Tag: Politics

Some Colleagues Come To Work In Uber – MP On $28 Million Car Loan

It has emerged that some Members of Parliament (MPs), most of who are first timers, go to the House in Uber.

MP for South Dayi constituency, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, revealed this on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem, Thursday, stating he has text messages as evidence to back his claims.

“There are a lot of members, especially on the Minority side. We have our platforms where they always complain that they don’t have an official car and come to work in Uber. I can show you those messages to prove that they are not making this issue up,” he said.

He said his personal car for instance was acquired through a loan he took from Parliament in the 7th parliament.

But he said for someone who does not have an official car, it would be very difficult to travel to their constituencies and discharge their duties.

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday, July 6, presented to Parliament, a request by the government for a $28 million loan from the National Investment Bank to procure vehicles for the 275 MPs and another for a $3.5 million car loan for members of the 8th Council of State for them to purchase vehicles.

Addressing the floor of the House, Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei Asare, said that the medium-term $28 million loans are to be paid back by the members in the course of their four-year term as MPs.

This request has, however, been condemned by members of the general public and scores on social media. According to many, procuring such a loan amidst the adverse effects of Covid-19 on the economy is not the right step to be taken by the government.

Mr Dafeamekpor stated the loan is not compulsory, adding the MPs have the choice to take or not.
 
“MPs are the only category of article 71 holders who are not given an official vehicle. So if the agreement is that we are given a loan to purchase official vehicles, I think it is very wrong. My position is that the government should take steps and get us official vehicles to perform the functions of our office in the next four years like it is done for all the other categories,” he said.

Source: adomnews

Sam George Might Be Suffering From ”Kpokpo Gbli Gbli” – Sam Pyne On NDC Demo

NPP General Secretary, Sam Pyne, has rebuked the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George over his comments during the ”March for Justice” demonstration by the National Democratic Congress on Tuesday.

The demonstrators went out in their numbers to petition the President and Parliament about certain unpleasant happenings in the country.

Clad in red, the protesters held placards with various inscriptions including, “Akufo-Addo, you are a dictator”, “Kum Yen Preko”, “We feel your silence Akufo-Addo and Bawumia”, “Ghanaian lives matter”, “Ahmed Suale deserved to live”, “No justice for the dead”, “no peace, #WeAreAllKaaka” among others.

Addressing the crowd before the start of the demonstration, Sam George charged the protesters to treat any soldier they meet on their way as “criminal” stressing the Military is not invited for any form of protection.

” . . we had an arrangement with the IGP on the routes we’re using. The rules of this country say that crowd control is the job of the Police. In fact, part of this demonstration is because Military men were used in crowd control and they shot and killed unarmed Ghanaians.

“Yet, some people in government had a meeting last night and decided that, despite the presence of the Police, they intend to bring in the Military to meet us halfway. I am sending a message to you, to the Chief of Army Staff, to call back his men. We’re working with the Police . . . we have had no consultation with the Military. Anybody in military uniform that we meet on the road, we will treat as a criminal,” he said.

Sam Pyne, speaking on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo”, wondered what motivated Sam George to make such statements.

To him, Sam George may be suffering from ‘Kpokpo Gbli Gbli’.

“Justice of the Supreme Court said when politicians stand on a platform, then they are hit by Kpokpo Gbli Gbli, so, well; maybe let’s consider it in that manner,” he stated.

With regard to the NDC claims on insecurity, Sam Pyne replied; ”Yes, we have challenges with security. There is still crime. People are dying with others injured and all that but that’s also not a justification for us to create the impression that everything has collapsed in Ghana. Because the moment that people can go to work and come back home . . . and we will create an impression as if you go out to buy porridge, you won’t return home, then it’s very disturbing.”



Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Come and join us – NDC invites #FixTheCountry movement for July 6 demo

George Opare Addo EIU

• The NDC has received the backing of the Ghana Police Service to protest on July 6

• The party has invited the #FixTheCountry campaigners to join them

• But the the campaigners have turned down the invite

The National Democratic Congress has extended an invitation to the #FixTheCountry campaigners to join its “March for Justice’ protest scheduled for July 6, 2021.

The #FixTheCountry campaigners have been trying to hold a protest but the Ghana Police Service has become their impediment.

While the police have failed to provide them with security in accordance with the laws of the country to demonstrate, the NDC has managed to get the green light to protest on Tuesday.

Following the granting of their request, George Opare Addo, the National Youth Organizer has urged members of the #FixTheCountry campaign to leverage on the NDC’s platform and make known their grievances.null

“I have criticised clearly the decision of the government to prevent the #FixTheCountry movement from embarking on their constitutionally mandated right to demonstrate. I believe that with the police agreeing that they will be around to provide us security, it is time that they also look at the issues pertaining to the fix the country movement.

“But I am asking everybody, especially members of the Fix The Country movement to join hands with the NDC. We are fighting for almost the same thing. I will speak with their leadership and tell them where they can align with our views and opinions so that they come and then whatever they want to do they can use our platform to convey their message,” he said on Citi FM.

The invitation was however turned down by Oliver Barker-Vomawor who said that joining the NDC will be an affront to the principles on which the campaign was birthed.

He said, “one of the things we need to be mindful of is that #FixTheCountry is not a group or entity. When individuals speak, they speak on their own mandate, so I cannot speak for the collective but I think we need to discuss the role of all political actors, including the government and the NDC as well, as to their engagement in the mess we find ourselves.”

