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CODEO wants end to political party vigilantism

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Some members of the Invisible Forces, a pro-NPP vigilante group

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), a civil society organization in Ghana has appealed to the media to support advocacy to end the menace of political party vigilantism which was threatening the democratic governance of the country.

The Coalition appealed to the Ghana media to support the fight against the menace of political party vigilantism on the public agenda and make it the centre of public discussions on the media front.

This was contained in a press briefing organized by the Coalition and addressed jointly by Messrs John Larvie and Nicholaus Akyire, both members of the CODEO Advisory Board after the first regional roundtable discussion on the menace of political party vigilantism in the Ghanaian politics at Koforidua.

The participants at the roundtable discussion included the media, representatives of the security services, civil society organizations, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Commission on Civic Educatiojn(NCCE) and representatives of the Political parties in the country.

CODEO urged all stakeholders including the political parties, security services and the public to work together to ensure the end of political party vigilantism in the country.

During the roundtable discussions, the participants blamed the inability of the security services in the country especially the police to provide equal and adequate security for the political parties and politicians during the electioneering process, which forced the political parties in opposition to raise their own security structures for their protection.

The participants called for constitutional reforms to eliminate the winner takes all syndrome from the politics of the country and review the appointment of the leadership of the security services to guarantee their tenure of office.

The participants also called for a collective efforts to provide jobs for the youth to help reduce the high unemployed young men and women who were easily recruited to serve in the various political vigilante groups in the country.

Source: GNA | Ghana

Nana Addo dashes to Nigeria for ‘informal’ visit

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday made a short return trip to Nigeria.

In what he describes as an “informal visit”, President Akufo-Addo met the Acting President of the Federal Republic, Professor Yemi Osibanjo.

The reason for the visit is not immediately known though it comes a couple of days ahead of the 29th African Union Summit scheduled to begin Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Moments after the Nigeria visit, Ghana’s president tweeted on his official handle.

He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, National Security Minister Albert Kan Dapaa and his Executive Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo.

President Akufo-Addo has been a good friend to Nigeria’s substantive President, Muhammadu Buhari, who has been away in London for sometime seeking medical care.

His ailing health has seen his vice, Prof Osibanjo, serving as the acting leader of Africa’s most populous country.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

Walewale: NPP youth on rampage against DCE nominee

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Some youth of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Walewale Constituency in the Northern Region went on rampage on Friday night, destroying party property.

This follows the nomination of one Abu Mohammed, a resident of Tinguri, a suburb of Walewale, after assembly members failed to confirm Saaka Sayuti, who was earlier nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the East Mamprusi District Chief Executive.

The Constituency office and the Office of the Bawumia Youth for Change suffered the major destruction after air-conditioners, computers, chairs, tables, and some party documents were set ablaze by the angry youth.

The destruction, which was done under the cover of darkness, was to shield the perpetrators from arrest as 3news.com gathered the youth did that to prevent their unscrupulous act from being captured on camera.

Office ware were set ablaze by the angry youth

3news.com’s visit to the scene of Friday’s rampage revealed clear evidence of the extent of destruction.

Some youth, who spoke off camera, revealed that the destruction was necessary as they feel discriminated by the rank and file of the party in the constituency because they expected party executives to present one of their own as DCE.

“We want someone from Walewale because we’re the majority but they gave us someone from Tinguri, that small community.”

The last attempt in trying to confirm Saaka Sayuti, a resident of Walewale, witnessed a rejection by assembly members.

He polled 22 votes out of the total of 45 votes cast.

That resulted in exchange of blows as assembly members from the Walewale township (the minority) accused their colleagues from the suburbs (the majority) of deliberately rejecting their choice of candidate.

Saaka Sayuti was rejected on the basis that he did not contribute to the victory of the party in the constituency hence not the right candidate for the position.

Friday’s rampage is said to be a retaliation by constituents in Walewale as the new appointee is not from Walewale and can never be confirmed.

Lots of people have suggested that the possibility of getting a new appointee not from Walewale to be accepted by residents of the community is not possible.

The constituents are also alleging that the new nominee is a new face who didn’t sacrifice in any way for the party and therefore cannot be accepted in the District.

By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Walewale, N/R|Ghana

Shred any suggestion blaming Mahama for NDC’s defeat – Kofi Adams

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Kofi Adams

Kofi Adams, National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress has jumped to the defence of former President John Dramani Mahama, rubbishing claims suggesting the latter caused the NDC’s defeat in last year’s general election.

