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President Akuffo Addo makes a u-turn on referendum.

President Akuffo Addo of the Republic of Ghana has asked the minister of local government to stop the preparation of the referendum election. The referendum was to seeking to amend our constitution to allow political parties to sponsor candidates at the district level.

The 1992 constitution forbids political parties from getting involved in district-level elections. That is the constitution demands that the election of assembly members should be void of political influence.

The president, on the other hand, believes that partisan politics devoid of mischief and propaganda is the way to go. It was his desire to ensure that political parties could be allowed to sponsor candidates at the district level election because he believed it would ensure accountability and development.

The citizens of the country were divided as the two major political parties in the country were at opposing sides. The president and the NPP sought a yes vote whiles the NDC and their flagbearer advised the citizens to vote no.

Read also: Ghanaians are disappointed in Politicians- Peace Council Chairman.

This has led to so much back and forth for the past months. The country has been divided over political parties’ involvement at the district level.

This made the president H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo to rescind his decision for the referendum. According to the President, he doesn’t like the way the country has been polarized over this decision.

He has therefore instructed the Minister of Local Government who has been working on behalf of the government on the referendum to stop preparation. The election was to be part of the December 17 election. Electorates were expected to either vote Yes or No. A Yes vote meant that you agree to political parties’ involvement at the district level. A No vote, on the other hand, meant you do not agree.

On December 17, electorates will only vote to elect their Assembly members and Unit committee members.

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Ghanaians are disappointed in Politicians- Peace Council Chairman.

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante has attributed people’s objections to policies of government over the years due to the behavior of politicians in the country. He said that some Ghanaians are disgusted by the way Politicians conduct themselves at the national level and hence the unwillingness of some people in the country to support policies introduced by these parties.

He was speaking on Kumasi based Radio station, Angel Fm when he made this pronouncement. He said it was high time all stakeholders sat down to address the challenges of party politics because if some people believe it is not good for political parties to be involved in the district level, then it has the tendency of threatening national politics.

The host, Kwame Tanko asked the clergyman if he was in support of the policy to allow political parties’ participation at the Assembly level elections, he said there was nothing wrong with it. This is because political parties were secretly involved with district-level elections even though the laws of the country frowns upon it.

He said, “as a former Assemblymember, I know what I am talking about. Party lines are already working in the Assembly elections. Just check the colours of the contestants and you will know”.

He ended by saying that whatever he said was his personal opinion and believes that political parties must come together and work for the common good of the country other than that, the people will one day reject them.

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ACP Agodzor denied bail.

The Accra High Court today dismissed the bail application by ACP Benjamin Agordzor. ACP Agordzor is facing trial for an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

The Lawyers of the Police officer filed for a bail application when their client (ACP Agordzor) was remanded in Police custody on November 8, 2019.

The Lawyers of the accussed in the court today, argued that their client was yet to be charged for any crime and for that matter the court should overturn the dicision of the district court to remand their client pending investigations. They demanded the immediate release of their client because detaining their client in Police custody was unlawful.

The Prosecutors however argued that the release ACP Agordzor from Police custody could result in the inteferance of the case since he was in the capacity to influence proceedings.

The juge ruled to dismiss the bail application by ACP Agordzor and ordered he be sent back to Police Custody.

The High Court last week also dismissed the bail application by the other seven accused person facing trial to topple the government which is in connection with the case of ACP Agordzor.

Lawyers of the accused after the ruling by court expressed their disapponment in the court and said their client was being victimized because the charges against him are frivilous and baseless.

ACP Agordzor is set to go back to the court on 20th November, 2019.

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John Dumelo pledges to donate 50% of his salary to Ayawaso youth.

Actor John Dumelo has pledged to donate 50% of his first-year salary and bonuses he receives as a Member of Parliament to the youth of Ayawaso West as development aid.

This pledge came about after a twitter follower replied to a to post about his willingness to continue the projects he is embarking on when he wins the seat in 2020 of which Mr. Dumelo answered that if he did not continue after becoming an M.P in 2020, he was going to lose 2024 elections. Another Twitter user was not impressed with his answer and tweeted ” Not. Best reply “if I don’t.” That 4 years in office can create a generational fortune for you. Tell them if you don’t. In your first year, they should take all your allowance n salaries and use it to develop.

Meaning 4 years was enough for John Dumelo to amass all the wealth he can in office and therefore losing 2024 elections wouldn’t be a big blow to him and therefore dared the actor cum politician the give his first-year salary and allowances for development.

John Dumelo’s reply was to pledge to give 50% of his first-year salary and bonuses to the youth of Ayawaso as development and added that he really meant it.