“Now if they are coming forth honestly and acknowledging their role in the mess, that’s fine but if they shift blame, then I don’t think that it aligns with the questions we are asking because we have said that the problems have been with the successive governments and that puts the NDC squarely in what we think is wrong with how this country has been run for some years. So just because they have been granted the chance to protest and ours was denied doesn’t mean our interests necessarily align,” he added.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

IGP has given us green light to ‘march for justice’ – NDC’s Opare Addo

The national youth organiser of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr George Opare Addo, has said the Ghana Police Service, at a meeting on Friday, 2 July 2021, “withdrew” its “earlier letter that they sent to us” saying they cannot provide security for the party’s ‘march for justice’ event “and they’ve agreed that it’s our legal right to demonstrate, so, they will provide the necessary protection that we need for the demonstration”.

“What we did at the meeting is that we agreed the routes we’ll be using for the demonstration”, Mr Opare Addo told Charles Akrofi on Class91.3FM’s 505 news programme on Friday, 2 July 2021.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, wrote to the leadership of the youth wing of the NDC on Friday and invited them for the meeting at 4 pm.

The letter, signed by the Director-General/Operations of the Ghana Police Service, COP Kwaku Boadu-Peprah, said: “The Inspector-General of Police respectfully requests a meeting with the leadership of the demonstration, today, 2 July 2021, at 4:00 pm at the national police headquarters, Accra, for further discussion on security implications and arrangements for the intended demonstration”.

Prior to the meeting with the IGP, The youth wing had warned that it would defy a no-demonstration order by the police and proceed with the march on 6 July.

The group wrote to the Ghana Police Service informing it about the march in a letter on 30 June 2021.

The letter, signed by the NDC’s national youth organiser, Mr George Opare Addo, indicated that “this protest is to demand justice for all persons killed and brutalised by state-sponsored thuggery and/or adventurism by police and military forces”.

But the Ghana Police Service, in a letter signed by the Greater Accra Regional Commander, DCOP E. A. Sakyi stated: “The Accra Regional Police Command acknowledged receipt of your letter dated 30th June 2021 on the above subject matter [‘A March For Justice’ demonstration and street protest] and wish to inform you that restrictions imposed by the Executive Instrument (E.I) 395 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has still not been lifted.

“The Regional Command also refers you to section 4 of the Public Order Act 1994 (ACT 49) particularly concerning Public Health”.

“The Command, therefore, cannot provide you with the needed security during your intended demonstration and street protest please,” the letter added.

But in a counter-statement signed by Mr Opare Addo on 1 July 2021, the group indicated that the police does not have the legal right to restrain them from embarking on the demonstration.

“The general public is hereby informed that section 4 of Act 491 specifically clothes the Minister for the Interior with the power to impose a curfew in the country, and so far as we are concerned, no part of Accra is under curfew for which reason demonstration cannot be held as the police erroneously want us to believe”.

The statement continued: “The weakest of all reasons cited by the police was its reference to EI 395 in its letter. For the records, EI 395 was birthed on the strength of section 2 of the Imposition of Restriction Act, 2020 (Act 1012) and gazetted on December 23, 2020.

“It is instructive to note that section 4 of Act 1012 provides for ‘a restriction imposed under subsection (1) of the section (2)’ and shall be for a period of not more than three months. If the police was not meticulous and not preoccupied with petty partisan politics, it would have known that EI 395 expired in March 2021. In effect, there is no law as EI 395 to be adhered to”.

“We want to inform the general public, who have received notice of the ‘A MARCH FOR JUSTICE’ street protest with enthusiasm and eagerness that there is no law which gives the Ghana Police Service the power to stop demonstrations or protests”.

“In other words, the power to stop lawful demonstration does not rest with the police”.

“We have taken a decision to stand in for the several young people at the mercy of the injustices of the system; with lost hopes, no jobs, no opportunities and yet being killed and oppressed. The government must work for the generality of the people whose taxes finance the luxurious living and wishes of a select few in the public service,” the statement added

Ejura: Interdict army, police c’ders for unleashing ‘mindless’, ‘trigger-happy’ men on protesters; sack, prosecute MCE – NDC

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called for the dismissal of the Municipal Chief Executive of Ejura-Sekyedumase, Mohammed Salisu Bamba following the lynching of social media activist Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed and the subsequent shooting and killing of two protesters by soldiers a day after.

They are also calling for the MCE’s arrest and subsequent prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.

Additionally, the NDC, which paid a consolation visit to the bereaved families on Thursday, 1 July 2021, say the suspects involved in the lynching of Kaaka, who, according to the party, are known bodyguards of the MCE, must, as well be prosecuted.

They also called for the interdiction of the municipal police commander, DSP Philip Kojo Hammond, as well as the military commander who was in charge of the military team that helped the police team to handle the demonstrators.

The National Communications Officer of the NDC, Mr Sammy Gyamfi, who led the delegation to visit the bereaved families as well as the injured, said the shooting incident was a state-sponsored killing and called for justice for the deceased and the injured victims.

The party also issued a statement on its concerns:

NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS CONSOLES FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF STATE-SPONSORED EJURA KILLINGS AND CALLS FOR SWIFT PROSECUTION OF ALL CULPRITS INVOLVED

The Functional Executive Committee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has this morning dispatched a delegation to the town of Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

The visit comes in the wake of the mindless killing of Mohammed Ibrahim alias Kaaka by known assailants said to be bodyguards of the Municipal Chief Executive of Ejura, Mohammed Salisu Bamba and the subsequent murder of two other individuals, namely, Nasiru Yussif and Murtala Mohammed by a combined team of military and police personnel.