Doubled as the 2016 national campaign organizer of the party, Mr. Adams insisted that irrespective of what others think, the former president is NDC’s best bet for the party in 2020 presidential election.

According to him, the former president did everything possible within his powers to win the elections, save for the fact that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised more than the NDC, adding that Mr. Mahama tried to explain to Ghanaians that “we were in a period of planting and the harvesting would soon begin, but the electorate wanted immediate harvesting”.

He said the NPP made a lot of promises during the electioneering campaign, which wooed floating and first-time voters to vote in their favour, but today majority of these voters have regretted voting for the NPP because their expectations are not being met.

“For example, Vice President, Dr. Bawumiah, said they will restore the Teacher and Nursing Training allowances, and that it was going to take effect in March, but Asempa, call any teacher or nurse that you know and ask them if they have received any allowance”, he noted on Onua FM’s morning show, “Yen Nsem Pa” on Friday, hosted by Bright Kwesi Asempa.

He added that, the NPP, while in opposition promised to discontinue many of the policies and agreements initiated by the Mahama-led Government, but are now making U-turn because they have been hit by the realities of governance, saying the NPP promised to discontinue the IMF program, but today they have rather gone for an extension of the program and also in opposition they  promised ‘galamsay’ operators that they would not fight against their activities, but have now changed positions because the reality has donned on them.

So, I will disagree with people who continue to blame the former President that he is the reason why we lost, he had done his best even in terms of his performance in office, Kofi Adam stressed.

RESIGNATION

Responding to calls by some supporters of his party to resign as the National Organiser , Kofi Adams, stated that nobody has physically approached him to resign, but he has heard people making those calls, adding that he does not see why he should resign when he is “not the only member of the NDC party, and do I control everybody’s thumb?”.

He explained that almost everybody in the party is being blamed for the defeat, and that as the National Organiser he has a lot of independent minded people working under him, and wonders if he could influence them to work against the party. Explaining why he accepted responsibility for the party’s defeat earlier, Kofi Adams stated that, as a leader, when you go to battle and you lose, you just have to take responsibility.

“If I’m able to cause our party’s defeat then I should be a very powerful person”.

By Bright Dzakah/Onua 95.1 FM/3news.com

Akufo-Addo nominates 5 MDCEs, re-nominates 15 others

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated five persons to the positions of Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs).

They are Musah Issah for Gushegu District Assembly, Abu Mohammed, West Mamprusi; Hajia Hawa Ninchemah, Bawku Municipal; Kwasi Bonzoh, Ellembele; and Ms Kate Ametefe for Adaklu District Assembly.

Their nomination was in accordance with article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and section 20(1) of the Local Governance Act, Act 936.

Meanwhile, 15 other persons have been re-nominated as MDCEs by the President.

They are George Kyei Baffuor, Asante Akim Central; Ebenezer Tettey Kupaulor, Yilo Krobo Municipal; Ms Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi for La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly and Abraham Mbanye, Sene East.

Others are Ms Felicia Aba Hagan, Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese; Ms Florence Governor, Ayensuano District Assembly; Ms Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, Ada East; J.K. Alhassan, Bunkprugun-Yunyoo, and Ms Ella Boateng, South Dayi District Assembly.

The rest are Richard Collins Arku, North Tongu; Andrew Teddy Ofori, Hohoe Municipal Assembly; Madam Millicent Kabuki Carboo Biakoye District Assembly; Leonelson Adzidogah, Akatsi South; Emmanuel Louis Agama, South Tongu and Eric Muah, Jomoro District Assembly.

By 3news.com |Ghana

Kwesi Botchwey Committee report is a smokescreen

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Prof. Kwesi Botchwey

A leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Tema West, Mr Dennis Amfo-Sefa, has downplayed reconstruction and unity talks in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as “fanciful”.

According to Mr Amofo-Sefa, popularly known as Chairman Nana Boakye, the whole process of putting together the Kwesi Botchwey committee and a report, which was used as a platform to suggest a reconciliation process would rather deepen the woes of the NDC.

“They are still dazed from the massive defeat in 2016 and this reconciliation process that is supposed to lead to a recapturing of power in 2020 is nothing but a self-psyche,” he said.

He pointed out that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) was continuously endearing itself to voters while the NDC was increasingly assuming the position of a villain in the Ghanaian political drama.

He asks why the NDC was for instance chasing investors away from the country with all the incessant noise about the $2.25 billion bond.

