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Former NDC Member of Parliament for the La Dadekotopon Constituency, Nii Amasah Namoale, has revealed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, his constituents are rooting for him to return as their representative in Parliament. He disputed suggestions of him being retired by the constituents in 2016, stating, ‘’the constituents did not retire me. Rather they asked me to take a break to allow another candidate represent them. However, they are disappointed in the current MP and are requesting that I return.’’ Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legislator, told the host that, the constituents have officially called on him to contest in 2020 but he has refused and asked them to support a viable candidate. He endorsed one Madam Rita Odoley Sowah, a former MCE who he described as formidable, hardworking and dedicated and will win the seat in 2020 for the NDC. ‘’This woman worked so hard and maintained discipline in the area but the situation has changed with indiscipline and filth taking over the area. We need to clean the filth in the area. We did not vote for the NPP to come and live like royals, we voted for them to come and work,’’ he added. ‘’La Dadekotopon is filthy, La Dadekotopon is dirty, La Dadekotopon is smelling,’’ he fumed. Nii Amasah Namoale lost his seat after polling some 38,504 votes. He was beaten by former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club and King Faisal Football Club, Mr. Vincent Sowah Odotei who had 40,126 votes. Nii Amasa Namoale served three terms in Parliament and the seat was occupied by Mr Ako Nai of the NPP between 2001 and 2005.
Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has stressed that, the legislative body, has not hired members of the invincible forces as private security, to man the premises. The legislator who is also in charge of Parliamentary Affairs, chastised the Minority for fabricating the story and making political gains out of it. The Minority in Parliament has alleged that, some members of the Invincible Forces have been hired as security officers to spy on them. But speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Majority Leader disputed the claims by the Minority’s side. He explained, the security of Parliament is in the hands of the Marshall Department, which is often given the opportunity to recruit people from the general public. The Department recently recruited at least 28 men out of 500 people who applied, but the Minority said some of the recruits are members of Delta Force. The Majority Leader further explained that, the Parliamentary Service Board gave clearance to the Marshall Department to recruit new men to shore up its numbers after years of complaints. He chided the Minority for the consistent peddling of falsehood and advised them to desist from doing so. He said, the security officers are not in to intimidate, spy or scare anyone. The recruitment exercise was also not done in secrecy. He revealed to the host that, the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu was part of the recruitment exercise and so it ''is extremely worrying'' for them to say the exercise was shrouded in secrecy. He described Minority MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga , who championed the Minority’s call as ignorant over his claims.
Oheemaa Darkoah, the queen mother of Akwamu whose reign was in the 16th Century is one that cannot be erased from the history of the past. Akwamu in the mid 16th Century became powerful whose rule stretched from Central region of Ghana to Wyadah in present day Republic of Benin. The history of her eloping from her royal home to Winneba, is over 400 year history. The circumstances that saw Ohemaa Darkoah to elope, according to history has it that, her brother the king at the time, Otumfour Darko was ruthlessly killing any man who expressed interest in marrying his sister. The brother, did all he could to prevent the men who expressed interest in his sister by killing them. The purpose for killing these men according to history was to get a suitable heir and because of hereditary, he did not just want any ordinary person to be an heir to the throne. It was also a matrilineal system of ruler ship at the time hence the decision by his brother to slain persons he felt were not suitors to the sister. But while the killing was going on, a man from Winneba who was a businessman and a contractor, and was working in the palace, fell in love with the Queen mother. However, rumours had it that he was going to be killed and so he fled the town. Ohemaa Darkoah was besotted to the man so she decided to go and look for him at Winneba. Ohemaa Darkoah successfully convinced his brother that she was going to Accra to shop. The royal guards were asked to accompany her but she later eloped to Winneba where she stayed. It is believed that, Ohemaa Darkoah, confided in the guards who accompanied her to the place, and told them she came to look for the man she was besotted to, but could not find him and in order to hide her shame, she married another man. After successfully moving to Winneba, the late queen mother who was on the throne between 1610-1625, was cursed so that, she will go broke so she will be forced to return. However, the queen mother never returned to her royal home. Ohemaa Darkoah met and married and had children and one of children, Kate Vardon met and married a Lartey who was at the time, an agent for the Basel Mission. He was a wealthy and famous man who owned vast of lands in his era and had a lot children including Mr. Kwao Lartey. Mr. Kwao Lartey, had affluence and through hard work, diligence maintained the lands left by his father. However, he got involved in a chieftaincy dispute in Winneba which made him flee the town in the bid to save his life and in the process, he lost the vast lands from the centre of Winneba to