The NDC condemns, in no uncertain terms, the killing of “Kaaka”, a social media activist who has been using the power of social media to champion change and development in the Ejura community. Kaaka’s activism predates the Akufo-Addo government, as he has always been known to be an influencer who highlights the ills of his society in dynamic ways to achieve the desired development for his community.

For him to have, therefore, been ambushed and killed by persons believed to be bodyguards of the Municipal Chief Executive for Ejura, who accused him of making the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government unpopular, is most unfortunate and reprehensible to say the least.

As if this incident was not dastardly enough, the youth of Ejura, who took to the streets to protest the killing of their compatriot were then met with the brute force of uniformed military and police officers, who pointed their guns into the crowd, took aim and shot into the unarmed, harmless protesting civilians, killing two people instantly and injuring several others.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-4549410436183225&output=html&h=250&slotname=4705176708&adk=1921530005&adf=387235050&pi=t.ma~as.4705176708&w=300&lmt=1625148772&psa=0&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2FEjura-Interdict-army-police-c-ders-for-unleashing-mindless-trigger-happy-men-on-protesters-sack-prosecute-MCE-NDC-25533&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1625148771729&bpp=4&bdt=3035&idt=474&shv=r20210628&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250%2C300x250%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=920106253366&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1619096165.1625148771&ga_sid=1625148772&ga_hid=140153042&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=56&ady=3796&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21066434%2C31060474&oid=3&pvsid=2876192995110411&pem=946&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=%7Co%7CEebr%7C&abl=NS&pfx=0&fu=0&bc=31&ifi=5&uci=a!5&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=WotZpR11zr&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=498

These incidents, yet again, highlight the institutionalisation of violence and state-sponsored thuggery that have taken center-stage under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo. The NDC has constantly bemoaned how state security has been abused and used as a veritable weapon of oppression against Ghanaians by the tyrannical Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government.

The NDC joins other well-meaning Ghanaians in moral society, the media and from all walks of life, in condemning the gruesome killing of the three individuals, and thus demand that justice be served without delay in order to appease the souls of the departed, their families and to serve as a lesson to all who think they can act criminally and brazenly get away with same.

Even as we console and support the families whose loved ones were murdered and injured few days ago, we wish to call for the following immediate actions from the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government:

1. The immediate prosecution of persons who have been arrested and all the other assailants of “Kaaka” who are known associates of the MCE for Ejura, Mohammed Salisu Bamba.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-4549410436183225&output=html&h=250&slotname=4705176708&adk=1921530005&adf=2732832048&pi=t.ma~as.4705176708&w=300&lmt=1625148772&psa=0&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmobile.classfmonline.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2FEjura-Interdict-army-police-c-ders-for-unleashing-mindless-trigger-happy-men-on-protesters-sack-prosecute-MCE-NDC-25533&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1625148771733&bpp=4&bdt=3038&idt=511&shv=r20210628&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&prev_fmts=0x0%2C300x250%2C300x250%2C300x250%2C300x250&nras=1&correlator=920106253366&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1619096165.1625148771&ga_sid=1625148772&ga_hid=140153042&ga_fc=0&u_tz=0&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=892&u_w=412&u_ah=892&u_aw=412&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=56&ady=5026&biw=412&bih=797&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21066434%2C31060474&oid=3&pvsid=2876192995110411&pem=946&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=%7Co%7CEebr%7C&abl=NS&pfx=0&fu=0&bc=31&ifi=6&uci=a!6&btvi=4&fsb=1&xpc=lLiWc2ENda&p=https%3A//mobile.classfmonline.com&dtd=539

2. The immediate dismissal and prosecution of the Municipal Chief Executive for Ejura, Mohammed Salisu Bamba, who as Chairman of the Municipal Security Council, sanctioned the deployment of armed military and police personnel who shot into the crowd of peaceful protestors and murdered the two young men in cold blood.

3. The immediate interdiction and prosecution of the district police commander and the army commander who sanctioned the said mindless deployment of the trigger-happy military and police officers on the day.

4. The interdiction, arrest and prosecution of the military and police officers who were deployed on the day, especially those caught on camera squatting and shooting directly into the crowd of protesters.

The NDC’s delegation comprises Comrade Joshua Hamidu Akamba, National Organiser, Comrade Sammy Gyamfi, National Communication Officer, Dr. Hanna Louisa Bisiw, National Women Organiser, Comrade George Opare Addo, National Youth Organiser, Comrade Peter Boamah Otokunor, Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Director of Elections, Mr. Haruna Rashied, Director of IT, Comrade Kobby Barlon, Deputy National Organiser, Comrade Ruth Dela Sedoh, Deputy National Women Organiser, and Comrade Edem Agbana, Deputy National Youth Organiser. Signed,

SAMMY GYAMFI

(National Communication Officer

Ejura Killing: Kwamena Duncan Dares NDC To Provide Evidence Incriminating NPP



Former Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, has slammed the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for linking the death of an activist at Ejura, Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Kaaka’, to President Akufo-Addo’s administration.

The NDC Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi has blamed the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the killing of Ibrahim Mohammed a.k.a ‘Kaaka’.

Allegations

Sammy Gyamfi is convinced the mob that attacked Macho Kaaka are members of the ruling party stressing the killing of the activist is an indication of insecurity under the leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

In an interview with Okay FM, Sammy Gyamfi alleged; “There is hardship in the country and people are afraid to talk because they are afraid for their lives. Today, they have killed Kaaka. NPP killed Kaaka. Kaaka stays in Ejura and has been on this #fixthecountry campaign. He has been talking about abandoned projects. Before he was attacked by a mob, he announced that he has been threatened by the known NPP members. He even published the threats. He was beaten by a mob.”

