrote on his Facebook page after the address that “I addressed the ECOWAS High-Level Regional Parliamentary Seminar, on the theme ‘Two Decades of Democratic Elections in ECOWAS Member States: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward’, held in Winneba in the Central Region.

“I applauded the ECOWAS Parliament for the theme of this seminar, the relevance of which is evident in the light of recent happenings in the ECOWAS Community, especially in Guinea and Mali.

“By choosing to address this topic at this time, ECOWAS’s Parliament has demonstrated vision, courage, and the spirit to search for solutions aimed at consolidating the democratic growth of the Region, and help realise the dreams and aspirations of the peoples of the Community for a democratic future.

Source: 3news.com

Under Akufo-Addo every Ghanaian owes GH¢11,000 – Mahama alleges

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Former president and 2020 flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has revealed that every Ghanaian would have to cough out up to GHC11,000 if the public debt stock accrued under President Akufo-Addo’s government is shared per head.null

“When I was the president, a relative of Akufo-Addo said if Ghana’s public debt was to be shared equally, every Ghanaian would have paid GHC 4,700; now under the governance of his own family member, every Ghanaian practically owes GHC 11,000 if our debts was to be shared per head,” he has indicated.

Speaking with party faithful as part of his THANK YOU TOUR of the Eastern region, he said the country’s economic fundamentals have fallen apart under the current dispensation, accounting for untold hardships on citizens.

He told the gathering that the solutions to all of Ghana’s problems were captured in the 2020 Manifesto of the NDC which was rejected by Ghanaians at the polls.

Mr. John Dramani Mahama maintained that the NDC is the only political party blessed with the managerial acumen to steer Ghana out of its current economic woes which have seen the local currency on a downward spiral against major foreign currencies like the dollar.

He also mentioned that the state of insecurity in the country is becoming alarming, in that Ghanaians have had to sleep with one eye wide opened for fear of being attacked by robbers at night.

Source: mynewsgh.com

You Are An ‘Animal’ If You Practice Gay – Allotey Jacobs Fumes

Social commentator, Bernard Allotey Jacobs has expressed fury over the LGBTQ+ community fighting for the legalization of their activities in Ghana.

There is currently anti-LGBTQ+ bill proposed by Ningo-Prampram MP, Sam George, before Parliament to outlaw homosexual activities and ensure any person who publicly identifies himself or herself as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) faces a jail sentence or fine.

But an elite group has stood against the passage of the bill arguing it is a violation of fundamental human rights, hence incurring the wrath of many Ghanaians.

Their position has been interpreted by some Ghanaians as either they promoting homosexual practices or are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, being against gay activities, likened them to animals.

”You are an animal If you are gay”, he fumed.

To him, the push for legalization or acceptance of homosexual practices in Ghana is an agenda by the Western superpowers but strongly believed their agenda won’t materialize in Ghana.

”The whole thing is targeted on Africans, more on Africans. You can’t go and do that in Thailand. You can’t go and do that in Indonesia. Why Africa? Why? The birthplace of civilization! What has happened to us?”, he expressed his disgust.


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Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Nana Addo noted for cutting sods than completing projects – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has urged the government to complete the numerous development projects initiated by the NDC government which have been abandoned to rot in the bush in the Eastern region.

He has bemoaned the numerous social infrastructure and economic projects abandoned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He made this known during a courtesy call on the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs in Koforidua on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, as part of his Thank You tour.

He said “Nananom, there’s a very worrying development that I cannot avoid talking about and that is the issue of abandoned projects… Governments are enjoined to continue the projects began by their predecessors.”

He stated that “Unfortunately, it will appear that after 2016, the new government that came, has either advertently or inadvertently refused to work on many projects that the previous governments started and I can name so many of them: there are road projects, hospital projects, school projects…I know in my brother Kwawumanhene’s jurisdiction, the famous Abetifi Hospital is crying for continuation and completion.”

“If you go to other places, there are many of such hospitals that have been abandoned. I’m happy to note that the Somanya Hospital has been completed but then it needs to be operationalised as quickly as possible.”

According to him, the President is focusing more attention on cutting sod for his Agenda 111 hospital projects than paying attention to the completion of several hospital projects.

“If some have been finished, at least, let them start working while you bring in the extra 111 or if some were ongoing, complete them and add the 111 hospitals. Unfortunately, it looks like there’s more attention in cutting sod for the new 111 hospitals than there is for completing the hospitals that are already under construction and, so, these are things that I think we need to draw attention to,” he added.

Reverse Flawed Opuni Ruling – AG

Dr. Stephen Opuni with his lawyers

The Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, yesterday urged the Supreme Court to reverse what he described as ‘fundamentally flawed decision’ which removed Justice Clemence Honyenuga, a Supreme Court judge sitting as an additional High Court judge, from the trial of former Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Dr. Stephen Opuni.

Main Trial

Dr. Opuni, together with businessman Seidu Agongo and the businessman’s Agricult Ghana Limited are standing trial on 27 charges of causing financial loss to the state, defrauding by false pretences, conspiracy to commit crime, abetment of crime, money laundering, corruption by public officer and contravention of the PPA Act in their dealings with COCOBOD between 2013 and 2016.

Together, they are accused of causing a financial loss of over GH¢217 million to the state through the sale and purchase of the controversial Lithovit Liquid Fertiliser, which the prosecution says was never tested.

Restraining Order

Five Supreme Court judges before the 2021 legal vacation, in a 3-2 majority, ruled that their colleague Justice Honyenuga cannot continue to hear the case on stated grounds of bias as complained by Dr. Opuni.

The panel, chaired by Justice Jones Victor Dotse, then granted an application by Dr. Opuni which sought a certiorari to quash portions of Justice Honyenuga’s ruling on a submission of no case as well as prohibit him from further hearing the case.

The majority made up of Justices Gabriel Pwamang, Agnes Dordzie and Umoro Tanko Amadu, in their explanation held that the exhibits excluded by Justice Honyenuga at the main trial were admissible under sections 117, 118 and 126 of NRCD 323, and that their colleague purportedly excluded that piece of evidence in error.

The minority decision delivered by Justice Jones Dotse and supported by Justice Avril Lovelace-Johnson held that, “I have looked at the entire ruling in context and I am satisfied that, the learned trial judge stayed on course in his task of seeking to establish whether the prosecution has indeed established the key ingredients of the offences with which the applicant is facing before the trial court.”

Review Move

Not satisfied with the decision, the Attorney General (AG) filed an application for review urging the court to reverse its decision, arguing that the court had departed from settled principles.

At the hearing yesterday, all the five judges who heard Dr. Opuni’s application were present and per the rules two other Justices namely Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey and Gertrude Torkonu were added to the panel to decide the review application filed by the Attorney General.

Moving Application

Moving an application for review yesterday, the Attorney General argued that the decision by the ordinary bench to remove the trial judge “contained multiple fundamental flaws which occasioned miscarriage of justice.”

He said that the ruling sought to quash the High Court’s ruling on a submission of no case which it had jurisdiction to adjudicate, and there was no argument against that.

He said the only reason for the grant of Dr. Opuni’s application was the trial judge’s interpretation of the Evidence Act when he excluded certain exhibits and said if at all any error occurred in the exclusion of exhibits, it did not warrant the invocation of the supervisory powers of the Supreme Court.

He said the ruling by the ordinary bench will occasion irreparable damage to the Republic in the substantive trial if the ‘errors’ by the bench are not corrected.

Mr. Dame further argued that apart from the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision on the parties in the case, it has the tendency to open the door to the filling of similar applications by parties to shop for judges of their choice.

“Prohibiting a judge who has obeyed the judicial precedent of the Honourable Court strikes at the heart of the certainty of the law, with greater consequence on the administration of justice,” the Attorney General argued, and said that what Dr. Opuni has done can be interpreted to mean that he is deciding who should be the judge in his case.

He, therefore, urged the court to reverse the decision of the majority “as it contains errors that go against the administration of justice, not only in this case,” and added that “the refusal of this review permits lower courts to disregard without more, the binding precedents of Supreme Court Authority.”

Opuni Lawyer

Samuel Codjoe, counsel for Dr. Opuni, opposed the application by the AG saying that the application for review did not meet the threshold needed for the court to take a decision.

He insisted that the applicants were just rehashing the arguments made in the previous application which was granted.

He said the trial judge was clearly bias as he did not give the accused person the opportunity to open his case but instead predetermined and prejudged the case.

“He had made his mind and was going through the rituals while waiting to pronounce sentence,” Mr. Codjoe told the court.

He added that the majority was right in prohibiting the trial judge and prayed the court to uphold the decision.

The court will give its ruling on October 26

It’s Painful To Lose Elections!’ – Nana Confesses

President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has narrated the tortous ordeal he went through when he lost two successive elections in 2008 and 2012.××

For him, it was but a painful ordeal he had to go through but had to endure in the larger interest of the country.

This was when he addressed high level parliamentary seminar of the ECOWAS Parliament under the theme ‘two decades of democratic elections in ECOWAS member states: achievements, challenges and the way forward’ in Winneba this morning.

He could not but admitted that “It is painful enough to lose an election. I can testify to that.”

He said “there will always be winners and losers in an election.”

That notwithstanding, he noted that “the pain should not come with a suspicion of having been cheated.”

Instead, he insisted that “the winner should be warmly congratulated and support extended to enable our many problems to be tackled.”

Then only he said will the winner have the peace of mind for the serious business of governance.

He therefore stressed the need for all stakeholders in the election process to work to ensure that there are no lingering questions about the legitimacy of an election.

That, he said was because “in the last 20 years, the world has come to acknowledge that elections in the ECOWAS community have been largely free, fair, and credible” with their outcomes generally being acclaimed and accepted.

The President thus noted that “it is vital we maintain this reputation and do not allow any manipulation of the electoral systems to achieve favourable outcomes.”

“The protection of the sanctity of the ballot box carries with it the subversion of good governance”,  he said, whilst insisting that “good governance should and must be imparitivelyexclude political maneuvers to maintain power beyond constitutional requirements.”

“Let us all be aware that beyond that the marriage between the elected and the electorate becomes forced, the environment becomes toxic and the mandate becomes precarious”, he emphasised.

It is for this reason he said the Authority of Heads of States and Government of the ECOWAS which he chairs has asked the Commission to take steps towards an urgent review of the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance to take account of contemporary developments.

He has since associated himself with the call members of tge ECOWAS parliament to contribute to this process of review

You won’t survive in Ghana if you deny MPs visas over LGBTQ bill – Muntaka warns Embassies

Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka   Minority Chief Whip

The member of Parliament for the Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka, has warned the diplomatic community that no amount of intimidation and threats will stop the MPs from passing the anti-LGBTQ bill pending before the house.

Speaking on Kumasi-based Abusua 96.5 FM, the Minority Chief Whip said Parliament is aware of plans to deny lead advocates of the anti-LGBTQ bill travel visa by foreign embassies in the country.

He warned that he will lead a demonstration for the closure of any embassy that will deny Sam Nartey George and other members of Parliament travel visas because of their advocacy for LGBTQ+ activities in the country to be criminalized.

“It’s against the constitution of Ghana for any member of parliament to be punished for expressing his or her opinion on national issues in the House of parliament. So, therefore, no embassy can punish any MP in this country to kowtow to their wish,’’ the Asawase lawmaker warned.null

He said, President Nana Akufo Addo’s interview with Aljazeera where the president failed to declare his stance on LGBTQ+ sexual activities has emboldened the homosexual community to increase their advocacy projects in the country.

“With the greatest respect to our President, Nana Akufo-Addo, his statement on Aljazeera was unfortunate. If he was bold like President Mills and John Dramani Mahama by letting the world know that Ghana will never accept LGBTQ+ activities they wouldn’t be doing the unfortunate advocacies we are seeing in the country of late”.

But the Asawase lawmaker maintained the minority in parliament is determined to ensure the bill is passed to uphold Ghana’s traditional norms and moralities in the interest of the majority of Ghanaians.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

Set up neutral body for electoral reforms – Mahama to EC

John Dramani Mahama.

The 2020 Presidential candidate of the National Democratic CongressJohn Dramani Mahama, has called on Ghana’s Electoral Commission to set up a neutral body to review the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections for reforms to enhance credibility and acceptability of future elections.

According to John Dramani Mahama, the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary election was one of the worst organized elections in the democratic history of Ghana.

“This is one of the worst ever elections we’ve had in Ghana. Because many things went wrong. Military invaded collation centres and forced Electoral officers to declare results. I have not witnessed any election that after printing ballot papers, another one million extra ballot papers are printed. So many things went wrong.”

