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The Minority in Parliament has rubbished claims that a member on its side of the House is associated with the controversial $89M Kelni GVG deal Leader, Haruna Iddrisu in a statement disputed the claims and story which was published by starrfmoline. The statement said: ‘’My attention has been drawn to a story making the rounds on Ghanaweb.com and attributed to Starrfmonlinc.com with the headline “Top Opposition MP behind $89M Kelni GVG deal. I wish to state for the records that neither myself as the “Minority Leader nor any of my colleagues on the Minority” work with or for the Ministry of Communications nor the National Communications Authority. We have also not been part of any negotiation or transaction with Kelni GVG as being reported.’’ According to the online new portal, a top minority member was associated with the deal but the Minority Leader denied it and called on the public to treat the story with contempt. ‘’The public should ignore the malicious story as palpable falsehood and a wicked diversionary attempt to damage our hard earned reputations. The government should take full responsibility for the actions on the contract. We would not accept any attempt to smear us by the publishers and demand an immediate retraction and apology. We have also instructed our lawyers to take the necessary action if the publishers fail to do the needful,’’ the statement concluded. Pressure is mounting on Ursula Owusu, the Minister in charge of Communications to resign for failing to do due diligence in the award of the contract. Imani Africa, a policy think tank has impressed upon the minister to resign. Boss for the think tank, Franklin Cudjoe has said the contract is fraudulent and must be cancelled. He argues that the company does not have the track record to undertake the job that has been given it adding that the amount involved is too huge. Cudjoe Akpabey, a consultant and tax expert has also called on the president to step aside the contract since it will go against the interest of Ghanaians.
Cerebral Palsy Ghana, an association of parents of persons with cerebral palsy has underscored the need for children living with the neurological disorder to be given better care. President of the association, Mr. Providence Noyonyo, appealed to government to consider free Medicare for persons living with the condition, train more physiotherapists and revise the current National Disability Act to give equal, if not more, attention to mental disabilities. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm ahead of an event planned for Saturday May 26th, 2018, he stressed the need for an all-inclusive education policy to encourage and adequately resource public, private and special schools to admit persons with CP in their schools. Cerebral palsy he said is basically a defect in the part or some parts of the brain that leads to drastic slow down of development milestone of a baby. The definition he emphasized represents that of parents with children with cerebral palsy and also what medical definitions have defined for them. Research has explained that CP is caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. Cerebral Palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. Though Cerebral Palsy can be defined, having Cerebral Palsy does not define the person that has the condition. On her part, Rachel Quaye, the Secretary of the association called for an end to stigmatization against children with CP and wondered why such children are referred to as ‘abnormal children’. She decried why children with CP are treated unfairly and discriminated against due to so-called cultural practices. CP children she stated are multi-talented and when they get the necessary attention, they will perform incredibly well. ‘’Families are neglecting these kids. Spouses are fleeing and using myself as an example, my husband has fled because my child is a CP. Taking care of children with CP is very expensive,’’ she told Kwame Tutu. Drugs for CP children are expensive and some parents are unable to care for their children. People discriminate against parents with CP children; they refuse to buy their products. This must stop and the event on Saturday is to raise awareness about these challenges.’’ The event according the president is being sponsored by the Gold Coast Medical Foundation (GCMF), an American based Non Profit Organization in collaboration with Cerebral Palsy Ghana and Mensvic Hotels Limited. The aim of the event is to enhance knowledge on the management of the illness and motivating caregivers as well as dispel backward social myths about the condition and will be held at the Mensvic Hotel in Accra.
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Jaman North, Mr. Siaka Stevens, has taken a swipe at Kwesi Nyantakyi, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) president over his alleged claims that, he has the President of the Republic in his pocket. He was infuriated that the FA boss could make such frivolous comments in a yet to be premiered investigate piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas on alleged corrupt practices at the GFA. The legislator was reacting to the complaint filed against Mr. Nyantakyi by President Akufo-Addo over an attempt to use his name to solicit for monies from investors. The MP said, Nana Addo cannot be bribed because he is strongly against corruption and shown enough commitment in the fight against corruption. ‘’This is a serious allegation and for Nyantakyi to make such comments is unfortunate because it involves the president and the best approach was what has been done.’’ He noted. When asked if Nyantakyi could not have made the statement if he had no good relationship with Nana Addo, he said, the GFA boss is the boss for the FA and his activities have no political connections. You cannot assume that Nyantakyi could have made the statement because of a good relation with Nana Addo. The link is not there…Nana Addo cannot be bribed. He is not corrupt. He has been tried and tested and I can vouch for him on any day.’’ He urged the public not to be too quick to judge but allow due process to be used in arriving at a logical conclusion. Meanwhile, a Minority MP for the people of Beum constituency, Mr. Daniel K. Ashiamah has accused government of using Nyantakyi as escape goat. The NDC MP called on Nana Addo to investigate all the scandals that have rocked his administration and sanction people where necessary.