Ex-Prez Mahama’s Statement On Ejura Killing

Former President John Dramani Mahama has also called on the President to direct an immediate de-escalation of the situation at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

“I add my voice to calls for calm following the shooting to death of two persons and the injury to many in Ejura today, following the murder of youth activist Ibrahim ‘Kaaka’ Mohammed. I have just seen a video of the firing of live ammunition into a crowd by persons wearing military attire, after the burial of the murdered youth activist.

“There must be a very thorough investigation of both the murder of the youth activist and the security rules of engagement, which resulted in the shooting to death of the two others,” Mr. Mahama stated on his website.

Kwamena Fires NDC

Discussing the issue on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, Kwamena Duncan blasted the NDC for scoring political points with the Ejura incident.

He questioned the party’s motive saying, “the NDC and President Mahama, are they telling us that, during that time when such incident occurred, the NPP should have issued a statement to say President Mahama and the NDC did it? 2014, there was an incident. They have always taken Ghanaians that these are persons or people who forget easily. I mean they will forget easily and therefore we will take advantage of their nature where they tend to forget. At the time, no NPP member issued a statement saying we hold NDC responsible for what has happened because we didn’t have basis for that”.

”When people want to ride on the back of bloodshedding to gain some political mileage, it’s difficult to understand. The incident that has happened, drawing attention to it; well and good but, when you say ‘warns Police and blames government for death of activist’, is that how you intend drawing attention to what has happened? If you want to draw attention, is that how you do it? When government neither stood left nor right, when government has absolutely no hand; why do we want to rush?”, he fumed.

He, however, challenged the oppostion party to make public any evidence they have to corroborate their claims.

”What information does the NDC have which proves that it is the government that murdered Kaaka Mohammed? Can they make that information available to the Ghanaian people?”, he asked.

”Let’s focus on building the nation. Why? Why has the NDC become something like without power, they simply cannot survive as a political party? Why? When they get power too, it is only just to take the entire country back,” he further rebuked the NDC.





Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

You’re foolish” – Ken Agyepong explodes in court

Kennedy Agyapong,

There were heated exchanges in open court as the Member of Parliament for Assin Central Ken Ohene Agyepong and lawyers of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas traded in vulgar language.

Under cross-examination lawyers of Anas sought to enquire about the personal competency of Ken Agyepong regarding a video he obtained from Salis Newspaper, one of the basis for his ‘Who Watches the Watchman.’

Unhappy with counsel’s use of the word “incompetent” the MP who is the respondent in the GHc25 million defamation suit from Anas, exploded in open court.

“The words he (counsel) used were an insult to me (Ken Agyepong). He earlier said I’m incompetent…You are foolish, who the hell do you think you are? I am a Member of Parliament. My Lord, he (Counsel) is disrespecting me. Have you campaigned before?, a visibly angry Ken Agyapong asked.

Sammy Darko, one of the lawyers of Anas rose to his feet and said if the witness (Ken Agyapong) disrespects the Bar, he is disrespecting the court.

According to him, the action and the conduct of the witness is disrespectful to the court.

The court presided over by Justice Eric Baah intervened and said, lawyers and witnesses
address the court and not lawyers of the parties. If there is any foul language used, it goes against the dignity of the court.

The court said, ‘I agree that the unprinted words used by the defendant are not acceptable and I call on him to withdraw his words”

The court also urged Counsel for the plaintiff to also watch his words in dealing with the matter and urged him to focus on the substance of the case.

The Assin Central MP Ken Agyepong subsequently apologised to the court and tempers were calmed down.

The court accepted the apology of the witness but cautioned the lawyer for the plaintiff to be mindful of the words used.

Who Watches the Watchman

In the substantive matter, the court has ordered the showing of Ken Agyepong’s video titled ‘Who Watches the Watchman’.

The watching of the said video has become necessary after the Member of Parliament for Assin North mounted the witness box to give evidence.

The lawyer for Ken Agyepong, Rapheal Agyapong prior to adjourning proceedings prayed for the exhibits to be shown to the court.

Though the lawyers of Anas indicated that, the showing of the over 2 hours video will further delay the case, the court said, the proper procedure is that, the admissibility of the video can only be determined after it had been played.

*Cross-examination *

Under cross-examination, Ken Agyepong told the court that, the Salis newspaper brought him the video and according to them, it was recorded as far back as 2010.

According to him, they brought it to him around 2018, when Kwesi Nyantakyi was accused by the plaintiff that the former GFA president was corrupt during his tenure as GFA boss.

Though agreed with counsel that, per his own admission he cannot testify to the authenticity of the content of the exhibits Who Watches Watchman, he explained that, “I can testify because, I did further investigations before, I showed the video.”

He said, the first video was recorded in Lagos Town in Accra and the second one was recorded in a prosecutor’s office.

‘The first video ‘KOA1’ and is titled ‘Who Watches The Watchman’. It happened in Lagos Town in Accra when the plaintiff was trying to extort money from a group of fraudsters who had gone to defraud a man who wanted to buy gold.

“The second one was the plaintiff talking to a prosecutor in the said case about how to destroy the case by giving the prosecutor $5k and also claimed to have given money to the CID Head,” he explained.