“They think Ghanaians are minors. The people are quietly watching them and getting to know who really has the country’s development at heart.”

Mr Amfo-Sefa said “if the NDC was really sincere about getting its supporters united behind the party, the first thing they would do, would be to constitute themselves into a responsible opposition.

After all, is it not the very government that you are fighting left, right and centre, the government that the very Ghanaians you are trying to woo voted massively for in the 2016 election?”

He said, “If you really respect the people of this country, would you be going around creating the impression that the choice they made was a not a wise choice?”

Mr Amfo-Sefa said the claim that the party will return to power in 2020 was a false hope that the NDC was giving its supporters.

He claimed that the call for unity in the party will not work because the leadership of the party was insincere about the whole call.

The Kwesi Botchwey Committee on Monday, submitted its report on the poor performance of the NDC in the 2016 elections.

Mr Amfo-Sefa pointed out that the NDC does not even know if the reconciliation process would be successful and yet it was already touting victory in 2020.

According to him, the “NDC’s boasts is coming at a time that the NPP’s government led by President Akufo-Addo is delivering on its campaign promise.

President Akufo-Addo is showing what governance is about and instead of the NDC keeping quiet and learning, they are rather tickling themselves and laughing,” he said.

Source: GNA | Ghana

I have not and will not apologise to Dr. Omane Boamah – Dr. Zuberu

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Dr. Omane Boamah

Dr. Ibrahim Zuberu, a member of the National Democratic Congress election review committee, has refuted claims that he has apologised to Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, former Communications Minister, insisting that will never happen.

This is in sharp contrast with a publication by the Ghanaian Lens newspaper on Wednesday 21st June, 2017.

“I have not apologized to Dr Omane Boamah and I will not apologize to him, and also, I have not spoken to the Daily Post and the Ghanaian Lens Newpaper, so I don’t know what they are talking about,” he fumed on Onua FM morning show on Thursday.

Dr. Ibrahim Zuberu, one of the 13-member committee let by Prof. Botchwey, on the Tuesday’s edition of Onua Fm morning show “Yen Nsem Pa” disclosed that during the committee’s work in some regions, majority of the party supporters categorically mentioned personalities like Dr. Omane Boamah and Seth Terkper, former Finance Minister as persons whose actions and inaction sent the party into opposition.

Following Dr Zuberu’s interview on Onua FM, Dr. Omane Boamah issued a rejoinder, describing Dr. Zuberu’s statement as a “scurrilous insinuation” and went on to say it was untrue that he refused to release information. The Ghanaian Lens newspaper subsequently published that Dr Zuberu had called the former communication minister to apologize.

However, responding to the said publication on Onua FM’s morning show on Thursday, Dr. Ibrahim Zuberu stated that he has never spoken to any newspaper, adding that he was only called by one of his superior (whose name he did not disclose) to slow down on the issue, adding that while he was still talking with the superior person, he was informed that Dr. Omane Boamah was around he spoke with Dr Omane Boamah through his superior’s phone. He said he told the former minister on the phone that he (Dr Zuberu) just relayed the sentiments expressed by the party supporters in the said interview with Onua FM. He noted that there was nowhere during the said conversation with Dr Omane Boamah that he apologized to him.

“I don’t ever regret what I said, because it is something that the grassroots has told me” he said, “to set the record straight, I have nothing against him (Dr. Omane Boamah) and if he feels there is a problem, then he should check himself”.

He opined, “I Have not insulted him or defamed him in anywhere, and so I’m not perturbed by the lawsuit threat”.

DON’T  APOLOGIZE

Meanwhile, Greater Accra Regional Organizer of the NDC, Anthony Nukpenu has jumped to the defense of Dr. Ibrahim Zuberu, asking the latter not to apologize to Dr. Omane Boamah.

“I don’t think Dr Omane Boamah or any member of the party whose name has been mentioned that it was his action or inaction that caused our defeat should be demanding an apology. There were a lot of people whose names were being mentioned in the media and there were a lot of people I (Anthony) have heard mentioned him (Dr Omane Boamah) as being the cause of our defeat, so why ask for an apology, for what?” the Greater Accra organizer of the NDC queried.

“I don’t think Dr Zuberu said anything wrong and different from what we hear everyday,” he stressed.

When Bright Kwesi Asempa, host of the show, sought to find out from him if he had ever experienced what people are saying about Dr Omane Boamah, this ensued:

Asempa: Have you ever personally sought any information from Dr Omane Boamah?

