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Law lecturer and Human Rights lawyer, Dr. Raymond Atuguba has written to the President, the attorney general and the Inspector General of Police demanding the whereabouts of his client, Bernard Mornah, National Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), who was arrested with some 11 others for staging a peaceful march. The police have said the arrested individuals did not inform the police over the march hence the arrest. The individuals arrested were part of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity movement, who staged a peace march to draw the attention of local and international authorities to the political crisis in Togo.         Read Below the full letter   DEMAND NOTICE: BERNARD ANBATAAYELA MORNAH  We act as Solicitors for BERNARD ANBATAAYELA MORNAH, (our “Client”) and write to you upon his firm instructions.  At about 9am this morning, I saw an incoming call from our Client, who is also the National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC). I was unable to answer his call, as I was then meeting with another client. At 9:31am, I received a WhatsApp Messenger message from our Client as follows: “We have been picked in Rambo style and now at Nima Police Station”. I abruptly adjourned my meeting and called him back.  He informed me that he had previously written to the Ghana Police Service on behalf of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity Movement, seeking permission to hold a rally in Ghana, in support of persons in the Republic of Togo whose rights were being violated. The Police requested for a meeting with the Movement to urge them not to hold the rally, as they claimed they were short of numbers to provide the requisite protection. The position of the Movement at the meeting was that, as a lot of resources had already been invested by them in preparation for the rally, they would be unable to cancel or postpone same. In the alternative, the Movement informed the Police that they could resort to the terms of the Public Order Act to secure a court order to postpone the rally. This morning, as the rally was about to commence at the Kawukudi Park, a band of police officers descended upon them, forcibly dispersed the gathering, rounded up about twenty (20) members of the Movement and detained them at the Nima Police Station. As of the time he was speaking to me, he and the others were being held at the Nima Police Station. As at the time of writing this letter, the Police have still not informed them of the reason(s) for their arrest and detention and they are still under detention.  I despatched a Staffer to the Police Station to monitor the situation, as I expected the clear illegal arrest to abate momentarily. The last report I received from our Staffer was to the effect that some or all of the 20 persons arrested were being processed to be locked up in the Nima Police Station cells.  Therefore, we urgently wish to inquire from you the following: 1. Whether or not our Client, BERNARD ANBATAAYELA MORNAH, is in the custody of the Nima Police Station, any of the affiliates of that Police Station, or any officer or worker or affiliate or agent of that Police Station;  2. Whether or not our Client has been charged with any offence(s), and if so what offence(s);  3. Whether or not our Client will be granted bail, and if so on what day and time;  4. Whether or not our Client will be put before a Court of law, and if so on what day and time and at which Court.  I have copied the President of the Republic of Ghana, the Chief Justice, the Attorney-General, and the Inspector General of Police on this letter for the following reasons. The President is the employer of the Inspector General of Police; the Chief Justice is the official empowered to appoint a judge to sit on any matter that may arise regarding this case on a Saturday or Sunday; the Inspector General of Police is the supervisor of the police officers who effected the arrest of our Client, and of the Nima Police Station; and the Attorney-General is both the principal legal adviser to Government and the nominal or substantive defendant in any human rights or other action or proceedings we may decide to pursue to vindicate the rights of our Client.  Finally, in the event that any notice is required for the institution of any legal proceedings against you or any recipient of this letter, this letter shall constitute such notice. Be accordingly advised.  Dr. Raymond Atuguba  (License No. GAR 14621/17)  CC:  1. The President of the Republic of Ghana Office of the President Flagstaff House Kanda Accra  2. The Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana Chief Justice’s Chambers Supreme Court Building Accra  3. The Attorney-General Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department Ministries Accra  4. The Inspector General of Police Ghana Police Service Headquarters Cantonments Accra