He further told the court that, ‘I’m not the author, but when I saw the video, I did my own investigations by calling some people im the video. I called Aziz and he confirmed that Yes, the meeting did happen at Lagos Town. Aziz further came on air to admit that it was true. I called the current EOCO director who was then the CID Director that the plaintiff mentioned in the video that he has given him (CID Director) money. So after the check then we showed the video. I admit that I’m not the author but I did my investigations to authenticate the truth in that video.

“My Lord, simply put, I was told and also saw the video to support what the Salis Newspaper told me. They have a video, that is what has been tendered in,” he noted.

Background

Sometime in 2018, the ace international investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas dragged the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, to court for defaming him.

Anas was asking the High Court to award aggravated damages to the tune of GH¢25 million arising from defamatory materials published by the MP.

He said, the MP had been publishing materials in his bid to discredit the investigative journalist, who had released an explosive piece on the rot in Ghana football.

Displeased with the MP’s actions, Anas through his lawyer, Mr Kissi Agyebeng, sued Mr Agyapong for the award of general damages for defamation in the defendant’s publications.

A journalist, Mr Listowell Yesu Bukarson, has been granted the lawful attorney to stand in for Anas.

Publications

The publication complained of are a May 29, 2018, live programme in Twi on Adom TV, where Mr Agyapong categorically stated that Anas was a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist and evil.

According to the statement of claim, the defendant, in a similar manner, published defamatory words on May 31, 2018 via Oman FM, a private radio station owned by the defendant.

The statement of claim also stated that the defendant published more defamatory materials against the plaintiff via other platforms to the extent of releasing pictures purported to be those of the investigative journalist in his bid to blow the latter’s cover.

July 14 For Judgement In Assin North MP’s Case

A resident of Assin North, Michael Ankomah Nimfah, petitioned the court that his MP, Joe Gyaakye Quayson, did not qualify to contest the 2020 Parliamentary elections because he held dual citizenship: Ghana and Canada, at the time of filing to contest.

The case has travelled for close to three months, and on Monday, the court presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye announced the day for judgment after all ancillary matters have been dealt with.

Before the court adjourned sitting, it dealt with two motions that had come before him: the application for stay of proceedings and application for the MP’s lawyer, Abraham Amaliba, to withdraw his services.

Abraham Amaliba began his submission by saying he had no clue whether the MP has still not been served.

The judge asked him to enquire from the court registry, and after he did, he indicated on June 10, there were two attempts to serve the MP but the attempts were unsuccessful because the potential recipients at Parliament said the Parliament was in session.

Counsel for the petitioner, Frank Davies, represented to the Abraham Amaliba in the following words: “You’re a lawyer engaged by the MP-your client- to prosecute the case on his behalf.

If you intend to withdraw your services, I would have thought the same way you were engaged would be the same way you would use in your withdrawal.

“You communicate with him because you stand in for him, why should communicating to him that you can no longer be his lawyer a difficult issue?”

Frank Davies intimated that for the past two months, the story has been that the MP has not been served and his believes it’s a calculated attempt to delay the case unduly.

He added, “this is an election petition and time is of the essence and we believe in the expeditious trial of the case.”

The judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye, read CI 47 order 75 rule 5(2) and granted Abraham Amaliba his wishes to withdraw from the case and set a day for judgement after he dismissed the application for stay of proceedings filed by counsel for the 1st respondent because he found no merit in the application.

Mr Amaliba applied for a stay of proceedings because one of the issues he considers cardinal was not set down for trial.

The judge also intimated that the MP has not been coming to court and being represented by his lawyer and so he bears the risk of whatever happens if his lawyer fails to communicate the happenings in court to him.

After court proceedings, Abraham Amaliba told Joy news, the judge setting a date to deliver his judgment is irregular because his withdrawal from the case needs to be served on Joe Gyaakye Quayson, his client.

He explains Order 75 requires that when an order of this nature is made then the client involved should be served so he takes steps to procure the services of another lawyer who would represent him.

“This order has not yet been served on the first respondent, and so we wait to see whether this order would be served on the first respondent before July 14, when judgement has been scheduled.

“If that is not done, then what happened in court flies in the face of order 75, but as it stands now, I see some indecent haste in this case, but at the end of the day, the rules must be applied, and we must all go by the rules.”

Representative of the petitioner, Richard Tachie-Mensah expressed their side’s happiness about the decision in court on Monday, June 28. He says the delay tactics could not go on unabated and that they are happy finality is being brought to the matter He added, “Let us also bear in mind that this is an election petition and definiteness has to be brought on the issue. The delay tactics cannot be done in perpetuity.

“The people must know the outcome of the case, whether their MP wins or he loses the case, so they could be clear in their minds who would represent them. Thank God that come the July 14, finality would be brought on the matter.”

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1D1F: Akufo-Addo inspects GHS36 million watermelon juice and rice factories in Walewale

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed satisfaction with work so far undertaken on the construction of a GH¢36 million watermelon juice factory, being established in Walewale in the North East Region.

Touring the facility on Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, at the commencement of his 2-day tour of the North East Region, President Akufo-Addo visited Champion Foods and Beverages Limited, a wholly-owned Ghanaian beverage manufacturing, distribution and marketing company.

The President was informed that the company is employing the use of PET line technology, as compared to the Tetra Packs technology, and it is being financed with a facility from the Ghana EXIM Bank.

With minor construction works to be undertaken, President Akufo-Addo was informed that the overall project is 90% complete, with offices and staff accommodation at 80% completion, and plant, equipment, and machinery all on site ready to be installed.

Full operationalization of the factory has been deferred to March 2022, with the company having installed a 10 metric tonnes per hour facility.