Addressing separate meetings of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs and the Clergy in Koforidua as part of his thank-you tour to the Region on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Mr Mahama called on the Chiefs and the Clergy to add their voices for a review of the 2020 elections for reforms.

“We have identified some of the loopholes that made it possible, some of the things that happened and we are taking steps to ensure these things do not happen again. And so as part of that you might have heard that we have made proposals for electoral reforms which we have presented to authorities.”

He added “It is our hope that the National House of Chiefs and Regional House of Chiefs will join voices with us so that we have an independent review of the proposals that have been brought. In most cases after an election, the electoral commission takes steps to set up a panel to look at some of the issues that went wrong and come out with proposals for making sure we correct them and we expect this electoral Commission must do same”.

According to him, a neutral body must be set up for the electoral reforms.

“They should get a neutral body, a person that we all respect to oversee the proposals that we all submitted and we can all come to a consensus that we need these changes to make our elections better. That is why we’ve engaged several Institutions, civil society Organizations, we’ve engaged traditional rulers, engaged religious leaders so that we all speak with one voice to allow that process to happen so that our elections can become better than what happened in the past,” Mahama said.

He also called on the Chiefs and clergy to mount pressure on the government to investigate the killing of eight (8) innocent people during the 2020 election and the perpetrators brought to book to avert impunity in future.

“We’ve held elections in this country over the years since 1992 till date and I’ve never seen an election in which eight of our compatriots get killed just because they are participating in the electoral process”

“The sad thing is that for the Ayawaso West Wuoguon, a Commission was set up and recommendations were made including payment of compensation to the victims. We also heard about the killing that took place at Ejura. In that case, too, a commission of inquiry was set up and it has come out with its findings which includes compensating the families of the injured people and those who died,” he said.

“Unfortunately, with those who died during the election, this government is unwilling to even investigate the cause of their death or to do anything in respect of compensating them.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

Stick To Praying And Pouring Libation – Asiedu Nketia To Chiefs

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has called on chiefs to avoid participating in partisan politics as it can bring instability.

He said traditional rulers must stay on the path of pouring libation, independence and peacebuilding.

“Stay on the path of independence, peacebuilding, and to continue to pray and pour libation for us. Advise every politician and if Nananom [traditional rulers] indicate that violence is abhorred, that advice will go to all politicians in the country,” Myjoyonline.com quoted him.

Speaking during a courtesy call on the Eastern Regional House of Chief at Atekyem on Tuesday as part of John Mahama’s ‘Thank You’ tour the General Secretary of the party said the participation of chiefs in politics was removed in 1992, it is, therefore, dangerous for chiefs to involve in such activities.

“We removed the clauses that allow chiefs to participate in our type of politics. It is through partisan politics that government leaders are elected.

“So if we allowed the chiefs to participate, some may find themselves at the right side of the government in power and others will find themselves on the wrong side of the government in power,” Asiedu Nketia added

No Single Person In NPP Supports LGBTQ+ Activities – John Boadu Insists

The General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) says the activities of the LGBTQ community in Ghana will not be accepted.
 
John Boadu was emphatic in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show, ‘Ghana Montie’ that no member of his party will support same-sex marriage in the country.
 
“Let me make this short for you, no NPP member is in support of man-to-man marriage or any activities of the LGBTQ+ community,” he told host Kwesi Aboagye.

Listen to the interview below

https://www.youtube.com/embed/AXb_laEWqMo 

Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/peacefmonline.com/ghana

Agyapa deal is good for Ghana; address concerns raised against it – Ofori-Atta to MIIF board

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has charged the Board of the Minerals Incomes and Investment Funds (MIIF) to address all concerns raised by various stakeholders about the Agyapa Royalty Deal before it goes back to Parliament.

Mr. Ofori Atta who considers the deal as the best for the country said all the necessary consultations will be done before it is submitted to the House.

The Agyapa Royalty deal was proposed by the government last year to raise funds through minerals royalties for key infrastructure projects, but could not be passed after stakeholders rejected the deal.

While inaugurating the nine-member board of the Mineral Income Investment Fund in Accra on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Mr. Ofori Atta said: “You must continue with the work that has been done following the theme of the budget ‘Continuity, Consolidation and Completion’ and address and overcome all the concerns against the Agyapa transaction, so we can go to the market and create the first mineral royalty company in Ghana and in Africa because it is good for Ghana.”https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-6359669600040540&output=html&h=343&adk=2673199636&adf=4266349633&pi=t.aa~a.23905774~i.7~rp.4&w=412&lmt=1634152114&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=1135190008&tp=site_kit&psa=1&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fkessbenonline.com%2F2021%2F10%2F13%2Fagyapa-deal-is-good-for-ghana-address-concerns-raised-against-it-ofori-atta-to-miif-board%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=317&rw=380&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1634152114333&bpp=20&bdt=4664&idt=-M&shv=r20211011&mjsv=m202110080101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D1e549522e6f00f59-22d5192582cc006c%3AT%3D1634137241%3ART%3D1634137241%3AS%3DALNI_MZsiAIa5qT53z2eKZKW1vk-S6Yx3A&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=2&correlator=263512040193&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=905343554.1634137237&ga_sid=1634152113&ga_hid=1776199131&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&adx=0&ady=1940&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=31062369%2C31063102%2C31060475&oid=2&pvsid=2683996607647774&pem=833&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=sf10HS5qU3&p=https%3A//kessbenonline.com&dtd=216

“The Attorney General has looked at it. We had a few stakeholder meetings, and I think the new board should be energised to review that and go through the parliamentary process. I’m unequivocal that it is the way to go in terms of monetising our minerals and finding a way to leverage mining,” he added.

About Agyapa deal

In 2018, Parliament passed the Minerals Income Investment Fund Act 2018, which establishes the Fund to manage the equity interests of Ghana in mining companies and receive royalties on behalf of the government.

The purpose of the Fund was to manage and invest these royalties and revenue from equities for higher returns for the country’s benefit.

In exchange, the company planned to raise between US$500 million and roughly $1 billion for the government on the Ghana and London Stock Exchanges to invest in development projects.

However, the deal became a subject of hot debate after the opposition National Democratic Congress and some stakeholders kicked against it.

The woes of the deal were subsequently compounded by a 64-paged corruption risk analysis report released against the deal by the then Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu.

The government subsequently suspended the deal.

source: citinews

State-of-the-art Kejetia Market plunged into darkness due to unpaid bills

Commercial activities at the newly built Kejetia Market have come to a standstill as traders have been plunged into darkness and intense heat.

This was after the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Wednesday, October 13 cut power supply to the facility following accumulated debts.

Akoma FM‘s checks at the facility reveal the traders have not been paying electricity bills for over five months, a situation that has forced ECG officials to cut the power and withdraw services to the traders.

The situation at the market, which houses over 800,000 traders within the central business district, has been dire and unbearable.

General Secretary for the Traders Reuben Amey describes the abrupt power cut as unfortunate.

“At about 11:30 Wednesday morning, we just realized our lights are out only to realize that the ECG officials have cut the power because we owe them.”

The traders have already been complaining about exorbitant electricity bills they are faced with.

They also lamented over 7,000 lockable shops at the facility are connected to only one meter.

The single-face meter, since the commissioning of the market, has met intense opposition from traders.

Investigations at the market reveal the last time management brought up the matter of electricity bill was in April and the debt hovered arou

C/R-NDC incest saga: Court grants Kwesi Dawood GHS30,000 bail

The Cape Coast Circuit Court One presided over by Her Honour Dorinda Smith Arthur, has granted a GHS30,000 bail with two sureties to Mr Kwesi Dawood, the suspended Communications Officer of the Central Regional arm of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in an alleged case of incest.

Mr Dawood was charged with abetment of crime – to wit, illegal abortion.

He is to reappear in court on 27 October 2021.

The prosecutor, ASP Daniel Gadzo Mensah told the court that Mr Dawood, who is the biological father of the victim, allegedly impregnated her through an incestuous affair.

The accused person, according to the prosecutor, then conspired with a medical doctor, to perform an illegal abortion on the victim.

The girl then confided in her mother and proceeded to lodge a complaint with the Swedru District police.

The case was later transferred to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) in Cape Coast.

Mr Dawood has pleaded not guilty.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-4549410436183225&output=html&h=250&slotname=4705176708&adk=1921530005&adf=520316108&pi=t.ma~as.4705176708&w=300&lmt=1634151717&psa=0&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2FC-R-NDC-incest-saga-Court-grants-Kwesi-Dawood-GHS30-000-bail-27751&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1634151715865&bpp=4&bdt=3032&idt=1454&shv=r20211011&mjsv=m202110080101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=921831232020&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=181577119.1634151717&ga_sid=1634151717&ga_hid=1653259984&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&adx=56&ady=1929&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=1647&eid=44750344%2C31062944%2C31063102%2C31060475&oid=2&pvsid=2430991890160646&pem=485&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1920&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CEe%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=0&bc=31&ifi=4&uci=a!4&fsb=1&xpc=x0NP9BWA8f&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=1471

When the news broke, he issued a statement denying the allegations levelled against him.

In a statement, Mr Dawood said: “I wish to state unequivocally that the said publication is a false and malicious fabrication”.

He also hinted at filing a defamation suit against the newspaper.

Read Mr Dawood’s full statement below:

RE: NDC GURU IMPREGNATES DAUGHTER – CAUSES ABORTION

11th October 2021

I have taken notice of a publication by the Daily Guide newspaper of 11th October 2021 alleging that I have impregnated my daughter and made her abort the pregnancy.

I wish to state unequivocally that the said publication is a false and malicious fabrication.

While I work with my lawyers to prove my innocence through the justice system and pursue a defamation action against the Daily Guide newspaper, I would like to appeal to the general public to treat the said publication and the allegations thereof with the contempt it deserves.

To all comrades, friends and family who have reached out to show concern, I am grateful for your encouragement and support.

The truth cannot be buried forever; it will spring forth like a seed in the fullness of time.

Signed, Ɔwɛnfoba Kwesi Dawood

#NyameTseAse

Allow gay rights, they will face the consequences alone’ – Mr Beautiful

Ghanaian actor Mr Beautiful has asked the government of Ghana to allow the LGBTQ+ community to enjoy rights in the country.

The LGBTQ+ discussion is back on top trends after Member of Parliament Sam George clashed with a CNN presenter on live TV last week to argue the anti- LGBTQ+ bill proposed by some parliamentarians.

Even though the majority of Ghanaians support the bill, some Ghanaians are divided over it.

Adding his voice to the conversation, Mr Beautiful – known in private life Clement Bonney – has said gays should be allowed their rights in the country and that when the consequences of being gay come, they will face it alone.

“I’m not gay and don’t know anyone who’s gay, I haven’t made up my mind to be gay,” he told blogger Sammy K this week during an interview. “If someone decides to sleep with a fellow man and be happy, that’s fine – it’s their choice.”

He said ignoring the ‘natural way’ of having sexual affair is a choice and that if it makes gay people happy, so be it.

“For me, I believe that God created a nice hole [vagina] for us to enjoy, but if someone chooses to sleep with a man, and that will make them happy, it’s their choice. That’s their right. If they want their rights, give it to them. And then when the consequences are coming, they will face it.”

When asked LGBTQ+ should be legalised in Ghana, he was quick to say: “I never mentioned legalisation.”

On Monday, fellow actor Prince David Osei endorsed the LGBTQ+ bill, saying: “In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve, not Steve and Steve!! No one is denying one’s humanity if you Gay. But we are not supposed to pretend that men are women and women are men. We won’t modify basic biology because it threatens ones subjective sense of being Gay.”

He added: “For all of human history boy met girl, girl met boy! You can’t magically change your gender, you can’t magically change your age, you can’t magically change your sex, Ben Shapiro.”

EC not responsible for 2020 election related deaths – Jean Mensa

The Chairperson for Ghana’s Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensah, has rejected blame for the 2020 election-related violence that claimed eight lives.

This is the first time the EC Chairperson has publicly acknowledged the death of some eight Ghanaians during the elections.

Speaking to members of the ECOWAS Parliament at Winneba on Wednesday, Jean Mensa said none of the violence that led to the deaths occurred at any of the EC’s polling stations.

“Sadly seven lives were lost and though this did not occur at our polling nor arise at as misconduct on our part, one life lost is one too many. We are confident that our security agencies will share their investigations and recommendations for future learnings,” Jean Mensa told members of the ECOWAS Parliament.

Jean Mensa also touted the success of the 2020 elections to the ECOWAS parliament.

According to her, the elections last year were so successful that the BBC described it as boring. Addressing the high-level seminar of ECOWAS parliament in Winneba, the EC Chair stated, the recently released census results vindicate the number captured during the compilation of the new voters’ register.