the Winneba roundabout. Ohemaa Dakoah died and her death reached his people in Akwamu. The Akwamus as part of rituals performed for royals, travelled to Winneba with all the regalia for their departed queen mother, performed the funeral ceremony to give her a final rest. Dr. Henry Lartey who narrated the over 400 years history said the story was passed over to him by his late grandfather; Mr. Kwao Lartey. According to him, he visited Akwamu about six years ago, to introduce himself and he was duly recognized because his family in Winneba had already being there and accepted. Dr. Lartey said he participated in the 2017 Akwamu Homecoming (Nyiamukese) in the bid to go back his roots. According to him, he never had the opportunity to participate in the annual festival of his people because he was abroad but because he was in town this year, and my younger brother was also around, we decided to go and join the homecoming festival. He revealed, they were welcomed and as custom demands, customary rites were performed and their chicks were marked in black and brown paints as a sign of royalty. The two were later asked to join the Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, Akwamuhene to go through the principle streets of Akwamu to greet subjects and prominent homes as well as guests who thronged in for the annual homecoming which was under the theme, ‘’Our History, Unity & Development.’’ According to him, guests including former President John Dramani Mahama were present at the ceremony and he [Dr. Lartey] had the opportunity to interact with him and later introduced his brother to him. He also gave a brief history about his late mother, Mrs. Sarah Rosetta M. Lartey aka Nee Malm, who was also from a royal family from the Dowuona Family, Osu Kinka We Paramouncy. According to him, his late grandfather did not allow Nee Malm to accept to be queen mother when it was her turn because he felt the rituals performed was their Christian faith. He also revealed, a lady who was also chosen and allowed to sit on the laps of late Malm died later and could not ascend to the throne. The late Sarah Nee Malm died some two years ago and an unveiling of tombstone in her and the late Dan Lartey’s honour has been slated for February 10, 2018 by the Lartey Family. Dr. Henry Lartey is the Chief Executive Officer at Lartey Associates Ghana Ltd, which are the largest exporter and producer of certified organic papaya in the world. Under Henry’s leadership, Lartey Associates has received innumerable awards of recognition, and has helped place Ghana as a top provider of fruits to Europe. He assists farmers to have access to their own homes, vehicles and other machinery for their work. Some of the earned awards include: GOLDEN AWARD FOR QUALITY AND BUSINESS PRESTIGE (GENEVE 2007), International Golden Trophy for Quality New Millennium Award (Paris 2006), WQC International Star Awards in the Gold Category (Paris 2005), Golden Award for Quality and Business Prestige (Beirut 2002), Ghana Export Promotion Council Award (1999, 2000, and 2002). Dr. Lartey in 2017, won the Majestic Falcon Award for Quality and Excellence and also the International Food and Beverages Quality Award from the Global Trade Leaders’ Club. Dr, Lartey quailed for the (1 Million Dollar Roundtable) which is the Pursuit of Excellence for the Top 1 percent of Life Underwriters’ and also holds a Credit Brokers License in the UK. His brother Mr Dan .Lartey Jnr is a Private Banker at Temple Bar International/Managing Director ( Projects ) British Eco Power. His Sister, Rebecca Lartey is an experienced insurance claims analyst. As an insurance claims analyst, she reviews claims filed by policyholders for completeness and accuracy, as well as to verify that the damages are covered by their policies Comfort Lartey is an educationalist who operates a school in Minnesota in United States. She is also the President for GHACOE Women Ministry. The other brother, Mr. Peter Kwao Lartey is a Reverend Minister with the Assemblies of God Church, Ghana Kate Vardon, another sister of the Lartey family, works with the Accountant General's Department.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has left Ghana for Senegal to attend the global education conference. A statement signed by Eugene Arhin the Communications Director at the Presidency said: ‘’ The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 2nd February, 2018, left the country, upon the invitation of their Excellencies, M. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, to lead the Ghanaian delegation to the 3rd International Conference on the “Replenishment of the Funds of the Global Partnership for Education”. He was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway MP; the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh; and officials of the Presidency, Foreign and Education Ministries. President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on the same day, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead,’’ the statement concluded.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has suspended the Upper West Regional Minister, Sulemana Alhassan. He has been accused of protecting a group of angry youth believed to be members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who besieged the Upper West Regional office of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) on Wednesday evening. The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Ishaq, will act in the stead of the suspended Minister pending the conclusion of an investigation into the incident, according to a statement from the Presidency. The statement added that “President Akufo-Addo reiterates his commitment to the application of the laws of the land, which must occur without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, and without recourse to the political or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land.”