The Supreme Court has declared the late Paramount Chief of the Nanumba Traditional Area, (Bimbilla), Naa Dasana Andani, as the rightful chief of the area. Wednesday’s decision brings clarity to the protracted Bimbila chieftaincy crisis that had led to the death of many people including Naa Andani in 2014. The five-member panel of the apex court reaffirmed the decisions of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs and the National House of Chiefs that declared Naa Andani as the legitimate chief of the area. Another claimant to the Bimbilla skin, the late Nakpa Naa Salifu Dawuni, filed the appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the National House of Chiefs. But in a unanimous decision on Wednesday May 23, 2018, the Supreme Court held that Naa Andani's lineage to the Bimbilla Skin was legitimate. “We therefore find no merit in the appeal and it is dismissed in its entirety,” the court held. The judgement was read by Mr Justice Gabriel Pwamang, while the panel was presided over by Mr Justice Julius Ansah. Other members of the panel were Mr Justice Anin Yeboah, Mr Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie and Mr Justice Yaw Appau. The court, however, refused to award cost as demanded by lawyers of the victors. According to the court, the judgement would benefit the whole Nanumba community, and also the two opposing factions were members of the same family. Background The Nanumba Traditional Council has two main Gates; Bang-yili and Gbugma-yili whose representatives rotate their occupancy of the throne. The protracted chieftaincy dispute in the area became more pronounced in 2003, after the demise of the former Paramount Chief for Nanung, Na Abarika, who belonged to the Bang-yili gate. A conflict ensued as to who was qualified from the Gbugma-yili gate tosucceed him. While the late Naa Salifu Dawuni indicated that he was the rightful successor, Naa Andani also claimed he was the one chosen to occupy the throne. This compelled the Judicial Committee of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs to investigate the matter. The three-member committee chaired by Yunyoo Rana Yamyia Tooka II, in March 2012, unanimously declared Na Andani Dasana as the substantive Paramount Chief for the Bimbilla Traditional Area. The verdict, however, did not go down well with the late Naa Dawuni and his faction, leading to their appeal at the National House of Chiefs. The National House of Chiefs dismissed the appeal. Not happy with the National House of Chiefs decision, Naa Dawuni faction marched to the Supreme Court. Source: GraphicOnline
One of the guest artistes for the 2018 edition of Celestial Praiz, Evelyn Wanjiru, has posited that there is no way a secular musician and a gospel musician should collaborate on a song. Speaking in an interview with Sokoohemaa on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the celebrated musician said to her view, gospel musicians have been called to go out and preach to the world and not to church members. ‘’But I disagree when a gospel musician and a secular musician will come together and do a song. I disagree with that because light and darkness cannot go hand in hand,’’ she said. On why she held the view, she said: ‘’I disagree because; am I evangelizing to you [secular musician]? If we are sitting down what are we talking about? She lamented over a trend in Kenya where gospel musicians are now releasing love songs adding, ‘’there is a trend in Kenya right now that musicians, especially gospel musicians are doing love songs and they call them gospel which I don’t understand that part very well- because I am preaching the true gospel of the Lord and I am reading my bible and if the bible says the Lord is the truth, the light and the way, let me say that as it is. I don’t need to put some things corners and corners.’’ Doing ministry with secular musicians she stressed cannot work but ‘’right now, it is really coming out.’’ She was however quick to add that, Kenya musicians support each and when a gospel musician releases a song, all the other colleagues will share the song on their various social media handles so it will go viral. ‘’But one thing about Kenya musicians I love so much is-they support each other... They stand with each other. They build each other. I like that about them because that is very real…’’ Evelyn Wanjiru Agundabwen is a Kenyan gospel singer, worship leader, music director, songwriter and co founder of Bwenieve production. She is best known for her hit songs "Mungu Mkuu," "Waweza," "Hossana," "Nikufahamu" and "Tulia."