Award winning radio host, Kwadwo Asare Baffour Acheampong popularly known as KABA has been laid to eternal rest. A state burial was held in honour of the late host and saw thousands including friends, family, colleagues from the Multimedia Group and other media firms pay their last respect to the late KABA who was the host of Asempa Fm’s ‘Eko Sii Sen’ political show. Widow of the late KABA, Valentina Acheampong quizzed what she will be telling her daughter following the death of her beloved husband when she [daughter] grows.   Her tribute read:“Good morning MaryVal Happy anniversary! Wow, So soon it’s been a year. A year of God’s love, favour, mercy and abundance of Grace. Exactly a year today you formally agreed to be my wife and me your husband.  I’m grateful I chose you and you chose me: you know why; because in the last one year, I’ve had no reason to ask why I married and to you. As far as I am concerned I made the right decision. In the last one year, God has also blessed this family with the miracle baby Nana Yaa. What else can a man ask for in marriage? So as we mark this milestone, I want to say thank you for choosing me. But it hasn’t all been a smooth sailing experience. We’ve had our own peculiar challenges and even through it all you stood by me……sicknesses, financial, my family, my mum, and most of all from me. I know you sometimes complain I don’t listen to you or that when you speak I don’t let you finish and I cut in I know sometimes it’s bothersome to you. I promise to make amends. Forgive me if I hurt you in any way. In the years ahead, I can only promise with God’s help to be a better husband and a father in all spheres. There’s only one thing which lacks in our journey, getting closer to Christ. We must take steps to formalize our relationship with him again soon as we leave this place God willing to our house. There’s only one thing I ask of you; don’t give up on me Don’t give up on us Never stop praying for us- Myself, Yourself and Nana Yaa. When I go wrong please correct me Have never stopped loving you. Ours was not a mistake It’s the envy of all Let’s guard it jealously If I were to be asked again the same question KABA do you take Valentina Ofori-Afriyie as your wedded wife? I’ll answer that a thousand times, Yes!!! Happy anniversary MaryVal Love you’’ This is what you wrote to me on our anniversary and how come the dream has been cut short? You are an exceptional human being. God-fearing, lover of God, humble, respectful, tolerant, understanding, smart, and caring no wonder the first word that came out of Nana Yaa’s little lips was Dada. You made fatherhood effortless and a sight to behold. You made me the happiest woman. There was never a dull moment with you. You were the perfect husband anyone would wish for. I can’t believe u are gone but I take consolation in the fact that you are in the bosom of our Lord. I am glad you knew the lord. Me Kwadwo as I called you and your response was MVOAS the abbreviation of my name. Fare thee well sweet Joe. I promise to continue to pray for us, can you also promise me you will do same? What should I tell Nana Yaa when she asks of Dada? Me Kwadwo can I ever stop asking WHY? But I take consolation in the word of God in the Bible in your favourite book Philippians 4:13 which says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me… I will also teach Nana Yaa to memorize Philippians 4:19 which says …and my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. I will also remember to tell her what a wonderful father and husband you were. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t have more, but like everyone tells me the Lord knows best. You will continually be in our hearts.   Thank you for being a huge part of my life. My Husband, My friend, My Love, rest well in the bosom of the Almighty!!!