It is expected that, upon completion, the company will create direct employment opportunities for 300 Ghanaians and over 2,000 indirect workers, including farmers and aggregators, to be engaged in an out-grower scheme, covering parts of North East, Northern and other Regions of the country.

1D1F TAMANA RICE FACTORY

The President also visited Tamanaa Company Ltd., a rice farming and processing company located in Nasia near Walewale, which is also operating under Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.

As a result of the support received from Government, the company has been able to expand its operations, by adding a 250-metric ton per day rice milling facility, to its already existing 40 metric ton per day plant.

So far, some 148 workers have been employed, with the company generating a turnover of some $1.5 million annually. The company markets 60% of its rice as parboiled and the remaining 40% as non-parboiled under the brand name Nasia Star Rice.

Tamanaa company currently engages over 4,000 rice farmers and aggregators operating in the West Mamprusi, East Mamprusi, Savulugu, Nanton and Mamprugu-Moagduri Districts

You may want to scare a Zongo boy but not with long beard – Asiedu Nketia ‘cautions’ Chief Justice

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• Asiedu Nketia is unhappy with the decision by the Chief Justice to haul Dr. Dominic Ayine before the GLCnull

• He says the Chief Justice is trying to gag lawyers from commenting on issues

• He says the NDC will resist any attempt to silence its members

Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress has issued yet another caution to Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah over his petition to the General Legal Council over some comments made by a former Deputy Attorney-General, Dr Dominic Ayine.

Asiedu Nketia in an interview with Adom TV reminded the Chief Justice that the respect and confidence of legal practitioners must be earned and not forced.

He maintained that the NDC will resist any attempt by the Chief Justice to gag them or frustrate its members.

“You earn the faith and belief of the people; you do not force it. What is Dr Ayine going to explain and to whom because I don’t even know who is the chairman of the council,” he said.null

“We have realized the Chief Justice is trying to intimidate Dr Ayine but we also want to tell him that you may want to scare a Zongo boy but not with a long beard,” he said.

Dr Dominic Ayine has been dragged to the GLC by the Chief Justice after making some statements which he considers to be an attack on the Supreme Court.

The Chief Justice said that Dominic Ayine’s comments in which he accused the Supreme Court of bias were unbefitting of a lawyer.

“These comments are made against the backdrop of the Supreme Court discharging Dr. Ayine on a charge of contempt for similar comments made against members of the Supreme Court during the Election Petition hearing. Dr. Ayine apologized profusely when he appeared before the Court on the contempt charge and admitted to having made comments which were unbecoming of a Lawyer of his standing and a former Deputy Attorney-General.

“His Lordship the Chief Justice, therefore, finds his alleged disparaging comments totally unacceptable and would like you to investigate this matter further,” the petition averred.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Juneteenth becomes official federal holiday in US

Juneteenth, a day marking the end of slavery in the US, is now officially a federal holiday.

President Joe Biden recently signed a bill into law, paving way for Juneteenth to be observed as a public holiday.

He signed the bill into law at the White House.

In a statement to sign the bill, Mr Biden said “great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments.

Vice President Kamala Harris stated that “we have come far, and we have far to go, but today is a day of celebration

Cost of Akufo-Addo’s 9-day trip question’ll definitely be answered – Bagbin

Speaker Alban Bagbin has said the question filed by North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa about the cost of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s recent 9-day international trip on a chartered flight, will definitely be answered, denying media reports that he had rejected the question.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta appealed to the house for more time to collate his figures on the trip when he appeared in Parliament on Thursday, 17 June 2021.

Denying claims that he had rejected the question, Mr Bagbin said in the house that: “Let me disagree with what has been put on social media that the honourable speaker rejected the questions”.

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“The questions were admitted and forwarded to the ministers and the ministers have indicated to me their readiness to come and answer the questions, so, it will be no problem”.

“The business committee should do the right thing and get them programmed for the minister to come and answer.”

Mr Ablakwa also denied the media reports.

“Kindly disregard and treat with contempt the fake news in circulation, claiming that the Rt. Honourable Speaker has rejected my urgent questions to the Defence and Minister of Finance on the state of the presidential jet and the total cost of President Akufo-Addo’s recent profligate luxury travels to France, Belgium and South Africa, respectively.”

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul has he intends to petition the National Media Commission in connection with an attribution made to him by the media, in relation to a story about the presidential jet which, in his view, was calculated mischief.

According to him, the reports by the media that he had said President Nana Akufo-Addo could not shower in the Falcon, and, thus, it was not fit for his international travels, were wrong, since, they were couched out of wrong inferences from his comments on the floor of Parliament.

“I said ‘no president can shower in this aircraft’. I never said Akufo-Addo or John Mahama or Kufuor”, Mr Nitiwul explained to Paul Adom-Otchere on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme on Thursday, 17 June 2021.

“In fact, three presidents have used this aircraft – Mills, Mahama and Akufo-Addo”, he noted.

“I was very amazed they [media] chose to say: ‘Akufo-Addo cannot shower in it’” he noted.

“Why didn’t they say ‘John Mahama could not shower in it’? Why didn’t they say ‘President Mills could not shower in it’? Why didn’t they say that? That’s why I said it was pure mischief”, he stressed.

In his answer to parliament on Wednesday, 16 June 2021, the Bimbilla MP said: “This aircraft will carry a load of 11 persons minus the crew. When this aircraft is travelling to the eastern part of the USA or Asia, it will not load a crew of more than eight plus the luggage”.

“So, it depends on where it is going”, he noted.