“Indeed, our elections of 2020 were solely financed by the government of Ghana. I am happy to note, that this reduced the cost of our election by 41% compared to 2016 notwithstanding inflation and price highs and the fact that we incurred additional cost owing to the COVID-19 protocols we deployed throughout the election.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8731784857660975&output=html&h=343&adk=2581141068&adf=4144783102&pi=t.aa~a.86673156~i.17~rp.4&w=412&lmt=1634131905&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=7938084553&tp=site_kit&psa=0&ad_type=text_image&format=412×343&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstarrfm.com.gh%2F2021%2F10%2Fec-not-responsible-for-2020-election-related-deaths-jean-mensa%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=310&rw=372&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1634131904941&bpp=20&bdt=6954&idt=-M&shv=r20211011&mjsv=m202110050101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D904960aecb1dbda2-2268b89782cc00f9%3AT%3D1634131903%3ART%3D1634131903%3AS%3DALNI_MYguwt8VdbcAaRdHDA3-IbmFihOhQ&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=2&correlator=1047377596938&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=985721489.1634131902&ga_sid=1634131903&ga_hid=1317417421&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&adx=0&ady=1781&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=569&eid=44750106%2C182982100%2C182982300%2C31062423%2C31063103%2C31060475&oid=2&pvsid=2800225525199289&pem=62&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C412%2C0%2C412%2C797%2C412%2C797&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=86h8N2cTGD&p=https%3A//starrfm.com.gh&dtd=179

“We cut the cost per voter from 13 dollars per head in 2016 to 7 dollars 70 cents per head at the time when the cost of elections is rising world over. Needless to say, these were no easy feat, it took the herculean effort of our entire team and the helping hand of the almighty God to establish these achievements. We were met with many challenges but we surmounted most of them and those we could not overcome we learnt from them”.

The 2020 General election which was won by President Akufo-Addo but was challenged by his main contender former President John Mahama at the supreme court.

But Jean Mensah argued the process was the most transparent in the history of the country asking other West African countries to emulate

NDC’s 2020 manifesto has the solutions to all of Ghana’s problems – Mahama

Speaking to NDC leaders and supporters in the Eastern Region on the first day of his Thank You tour in the Eastern Region, the 2020 flag bearer of the main opposition party, said: “If you look at the things happening in Ghana today – the high unemployment rate, businesses are suffering, the economy is collapsing – all the answers to what Ghana is going through today are in NDC’s 2020 manifesto”.

“The Big Push for infrastructure; GHS10 billion into infrastructure to construct our roads, hospitals, schools and all those things, are in the NDC’s 2020 manifesto”, he stressed.

According to him, there were no more discussions of the NPP’s 2020 manifesto in the lead-up to the last general elections “the moment we published the NDC’s manifesto”.

“We had a one-million jobs plan. Solving the galamsey menace was also in the manifesto”, he said.

Mr Mahama said the Akufo-Addo government is taking Ghanaians in the wrong direction, explaining that there is so much nepotism, corruption and insecurity in the country.

He noted that a dollar is now trading at GHS6.1 while every Ghanaian owes more than GHS11,000 IF the country’s total debt were share among the entire population.

Public sector workers without Ghana Card to miss salary payments from December

Ghana Card

The Controller and Accountant General says the move is in line with its quest to deliver speedy, secured and verified payroll services to government employees

Public sector workers who have not registered with the National Identification Authority (NIA) for their Ghana Card risk losing their salary from 1 December 2021.

A statement issued by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department said the move is in line with its quest to deliver speedy, secured and verified payroll services to government employees and pensioners.

The statement said the idea will help reduce the risk of undeserving payments or claims.

It has therefore urged all government workers to ensure that they are registered with the NIA and that they have obtained their unique identity numbers or miss salary payments.

Below is the full statement:

About 7,000 “ghost names” deleted from the government payroll

Last year the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) says about 7,000 “ghost names” have been deleted from the government’s payroll system.

This follows a nationwide exercise carried out by auditors and accountants from the CAGD and the Auditor General’s Department. The acting Controller and Accountant General, Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, said the exercise was fruitful and allowed all names that could not be validated to be taken off the state payroll. He made these comments during the launch of monthly training for CAGD staff in Accra. 

“Today, it will be very difficult to bring ghost names on to the payroll; besides, the department does not capture names on the payroll, as this is done at the ministries, departments and agencies level through the Public Services Commission before we get new entrants on to our system,” Kwaning-Bosompem said

Disagree with us but don’t threaten anybody, we’ll not be gagged’ – Pro-LGBTQI+ bloc

The 18-member human rights bloc advocating against an anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, LGBTQI+, Bill before Parliament have served notice that they will not be gagged despite threats to some members.

Prof. Takyiwaa Manuh, one of the signatories to the memo that demanded that the Bill be scrapped citing its undemocratic and unconstitutional nature, revealed that the leader of the bloc, Akoto Ampaw, had received an email captioned ‘Gay Lawyer’ with the contents therein threatening him with death.

She stressed that whiles they accepted that people with reasonable objections to their stance will raise such objections, there was the need to be civil about the exchanges.

She tasked especially leaders of religious groups to call on their followers to desist from such threats.

“I would like to state from the outset that whiles we welcome debate, we insist that this debate should be civil,” she said on GTV’s weekend talk programme, Talking Point.

After enumerating specific instances where three members of the bloc had been subjected to threats and insults, she added: “To hear somebody who has a reasoned objection and for us, we welcome all those reasoned objections but we insist that they should be held in a civil and respectful manner.

“And we would like to hear all the people who oppose us to call on their supporters to desist from these threats. They are uncharitable as they are unchristian and un-Muslim and really do not foster democratic values or tolerance in a democratic society.

“So by all means let us disagree, we submitted our memo in response to a call from Parliament, we will not be gagged. This is our opinion, you are free to disagree with us but you do not have the right to threaten anybody,” she added.

Parliament is due to debate the Bill properly named, ‘The Promotion of Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021,’ which was months back referred to the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the lawmaking house.

Parliament called for memos on the bill leading to the submission of over 120 memoranda according to lead sponsor of the Bill, Sam Nartey George who is Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram.

Ghana’s pro-gay collective

A group of 18 academicians and human rights defenders have voiced strong opposition to the bill before Parliament, which is seeking to extensively criminalize LGBTQ+ activities.

The group submitted a memorandum to Parliament seeking that the bill be rejected because it was largely unconstitutional and infringed on basic human rights.

Members of Parliament behind the bill, led by Ningo Prampram MP Sam Nartey George, have rubbished the memorandum and asserted that the bill will be passed into law because it has the support of the wider Ghanaian populace.

Tell us if Akufo-Addo supports anti-LGBTQ+ bill – Kwakye Ofosu replies Gabby

Felix Kwakye Ofosu, the former Deputy Minister of Information has issued a clap-back to a post by leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko demanding clarity from former President John Dramani Mahama on his stance on the anti-LGBTQ+ bill.

Gabby in a tweet sought to find out if the bill which is being championed by Sam George and seven other MPs has the backing of John Dramani Mahama.

His tweet of Monday, October 12, 2021; read: “Is former President and presidential aspirant John Mahama for or against the Boy George Bill?”

Kwakye Ofosu in his response urged Gabby Otchere Darko to table the same question to the president with who he shares blood relations.

Ofosu Kwakye tasked Gabby Otchere Darko to enquire from President Akufo-Addo if he would assent the bill when passed.
“Charity begins at home so how about telling us if your cousin,

President Akufo-Addo, supports the bill and will assent to it once it is passed by Parliament” he said, quoting Gabby’s tweet.

Kwakye Ofosu becomes the second NDC top official to demand President Akufo-Addo declares his position on the matter.

Last week, the National Communication Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi tasked President Akufo-Addo and his Vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to address Ghanaians on the issues.

“My only disappointment is the lawyer of President Akufo-Addo organizing some persons to oppose this bill. The people of this country deserve to know the position of our president on this bill.

More importantly, they deserve to know the position of his heir apparent who is a Muslim. I’m sad that till date the two leaders have not commented on this bill. President Mahama has commented. President Mills also commented,” he said.

About the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

Sam Nartey George led an eight-member legislative group that drafted a Private Members’ Bill titled: “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, Bill 2021,” which seeks to comprehensively outlaw activities of the LGBTQ+ community.

Currently, the bill has been laid before the house and referred to the appropriate committee for consideration.

The Ningo Prampram MP has strongly defended the need for the bill which he insists is a necessity in preserving the moral and cultural values of Ghanaians in general.

Sam George insists that LGBTQ+ tendencies are not human rights but preferences that need to be regulated within the context of what Ghanaian society and culture accepts.

The bill has the full blessing of Speaker Alban Bagbin who is on record to have said he is pro-life and will ensure that the bill is passed into law as soon as possible.

Is Mahama for or against anti-LGBTQ+ bill? – Gabby asks

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party is asking for the stance of former President John Dramani Mahama on the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill currently before Parliament.

He posed the question in a tweet that read: “Is former President and presidential aspirant John Mahama for or against the Boy George Bill?”

Gabby is on record to have spoken against the bill back in July.
“I am struggling to understand what the promoters of this Bill seek to achieve. Perhaps, it is what will fix the myriad of problems we are facing as a country like finding jobs for the youth and fixing our roads,” he said in a social media post.

The LGBTQ+ subject has gained new lease of life after a group of 18 human rights defenders presented a memo to Parliament advocating against the bill.

That memo galvanised persons who are for the bill, including major church groups and other civil society players who are tasking Parliament to expeditiously pass the bill.

What then President Mahama said about LGBTQ

John Dramani Mahama speaking through his Information Minister at the time, Mahama Ayariga, the former president indicated that the act is criminal and punishable under the laws of Ghana.

“The President is to execute the laws of Ghana. And the laws of Ghana are very clear on homosexuality. The laws of Ghana appal and criminalize homosexuality, there is no dispute about that.

“Homosexual conduct which is unnatural canal knowledge of one person or another is criminal and punishable by the laws of Ghana,” he said.

Ghana’s pro-gay collective

A group of 18 academicians and human rights defenders have voiced strong opposition to the bill before Parliament, which is seeking to extensively criminalize the activities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, LGBTQ+.

The group submitted a memorandum to Parliament seeking that the bill be rejected because it was largely unconstitutional and infringed on basic human rights.

Members of Parliament behind the bill, led by Ningo Prampram MP Sam Nartey George, have rubbished the memorandum and asserted that the bill will be passed into law because it has the support of the wider Ghanaian populace.

Discussing anti LGBTQ+ bill creating hatred against us – Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi cries

Board member of the LGBTQ+ community in Ghana, Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi, says the debate on the anti LGBTQ+ bill before the country’s parliament is only creating more hate and disgust against them.

She made this assertion in an interview with Sefah-Danquah via phone on the Happy Morning Show (#HappyHMS) aired on e. TV Ghana and Happy 98.9FM. “Parliament is passing a hateful bill to criminalize people’s existence and this shouldn’t be.”

According to her, Ghanaians are hospitable and do not discriminate no matter your gender or origin but this seems to be changing against the LGBTQ+ community.

To her, the creation of the anti LGBTQ+ bill will just create hatred amongst Ghanaians. “Ghanaians are caring that even if you fall on the street people will run to your rescue before they even think of who you are, your colour sexuality, and gender,” she said.

She lamented how hate is being created amongst individuals without realizing the great impact it may be having on people in society.

“Hate can be so packaged that you do not necessarily feel that it’s going to be hateful until it begins to create chaos and violence. If you listen to people’s reaction to what they’ve heard already about the bill it is not good. It has created some kind of sensitization that people do not understand what it means to belong to the LQBTQ+ community,” she said.

Background

Earlier this year, the Speaker of Parliament received a private member bill from some MPs that would expand on the current law that provides up to three years in prison for same-sex activity.

Reports have it that the new bill when passed will prohibit and criminalize advocacy, funding, and an act of LGBTQ+ while promoting conversion therapy programs seeking to “convert” people from homosexuality to heterosexuality.

Meanwhile, fifteen renowned legal, academic and civil society professionals have filled a memorandum challenging the anti-gay legislation submitted to Parliament.

In the memorandum, they contend that the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, which seeks to criminalize LGBTQ+ and adjacent activities, is an “impermissible invasion of the inviolability of human dignity.”

Some Christian leaders, on the other hand, have submitted a memorandum to Parliament on the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, endorsing the bill.

Learn from Akufo-Addo’s loyalty and tenacity – Razak Opoku to NPP members

A member of the governing New Patriotic Party, Razak Kojo Opoku is demanding commitment, loyalty and unalloyed love from persons who intend to lead the New Patriotic Party in the 2024 elections.