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You are younger than my son and a junior at the Bar,” the Special Prosecutor fumes at Attorney General.

There was drama in the Supreme Court Wednesday, when the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu lost his cool.

Mr. Amidu accused a Deputy Attorney-General (A-G), Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame of disrespecting him and inferring that he was a liar.

“If you don’t respect, don’t come to me for cooperation. You are younger than my son and a junior at the Bar,” the Special Prosecutor fumed.

The Deputy A-G had taken exception to what he described as the Special Prosecutor’s attempt to paint the A-G as not working to retrieve the €47.7 million judgment debt that the government illegally paid to Waterville Holdings.

According to the Deputy A-G, there was no evidence that the A-G had refused to cooperate with Mr. Amidu to enforce the order of the Supreme Court for the money to be retrieved.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has dismissed Mr. Amidu’s application urging the court to compel the A-G to enforce the judgment for the money to be retrieved from Waterville.

According to a five-member panel of the court, Mr. Amidu’s application had no basis in rules of law or procedure.

“The application is incompetent and hereby dismissed,” the court held.

Background

On June 14, 2013, the Supreme Court ordered Waterville Holdings to refund the €47.36 million the state paid it because the contract between it and the state in 2006 for the construction of stadia for CAN 2008 was not approved by Parliament and was, therefore, unconstitutional and invalid.

The case which culminated in the apex court’s judgment was initiated by Mr. Amidu, in his capacity as a private citizen.

Mr. Amidu also initiated a similar case which led to a similar decision by the court on July 29, 2014, for the businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, to refund the GH¢51.2 million that was paid to him by the state in relation to the same contract.

Mr. Woyome got the GH¢51.2 million as the financial engineer behind the Waterville deal.

In the new case, Mr. Amidu claimed the A-G had gone to sleep and was not making concrete efforts to enforce the judgment which had ordered Waterville to refund the money.

He was, therefore, seeking an order from the court to compel the A-G to enforce the judgment.

The Supreme Court, however, dismissed his application as incompetent.

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2019 has been a good year for Ghana – Finance Minister.

The Finance Minister (Mr. Ken Ofori Atta), in accordance with Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution and section 21 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) presented the budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

During his presentation, he stated that the government has been able to achieve significant structural changes that have led to economic growth and stability.

According to him, the economy was in bad shape when they took office from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2016 but for the competent leadership of H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, the economy is moving in the right direction. He said the economy they took over had a banking sector that was comatose with a decline in the Agriculture sector, high-interest rate, and high youth unemployment.

He stated that the government has been able to stabilize and restore sanity in the financial sector through the massive clean-up of banking and non-banking sectors.

Mr. Ofori Atta said that the government in 2019, was able to achieve and continue its flagship programs i.e free SHS, one district one dam, Nation-builders Corps (Nabco), etc. He stated that 1.2 million students will access free SHS by 2020 and about 97000 graduates have been enrolled onto Nabco where about 48,000 and 49,000 trainee teachers and nurses respectively have received their allowance and 55,000 nurses have been employed.

He said that signals for economic growth are positive and the country is on the right tragectory to achieve significant growth in 2020.

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Ghana receives first tranche “Sinohydro Money”.


According to the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Chinese government has released the first tranche of money under the Sinohydro deal to the government of Ghana. The agreement was a result of the Government of Ghana leveraging the country’s bauxite for development.

The Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who revealed this at the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday that the projects the money is going to fund are have been grouped into lots and are under review pending approval.

Major progress had been made, Dr. Bawumia stated, with the governments of China and Ghana determined to ensure the success of the ‘bauxite for development’ barter deal, which would see “the leveraging of a fraction of Ghana’s bauxite to undertake a massive overhaul of her infrastructural, industrial and agricultural base.”

The Vice-President made the disclosure at bilateral talks with a Chinese delegation. The Ghanaian delegation included the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, and Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Mr. Edward Boateng.

The Chinese side was led by the Vice-Premier of the State Council of China, Sun Chunlan, who is on a three-day official visit to Ghana.

Dr. Bawumia thanked the Chinese government for the Sinohydro facility. “I’m happy that Sinosure has approved the first lot of Phase One. We are happy with the progress”.

He further stated: “There was a time when people thought maybe it would not materialize but it has materialized and we hope that the rest of the first phase will come through by March of 2020”.

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Rawlings used as an example to detain “coup plotters”.

The former President of the Republic of Ghana, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings was cited as a case the trial of the accused persons who have been charged with a coup in Ghana.

The court presided over by Justice George Boadi in its ruling noted that the accused persons were lawfully arrested and have not been kept in unreasonable custody due to the gravity of the charge against them.

