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President John Dramani Mahama says the duty of a president must serve the interest of the nation and every Ghanaian. According to the president his intention is to transform the nation, and to be able to do so, he must serve every Ghanaian irrespective of their political background. The president who is currently in the Brong Ahafo region as part of his ‘Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana Campaign’ in a discussion with the Chief of Sunyani  Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawir , said he is a president whose duty is to serve Ghanaians. President Mahama as part of his campaign cut-sod for the construction of the Gooso-Tekper road, he also inspected on-going road project in Gonbian No. 2 and Tseremanso all in the Brong Ahafo region. According to the president, he will also be cutting sod for the construction of some roads in Dormaahenkro. IN 2012 when we were campaigning, we promised the chiefs and people that we would repair all their deplorable roads, and so the projects we are undertaking is in fulfillment of our campaign promises in the last elections to the region, President Mahama said. President Mahama revealed that government will very soon begin work on the ring road in Sunyani, we have already contracted someone to construct the road and in the next month or so the project will start, he added. He called on the chiefs and people to continue praying for him to maintain his seat as president of Ghana. On his part, the chief praised Mahama for his outstanding and fulfillment of his promises. He proposed that, the Sunyani Ring Road which has been abandoned for many years and currently been rehabilitated, be named after President Mahama for his good works, a performing president must be supported, he said. Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri assured President Mahama that the Brong Ahafo region will give him an 80% endorsement come 2016 because a performing president should be given all the support he deserves. He said the first public University in the region was under the able leadership of the late President Mills which according to him is an indication of the commitment of the NDC to transform the region. He also outlined some achievements of the Mahama led administration which he said cannot be compared to any government and so as a region, they will support the bid of President Mahama.    
The National Democratic Congress has suspended its branch treasure in the Ahafo Aho Constituency for misconduct. The treasurer Adams Alhassan is said to have stabbed the branch chairman after the two engaged in a brawl. Mr. Samuel Awuni over the weekend got stabbed in the head and his neck by the treasurer of the party. He is currently in the hospital receiving treatment. Meanwhile the regional executives in the region in a release signed by the regional chairman, Hon. Yaw Owusu Obimpeh has suspended the treasurer Adams Alhassan with immediate effect until further investigation has been conducted into the allegations. According to the statement, the party had structures and which every party member could use to resolve any problem they face. No member regardless of their position should misconduct themselves. The statement also described the action by the treasurer as misconduct per the party's rules. ‘’The party seriously disapproves such misconduct by any party member at any level within the party and by this release urging all members to use appropriate party structures to address all internal grievances. The party wishes to remind all members that serious discipline measures will be taken against any member who goes contrary to the rules governing the party. In view of the current development, Mr. Adams Alhassan [The Treasurer] has been suspended with immediate effect pending further investigation,’’ the statement said. The party also extended its sympathy to the chairman of the branch and further called on party supporters to remain calm as the party investigate the problem.        
President Mahama has described his Vice-President as a humble, shape and an intelligent economist whose expertise has helped him manage Ghana since he assumed office. The president indicated he is someone I trust, he is someone with the technical expertise of the economy and by his hard work and resilience, I have been able to manage the economy well. When I took the ECOWAS chairmanship position and I had to be junketing and resolving issues here and there, I knew I had someone to manage the country because I trusted him and had faith in him for his outstanding and exceptional expertise, President Mahama said. He added, Paa Kwesi helps me with a lot of support and so whiles I have the luxury to do the political things, I know I have a hand supporting me with the technical work. President Mahama admitted that whiles he had already chosen a running mate, that may have to be approved by the leadership of the party. Commenting on who his running will be, he said: ‘’I know who he will be, it is not correct for me to prejudice and say it when am not yet the candidate, you have a running mate only when you are a presidential candidate and am not yet the candidate although am going unopposed,’’ my party has not yet confirmed me as a candidate they will have to vote to accept me as candidate and until that is done I cannot outdoor my running mate. Even if am confirmed the candidate, I will have to consult the leadership of the party in choosing my running mate, because that is the processes that I have to go through as set out in the constitution of the NDC, he added. President Mahama was speaking in an interview on the garden city radio in Kumasi as part of his ‘Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana Campaign’. As part of the tour, the president cut sod for the rehabilitation of the Kumasi Kejetia market at the cost of $298 million, the project is in three-phases. The three-phased project is been constructed by Contrata Engenharia, a Brazilian construction firm.