Razak Kojo Opoku believes that these character traits will prove decisive if the party is to ‘break the eight.

In Facebook post, Razak Kojo Opoku eulogized President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as one who typifies what a Ghanaian leader should be.

He explained that President Akufo-Addo have over the years played various roles for the country and the NPP and bid his time.
Razak said that despite some disappointments chalked on the way, President Akufo-Addo’s maintained an unwavering support for the NPP which eventually earned him the crown of president.

He is therefore urging prospective aspirants of the party to glean lessons from President Akufo-Addo’s exemplary lives.
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I would like to urge potential presidential aspirants to emulate the tenacity, commitment and unwavering love of President Akufo-Addo for Ghana and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) if they truly desire to lead NPP for 2024 general elections.

Breaking the 8-year-cycle curse requires Presidential Aspirants who will not quit or undermine the collective efforts of the party, maybe through unjustifiable resignation as result of the inability to get the nod from the delegates of the Party.

We have to fully remain committed to the Victory 2024 agenda whether your candidate win the Flagbearership or not.

Now let’s consider the political sufferings and batispm of President Akufo-Addo:

  1. Nana Akufo-Addo as the 1st National Organizer of NPP and Campaign Manager to Prof. Adu Boahen was rejected by the party when attempting to be the Flagbearer of NPP in 1998.

There is no denying the fact of the major and instrumental role he played in the formation of NPP from the Danquah-Busia Club. Yet Nana Akufo-Addo was never bitter and abandoned the party. He fully supported the Presidential candidate and the party for the victory in the 2000 general elections.

  1. In 2007, when it was unquestionably obvious that Nana Akufo-Addo was going to lead the party for the 2008 general elections yet 16 other people contested him for the flagbearership position.

He was bastardised by the supporters of the other aspirants thereby giving arsenals to the opposition to vilified him ahead of the 2008 general elections yet Nana Akufo-Addo rallied everyone for the elections to the extent of appointing a competitor’s Presidential Aspirant to served as Director of Communications.

After the 2008 elections, the appointed Director of Communications wrote: “Chasing the Elephant Into the Bush” which became a weapon for the NDC in 2012 general elections.

  1. Ahead of the 2012 and 2016 general elections, some of the people who served in the first NPP government deserted Nana Akufo-Addo. It took the efforts of Akufo-Addo to recruit and nurture fresh young people for the task in the 2012 and 2016 general elections.

Adding insult to injury, some of the old party gurus constantly attacked Nana Akufo-Addo in the media space and incite Ghanaians against the candidature of Nana Akufo-Addo. This should not remind us of anything but lessons we must learn.

  1. In 2021 January, Nana Akufo-Addo was betrayed again by some NPP Members of Parliament by electing an opposition person as the Speaker of Parliament as against the choice of the party.

Nana Akufo-Addo is the first President in the 4th Republican Constitution to work with a Speaker of Parliament who is from the other side of the political divide.

  1. President Akufo-Addo committed his government to the protection of the funds of depositors through the Banking/Financial Sector clean-up exercise. A lot of public funds were pumped by President Akufo-Addo to save several banks from collapsing yet some Ghanaians were angry at Akufo-Addo for saving several banks from collapsing and protecting the funds of thousands of depositors.

These Ghanaians vowed to campaign and vote against Akufo-Addo in the 2020 general elections for doing the right thing of saving banks/financial institutions and funds of depositors.

  1. The decision of President Akufo-Addo to stop galamsey in order to prevent the Country’s water bodies from being destroyed was greeted by anger and sadly some Ghanaians especially in the galamsey areas and communities vowed to campaign and vote against President Akufo-Addo in the 2020 general elections.

It was quite surprising when some people decided to campaign and vote against President Akufo-Addo in the 2020 general elections simply because his Government has decided to protect the Country’s water bodies as well as ensuring the sustainability of the environment and survival of the humans, plants and animals ecosystems.

However, after the 2020 general elections, President Akufo-Addo never give up even though the Parliamentary Candidates of the New Patriotic Party(NPP) miserably lost their seats in the Constituencies where the activities of Galamsey were very predominant. President Akufo-Addo in his second term in office has still committed resources to the fight against galamsey and that is the hallmark of quality leadership.

  1. Nana Akufo-Addo is the only President in the 4th Republican Constitution with the implementation of most policies and programmes such as free SHS, 1D1F, Digitalization, free TVET, Planting for Food and Jobs, 1 Constituency 1 Ambulance, NABCO, 1 Village 1 Dam etc.

President Akufo-Addo has to his credit also social interventions such as free water, free electricity during the Covid-19 major period, yet some Ghanaians decided to vote against him and his Parliamentary candidates in the 2020 general elections. In spite of this, President Akufo-Addo is still focused on addressing the needs and challenges of Ghanaians by providing first-class governance to the good people of Ghana.

Let’s emulate the political struggles of President Akufo-Addo, stay united for Victory 2024. No matter how you are treated by your Party or Ghanaians, you have to bear in mind that collective interest overrides Individual interest.

Vast majority of Ghanaians will be disappointed if Mahama doesn’t contest 2024’ – Sammy Gyamfi

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Communications Director for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi has said there are many Ghanaians who will be disappointed and unhappy if John Dramani Mahama does not contest for the NDC flagbearership in the 2024 elections.https://477dd868cb3038e0d9a3bee51c97a2b7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Sammy Gyamfi said he himself will also be unhappy but so will the majority of Ghanaians who have the belief in John Mahama and will be disappointed if the former president fails to contest to salvage Ghana from the claws of the clueless NPP government.

“Of course I will want him to stand and I will be very unhappy if he decides not to stand. I know that he knows that the vast majority of Ghanaians not just NDC supporters will be very disappointed in him if he tries to let us down by not standing.

“Knowing him as a listening leader, I know he will make the right decision by standing when that time is ripe and he deems it fit to make that announcement I believe he himself or his spokespersons will do so for him,” he told Bridget Otoo in an interview on Accra-based Metro TV.null

Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama is currently on a thank-you tour across the country expressing his heartwarming gratitude to the people of Ghana for the massive votes given to him in the 2020 elections.

He is using the opportunity that affords him to address various national issues and bring to bear the shortcomings of the current government.

But it is becoming glaringly clear that the contest for the NDC flagbearership will be a herculean task as Dr. Kwabena Duffour has been tipped to also contest for the position in a bid to “save Ghana”.Source: mynewsgh.com

Akufo-Addo is our president, that is the reality – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said that even though he disputed the 2020 election results announced by the Chair of the Electoral Commission, he recognises that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the President of Ghana.

This comes after the Supreme Court affirmed the announcement made the the Cir of the Commission, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa.

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Dissatisfied with the election results, Mr Mahama filed a petition at the Supreme Court to compel the Electoral Commission to rerun the polls.

In his view, no candidate polled the number of votes to win the presidential elections.

However, after hearing the petition, the apex court in a unanimous decision dismissed the petition on the basis that it was without merit.

Almost all the applications filed by the petitioner including that one that was requesting the chair of the EC to answer some questions, interrogatory application, were turned down by the justices of the court.

Speaking in a meeting with the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on Tuesday October 12, as part of his thank you tour, Mr Mahama said “Despite the fact that  the elections were not declared  for us , we went to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court gave it  its ruling  against us and so in my address to the nation  I accepted the  ruling of the court even though  we were not too happy .

“I think that  justice must not only  be done but must be seen to be done  and so the demands  we made  during the court hearing , one, to  let the electoral commission  give access  to information which  was turned down.  

“To ask the electoral commission  some questions that are called interrogatories  such as is done in normal court proceedings  , that was also turned down  and indeed, the most injurious one to our democracy , to let the person  responsible  for elections in this country  that has been constitutionally mandated  stand in the witness box  and testify to the work she did , also turned down.

“And so, we accepted the verdict but we disagreed  with a lot of things that took place  in that court. But in the interest of peace of the country we accept by reason of that court , it means that the recognised  president of the country  is Nana Akufo-Addo  and we all respect him as our president.

“I will continue to say that even though we disagreed with  processes of  the elections, we disagreed with some of the process of the  court hearing , the reality of the fact  is that he is our president

Election Petition: Blocking Jean Mensa from testifying was most injurious– Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said that the decision of the seven justices of the Supreme Court to refuse his request to make the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Adukwei Mensa testify in the 2020 election petition hearing, was the most injurious development in the entire hearing.

During the hearing, the Court said Mrs Adukwei Mensa and Campaign Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in last year’s elections Peter Mac Manu could not be compelled to mount the witness box to be cross-examined.

The apex court said this on Thursday, February 11, 2021 when delivering its ruling on whether or not Mrs Adukwei Mensa should mount the witness box to be cross-examined.

During proceedings on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 lawyers for the 1st and 2nd respondents, Justin Amenuvor and Akoto Ampaw respectively, told the Court that the petitioner cannot compel them to elect witnesses to appear in the witness box.

During legal arguments on a move by the respondents not to testify in the case, Mr Akoto Ampaw told the Court: “The petitioner cannot compel us to enter the witness box to adduce evidence.”

He added: “The petitioner has adduced evidence and closed his case. We have taken the position that in our assessment, they have not discharged the burden of proof and the burden of producing evidence and, therefore, we will not give further evidence and the Court will determine the case on the evidence before it

Lawyer for the petitioner Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, told the court during the legal arguments that Jean Mensa, cannot skip cross-examination.

He argued that by filing a witness statement, the 1st Respondent has opened her up for cross-examination.

“It is our respectful submission that by filing its witness statement the first respondent has clearly crossed the bridge as far as opening the witness up for cross-examination is concerned. That bridge has been crossed, the ship has already been sailed,” Tsatsu said in his argument to the bench.

But the court dismissed his objection on the heels that a witness cannot be compelled to mount the witness box.

Addressing the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on Tuesday October 12 as part of his thank you tour, Mr Mahama said “Despite the fact that the elections were not declared  for us , we went to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court gave it  its ruling  against us and so in my address to the nation  I accepted the  ruling of the court even though  we were not too happy .

“I think that  justice must not only  be done but must be seen to be done  and so the demands  we made  during the court hearing , one, to  let the electoral commission  give access  to information which  was turned down.  

“To ask the electoral commission  some questions that are called interrogatories  such as is done in normal court proceedings  , that was also turned down  and indeed the most injuries  one to our democracy , to let the person  responsible  for elections in this country  that has been constitutionally mandated  stand in the witness box  and testify to the work she did , also turned down.

“And so, we accepted the verdict but we disagreed  with a lot of things that took place  in that court. But in the interest of peace of the country we accept by reason of that court , it means that the recognised  president of the country  is Nana Akufo-Addo  and we all respect him as our president . I will continue to say that even though we disagreed with  processes of  the elections, we disagreed with some of the process of the  court hearing , the reality of the fact  is that he is our president

Times are hard, people are suffering in Ghana – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has noted that times are hard for Ghanaians under the Akufo-Addo administration.

He noted that food prices and other commodities are increasing on a daily basis.

“Fuel costs are rising, every day the pump prices go up,” he said in a meeting with chiefs in the Eastern region as part of his thank you tour.

He added “This year many unions are unhappy with the negotiations that took place where a paltry 4 per cent was given to them” when those of Article 71 office holders have been given wider increment.

“Even though you do free SHS you have no jobs for them to do when they come out. Times are hard and people suffering, food prices are going up. every day the prices are increasing,” he stressed.

“These are things that are not going on well and I believe Nananom (Chiefs) will speak about it,” the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in last year’s elections said

Military being used for confirmation of MMDCEs – Ofosu Ampofo

Samuel Ofosu Ampofo is NDC’s National Chairman

National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has claimed that elected assembly members are being denied their constitutional right to endorse or reject persons nominated for the position of Municipal, Metropolitan and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the country.

Without mentioning the areas where these happenings are taking place, he alleged that in some areas, the military and other security officers are being used to block some assembly members from having access to the auditorium where the voting is taking place to perform their duties.

He made these allegations when the presidential candidate of the NDC in last year’s elections, Former President John Dramani Mahama met the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs as part of his thank you tour on Tuesday October 12.

He said “You recall that His Excellency President Akufo-Addo  sometimes in the last  term,  proposed amendments to  the Local government  Act  and proposed that  the local government system should be partisan. Those of us here  opposed vehemently  that we will want  to persevere  the nonpartisan nature of our  district assemblies. So, there was  a very intense debate  when a referendum was  proposed  and because of the  position that we canvassed  and convinced Ghanaians  finally, the president  had to withdraw and then referendum never took place.

“Recent development  in the appointment and approval of MMDCEs  vindicate our position  that if we make  local government  system partisan  we will further polarise  this country  and we will to be able to even  put our citizens  together to undertake development projects .