Anthony: Yes, I have

Asempa: then what happened?

Anthony: he told me to drop my email address, I did but the information never came and I can’t say it was deliberate on his part. That is why I am saying there are many people who have said same thing about him and others in the party, so why, should everyone start demanding an apology? I don’t think so.

By Bright Dzakah/Onua 95.1fm/3news.com

Mahama wishes Rawlings happy 70th birthday

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Former President Rawlings turns 70

As part of the 70th birthday celebration of former President Jerry John Rawlings, Former President John Dramani Mahama has wished him a happy anniversary.

He wished him in a tweet on Thursday.

Flight Lieutenant (rtd) Rawlings was born on June 22, 1947 to Victoria Agbotui and James John Ramsey, a chemist from the United Kingdom.

He is the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a party led to the polls on two occasions by John Dramani Mahama.

Mr Rawlings came to power in a coup d’etat in 1979.

After handing over in 1979 to a civilian government, he returned on December 31, 1981 as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

In 1992, he returned the country to civilian and was president for two terms.

By Comfort Ahenkorah|3news.com|Ghana

31st Dec Mov’t officer demands audited accounts from ‘President’ Nana Konadu

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The Central Region Organiser of the 31st December Women’s Movement is cautioning members of the public not to engage in any business with Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings as she has overstayed her tenure as President.

Aba Edusah also cautioned the public against doing business with Caridem Development Company, a subsidiary of the Movement.

“We therefore caution any person or entity who has transacted any business on behalf of Caridem Development Company and 31st DWM with Dr Mrs Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, that they have done so at their own risk,” she said in an address in the Central Region on Wednesday.

According to her, the Movement has not gone to congress since 1992 and due processes are not followed by leader Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings in her engagements.

She cited no-knowledge of a recent publication in the Daily Graphic that the name of the Movement has changed.

Ms Edusah said a National Executive Committee has not been in place since 1992 with Mrs Rawlings virtually running affairs alone.

“We are therefore demanding, based on the above, for the Audited Accounts of the 31st December Women’s Movement and Caridem Development Company Ltd from 1999 to date, including all bank accounts statements and the Asset Register to date from Dr Mrs Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, holding herself out as president of the 31st December Women’s Movement,” she said in her address.

Find her address below:

PRESS STATEMENT DELIVERED, BY THE CENTRAL REGIONAL ORGANISER OF THE 31ST DECEMBER WOMEN MOVEMENT, ABA EDUSAH, ON BEHALF OF THE MOVEMENT

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, Good Day.

By introduction and as a matter of record, We the members of the 31st December Women’s Movement bring to your notice that the 31st December Women’s Movement is a non-governmental organization. Established almost 34 years ago and registered under the laws of Ghana as a company limited by Guarantee under the Company’s code 1963 (Act 179).

By this, the movement works within its regulation and constitution since it was established. The membership of the movement at one time stood at about one million Ghanaian women of age 18 and above irrespective of creed, religion, tribe, profession, marital status, and social standing. it embraced women living in and outside Ghana.

The functions of the movement are based on democratic governance, which involves the participation of every member in the decision-making process. The Movement works through the following: –

  1. Congress
  2. Regional Delegates Conference
  3. District Delegates Conference
  4. Workplace Delegates Conference

The congress is the highest body of the Movement responsible for all policy guidelines and it shall elect the National officers as the National Executive Committee / Council and Congress Patrons. The Congress is composed of National Executive Committee and proportional representation from each region to be selected at Regional conferences where Observers are to be invited by the National Secretariat of the Movement.  The Regulations require that Congress shall be convened once every five (5) years to:

– Review the operations of the Movement,

– Approve any decisions from the national executive committee and

– Elects new national executive officers.

The National Executive Committee is responsible for running the affairs of the Movement and is required to meet every four months in the year. The National Executive committee is made up of all the National Officers, all heads of Departments of the Movement at the National Secretariat, all Regional organizers and chairpersons if the regional central committee, two ex officio members of the movement nominated by congress and representation for workplace.

There is a National Secretariat in Accra to support the work of the National Executive Committee.  The National Officers report to the National Executive Committee.

National Officers:

President

General Secretary

Deputy General Secretary

National Organizer

Deputy Organizer

Publicity Officers

Finance Project Co-ordinator.