  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Irbard Security Consult, Irbard Ibrahim, has disputed being arrested by the police following a peaceful march he and some other 12 individuals held today. Mr. Ibrahim and some 12 others including Chairman for the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah were arrested by the Nima Police for staging an illegal march. The individuals arrested were part of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity movement, who staged a peace march to draw the attention of local and international authorities to the political crisis in Togo. According to reports, the movement failed to seek approval from the police before staging the peaceful march. But speaking to rainbowradioonline.com, Mr. Ibrahim said he was not arrested and was even having lunch at one of the four-star hotels in Accra. He however confirmed the arrest of some of the persons who staged the peaceful march. According to him, the arrest was as a result of miscommunication between the police and the organizers of the march. He also disputed claims that the movement failed to inform the police.   He later took to his Facebook page and posted: ‘’ Actually I am currently taking lunch at one of the four-star hotels in Accra. Chairman Mornah and other people who meant well only wanted to raise awareness about the human rights issues in Togo so Ghana and other nations would do more to seek a peaceful resolution to the on-going political crisis, in order to avoid any future spill-overs. Chairman Mornah is a very passionate and resolute character and I believe he wanted to help the good people of Togo out of his sheer preponderance of goodwill. Take care everyone.’’ Top of Form    
National Chairman for the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, Security expert and CEO of Irbard Security Consult, Irbard Ibrahim and some 11 other individuals have been arrested by the police for staging an illegal peace march. The individuals arrested were part of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity movement, who staged a peace march to draw the attention of local and international authorities to the political crisis in Togo. According to reports, the movement failed to seek approval from the police before staging the peaceful march. Speaking to the media, Mr. Mornah said  “they threw me in the pickup as if I was a piece of charcoal… They drove us here and put us at counter back. They picked about 12 or 13 of us. The rest scattered. I wouldn’t understand that [this happened] after I have notified the police sufficiently. This is really not the democracy fought for…. I think that it brings to the fore that our police service is still in the archaic stone-age of doing things and that they can be instructed anyhow by forces outside of their remit…They are telling me that they received instruction from above.” When Nyankonton Mu Nsem called Ibard Ibrahim, he said he was having lunch and have not been arrested. He explained that some of his people were arrested due to miscommunication with the police.   According to him, he was part of those arrested by the police.
Former Tourism Minister, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare has asked the current administration to give former President John Dramani Mahama, credit for the marine drive project.   President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday [Friday] cut sod for the   construction of the Marine Drive Investment Project.   The project, situated on a total of 248 acres of land, is a Public-Private Partnership, will boost tourism, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth. Commending the Minister for Tourism, Hon. Catherine Afeku, MP, for bringing this initiative to reality, President Akufo-Addo recounted the pledge to revive the country’s tourism, made by the New Patriotic Party and himself, in the run-up to the December 2016 elections. “Today, we begin the realization of this pledge, with the construction of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. We are all aware how countries all over the world, particularly our neighbours in West Africa, have made good use of their beachfronts, and, as a result, rake in considerable revenues for the development of their communities and countries. We intend to go down that path,” the President said. But the former Minister says it will not be proper for the new administration to take credit for the project.   “In August 2014, Cabinet gave the approval for the construction of all that piece of land stretching from Osu Castle to Baiden Powell. This flagship programme by former President John Dramani Mahama was to transform the whole area into a tourism enclave. Give credit to whom it is due. The Cabinet approval was given by excellency John Dramani Mahama, the implementation was done by him, we followed the processes, contracts were signed under John Dramani Mahama,” she told Accra based Citi Fm. The project will  have facilities including a boardwalk, restaurant, founders’ circle or park to honour the nation’s founding fathers, a 3000-seater concert hall, landing site for fisherfolk, a wharf and a modern fish market. The project is a Public-Private Partnership, expected to boost local tourism and create jobs, especially to those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth.        