The lawyer of the defendants, Victor Adawudu earlier urged the court to grant bail to his clients and that they (clients) will show up in court when needed.

State prosecutors led by Hilda Craig, Senior State Attorney, objected the application insisting that the appearance of the men in question in court cannot be guaranteed and they could also interfere with investigations.

Justice Boadi noted that the senior military officer who is among the accused could interfere with investigations.

On the junior ranked soldiers, Justice Boadi noted that Ghana’s history shows that junior ranks have overthrown the state before.

He noted that the offense they have been charged with is serious and has dire consequences and therefore cannot be overlooked and treated as a trivial issue.

History

In May 1979, some disgruntled junior military officers led by Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings tried to overthrow a military junta, the Supreme Military Council.

Their trial only served to make them popular till they were eventually released on the morning of June 4 by young officers and noncommissioned officers inspired by Rawlings who went on to overthrow the SMC.

He formed the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) which ruled from June 4, 1979, to September 24, 1979.

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Public divided over Nana Aba’s comments.

The Ace Tv presenter Nana Aba Anamoah has caused a massive stir on social media after a video of her went viral. In the said video, Nana Aba Anamoah was asked her thoughts on the list of “family and friends” the National Democratic Congress brought out some days ago which purported to criticize the current government for giving appointments to people who were seen as either family members to the President (Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo) or friends to the President.

The 2019 RTP personality of the year said that both political parties i.e (NDC and NPP) are two sides of the same coin. She said that during the erstwhile Mahama administration, the NPP also brought out a list of people who were tagged as family and friends of the then Mahama government.

She criticized the current president H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo to state the things he has been able to do for the people in the Volta Region rather than criticizing the former President. This in reaction to the comments of the President during his Presidential Tour to the Volta Region where he accused the former President of the mismanagement and running a family and friends administration.

There were mixed reactions to the comments made by Nana Aba Anamoah. A section of internet users believed that the State of Affairs host was spot-on on her assessment of both political parties. They encouraged other public figures to come out bold and say it as it is.

On the other hand, a cross-section of the users believed that her comments were biased and politically motivated and that she should also concentrate on her career and stop meddling with what did not concern her. Members of the NPP communication team also took a swipe at the presenter with others insulting her.

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All mobile sim cards to be re-registered next year.

The Communication Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced on Monday that starting from next year January, 2020, all mobile sim cards will have to be re-registered.

This is a new move by the government to ensure that the current system is cleaned up. She said ” It is quite clear that the current sim card registration regime is deficient and fraught with many challenges defeating the purpose of the sim registration,” whiles addressing the press in Accra.

All existing subcribers will have six months to re-register their sim card to prevent their sim cards from being deactivated. The exercise will begin in January, 2020 and end in June, 2020.

She further stated that her Mininstry (Ministry of Communication) has engaged all the stakeholders about the planned registeration and urged all citizens to take part when the process begins.

The National Communication Authority (NCA) in 2010 issued a directive to all the telecommuincation companies and subscribers to embark on a sim registeration exercise. The exercise was to check and expose people who hid behind mobile phones to pepertuate fraud and also to identify any sim card owner.

Almost Ten years down the line, there have been an increase in fraud due to the ineffectiveness of the first registeration and it is in light of this that the government needs all sim cards to be re-registered to clam p down on these negative activities which sometimes lead to loss of revenue to the state.

The Minister also said that the need for effective and accurate sim card registeration system will ensure our “collective security”.

Essien’s interview with Paul was a disservice – Nana Aba Anamoah

The reason behind her tweet may be as a result of the recent charges filed by the Attorney General against Ato Essien and three former executives of the now defunct Capital Bank.

On August 14, 2018, the licences of the Capital and UT banks were revoked by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) after it had declared them insolvent. The BoG allowed the state-owned bank, GCB Bank, to acquire the two banks in order to protect depositors’ funds and also enable them to stay afloat.

Ato Essien for the first time, granted an with Ace broadcaster Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana which airs on Metro Tv. In the interview Ato Essien made claims that signified that the collapse of his bank was a deliberate attempt by some polical powers. He claimed that the current Finance Minister had approached him back in 2016 to buy Capital Bank which he refused.

Barely a week after the interview was aired, the Attorney General has filed twenty-six (26) fresh charges against the Ato Essien and three other executives – Fitzgerald Odonkor, Kate Quartey-Papafio and Tetteh Nettey. The charges, as filed at the Accra High Court, include conspiracy to steal, stealing and money laundering.

Nana Aba Anamoah believes it was due to the issues he raised in the interview that has caused the recent charges.

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