“Why am I saying so?  Only last Sunday  in one district assembly  when 38  people were supposed  to go and endorse  municipal, chief executive  on Sunday  some government appointees were put together  and one or two people were added  and military and  security agencies  provided them  escort to go and approve  somebody who has been appointed  as a DCE.

“The elected assembly members  were prevented from  exercising  their constitutional right  and this is a sad commentary for local governance  which for me  is the heart beat of   the  chiefs when it comes to the governance architecture of this country.

“It did not happen in that place alone, in several  other places  elected assembly members  are prevented and  because the clause says that  two thirds  present and voting  so they will he  elected members and  cordoned off a few people  and say  they are the only people who came  and they have voted  and so somebody has been declared  the DCE.

“I think we are bastardising our local government system and I will plead with the chiefs that in your deliberations take these matters into consideration because our democratic dispensation, the pillars upon which our democracy revolves is the decentralisation and the local government system of which the chiefs are part.”

Mr Ofosu Ampofo is not the only one making this claim.

Members of Parliament for Cape Coast North and Cape Coast South constituencies have also accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of using security forces including thugs to intimidate Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) members perceived to be members of the NDC to confirm the president’s nominee of Chief Executive.

According to the MPs, Kweku George Ricketts-Hagan of Cape Coast South and Kwamena Mintah Nyarku of Cape Coast North, the NPP have devised several means to ensure that Ernest Arthur is forcefully confirmed.

The 2020 NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Cape Coast South has failed twice to get two-thirds majority votes of assembly members after being renominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mr Arthur, popularly known as Mayor 1, needed only four votes on Wednesday, October 6 in a second voting on his renomination to be confirmed Chief Executive.

But not even an impassioned gesture by the Central Region Minister, Marigold Assan, will move some assembly members to vote for him.

Others had accused NDC’s Ricketts-Hagan of masterminding his defeat.

He had polled 34 ‘Yes’ votes in the first voting on Monday, September 27, a marked departure from the 99 percent he polled in 2017 when he was nominated for the first time by the president.

Addressing journalists on Monday, October 11, the day initially rumoured for the third and final voting, the two NDC MPs said the two-time rejection of Mr Arthur is a clear indication that he is not wanted by the good people of Cape Coast as mayor.

“There is no law in the constitution that the President should re-present or renominate the candidate. However, the President in his prerogative can renominate a failed nominee,” former Deputy Finance Minister Ricketts-Hagan admitted.

“Mr Ernest Arthur has been nominated twice and twice have the people of Cape Coast rejected him through their assembly representatives. Cape Coast has refused emphatically for Mr Ernest Arthur to be their MCE after four or almost five years to continue as MCE and the assembly has reflected these sentiments of the people they represent.”

They claimed the NDC will resist all attempts by government to use institutions such as the police and NPP’s Invisible Forces to intimidate assembly members.

“We will make sure that nothing less than free and fair elections is what happens here in Cape Coast,” said Mr Mintah Nyarku.

They said any bloodshed in the ancient capital will be put on the head of the government

NDC feels vindicated for opposing Akufo-Addo’s plan to have MMDCEs elected – Ofosu Ampofo

National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has said that his party feels vindicated after rejecting a move by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to have Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) elected on partisan basis.

Mr Ofosu Ampofo said if this plan had succeeded, it would have jeopardised the entire local governance system in the country.

He said these when the presidential candidate of the NDC in last year’s elections, Former President John Dramani Mahama met the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs as part of his thank you tour on Tuesday October 12.

 “As a former Local Government Minister, I know how Local governance and rural development is dear to the heart of the Chiefs because the development of this country can only take place from the micro level to the macro level.

“In other words, we can only feel development at our various districts, municipal and metropolitan and of course the towns and communities.

 “That is why the 1992 constitution came with the District Assembly Common Fund that was to address the development imbalances that the country was experiencing. So the common fund was put in place  to ensure that  there  will be even and equitable distribution  of the national resources across  the length and breadth of this country and so the release  of this common fund  is critical  to the rapid  and accelerated development of our  various communities  which are all imbedded in the various  paramountcy that you preside on.

“Sadly to say that, as  I speak to you now,  the DACF  has been in arrears for four quarters which  means that for almost one year now  common fund has not been released to the MMDCEs  and this is a very sad commentary  because its net effect is that a it impedes the rapid development  of the  various paramountcy that  you preside on .

“I appeal that the chiefs, in your engagements must also put pressure to bear on government to  ensure that this District Assembly Common Fund  are released timeously because  if you have MMDCEs  in office and there are  no resources for  them to develop the districts then  of course they  are being paid for nothing.”

“You recall that His Excellency President Akufo-Addo  sometimes in the last  term  proposed amendments to  the local government  act  and proposed that  the local government system should be partisan  and those of us here  opposed vehemently  that we will want  to persevere  the nonpartisan nature of our  district assemblies and so there was  a very intense debate  when a referendum was  proposed  and because of the  position that we canvassed  and convinced Ghanaians  finally, the president  had to withdraw   and then  referendum never  took place.

“Recent development  in the appointment and approval of MMDCEs  vindicate our position  that if we make  local government  system partisan  we will further polarise  this country  and we will to be able to even  put our citizens  together to undertake development projects .

“Why am I saying so?  Only last Sunday, in one district assembly  when 38  people were supposed  to go and endorse  municipal, chief executive  on Sunday  some government appointees were put together  and one or two people were added  and military and  security agencies  provided them  escort to go and approve  somebody who has been appointed  as a DCE.

“The elected assembly members  were prevented from  exercising  their constitutional right  and this is a sad commentary for local governance  which for me  is the heart beat of   the  chiefs when it comes to the governance architecture of this country.

“It did not happen in that place alone, in several  other places  elected assembly members  are prevented and  because the clause says that  two thirds  present and voting  so they will he  elected members and  cordoned off a few people  and say  they are the only people who came  and they have voted  and so somebody has been declared  the DCE.

“I think we are bastardising our local government system and I will plead with the chiefs that in your deliberations take these matters into consideration because our democratic dispensation, the pillars upon which our democracy revolves is the decentralisation and the local government system of which the chiefs are part.”

It is recalled that Mr Gabby Otchere Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said in relation to the agitations that characterised the nomintaion of the MMDCEs that President Akufo-Addo intended to have the laws amended in order to make MMDCEs elected as a way of curing the winner takes all problem but some Ghanaians rejected that move,

The former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute said the winner takes all concept in Ghana, from local to national, is not does not help the democracy of Ghana

“It was not for nothing that Akufo-Addo set about to amend the Constitution and have MMDCEs (mayors) elected by the very people they serve. But the opposition had different ideas. The winner takes all, from local to national, is bad for a healthy democracy anywhere in the world.

“Akufo-Addo is not a leader who particularly enjoys wielding the power to appoint or disappoint. He’s slow to reshuffle & even finds the constitutional powers to appoint 1,000s of people tedious a time that could be better spent on getting the work done. But it is what it is,” he said in a tweet reacting to the list of the MMDCEs announced by the Local Government Dan Botwe on Sunday September 19 and some of the agitations that characterized the announcement.

Mr Akufo-Addo in 2019 ordered for the withdrawal of a Bill that was seeking to amend Article 243(1) of the Constitution which allows the President to appoint MMDCEs.

In a national address where he announced the cancellation of the December 17, 2019 referendum that was to decide on an amendment of Article 55 (3) of the Constitution to enable political parties to participate in local level elections, the President also put on hold plans that would also allow for the election of MMDCEs as he promised ahead of the 2016 elections.

“It is with deep regret that I have given instructions to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development …to abort the process and see to the withdrawal of the Bills for the amendment of the Constitutions both in respect of Article 243 (1) and Article 55 (3).”

Whilst the President attributed the decision to cancel the referendum to the absence of “a durable national consensus” on the matter, he did not explain why the Bill to amend Article 243 (1) was also withdrawn despite the fact that it had seeming bipartisan backing

STC Spends GHc 2 Million On Petrol Every 2 Weeks – Nana Akomea Discloses

STC Boss, Nana Akomea, has made a shocking revelation of the company’s expenses on fuel.

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) recently called for the government to remove the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy (PSRL) to curb the persistent petroleum products’ price hikes.

“The two key indicators, that is international market prices and foreign exchange differentials, are all likely to affect average pump prices of petroleum products by between 2% to 3% or (10p/Litre for both products) in this second pricing window of September 2021.”

“This would likely translate to reviewed figures by the various Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) as those selling at current prices for gasoline and gasoil at GH¢6.38 could be reviewed upwards to between GH¢6.45/-GH¢6.52/L for both Gasoline and Gasoil,” a COPEC statement read.

Nana Akomea, like COPEC, is equally worried about the petrol price increases.

According to him, the State Transport Corporation (STC) spends millions of cedis on fueling its buses and what is more shocking is that these millions are expended in two weeks.

“We pay GHc 2 million to Goil every two weeks,” he disclosed on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”.

Nana Akomea also expressed worry over the company’s losses as a result of the border closure arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He stated; ”In the last 17 months, from March last year, we’ve lost over 42 million cedis because of the border closure”.

This, he said, indicating that STC incurs a huge cost in running its business.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Removing Petrol Levies Won’t Reduce Prices – Kwesi Pratt Replies NPA

Seasoned Journalist, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. does not believe the removal of the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies (PRSL) on petrol, diesel, and LPG will make a difference regarding the fuel price increments.
 
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has approved to remove fuel levies for two months.

A press statement issued by the Authority’s Corporate Affairs Department, October 11, 2021 read; “The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) wishes to inform the public that His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has granted approval to zero the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies on petrol, diesel, and LPG for a period of two months.”

This is aimed at mitigating the impact of rising prices of petroleum products on the world market on consumers.

“The purpose of the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy (PSRL) is to stabilise prices for consumers and pay for the subsidies on Premix Fuel and Residual Fuel Oil (RFO).”

“At this time it is important that the PSRL which is currently sixteen pesewas per liter (GHp16/Lt) on petrol, fourteen pesewas per litre (GHp14/Lt) on diesel, and fourteen pesewas per kilogram (GHp14/Kg) on LPG are zeroed to cushion consumers,” the statement further read.

The NPA decision comes after strident calls by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) for government to remove the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy to avert the consistent increase in prices of petroleum products.

But to Mr. Pratt, the levy removal won’t reduce fuel prices neither will it remedy the oil sector situation in Ghana.

Speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, he argued; ”It won’t change the price in any substantial way. In fact, the prices will go up very soon. All the indicators are that, by the end of this month, the prices will be higher than what we’re paying now”.

”There’s nothing to indicate that petrol prices will reduce…The price at the end of the month will be higher than it is today”, he added.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Let’s treat the public with respect so we can succeed – IGP to personnel

Dr George Akuffo Dampare IGP

Inspector-General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare, has urged all police personnel in the country, to treat the public with respect as a way of courting their help in fighting crime.null

“We should always remember that we can only succeed if we have the support and help of the public and treat them with respect”, Dr Dampare, who was recently confirmed as IGP, said to his personnel via text messaging.

Read his full message below:

My Colleagues,

I wish to express my deepest appreciation to you for your immense support during my tenure as the acting IGP.

As the substantive IGP, I will continue to count on you to deliver our core mandate of protecting lives and property – remember, it is only through teamwork that we can succeed.null

We should always remember that we can only succeed if we have the support and help of the public and treat them with respect.

Please be assured that the leadership of the Service is behind you as you discharge your duties with Integrity.

Let us, individually and collectively, avoid any act(s) that will bring the name of the service into disrepute; let us continue to work hard to regain the trust, confidence and respect of the people we serve; and let us make the Ghana Police Service a model for the rest of Africa and beyond.

I wish you and your families well.

George Akuffo Dampare, PhD

Source: classfmonline.com

From the way he’s going, we’ll support Kissi Agyebeng to fight corruption – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he and everyone else will be ready to support the Special Prosecutor if he fights corruption.

Speaking on Koforidua-based Sunrise FM during his thank-you tour of the Eastern Region on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, Mr Mahama said: “If President Akufo-Addo keeps exonerating his appointees engaged in corruption, the act will never stop”.

He added: “The government must take steps to stem corruption in the country”, adding: “We have a new Special Prosecutor. Looking at how he has started his work, we are all hopeful that he will fight corruption…and all of us will support him to do his work.”

Mr Mahama’s comments coincide with similar sentiments expressed by the main opposition National Democratic Congress’s Deputy National Organiser Chief Biney, who has given the strongest indication that the party’s confidence in the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has been reposed, stemming from Mr Kissi Agyebeng’s discontinuation of the tax evasion case filed by his predecessor against Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga.