President Akufo-Addo is in Nigeria for  the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Authority of heads of State and Government, in Nigerian capital Abuja. The President was received at the VIP section of the Nnamdi Azikwie airport by Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa and other High Commission officials in Nigeria.     President Akufo Addo is expected to carry his agenda of Africa beyond aid and the need to speed up the implementation of the single currency for the ECOWAS Region. President Akufo-Addo made a call on August 1, 2017, when he delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony of Course 25 participants of Nigeria’s National Defence College, in Abuja, Nigeria that with West Africa and Africa’s population set to reach 500 million and 2 billion people in 20 years, respectively, the process of regional and continental integration should be in the interest of all Africans and must no longer stall. He is expected to reiterate this call and to push it through for adoption by his colleagues.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says, in line with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s target of generating jobs, especially for the youth and unemployed, the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project, from construction to the operational stage, is expected to employ some 150,000 people. Expressing his appreciation to all who have, in diverse ways, helped to ensure that the Marine Drive Tourism Enclave becomes reality, the President was expectant that the project will be completed on time, and within the stipulated construction period. “I am confident that all of us, gathered here, will be present again here, very soon, for the commissioning of this project”, he added. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 15th December, 2017, when he cut the sod for the construction of the Marine Drive Investment Project. The project, situated on a total of 248 acres of land, is a Public-Private Partnership, will boost tourism, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth. Commending the Minister for Tourism, Hon. Catherine Afeku, MP, for bringing this initiative to reality, President Akufo-Addo recounted the pledge to revive the country’s tourism, made by the New Patriotic Party and himself, in the run-up to the December 2016 elections. “Today, we begin the realization of this pledge, with the construction of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. We are all aware how countries all over the world, particularly our neighbours in West Africa, have made good use of their beachfronts, and, as a result, rake in considerable revenues for the development of their communities and countries. We intend to go down that path,” the President said. With the conception of this project dating back to the time of independence, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am happy that, in spite of the many unsuccessful efforts made in the past to undertake this project, today, we are beginning this project.” He continued, “It is noteworthy, also, that the required consultations have been done prior to this ceremony. I am happy to hear that the Chiefs have given their full support to the project, and that their concerns have been addressed. Nii mei, wƆn da nyɛ shi.” Typical of projects such as this, planners, most often than not, consider only the economic or financial benefits. “In ensuring that was not the case in this project, the architects and planners have ensured that the interests of the public have been factored into the design. They have put in place a network of well-connected, multi-use public spaces, that fit with the surrounding communities,” he noted. The President continued, “The architects, Messrs David Adjaye and Associates, featuring the renowned, world-acclaimed Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye, have also included, in this project, a Theme Park, in honour of the founding fathers of our nation, the legendary ‘Big Six’.” This Park, the President explained, “will be a monument that will celebrate their contribution towards the liberation of our country from colonialism and foreign domination.”    
The external branches of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are kicking against proposed amendments by the party to prevent members from the diaspora from contesting for any position of office within the party.   The ruling NPP has proposed a constitutional amendment to commensurate with the national constitution where people with dual citizenship will not be allowed to contest for any position in the party. The party will be considering the proposal at its Annual Delegates Congress to be held on Sunday December 17, 2017 in Kumasi.   The external branches are against the proposal and have therefore, appealed to all delegates to the conference not to entertain any constitutional amendment which will prevent people abroad and with dual citizenship from contesting.   Organizer for the NPP in Holland, Solomon Nyarko, says the proposal is retrogressive and should not be entertained by any delegate.   He quizzed why the party will accept donations and dues from members abroad and yet, they will propose for the same people to be prevented from contesting positions in the party due to their dual citizenship.   When asked if they will consider resigning from the party should the proposal be upheld by delegates, he said, we will resign from the party but there are so many ways for killing a cat and we will decide on what to do when the need arises.