Secondly, he added, “I have also said the aircraft has to do refuelling stops and, also, in this COVID-19 [era], when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the president’s recent travels, the Falcon couldn’t have been taken because he would have had to do technical stops, which are not desirable”.

“And when he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing for business trips that brought huge sums of money to this country, he will need more than just a Falcon, otherwise, the others would have to go a day ahead before the president to prepare themselves.”

“In fact, the president would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting”, Mr Nitiwul said.

In the heat of the controversy, the Minority in Parliament said President Akufo-Addo could have used Ghana’s “airworthy” presidential jet, Falcon 9Gexe, instead of chartering the £15,000-per-hour “lavish, ostentatious and extravagant” AJC320neo flight he recently used for his 9-day trip abroad that cumulatively cost the Ghanaian taxpayer £345,000 (GHS2,828,432.80). “Today, we want to present to you further evidence that we are definitely certain that the presidential jet is available, in good shape”, Mr Ablakwa told journalists on Friday, 28 May 2021.

According to him, on 11 May 2021 – five days ahead of his 9-day trip – the president used the presidential jet to Uganda to attend the ceremony swearing-in of President-elect Yoweri Museveni.

Denying claims that the Falcon cannot travel long hours without refueling, Mr Ablakwa said the president’s Uganda trip on the presidential jet was 5h:4m while his Paris trip took six-and-a-half hours.

“The Minority insists that the Falcon could have been used”, Mr Ablakwa stressed. “One, the Falcon is airworthy and it took this same president to Uganda only a few days prior to the 16th of May when the president departed to Paris with this rather luxurious monster; the most outstanding, extravagant, luxurious airbus aircraft to be manufactured – the Airbus AJC320neo, which originally was manufactured to take 150 people at the minimum but it has been reconfigured to take only 17 people so a luxurious empire can be created”, he said.

In the Minority’s view, instead of the president using the chartered flight, which has a master bedroom, an en-suite bathroom with showers, dining facilities for all 17 passengers and sophisticated IT connectivity installations, he could have opted for other chartered flights from the same company, Acropolis Aviation.

“First of all, our contention is that the Falcon is available”, he stressed, emphasising: “It’s airworthy”.

“If it can take you to Uganda safely, it can take you to Paris safely and Brussels, Belgium safely”, he argued. “So, the point we are trying to emphasise is that in this time of austerity, where the president himself has said: Times are rough; let’s bear with him’, … the president himself embarked on this trip to go and beg for debt forgiveness and this is how you go and beg for debt forgiveness when the person you are going to beg for debt forgiveness from doesn’t travel in such luxury, in such ostentation”, noting: “The level of extravagance, the extreme opulence that the president displayed is condemnable, unconscionable”.

“How do you think these western leaders will perceive African leaders? No wonder they have very little respect for a lot of our leaders but we cannot continue this way”, Mr Ablakwa said

Our fight against crime is not at pace with what the criminals are doing’ – Atik to National Security

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Atik Mohammed, Executive Secretary of the Mass Action Movement, has urged the leadership of National Security to upgrade their security tactics to clamp down on criminals in the country.null

According to him, crime has become sophisticated, so to fight it demands a high level of sophistication.

He was commenting on the recent criminal activities in the country which involve recent armed robbery attacks on bullion vans.

There have been two bullion van attacks within the week.

On Monday, June 14, a Police officer and a woman in her forties were shot dead by armed robbers who attacked a bullion van at Jamestown in the Greater Accra Region.

The driver survived by gunshot wounds while two other women on the vehicle escaped unscathed.

Another bullion van attack reportedly happened on Thursday, June 17 on the Kasoa road.null

The occupants escaped unhurt amidst gunshots from the assailants.

Expressing concerns over the recent happenings, Atik Mohammed charged the National Security to train more experts to be proactive in fighting crimes.

He stated, “It is just not enough to change labels. You go and change BNI to NIB. It doesn’t imply that their work has become unique or you’ve taken it to the next level. You merely changed labels and changing of labels does not fight crime. I would have expected that the BNI early on used to do their work in this form but [AB] we have introduced a new technology. We have trained people to become experts in areas where we didn’t have experts in earlier.”

Atik Mohammed asked, ”what are our security agencies doing to make sure that they are at par? In fact, with crime, you always have to be ahead. What are they doing to equip themselves well enough to be ahead of these criminals?”

“Society is growing; it’s modernized. Crime is keeping pace . . . The truth is that it is outpacing [the way] even though there is modernity but crime is also trying to keep pace. But our management of crime or fight against crime is not at pace with what the criminals are doing. When you look at our security architecture, it’s lagging behind,” he emphasized

.Source: peacefmonline.com

You are being irresponsible – Kweku Baako tells Okudzeto Ablakwa over Akufo-Addo’s luxurious jet

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• Baako says Ablakwa should wait for the Finance Minister to answer his questions on the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s trip to France, Belgium, France and South Africanull

• He says his conduct are not befitting of a member of parliament

• Kwakye Ofosu however disagrees

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, the Editor-in-Chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper has chided the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, for misconducting himself with his public commentaries on the use of a luxurious aircraft by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Baako on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana lost his cool and took on Ablakwa for acting in ways which in his view are inappropriate for a member of parliament.

He noted that Ablakwa is not respecting the standing orders of Parliament with his commentaries on the issue.null

Baako fumed that having submitted questions on the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s trip to France, Belgium and South Africa, Ablakwa should have waited for the Finance Minister to answer the questions before running to the media.