According to Mr Biney, the SP’s move on the Ayariga case was an indication that Mr Agyebeng was really an independent person.

Mr Biney expressed the sentiment on Accra-based UTV on Tuesday, 12 October 2021.

The OSP, on Monday, filed a nolle prosequoi to discontinue the case, saying it would be a waste of the state’s time pursuing the matter further.

Mr Biney explained that the NDC, at a point, lost confidence in the OSP under the leadership of Mr Agyebeng’s predecessor Martin Amidu.

He said the posture of Mr Amidu while in office, was the cause of the loss of confidence in him.

In his view, the move by the OSP is an indication that Mr Agyebeng was not set out to vilify opponents of the governing New Patriotic Party.

“This is a strong indication that the OSP is for the good of all when it comes to the issue of fighting corruption, which keeps draining the state”, he said.

He said the posture of the OSP was commendable, adding that going forward, it will spur support from the NDC for his work

NCA restores Radio Gold, XYZ licences

The governing board of the National Communications Authority (NCA), the spectrum regulatory agency under the chairmanship of Mr Isaac Emmil Osei-Bonsu, has approved new radio licence applications for Radio Gold, Radio XYZ and over 131 others.

A statement released by the NCA said a decision has been taken by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation to have the licences for the closed radio stations renewed.

The two stations, which are aligned to the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) were among scores of others shut down by the Akufo-Addo government for not paying their operating licence fees for several years and flouting other obligations in line with their licences.

The decision was seen by the NDC as discriminatory.

The party, thus, questioned the governing party’s commitment to press freedom.

The NCA, in 2017, insisted that freedom is best protected when rules of the game are respected by its key players.

The authority defended the closures as being “in line with Regulations 65(1) of the Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011, L. I. 1991”, which states that: ‘A person shall not use a radio frequency without authorization from the Authority’.

The National Communications Authority argued that it was simply enforcing its legitimate powers by shutting down FM radio stations that were operating without authorisation.

Is Akufo-Addo taller than George Weah? – Sammy Gyamfi on new presidential jet

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• Sammy Gyamfi says the reason for procuring a new presidential jet is flawed

• He said Ghana does not need a private jet

• The current presidential jet is said not to have enough legroom


National Communication Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, has questioned Dr. Gideon Boako’s justification for the need to procure a new presidential jet.

The spokesperson for Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia stated on JoyNews’ Newsfile, over the weekend that, the current presidential private jet seats were unadjustable and that there was hardly any legroom for passengers.

But reacting to this on Metro TV’s ‘One on One’, Sammy Gyamfi queried the logic behind Dr Boako’s justification.

He wondered how the presidential jet can be said not to have enough legroom to accommodate president Akufo-Addo when the same jet was recently used by Liberian President George Weah, who is relatively taller than Ghana’s president.null

“…I believe that Ghana needs a presidential jet for our president and we have one, and that jet is fit to purpose… the last ridiculous reason I heard as the justification of a new jet was the argument by Gideon Baako who said our president is ‘so tall’ that he is unable to stretch his legs in the Flacon 900 EX. So we are asking whether our president has become so tall that today he is taller than George Weah?”

The debate around presidential travels and the presidential jet has been championed by MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who has alleged that three luxurious charter travels by the president had cost the taxpayer in excess of 10 million cedis.

Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency announced recently that the government had plans of acquiring a new presidential jet because the current one was not fit for purpose.

He said Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul will give further details on the planned acquisition in due course.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill: We won’t disappoint you; discussions will be open to media – Majority assures Ghanaians

NDC MPs Majority

The Majority Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame constituency, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has said Parliament will not disappoint the people with regard to the anti-LGBTQI+ bill which is currently before the House.null

He emphasized that no Member of Parliament will be against the principle of the bill.

The Majority Leader gave the assurance this morning at a press conference held by the Majority Caucus of Parliament.

He expressed delight over the high public interest generated in the bill and pleaded with the public to demonstrate the same high interest in other bills which will appear before the House such as the Property rights of spouses bill.

Hon Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the bill will be considered in line with provisions of the Constitution and made particular reference to article 125 of the 1992 Constitution which states that justice emanates from the people.

Calls for Live Telecastnull

On the issue of live telecast of debate on the bill, he said proceedings of Parliament on the floor has always been done in the full glare of the media and added that discussion on the bill in Parliament will be done in the same manner.

The Majority Leader urged the public to be dispassionate when discussing the LGBTQI+ issue.

Speaker cannot determine passage

On a comment reported to have been made by the Speaker, Rt Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin that Parliament will pass the anti-LGBTQI+ bill, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the Speaker cannot decide for the House, as he is not a Member of Parliament.

Adding his voice to comments made by the Majority Leader, Hon Frank Annoh-Dompreh, the Majority Whip said the Majority caucus fully supports the anti-LGBTQI+ bill which is currently before the House.null

Anti-LGBTQI+ bill

The proponents of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values 2021 bill are seeking to criminalise the LGBTQ+ community in Ghana.

Should it be passed, persons who identify as LGBTQ and or engage in said practice could face up to five years imprisonment.

LGBT activists could also face up to 10-year-jail time.

Source: peacefmonline.com

Dormaahene To Storm Parliament With 10,000 Anti Gay Supporters Over LGBTQ+ Bill… Warns Parliament

Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II 

The Omanhene of Dormaa Traditional Area in the Bono Region, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II has taken a firm decision against LGBQT+, threatening to storm Parliament with over 10,000 Ghanaians to see to the passage of LGBTQ+ bill.

According to the chief who is also a High Court judge, the fight against LGBTQ+ in Ghana is a collective effort and not only for one person thereby any attempt by parliament to reject the bill is going to spark uncontrollable anger.

“I feel sadden by what I heard yesterday. It is like some educated are now becoming backward thinkers. I heard some people are against the Anti LGBQT+ Bill. I want the Parliamentarians to listen and listen good. It would not be good for all of us because I’ll storm Parliament with 10,000 people. I want Rt Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin, not him alone but Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Haruna Iddrisu. I want them to know that it’s not a few people that are supporting Sam George over the bill but Chiefs in this country are strongly behind Him.

“Pastors and majority of Ghanaians are against the LGBQT+, saying man cannot marry man and woman cannot marry woman because how can they give birth and multiply in the world. I would have allowed them to marry If I was Nana Akufo-Addo but with a condition that if they will be killed if they fail to give birth within a year,” Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II said this when speaking after a communal labor organised by him.

The Chief continued that he has heard some learned people trying to oppose the passage of the bill.

According to him, those academicians are backward thinkers thereby parliament should not pay attention to them.

The Chief said the values in Ghana are paramount, and they the chiefs support fully the passing of the bill.

He further advised the speaker, Alban Sumani Bagbin, the majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu and the Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu to rally behind Sam George to push the bill into effect because that is what Ghanaians want.

“I am very saddened to hear that some so called learned professors have risen to oppose the ANTI-LGBTQ bill. They claim they have schooled but are actually backward thinkers. Parliament, listen and listen carefully, don’t make any attempt to reject this bill. If you try to reject the bill, we will storm there, we push ourselves there, in fact, we will hurt ourselves in any attempt to reject this bill. If Bagbin is listening to me now, also Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu and Haruna Iddrisu, arise and let this bill be passed, this is what Ghanaians want,” he said.

He implored those championing the LGBQT+ to first ensure it is practice in Arab countries before it will be allowed in Ghana

SC To Give Ruling On AG’s Review Against Opuni Ruling

The Supreme Court has set October 26, 2021 to give its ruling on an application filed by the Attorney General seeking a review of its decision to prohibit Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, from further hearing the trial of former Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Dr. Stephen Opuni and businessman, Seidu Agongo and his Agricult Ghana Limited.

The Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame appearing before the court today argued that the decision of the ordinary Bench contained multiple fundamental flaws which occasioned substantial miscarriage of justice.

He said the ruling will occasion irreparable damage to the republic in the substantive trial of the errors committed by the ordinary Bench are not corrected.

Mr. Dame further argued that if there was any error that was occasioned by the exclusion of some exhibits by the trial judge, such an error does not warrant the invocation of he supervising role of the Supreme Court.

Samuel Codjoe, counsel for Dr. Opuni opposed the application arguing that it did not meet the threshold for invoking the review jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

He further argued that the AG was rehashing its old argument, adding that the court was right in prohibiting the trial judge and prayed it to uphold the majority decision.

The seven member review panel presided over by Justice Jones Dotse and assisted by Justices Gabriel Pwamang, Agnes Dordzi, Avril Lovelace-Johnson, Amadu Tanko, Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey and Gertrude Tokornoo adjourned the matter to October 16 for Ruling

No MP will be against the anti-gay bill in principle – Majority Leader

The Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said that in principle, no lawmaker is against the anti-gay bill which is currently before parliament.

“I have my own upbringing, one that is shaped by my tradition and upbringing. As I have said along the line, I am Christian, I was born into the Assemblies of God church so my faith also impacts on my upbringing. But that is not the only thing that shapes my upbringing,

Addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday October 12, the Member of Parliament for Suame said “In principle, I am not sure any Member of Parliament will be against the principle of this bill.  I am an African, I am a Ghanaian, an Ashanti, Kwabre man and I have my own values.

“That is why I am saying  and I refer to the first provision  in Chapter 11  of the Constitution which is  Article 125  when it says that justice emanates  from the people .

“We have our concept of what is right and what is wrong, I don’t know of any ethnic group of this country that will applaud this.”

The controversial anti-gay bill which is currently before parliament has already divided opinion in the Ghanaian public discourse.

While some, particularly the religious and traditional groupings, have supported the Bill and hopeful of its passing, others say it could incur the wrath of the international community against Ghana.

For instance, a private legal practitioner Mr Akoto Ampaw has said the way and manner the bill has been designed indicates the extremism of the mind frame that produced it.

He is totally against the bill and wants it abandoned.

“The fact that the bill goes to that extent of criminalizing somebody who is an intersex or criminalizing somebody who is asexual, this is a meaningless project, shows the extremism of the mind frame that produced that bill,” he said on TV3’s Key Points with Dzifa Bampoh on Saturday October 9.

He further said the current debate on homosexuals in Ghana is not about religious beliefs or numbers.

“First of all, I want to make the point clear that  this debate  is not about religious beliefs.

“Secondly, this debate is not about numbers. It is not lining up how many people support gays -30million,  how many people are against gay  – 2million, that is not the issue.

“The fundamental issue has to do with our constitution and rights .That is the basic issue that we have to address.”

He added “It is a bit gratifying that just recently the Majority leader in Parliament said that the matter will not be discussed on the basis of religious beliefs. I think that is a major step forward if that is how parliament is going to address this matter. It is a constitutional matter.”

Several bodies including the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference have said that want homosexuality to be illegal in Ghana.

The Bishops described the practice as abomination on the basis of scriptures in the Holy Bible.

“As a Church, we want this abominable practice made illegal in our country… The Bible, which is foundational to Christian beliefs and practices, condemns the practice,”

“Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered towards an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder…

“The Church rejects the unfounded and demeaning assumption that the sexual behaviour of homosexual persons is always and very compulsive and, therefore, they should not be blamed for their homosexual acts,” a statement they issued said.

It added “Nevertheless, according to the Church’s understanding of human rights, the rights of homosexuals as persons do not include the right of a man to marry a man or of a woman to marry a woman. For the Church, this is morally wrong and goes against God’s purpose for marriage. We should also point out that the European Court for Human Rights has ruled that same-sex “marriages” are not considered a human right, making it clear that homosexual partnerships do not in fact equal marriages between a man and a woman. The ruling was announced 9th June 2016 in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.”

Meanwhile, the dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Professor Kofi Abotsi has said the debates for gay rights or criminalization in Ghana is unwinnable.

According to him, both sides are digging in and positions are becoming irrational and untenable.

“The debates for gay rights or criminalization is unwinnable! Both sides are digging in and positions are becoming irrational & untenable and this is crowding out good reasons and circumspection as lawmakers ponder the bill & it’s intents!” he said in a tweet on Thursday October 7.

In relation to this matter, one of the sponsors of the bill, Ningo Prampram lawmaker, Sam George had earlier described Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kwame Karikari as a hypocrite following his submission on the bill.

He said if he is asked to score Professor Karikari on his submission, he would give him an F.

Prof Karikari had said the bill which Sam George and some of his colleague legislators are promoting is dangerous because it seeks to promote hate for homosexuals in the country.

In the view of Prof Karikari, gays and lesbians are human beings and deserve to be respected and protected as any other person.

To that end, he said, any law that seeks to create problems for this group should be rejected.