Journalist, radio and TV presenter, Abigail N.M Ashley, a survivor of chronic kidney stage 4 (CKD St4), has shared a hallowing experience of her survival.   In a chilling interview with Sokoo Hemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Ashley said, she once considered suicide because of the pain she saw her mother go through due to her situation. She said at the point of committing the suicide, she received a call from her Godmother who invited her to church and that was where she rescinded her decision to take her own life. According to her, the pastor at the church, told her she was not going to die as declared by doctors and it was at that point, I said to myself, I will not take my own life but will rather live and share my story for others to be inspired.   Abigail Ashley said her decision to share her story was borne out of the fact that, God was graceful to her although she has battled with kidney disease for over 10 years. Her journey she indicated has been bumpy but God has been  very faithful and I have learnt to trust him, she told the host.   In her book titled, ‘’A Decade of My Life Behind My Smiles’’, Abigail said she saw her situation (CKD) as someone  ‘’swallowing crocodiles’’.   According to her, it got to a time she was concentrating on other things instead of her condition and she once went to the hospital and was asked to stay away from salt and other  meals and when she took the advice, she realized her condition had improved.   Abigail said after the fourth year, she was waiting to die in the fifth year and so within those five years, she started educating people on kidney disease.   She also revealed that through her radio show, she met a philanthropist who paid for her transplant in India. However, when I travelled to Indian, I was asked to go back to Ghana because the transplant could not be done because they felt if I continue taking my drugs and diet as directed by my dietician, I will be improving.   Persons on dialysis he said spends more than GHc1500 on daily basis but for her, her cost is less because she is not on dialysis.   Getting diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is life changing, but there are treatments for every stage to help manage your health—and allow you to thrive. It has been established that, kidney failure advances and the organ's function is severely impaired, dangerous levels of waste and fluid can rapidly build up in the body.   Treatment is aimed at stopping or slowing down the progression of the disease - this is usually done by controlling its underlying cause. Common symptoms include blood in urine, high blood pressure, and fatigue. Causes include diabetes and specific kidney diseases, which includes polycystic kidney disease. There is no cure for chronic kidney disease, which means treatment is focussed on reducing symptoms. Diagnosis commonly occurs after blood tests, kidney scans, or biopsy. The most common signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease include: ·         anemia ·         blood in urine ·         dark urine ·         decreased mental alertness ·         decreased urine output ·         edema - swollen feet, hands, and ankles (face if edema is severe) ·         fatigue (tiredness) ·         hypertension (high blood pressure) ·         insomnia ·         itchy skin, can become persistent ·         loss of appetite ·         male inability to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction) ·         more frequent urination, especially at night ·         muscle cramps ·         muscle twitches ·         nausea ·         pain on the side or mid to lower back ·         panting (shortness of breath) ·         protein in urine ·         sudden change in bodyweight   ·         unexplained headaches
National Treasurer for the People’s National Convention (PNC), Akani Adams has slammed the National Communications Director of the party over his claims that, he [Akani] was incapable of issuing a statement over the ongoing brouhaha at the Electoral Commission (EC). Akani Adams had issued a statement calling for the suspension of the EC chair, Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her two Deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa. The Treasurer in the statement said the three will jeopardize the 2020 polls if they should stay in office. However, Emmanuel Wilson, National Communications Director for the PNC, described the statement from Akani as unfortunate. He told Kwame Tutu that the statement did not represent the position of the party.  Akani he noted breached laid down procedures within the party because it was not in his position, to issue a statement since that remains a duty for the Acting General Secretary, National Chairman, National Communications Officer and other senior  officers. But reacting to the issues raised on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Akani Adams said, his officer who works under him, maybe ignorant if he says the treasurer had no capacity to issue such a statement.   He told Rainbow Radio’s Nana Adjoa Owusu that, the party has delayed in issuing an official position on such a sensitize matter whereas all other political parties including the ruling NPP, opposition NDC, and PPP have done same. He was of the view that, the nitty-gritty of the issues should be discussed rather than the one who is to issue a statement.   He said as a national officer, I have every right to state my opinion on any matter and so far as I still occupy that office, I will continue to do so.   When asked if he issued the statement in his personal capacity, he said  the statement represented his personal opinion. However, the statement also represents the views of majority of leadership. ‘’One of my core responsibility is to make my office active. How do I make my office active by sitting down and not contributing to what is going on? If anyone is talking about job description, then he does not know what he is talking about…I am not saying my Communications Director is ignorant but if anybody says that, the person is probably ignorant and doesn’t know what he is talking about.’’     He reiterated that the commissioners are not working together and that should be the worry for people to be talking about instead of focusing on his statement. ‘’We have not indicated those who are supposed to speak or not to speak…You don’t expect me not to address an issue that comes to my table as a politician,’’ he stated further.   ‘’I am the National Treasurer and I am stating my position categorically. A large section of leadership share in my opinion,'’ he added.
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