The regional secretary for the National Democratic Congress in the Eastern region, Mark Oliver Kevor says there is nobody within the NDC to courageously contest President Mahama because of his unprecedented achievements and record. In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the secretary described President Mahama as a great leader with exceptional leadersip qualities that cannot be compared to any other person. We in the Eastern Region have pledged our 100% vote for the president to continue his great work, he said. According to him there is no need in changing a winning team and so he [President Mahama] should be giving the nod to lead the party to victory come 2016. Take a look at the road sector, look the educational sector and all the sectors and you will be amazed at the achievements of the party it is remarkable, it is amazing it is exception, and great. Oliver Kevor opined that it would have been suicidal for anyone to contest Mahama. Our endorsement is to show appreciation for his great achievements, he stated. President Mahama has united the front of the party, it shows how great a leader he is. What happened at the Koforidua Jackson Park is a clear indication of what the people want and the one they want is President Mahama, he stressed.  
The deputy regional chairman for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ahafo Ano Mr. Karim Mohammed has called on the National Executives of the party to as a matter of urgency resolve the  problems in the constituency or risk loosing the 2016 parliamentary elections in the no matter the candidate they present on behalf of the party. Speaking with Kwame Tutu, host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio, the deputy chairman said, there are problems within the party in the constituency and if we should begin to make these problems public, it will be disastrous for the ruling party, we cannot wash our dirty linen in public. So the party’s executives should deal with the issues as soon as possible. His statement is coming on the heels of an alleged attack on the regional chairman Samuel Awuni over the weekend. Mr. Samuel Awuni is alleged to have been stabbed by one Adams Alhassan who doubles as the party’s treasurer in the constituency. However the deputy regional chairman stated categorically that, the chairman who is currently battling his life in the hospital was stabbed by the treasure of the party. Am surprised that he [Adams Alhassan] is walking as a freeman after stabbing our chairman, every evidence points to the fact that he stabbed him, he even claimed that he will do it and nobody can do anything to him and now he is walking on the streets of Kumasi as a freeman, how can the police behave like this, how can they free someone who attempted to murder our chairman, he posited. Mr. Karim Mohammed alleged that the regional minister Hon. Peter Anaafi is the one behind the attack. I know and am sure that he [Hon. Anaafi] is behind the attack, I saw the treasurer in his car, he is part of his drivers and so am sure he contracted him to stab the chairman, it pains me that this is happening ahead of our primaries, it is unfortunate, he said. Mr. Samuel Awuni according to Karim Mohammed wanted to use the party’s vehicle for official purposes but he was not allowed to use it so he engaged in a brawl with the youth organiser who was alleged to have kept the key but failed to give it out. The youth organiser failed to give him the car keys so he stood by the car so nobody could move the car because by the party’s constitution nobody is supposed to use the car until you’ve won the elections, but he failed to give him the keys, then we saw him call an unknown person, in the next minutes we saw a vehicle branded with the poster of the regional minister with the treasure behind the wheels, he walked out of the car and stabbed the youth organiser then stabbed the chairman too, he narrated. The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Peter Anaafi declined to comment on the allegations leveled against him when he was contacted.    