He said this while speaking on the First Take with Dzifa Bampoh on 3FM on Monday October 4.

He said he and a few of his colleagues who are fighting for the rights of homosexuals to be respected in Ghana are going to hold a public forum to debate this subject.

“Hopefully, the media may also want to pick up the debate, debate them so that the public will instantly get to know the views that we hold and the views that the proponents of what we considered to be a dangerous bill also hold.

“We think we live in a democracy and we must be grateful to God that we live in a democracy so that whatever parliament, the executive or any branch of government does will be openly discussed and people can therefore take their decisions and then the lawmakers and the executives can also take some wisdom from the public debate.

“We know that most societies have prejudice against homosexuality, lesbianism and these other social practices. We are not at all surprised that the overwhelming majority have prejudiced or even hate these small minority of people in society. We have no problem with that. What we are saying is this.

“This law is setting up the minority up. Our constitution does not discriminate about humans beings unless the proponents of this bill, unless the 95 per cent who say they don’t like homosexuality, we want them to say that homosexuals, lesbians are not human beings. Are they human beings also are they not human beings?

“If they are human beings and they are human beings then we think that they are protected by the constitution so any law that is made to arouse, promote engineer and mobilize hate against that minority is against the rights of those minority people and should not be passed.”

Speaking on the same programme, Sam George said “He has made so many sweeping comments and I expected that he would have been held to strict proof. His argument is hollow and if I was marking this as a script he will score an F.

“This is someone who says the constitution protects people, you [Dzifa Bampoh] read to him a section of the bill which provides protection for persons who identify as LGBTQ from extra judicial treatment and he tells you it is a hoax.

“This is the same person asking us to provide proof of the health challenges, the public risk that the LGBTQ community proposes and he is telling you that our bill is a hoax without any proof.

“Today 4th October, the head of the Ghana AIDS Commission, speaking to another media house in Accra decried the increasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Ghana and the fact that HIV prevalence in Ghana is rising. In that interview, he was asked specifically which demographic is pushing this number up, he said men having sex with men. That is the empirical evidence. Now can you ask Prof Kwame Karikari and his cohorts what empirical evidence they have to say that say part of our bill is a hoax? Has he educated himself and has he read the bill or he is basically just running riot in town on the basis of their misconception?”

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill was laid in the House on Monday, August 2 and read for the first time.

Reading for the first time, a clerk in the legislative assembly stated that the Bill proscribes lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) and other related activities and propaganda or advocacy and promotion for same.

It also came to light that it supports protection for children and persons who are victims or accused of homosexuality.

Second Deputy Speaker Andrew Asiamah Amoako referred the Bill to the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Committee for consideration.

“For the first time, it is referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration and report,” Mr Asiamah Amoako, who is also the MP for Fomena, directed.

The Chairman of the Pentecost Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye has asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fight Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI+) before he exits office.

He said although Mr Akufo-Addo has stated categorically that gayism and lesbianism will not be legalized under his watch, the President must begin to take measures to stop the gayism movement that has started in the country before he exits office.

“The church of Pentecost is 10.38 per cent of the Ghanaian population and we are against this LGBTQI+.

 “Our concern is not about today, it is about the future. Today when we let in this LGBTI what is going to happen is that we are going to accept same sex marriage which the president says it is never going to happen at his watch.

 “But if he allows LGBTQI to start, it is true that it is never going to happen at his watch but, by the time it gets to same sex marriage the president will not be the president of the nation. I agree with him but he should stop this, he should close the doors at where it matters and we are saying that he should close it now.

“This movement is an insult to God the creature, you are just telling God that he didn’t think enough,” he told journalists on Wednesday October 6.

The Church of Pentecost on Wednesday presented a memo to parliament in support of the steps taken to pass the anti-gay bill which is currently before the legislature.

The memo was presented to the lawmakers on Wednesday October 6.

The clergy men were received by Sam George

We’re working to address challenges in SIM card re-registration process – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says her outfit is currently assessing calls for the inclusion of National Passport and other forms of identification in the ongoing SIM card re-registration process.

According to her, the law within which the exercise is being undertaken specifies the Ghana Card as the sole mode of identification verification.

This, she says, puts her outfit in a precarious situation, as far as the ongoing exercise is concerned.

“The law makes the use of the Ghana card mandatory, so we find ourselves in a fix but let’s see how the discussion goes for now,” he said.

Since the beginning of the exercise last week, there have been calls for government to include other forms of identification as requirements for SIM card registration in the country.

Speaking to JoyBusiness, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful revealed that discussions ongoing in that regard and will soon make the outcome public.

“There was also another call for the use of passport as part of the identification document and it’s something that we as a ministry and stakeholders are also looking into but let’s see what happens.

“However, you should get your Ghana Card if you don’t have it as a citizen”, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful explained.

She also said Ghanaians abroad who may want to re-register their SIM cards before the deadline can do so, adding, they are looking into the law to facilitate that.

“It is going well I must say. So far so good, but then there are few challenges which the ministry is still working around to resolve. Some of the challenges being that there are some Ghanaians abroad who have SIM cards that may want to register but due to the timing; I must say it is something the team is looking at utilizing the SIM Registration Act to see what can be done”, he explained.

The Minister was speaking on the sidelines of the Cybersecurity Industry Forum on the Cybersecurity Act, a programme put together by the Cybercesurity Authority for professionals and service providers in the sector.

She urged the professionals to come up with standards of operations for the country.

Source: myjoyonline

Don’t expect reduction in transport fares over removal of some fuel levy – GPRTU

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) says the two-month removal of the Price Stabilization, and Recovery levy on petroleum products is very insignificant.

It has thus advised the general public to be measured in their expectations for a reduction in transport fares.

The union is also accusing the government of acting in bad faith despite contractual assurances of stabilizing the prices of fuel that will lead to maintaining transport fares at least in the short term since they were last increased in June 2021.

Reacting to the removal of the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levies (PRSL) on petrol, diesel, and LPG for two months as approved by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the GPRTU’s General Secretary, Godfred Abulbire Adogma said the move in its marginal nature does not warrant a corresponding reduction in the cost of transportation.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, he said “we think, for now, the margin they are going to reduce per litre which has not been removed completely but just for two months to us, is not all that significant. So right now, the 16 pesewas reduction in the  Price Stabilization and Recovery Levies will not create any more impact to us than we expected and that will not cause us to reduce any lorry fare”.

Currently, the PSRL is 16 pesewas per litre on petrol, 14 pesewas per litre (GHp14/Lt) on diesel, and 14 pesewas per kilogram (GHp14/Kg) on LPG.

NPA has said the two levies have been removed for two months to cushion consumers following the consistent increases of crude oil on the international market.

However, Godfred Abulbire Adogma says he is yet to come to terms with how the reduction benefits the union and the passengers by extension.

“We completed negotiations with the sector Ministry around June and lorry fares were adjusted around 30 percent at that time. When the lorry fares were adjusted, in that contract that we all signed, the assurance was that, the government was going to make sure that all petroleum products were stabilized and that they were not going to be adjusted within the shortest possible time. But from June, I can say that there have been several adjustments.”

Meanwhile, the GPRTU says it is taking steps to meet with the government over the series of levies imposed on fuel products.

Fuel prices have in the past few months witnessed upward and downward adjustments, with the recent being an increase of 2.59%, a situation, industry players have criticized.

Mr. Abulbire said any significant increase in petroleum prices would be passed on to commuters.

Source: citinewsroom.com

2020 elections: NDC made mistakes – Sammy Gyamfi admits

National Communication Officer Of NDC, Sammy Gyamfi

• Sammy Gyamfi has admitted that the NDC was not vigilant enough in the 2020 elections

• He has accused the EC and NPP of colluding to rig the polls

• He says the NDC has learnt its lessons and will be extra vigilant in the 2024 elections


Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress has conceded that the party shot itself in the foot in the 2020 elections.

Gyamfi said on Metro TV’s One On One show which aired on Monday (October 11, 2021), that the party’s vigilance at the polling stations was far from satisfactory.

The NDC’s failure to be vigilant and the connivance of the Electoral Commission and the governing New Patriotic Party, Sammy Gyamfi believes led to the defeat the party recorded.

He however assured that lessons have been learned and that the NDC will be extra vigilant at the polling station in 2024.null

Reiterating John Mahama’s ‘do or die’ comment, Sammy Gyamfi said that the NDC will activate all legal ballot protective measures during the 2024 elections.

“But for the fact that we made certain mistakes which the NPP capitalized on with the help of the Jean Mensa-led commission, we would have won power. I believe that we could have been more vigilant at the polling station where I believe a lot of ballot stuffing took place. That is why we are saying that we’ve learned from our mistakes and we are going to be extra vigilant in 2024. It’s going to be do or die.”

Sammy Gyamfi also downplayed suggestions by Vice President Bawumia that the party played the tribal card in the 2020 elections.

He defended that the party executed an issue-based campaign that was devoid of personal and tribal attacks.

“I don’t know how anybody can accuse the NDC or John Mahama of playing tribal politics because the NDC is the only national mass political party in the country. The party is made up of people from mass and diverse backgrounds in the country.

“From 1992 till now, we’ve chosen leaders from various backgrounds. Rawlings from the Volta Region, Professor Mills from the Central Region and President Mahama from the North. I’m not sure our brothers from the NPP can say same. They have only chosen southerners to be their presidential candidates. If you take the vice-presidential position too, you’ll see the same trend. We don’t discriminate. We see Ghanaians as one people,” he said.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Prez Akufo-Addo is one of the wisest in the world” – Serbian President

“I learnt so many things from my friend, the President of Ghana, today speaking about world power. We completely share some positions about the necessity of the countries that need to co-operate in the independent sovereign, to make their own decisions independently… I fully agree he is one of the wisest men, one of the great erudite one can learn so many things from.”

These were the words of the President of Serbia, His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić, on Monday, 11th October 2021, when he held bilateral talks with the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on the sidelines of the ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

At the press conference, the Serbian leader indicated that Ghana and Serbia have pledged to build closer ties, and deepen the ties of friendship and the bonds of co-operation between the two countries, with the two nations resolving to co-operate in the areas of agriculture, defence, artificial intelligence and digitilisation, education, and the growth of their respective economies.

Touching on the areas of co-operation between the two countries, which include an increase in bilateral trade and the doubling of Serbian scholarship opportunities to Ghanaian students from sixteen (16) to thirty-two (32), President Akufo-Addo stated that “we (in Ghana) know the important strides that you (Serbia) have taken in the world of digitalisation, as well as in artificial intelligence, and my understanding is that the majority of the young people who will come from Ghana will be in this area. I think it will be something that will be truly beneficial to our country.”

The President reinforced the necessity for such closer ties of co-operation between countries belonging to the Non-Aligned Movement, and the urgent need to deepen the bonds between Ghana and Serbia and, indeed, for smaller, like-minded states.

“The recent example about the use and deployment of vaccines has shown us an ugly aspect of international cooperation. There are people who hoarded samples, and made it impossible for others to be able to have access. I think these are areas where the cooperation between countries like ours could have a very significant impact on the way in which the world develops,” he said.

The President continued that, “there is hopefully a bright future ahead especially between the two countries that see eye-to-eye on so many important issues of the International agenda; the most important being the urgent need for all of us to be able to drive our own agenda, and not be the subject of anybody’s interests or wishes.”

On Ghana’s election onto the Security Council membership, President Akufo-Akufo thanked Serbia for the support of Ghana’s candidature, adding that “whilst there our contribution will help improve the climate of the world, and bring more positive developments on the global agenda. We count very much on Serbia assisting us in the manner in which you have indicated in your remarks so that we can produce good results from our membership there.”

He also expressed deep concerns about security in Africa, saying “the Jihadist insurrection and terrorist activities in West Africa are a matter of great concern to us, and there are areas where we believe we can beneficially cooperate with your country, with other like-minded countries, to find solutions. They are matters of very great concern to the stability of our region.”

Contained in his opening remarks, President Vucic said, “I learnt so many things from my friend President of Ghana today speaking about world power and I fully agree he is one of the wisest men, one of the great eulogists one can learn so many things from as one of the great successors of the politics of such a great person as Nkrumah was.”

On his part, President Aleksandar Vučić thanked President Akufo-Addo and Ghana for the position taken regarding the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia, stressing that such a position is appreciated and respected by the people of Serbia.

“You know that in politics and international relations nothing lasts shorter than gratitude but you will see when it comes to Serbia, we are incomparably, more loyal to our friends than many others and we will be able to return in the same manner of responsibility,” he said.