Guest artiste for the 2018 edition of Celestial Praiz, the celebrated female gospel artiste, Evelyn Wanjiru from Kenya has expressed her readiness for the annual event. In an exclusive interview with Sokoohemaa Kukua on the mid-morning show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the worship leader said, the show will be uplifting. ‘’We are going to have an amazing time. I cannot wait. I am so energized about this, because I know God is about to restore back what the locust have eaten in people’s lives. There would be restoration, hope, healing, and there would be uplifting in lives in Ghana. So I am calling on people to come…’’ She also gave a chilling account of financial difficulties her family encountered following the death of her father. According to her, she started singing in the church at age nine and knew God was preparing her for something great. ‘’God had a purpose and had great plans for me,’’ she added. The song writer confessed to the host that, she was not expecting to be recording artiste because her focus was to serve in the church. On what she was expecting to be aside music, the musician disclosed that she was expecting to be a banker because she loved money and people will only ‘’associate with you’’ when you have money. The musician also commended her husband who has resigned his job to be her producer. She released two double videos in March 2018, and the songs were to reconcile her family after the struggles they have experienced. Evelyn Wanjiru Agundabwen is a Kenyan gospel singer, worship leader, music director, songwriter and co founder of Bwenieve production. She is best known for her hit songs "Mungu Mkuu," "Waweza," "Hossana," "Nikufahamu" and "Tulia." The concert, which is expected to draw worshippers and gospel music lovers closer to God, will take place at the Perez Dome in Accra on Friday, May 25. ‘Celestial Praiz’ is a gospel praise and worship jam instituted in 2011 to bring people from all walks of life and Christians from different denominations together to worship and praise God. The gospel concert will also witness performances from some selected Ghanaian gospel artistes such as Selina Boateng, Akesse Brimpong, Lord Bondzie and Celestine Donkor.
The president for the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi has reported himself to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service. The GFA boss is assisting the police in an investigation regarding an alleged fraud leveled against him. President Nana Akufo-Addo reported to the CID over an alleged attempt to use the name of the president and his vice to solicit for monies from investors. Mr Nyantakyi, at the time of the report, was however out of the country on an official assignment for the Confederation of African Football (CAF), where he is Vice President. A statement issued by the Police Public Affairs Directorate has called on the general public to furnish it with any information to help in their investigation. The statement read: ‘’the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is investigating Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for alleged corruption. This follows a complaint received from His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that Mr. Nyantakyi has used the president’s name and office fraudulently.’’ The statement went ahead to state that, ‘’Police information shows that the suspect is presently outside of the jurisdiction and is expected to return on Wednesday 23RD May, 2018 whereupon he would be required to assist with ongoing investigation.’’ It concluded: ‘’furthermore, police assures the public that due process would be followed in investigation. Any person with relevant information may submit it to the police CID headquarters.’’
The Member of Parliament for Buem constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Daniel K. Ashiamah, has disclosed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, parliament is unaware about the $89 million GVGKelni contract. Appearing on the show today [Wednesday], the legislator said he cannot defend the contract because parliament has not been informed on the controversial contract. The Deputy Ranking Member on the Communication Committee in Parliament revealed he only got the information via phone. ‘’I only received the information via phone. I admonished our chair, Kennedy Agyapong to invite the ministry to appear before the committee so we are informed on what to say. But as I speak to you, I have seen the document on the contract and so heard the contract has already been signed. How can I defend this contract? This is the trademark of the NPP. They always play a fast on Ghanaians.’’ ‘’We never saw the contract document and that was a bad practice. The minister erred,’’ he insited. He lambasted the NPP for abusing the previous NDC government over the infamous Subah Info Solutions deal. Background In 2010 the Ghana Revenue Authority contracted Subah to oversee revenue assurance activities within the telcos. The company received GHC75 million for what critics say was payment for no work done. Later on in 2015, Afriwave was appointed by the NCA to perform the job of an interconnect clearinghouse services which was similar to the job being done by Subah. They were also paid an amount of GHC40 million. In 2017, the NPP government is now contracting a new foreign company, Kelni GVG to do similar job. The telecommunication company was selected by government to monitor all mobile money transactions on the various platforms both on each network and between networks in an attempt to curb the incidence of simbox fraud within telcos in the country.
The Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service has issued a statement indicating that the CID is investigation GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi. The statement which was signed by DSP Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman, Deputy PRO said, ‘’the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is investigating Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for alleged corruption. This follows a complaint received from His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that Mr. Nyantakyi has used the president’s name and office fraudulently.’’ The statement went ahead to state that, ‘’Police information shows that the suspect is presently outside of the jurisdiction and is expected to return on Wednesday 23RD May, 2018 whereupon he would be required to assist with ongoing investigation.’’ It concluded: ‘’furthermore, police assures the public that due process would be followed in investigation. Any person with relevant information may submit it to the police CID headquarters.’’
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