The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has called on Ghanaians to pay more if they really want the power crisis to reduce. Speaking on the garden city radio in Kumasi today, the president said, If Ghanaians want reliable uninterrupted power, then they need to pay more because if they want better services, then the ‘’prices must go up’’ a little, that is the ‘’reality’’. He has therefore backed the calls by the utility service providers for an increment in tarriff to improve upon the problem. President Mahama indicated that, Ghana is currently depending more on thermal power which is far more expensive than hydro power because the hydro that supply us power is no more. He said if by next year we are not able to resolve the problem the Akosombo Dam may collapse because its current strength is low and therefore it is realistic for Ghanaians to pay more to get stable power. “If we genuinely want reliable, sustainable power then the price will have to go up…that is the reality…if we don’t want any more dumsor then we will have to pay more,” President Mahama said. As an individual calculate the cost you incur in powering your generators and you will realise how much money government spends in providing stable power for you, so you need to pay more, that is a reality, he added. We cannot depend more on cheaper power anymore, because our source of cheaper power is not stable, if we don’t take care, we may shut down 4 units of Akosombo next year, that would be a serious threat to our energy sector, the prices we paying currently is unrealistic, we all experienced dumsor and we know how the situation is, President Mahama indicated. He described the situation as ‘’a worrying signal.’’ He stressed, ‘’if you want reliable power then you have to pay more, that is the reality.’’ Utility service providers at a meeting with the TUC and organized labour on Friday gave reasons why they need tariff increment but the TUC vehemently rejected their call for the increment, they have therefore warned that they will resist any attempt to increase tariff. The utility service providers are all calling for the huge percentage hike to keep their machines operational. In the power sector, the proposal is for tariffs to increase from 14 pesewas per kilowatt hour to 30 pesewas. The president is currently in the region as part o his 'Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana Campaign', he is expected to tour the Brong Ahafo Region later today.
President John Mahama has insisted that his government will not over spend its budget for 2016 not matter the pressure it may face. The president stated that the government will not spend money on anything not budgeted for. He was speaking with some businessmen in the Ashanti Region, the president reiterated his commitment to stick with the approved budget for 2016 to ensure fiscal discipline by government. “Income and expenditure must balance and all of you know how you draw your balance sheets. If income is lower and expenditure is higher, then you go out of business. It is the same for government; if expenditure is higher than income, then the country is running into debt. So when we go and draw the budget; and then all of a sudden in the middle of the year, some groups are making more demands than you can. If you yield to those demands then you unbalance the budget and when that happens, deficits increases which also mean inflation goes up and then interest rates also go up” he said President Mahama explained, just like every family must take steps to ensure that they don’t incur debt by overspending, government must also take steps to do same. “It’s just like how we run the family. If you and your wife are working and each of earn 1,000 cedis each which means you both earn 2,000 cedis, and yet you end up spending 3,000 cedis a month, you are going to run into debt”.
Three Fulani Herdsmen have been found dead at Afram Palins in the Eastern Region. Residents in the Eastern Region and Fulani Herdsmen for some time now engaged in violent clashes and reprisal attacks against each other over farmlands and properties in the region, the issue has led to the death of some residents and Fulani Herdsmen. Deputy Regional Police Commander, ACP James Abass says they suspect the deceased herdsmen were killed by residents in a possible reprisal attack following constant attacks on residents in the region by the Fulani Herdsmen. The police are currently conducting serious investigations into the attack with heavy police presence in the area.        
A cocoa purchasing clerk is currently on the run after allegedly impregnating three teenage girls at Adeipemu in the Bia-West District of the Western Region. Our regional correspondent Odeshieba Kwadwo reported that the cocoa purchasing clerk dated the three teenage girls at the same time. He is said to have left the community after parents of the teenage girls came to him to inform him about their daughters’ pregnancies. The teenage girls (name withheld) are between the ages of 15 and 17 years. Our correspondent also added that the cocoa purchasing clerk lured the victims with money before sleeping with them. The girls are currently out of school because of their situation. Some residents in the area have mounted a search for him. Meanwhile the police in the area led by ASP Daniel Wiafe are currently searching for him  
National Youth Organiser of the Progressive People’s Party, Divine Nkrumah has sent a strong signal to the ruling National Democratic Congress to prepare for total and shameful defeat in 2016 because the PPP is coming up strong and well prepared. He said a third force must be created to wrestle power, from the incompetent and non-performing Mahama led administration. We cannot allow them to continue to stay in power after exhibiting cross incompetence and mismanaging the economy with their corruption and stealing from the national coffers. According to him, Ghanaians are convinced that the PPP is the better option for the management of the economy and therefore the party is preparing very strong to take over power from the current government. The party will be electing their national officers come 31st October including their Presidential Candidate who will represent the party to fight against the unprecedented corruption by the Mahama led administration, he added.
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