The Serbian leader continued, “We offer our construction companies if the people of Ghana are interested, and we are ready to buy tropical fruits and many other products from Ghana if they are interested. Generally speaking, politically wise, not that we have no problems, but we understand each other very very well, but we must work to talk to each other more often, to see each other more often, and to have more frequent contact and to act together in the international scenes.”

Tullow Oil Starts Multi-Well Drilling In Ghana

Tullow Oil plc (Tullow) has announced it will start a multi-year, multi-well drilling campaign offshore in Ghana with the commencement of drilling of the first well at the Jubilee Field.

As previously announced, the company said in a statement that Maersk Venturer, which had been contracted for four years, was expected to drill four wells in total in 2021, consisting of two Jubilee production wells, one Jubilee water injector well and one TEN gas injector well.××

The 2021 drilling campaign is the first part of Tullow’s 10-year Business Plan, which was presented at Tullow’s Capital Markets Day in November 2020.

The Ghana portfolio has a large resource base with extensive infrastructure already in place.

“Through a rigorous focus on costs and capital discipline, Tullow believes that these assets have the potential to generate material cash flow over the next decade and deliver significant value for Ghana and investors,” the statement said.

“Throughout this campaign, Tullow will continue to implement its Shared Prosperity strategy through a strong local content programme with suppliers in Ghana, the professional and technical development of Ghanaian nationals and continued investment in STEM education, enterprise development and shared infrastructure.”

Chief Executive Officer, Tullow Oil plc, Rahul Dhir, was quoted as saying, “Today is an important milestone in the implementation of our long-term Business Plan. Working closely with the Government of Ghana and our joint venture partners in Ghana, I am confident that we will unlock the full potential from the Jubilee and TEN fields through this multi-year, multi-well drilling programme”.


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E/R: Thief nearly lynched after snatching military officer’s vehicle

There was drama at Akyem Tafo in the Eastern region when a car thief snatched a vehicle from a military officer in a broad daylight on Sunday.

Sargent Eric Okyere Agyapong, a physical training instructor of the Northern Military Command Headquarters, Tamale currently on attachment at the Army recruit training school Shai Hills at about 1:40 pm Sunday, October 10, 2021, visited his wife and children at Akyem Tafo.

His car however developed mechanical fault hence drove his wife’s Hyundai Elantra saloon car with registration number ER 490 21 with the wife on board to search for a mechanic to pick home to fix the car for him.

The couple met the suspect at a mechanic shop in the course of the conversation, the suspect suddenly jumped into the car of the couple and sped off with the car.

The military officer hired a taxi to chase the suspect.

The suspect who was speeding crashed another vehicle upon reaching Suhyen to Jumapo stretch of Bunso to Koforidua highway.

The military officer raised an alarm which the youth in the area together with police at a nearby checkpoint came to the scene but the suspect alleged to possess juju powers resisted arrest.

He was pepper-sprayed several times and beaten before he was overpowered and arrested and sent to the Jumapo Police station. He was later taken to the Regional MTTD at the Police Headquarters, Koforidua.

The Akyem Tafo District Police command led by ASP Fred Kpetigo went to Regional Police headquarters, Koforidua and met the suspect in handcuffs at the RMTTU charge office with a swollen face.

The suspect who was reticent however gave his name as Nana Agyemang.

He has since been moved to Akyem Tafo District Police Command, treated, and discharged at New Tafo Akim Government Hospital.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command DSP Ebenezer Tetteh told Starr News, the suspect is in police custody assisting investigation while the partly damaged stolen car has been towed to Regional Police Headquarters.

Source: Starrfm.com.gh/Kojo Ansah

Major Mahama murder case adjourned to Oct 18

The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court has adjourned the case in which some 14 persons are standing trial for the murder of Major Maxwell Mahama to Monday, October 18, 2021.

Back from the two months legal vacation, lawyers of the accused persons were expected to open their defence in the mini-trial after the prosecution had earlier closed their case.

In Court on Monday, October 11 when the case was called Theophilus Donkor, Counsel for Kofi Nyame told the court the difficulties he had in having a conference with his client at the Nsawam prisons.

Though he prayed the court to order the prison officers to allow him to access his client, the court said its jurisdiction does not interfere with such provision.

The court instead urged him to take advantage of the accused person’s presence in court and have a conference with them.

The court presided over by Justice Mariama Owusu, a Justice of the Supreme Court has given the lawyer next Monday to open his defence in the matter.

EIB Network’s Court Correspondent Murtala Inusah reports that the substantive trial has been put on hold for the mini-trial to be conducted after lawyers raised questions over the manner investigations cautioned statements were obtained from their clients.

William Baah, an Assemblymember for Dankyira Obuasi and some 13 others are standing trial for the murder of the military officer

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CR-NDC suspends Kwesi Dawood as police chases him over incest allegation

The Central Regional Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kojo Quansah, has said the party is still looking for its Regional Communications Officer, Mr Kwesi Dawood, who has been accused of incest.

“We got to know about it [the allegation] last week, so, we had a meeting and we’ll want to find out from Kwesi [if it’s true], so, we are still looking for Kwesi to find out whether it is true or not”, Mr Quansah told Valentina Ofori-Afriyie on Class91.3FM’s mid-day news 12Live on Monday, 11 October 2021.

Mr Quansah said Mr Dawood “could not come for a meeting” to that effect, “so, the only thing we have to do is that we use the phone to contact him but when you call him, the phone is off”.

“I mean we are trying to get him but I’m sure very soon we’ll get and speak to him”, he noted.

He said Mr Dawood “stays at Swedru and Cape Coast” but “when we checked from Swedru, he’s not there; when we checked from Cape Coast, too, he’s not there and by the nature of his work, he doesn’t have to sit at one place”.

Meanwhile, the Central Regional Police Command has launched a manhunt for the embattled Communications Officer.

Class FM’s Central Regional Correspondent, Raymond Coffie, reported that Mr Dawood says no one has invited over any matter and also denied the rape and incest allegations.

According to Raymond Coffie, Mr Dawood says he suspects elements within his own party as well as the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), have joined forces to tarnish his image and hard-won reputation.

Raymond Coffie noted that Mr Dawood insists the lady at the centre of the allegation is a member of the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy, the student’s wing of the governing NPP.

He says the NDC communicator is claiming innocence of all the allegations levelled against him by the lady, who claims to be his daughter.

Meanwhile, the NDC has suspended Mr Dawood from the party over the matter.

Mr Quansah said the suspension is in the interest of the party.

He said the NDC, as a party waiting to assume the reins of government, cannot sit aloof for the matter to fester.

He explained that this is just a suspension for the matter to be further delved into once the leadership gets hold of Mr Dawood

NPP Working To Win 170 Parliamentary Seats In Election 2024 – John Boadu

General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, says the Party will capture at least 170 parliamentary seats in the 2024 Parliamentary Election.

He, however, condemned the ‘skirt and blouse’ voting that characterised Election 2020 and contributed to the Party’s abysmal performance in the parliamentary election.

The NPP won 137 of the 275 seats in Parliament.

Mr Boadu said the NPP’s chances remained brighter due to the performance of the government and thus challenged the regional, constituency and polling station executives of the Party to forge ahead in unity and work hard to publicise the achievements of the government.

This would make the NPP popular, enhance its fortunes in Election 2024 for it to break the eight year jinx against ruling parties since the nation returned to constitutional rule in 1992, he said.

He, therefore, tasked the leadership in the regions to unite to identify and tackle the diverse challenges that undermined the Party’s success, especially in the 2020 parliamentary election.

Mr. Boadu was when addressing the Bono Regional Annual Delegates’ Conference of the NPP, on Friday, in Sunyani.

He said the NPP was determined to win Election 2024 by a wider margin, and charged the Party supporters to avoid tendencies that could impede the progress being made by the Government and rather work harder to promote and project the government’s achievements.

Mr Boadu said the Party would re-invigorate its communication teams in the region to position them well to publicise the achievements of the government and also project the Party well to the electorate.

Bono Regional Chairman, Kwame Baffoe noted that Election 2020 became tough for the Party because of the unnecessary divisions and backbiting among supporters.

He cautioned supporters against using the social media to denigrate the Party.

He stated the leadership of the Party in the region would continue to strictly apply the Party’s constitution in all matters of concern for the Party to remain vibrant.

Mr, Baffoe, therefore, emphasised that Party supporters who breached the constitution would be sanctioned, accordingly.

Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu-Banahene, commended members of the region’s Municipal/District Assemblies for their overwhelming confirmation of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nominees for the Municipal/District Chief Executives (M/DCEs) position.

She also expressed appreciation to the Council of Elders, Party Executives and all stakeholders for their support.

She said the NPP cherished democratic values and asked the supporters to tolerate one another’s views and bury their differences for the good of the NPP.

Ms Owusu-Banahene stressed the need for the Party to support the MMDCEs to facilitate the holistic and rapid development of their areas, saying that would enhance the popularity of the government, particularly, at the grassroots level.

This would also enhance the image of the NPP.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunyani East, Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, said the regional MPs caucus were of the view that the Party in the Region should take the blame for the poor performance of the Party in the 2020 parliamentary race.

He, however, expressed optimism that the NPP would break the eight year rule jinx in 2024.

But, he added, this could not be achieved until Party supporters eschewed internal wrangling and petty squabbles, which characterised the last elections in the region.

Mr Ameyaw-Cheremeh, also the Board Chair of the Bui Power Authority (BPA), Managers of the Bui Hydro-Electric Power Dam, stressed the readiness of the region’s MPs to support and work in harmony with the MDCEs and executives of polling stations, constituencies and the region to make the fortunes of the NPP brighter in the 2024 general election.

Dormaa East District Chief Executive, Emmanuel Kofi Agyemang on behalf of the MDCEs expressed appreciation to President Akufo-Addo and the Party leadership for the opportunity provided them to serve in the government.

He said the relationship between the party and the government should be strengthened to make the NPP more attractive and popular to woo more supporters to make history regarding the eight year mandate given to ruling parties by the electorate

Mahama takes Thank You tour to Eastern Region Tuesday

Former President John Dramani Mahama will take his Thank You tour to the Eastern Region, the backyard of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, 12 October 2021.

The 2020 flag bearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will interact with the support base of the party during his tour.

Mr Mahama is expected to highlight the achievements of the NDC in the region.

He will be welcomed at the Koforidua-Galloway area in the regional capital.

Mr Hackman Kobore, the Eastern Regional Organiser of the party, made this disclosure on Accra-based Happy FM’s socio-political programme ‘Epa Hoa Daben’.

The former president, upon touching base in the region, will grant some media interviews.

Mr Kabore said the programme for welcoming the former president to the region will be in three folds: meeting with the traditional rulers, meeting with the zongo chiefs and imams, and meeting with the leadership of the local council of churches.

He said the visit to the region will afford the former president the opportunity to interact with the supporters of the party in the region.

He said this is the first phase of the former president’s tour to the region.

Mr Kabore explained that the second phase of the former president’s tour to the region will be in 2022, where he will be expected to interact with regional and constituency executives of the NDC.

He further commended the regional executives and former appointees in the region for their roles in organising the visit

LGBTQI+ rights’ll never happen under eighth parliament – K.T. Hammond

MPs of the majority caucus do support the anti-LGBTQI+ bill even though many of them have not been heard publicly speaking about it in the media, the governing New Patriotic Party MP for Adansi Asokwa Constituency in the Central Region, K.T. Hammond has said.

The former Deputy Minister of Energy in the Kufuor administration made this revelation on Monday, 11 October 2021 when he spoke on Accra-based Asempa FM’s afternoon political programme ‘Ekosii Sen’ hosted by Phillip Osei Bonsu.

Mr Hammond said there has never been a bill fully supported by all the MPs like the anti-LGBTQI+ one, he noted.

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In his view, it is only by chance that some members on the minority side led by Sam George, the National Democratic Congress’s MP for Ningo-Prampram Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, took advantage of the situation of some young men at Kwabenya opening an office to promote the activities of LGBTQI+, to push for a private members’ bill on it.

Mr Hammond warned that LGBTQI+ will never be legalised in the country by this eighth parliament.

Any MP, Mr Hammond warned, who dare vote against the passage of the anti-LGBTQI+ bill, will incur the wrath of Ghanaians at the 2024 polls.

Mr Hammond said just as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in the past, gave the strongest indication that same-sex marriage will never be legalised under his watch, so will LGBTQI+ activities not be legalised under the watch of the current parliament.

He said the majority side will push for open balloting on the bill.

No secret ballot will be tolerated when it comes to voting on the bill, he assured.

He further assured the Christian and Muslim communities to remain calm as the house takes steps to pass the bill to safeguard the sanctity of Ghanaian cultural values and morality.

In his opinion, LGBTQI+ activities have the tendency to destroy the moral fabric of Ghanaian society