All National Officers shall hold office for a period of five (5) years and may be eligible for re-election for at least two more consecutive terms for the same position.  But not for more than three (3) consecutive terms.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, we wish to state the following: –

  1. That the last congress of the Movement was held sometime in May 1992.

To date, Dr. Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, former First lady, has held herself out as President of the Movement (in total contravention of the stipulated five year- term) and has not called for a congress as per the regulations of the Movement.

  1. The 31st December Women’s Movement is the sole beneficiary of ALL the Assets of Caridem Development Company Limited, established as an investment (commercial) company to generate funds to support the programs and activities of the Movement and creates employment and jobs for the Women.
  2. It has come to our attention that the audited accounts are neither up to date nor filed at the Registrar of Companies.
  3. That We have cause to believe that huge sums of monies have been dissipated and assets sold from the accounts of 31st DWM by Dr. Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings without following proper internal processes.
  4. That by our Regulations, Audited accounts showing expenditures etc. must be submitted to the National Executive Committee and Congress for study and approvals.

We the members of the 31st December Women’s Movement make the following statement:

  1. That since for the past twenty years there has not been Congress or National Executive committee meeting, so making all decisions of the Movement not valid.

We disassociate ourselves from the: –

a. The letter written by Ms. Sylvia Ahorlu dated 15th February 2016, REF: DWM/1/1/9766.

b. The publication in the Daily Graphic of 19th June 2017 granted by Dr Mrs Nana Konadu purporting that the Movement has changed its name to Development Women’s Movement and changed its character. This publication is a fabrication and not true. The contents of the said publication are illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional. The laws of Ghana states clearly that each citizen has the freedom of association, therefore members of 31st December Women’s Movement cannot automatically become members of the newly created Development Women’s Movement without the express consent of each member. The 31st DWM is a Company Limited by Guarantee therefore any changes necessarily must follow due process as per the company code and the Laws of Ghana.

2. We therefore caution any person or entity who has transacted any business on behalf of Caridem Development Company and 31st DWM with Dr Mrs Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, that they have done so at their own risk.

3. We are therefore demanding, based on the above, for the Audited Accounts of the 31st December Women’s Movement and Caridem Development Company Ltd from 1999 to date, including all bank accounts statements and the Asset Register to date from Dr Mrs Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, holding herself out as president of the 31st December Women’s Movement.

4. We have resolved to call on the Regional membership to work in preparation towards the National congress.

5. We shall give the appropriate notice as per the provisions of our constitution.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Peace at last in Savelugu as MCE is accepted

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Savelugu MCE A. Seidu was outdoored at the municipal capital on Wednesday

Youth in the Savelugu/Nanton municipality in the Northern Region have accepted and welcomed the Municipal Chief Executive Hajia Ayishetu Seidu as the substantive MCE after several failed attempts.

This followed consultations between a government delegation led by the Minister for State at the Presidency in charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, and aggrieved members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The groups together with MCE Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, the Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed, Member of Parliament for Savelugu Somed Gunu, Minister Bryan Acheampong and some party elders and executives visited the palace of Alhaji Alhassan Ibrahim Yije-Na.

There was a press statement, which was read by the party’s constituency Youth Organizer, Abubakar Sadiq Sulemana, to mark an end to the impasse between the municipality and the MCE.

The statement revealed a misconception by constituents owing to claims made by a supposed National Democratic Congress (NDC) group that they are faithfuls of the MCE.

“Our challenge with Hajia was that we were worried that she wasn’t well known to the elders and members of the party. This was because we believed it was only somebody from amongst us whom we knew that could best implement the visions of the President in the municipality.

“In recent days, we have had the opportunity to fully engage Hajia and are now convinced that she has what it takes to implement the president’s vision for the full benefit of the people of Savelugu,” the youth leader stated.

The team escorted the new MCE to her office, which has been without any official work for over one month.

Hajia Ayishetu Seidu was overwhelmingly endorsed by assembly members on May 13 but have since not made any official visit to the Assembly.

Her first attempt on Monday, June 14 was fiercely resisted by some protesters, who locked up the entrance to her office to prevent her entry.

A second attempt had to be under a tight security protection on June 15 and that has since been the routine of security until Wednesday when she was seen without the usual security.

In an acceptance remarks, the MCE disassociated herself from any faction and revealed she is for all constituents.

“I have no faction as far as Savelugu is concerned. I am for everybody and will work with all. To this effect, I urge all that claim they are my faithful to stop passing those comments because they are capable of causing us.”

Hajia Ayishetu Seidu becomes the first female to become the Municipal Chief Executive since the creation of the municipality.

By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Ghana