He suggested that his conduct is prejudicial and shows a lack of faith in the parliamentary process.

“What he did was irresponsible. You set questions before Parliament, expecting answers and you are out there. You can’t ask questions and go out there.

“I heard Ablakwa talking about 200,000, 2.8 million and all that, it is needless. Completely needless at this stage. He ought to wait for the Minister of Finance to come to the house and give answers relative to the financial package. It’s a needless reaction that reflects what Ablakwa has been doing all along. He didn’t need the minister of Defence’s reference to cost. The Minister’s answer was not an answer to Ablakwa’s question which is tailored for the Minister of Finance.

But Felix Kwakye Ofosu, a member of the National Democratic Congress dissented to the views by Kweku Baako.null

Kwakye Ofosu argued that Ablakwa like every other Ghanaian has a right to free speech and could use every legitimate platform to air his views on issues.

“Parliament is not the only forum he could use. There are other platforms that he can use as a Ghanaian and he did that,” he said.

Okudzeto Ablakwa in a reaction to Dominic Nitiwul’s statement on the trip suggested that the country was bound for destruction under the Akufo-Addo regime.

He tweeted, “How on Earth can the Defence Minister tell Parliament cost doesn’t matter in considering which aircraft to charter for the President! We are really doomed!!!’ he posted.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Police shouldn’t buy and hire out Bullion vans to banks – Kweku Baako on recent robberies

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Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako has supported the Inspector General of Police’s order to banks to provide armoured bullion vans for carting currencies or else he will withdraw his men from escort duties.null

The IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh issued a statement to remind the bankers that the directive will take effect by the end of June, 2021.

The statement followed the murder of a Police officer at Jamestown.

Armed robbers on a number of motorbikes attacked a bullion van at Jamestown, killing two people including the Police officer, Emmanuel Osei, and hurting the driver before absconding with some money.

An account by the Police read; “Preliminary investigation shows that unidentified armed men on a number of motorbikes crossed the bullion van which was on a pay/collection errand at about 1100 hours and shot at the police officer who was on escort duty on the van, killing him instantly. The armed men also fired sporadically in the air and on the driver, who sustained gunshot wounds and is responding to treatment.”

“A hawker was also killed by the armed men when one of two ladies on the bullion van stepped out of the van and run towards the deceased seller’s direction. Both ladies on the van, tellers of Mon-tran escaped unhurt but were sent to the hospital to be treated for trauma. Crime scene experts have already visited the scene of crime and are going through the necessary procedures.”

The IGP has directed the “Director-General Criminal Investigation Department to take over the investigation into the attack on a bullion van at Adedenpo, a suburb of James Town in Accra on 14th June 2021, which led to the murder of a police officer”.null

He also threatened the banks will forfeit Police protection should any fail to purchase an armoured van when the ultimatum elapses.

“The IGP is also reminding the Association of Bankers to provide fortified armoured vehicles for carting currencies by the close of June 2021 as earlier agreed between them and the Police Service, lest the Police withdraws its officers for escort duties,” the statement read.

Making submissions on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’, Kweku Baako stressed it is in the right order for the IGP to caution the banks against using ordinary vans to transport currencies.

He also dissented to views that the Police should procure the armoured vans for the banks.

“I disagree with the idea that the Police should buy and hire it. I disagree with it; I don’t get where that drift is coming from. But rather, the banks, it is in their own interest,” he asserted.

Source: peacefmonline.com

State Ambulance Saga: Okoe-Boye Calls For Severe Punishment For Mechanic

A former Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Okoe-Boye, has called for severe punishment for the mechanic who was caught using a state ambulance to carry cement.
The former lawmaker for Ledzokuku told TV3 on Wednesday June 2 that the failure to punish such a person will serve as an incentive to others who are also handling the other ambulances to do same or even worse.

The National Ambulance Service has revealed that mechanics repairing their ambulance used it to purchase cement as was captured in a video that went viral on social media.

A statement issued on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, by the Ambulance Service said the incident happened on March 26, 2021.
 
“The Ambulance is still in the custody of Service Ghana Autogroup Ltd., and therefore not being used by the paramedics of the National Ambulance Service. It is thus not part of the National Ambulance Service Fleet”, the statement said.

The Public Relations Officer of the National Ambulance Service, Mr Simon Yusif Kawula in media interviews said “The investigation we did revealed that this particular ambulance was being used by the mechanics of the suppliers. It is an ambulance under the 1 Constituency 1 Ambulance, and it is stationed at Sege.


“This ambulance developed a gearbox problem, so it was sent to the suppliers, so they also gave it to their mechanics at Mamprobi called Nana Ofosu Gearbox enterprise. After they fixed the problem and were doing a test drive, they drove to the Mallam – Cape Coast highway, and that was when they went to purchase cement.

“It was not the staff of the Ambulance Service who were using the ambulance at that time, but rather the mechanics,” he explained.

Commenting on this development, Dr Okoe-Boye said “I wasn’t surprised when I saw this because if you know human nature people can be very reckless or indiscipline if there is no threats of punishment. I expect whichever garage the gentleman works with to sanction the individual who did this and the public must know that either he has lost his job or they have taken away that  contract of servicing.

 “If the whole company loses this contract because of the attitude of this guy  whichever company handles the other ambulances  will make sure that it is  strictly monitored  when it comes into their hands.

This is of one of the few instances that you realize that there are people in this country who don’t care  about what happens to the country, it is about them, they want to fix their home , they want to build their house  even if they have to use an ambulance to carry stones they don’t care.”

Source: 3news.com