The Institute for Liberty and Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana), has uncovered more rot at the headquarters of the Ghana Education Service (GES). The rot involves Mrs. Rosetta Addison Sackey, a former director, Inspectorate Division who retired in September, 2017 but is still in possession of two government vehicles with registration numbers GV 430 - 14 (Toyota Avensis - salon) and a GV 384 - 16 (Nissan Navara - pick up) till date. The situation has rendered officers at the Inspectorate Division helpless and further compelled them to to use their own pocket money as transport. When the former director was contacted, she confirmed keeping the vehicles because nobody has requested her to return them. Further checks revealed that, the former director was using one of the vehicles on her poultry farm. A statement issued by ILAPI-Ghana and signed by Peter Bismark, its Executive Director said, ‘’ As part of our efforts to help fight villainy and degeneracy to create sanity in the public sector, we have uncovered rots leading to unproductive human capital at the Ghana Education Service ( GES) - Inspectorate Division, Headquarters in Accra. ‘’Investigation conducted by the Educational Center of of ILAPI, revealed Mrs Rosetta Addison Sackey, former Director, Inspectorate Division, GES Headquarters who retired in September, 2017 is still in possession of two government vehicle with registration numbers GV 430 - 14 (Toyota Avensis - salon) and a GV 384 - 16 (Nissan Navara - pick up) till date,'' the statement added. ''In the absence of the Nissan Navara, it has rendered the 8 Inspectors incapable to regularly go for look-over to provide professional advice in our schools in Ghana. This has made the Inspectors to go out for monitoring with their own pocket incomes and often reluctant to go for inspections. ILAPI also petitioned the GES on the alleged promotional letter of the former PRO of GES, Rev. Jonathan Bettey and still the service has not replied the Institute. We call on the GES to retrieve those cars immediately for the Inspectorate,’’ the statement concluded.
Information reaching rainbowradioonline.com has it that, the founder, leader and General Overseer of the Glorious Word Ministry, Rev. Owusu Bempah, has been invited by the Police CID for questioning for allegedly threatening another man of God. The man of God reportedly threatened to cut short the life of Pastor Appiah both spiritually and physically. An audio recording intercepted by rainbowradioonline.com, has the voice of the controversial man of God, threatening Pastor Appiah that, ‘’this year you [Appiah] will not survive. Are you listening to me? I am speaking as a prophet of God. You will die a premature death.’’ Pastor Appiah in reaction questioned why he was going to die a premature death. Pastor Appiah quizzed why Rev. Bempah threatened to deal with him physically and expressed his anger at him. He said, ‘’Rev. Bempah, I respect you but you are provoking me. I want to stress that, nobody can kill me. Nobody can kill me.’’ The two later engaged in a heated exchanges and traded verbal blows. Pastor Appiah said, ''You will hear from me after threatening my life.''
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu will today [THURSDAY] February 1, 2018 return from the UK where he was on medical leave, a statement signed by the Communications Director at the presidency, Eugene Arhin has said. The statement read: ‘’The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, will return to Ghana from the United Kingdom, on Thursday, 1st February, 2018. This is after he took a 12-day medical leave, on the advice of his doctors. He will be met on arrival by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo,’’ it concluded. Dr. Bawumia was flown to the UK per an advice from his medical doctors last two weeks.
National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) MP for Buem constituency, Mr. Daniel Kosi Ashiamah, has complained bitterly over delays in the payment of salaries and allowances for the month. The legislator speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the pressure on MPs is unbearable hence the need for authorities to release their salaries on time. ‘’I have not received my salary. These are the issues on the ground that Ghanaians need to know. You can imagine the type of pressure on us,’’ he lamented. He said things are hard for them as MPs hence the need for the Finance Ministry to release their salaries and allowances. Members of parliament (MP) have demanded for better remuneration for effective discharge of their duties. The MPs argue that the high standards the public is holding the institution to should come with better conditions of service. Speaking on the floor of parliament on Tuesday, 5 December 2017, Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said lawmakers must be treated well if the demand for accountability is to see the light of day. MPs are paid around GHS8,000 monthly while ministers receive GHS15,739. The President and Vice-President take home a monthly salary of GHS22,809 and GHS20,529, respectively.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is set to return home by the end of this week after taking medical leave in the United Kingdom. Dr. Bawumia left Ghana for a medical leave in the United Kingdom based upon an advice from his doctors. The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin confirmed to journalists that the Vice President is doing well and will return home this week. Meanwhile, policy think tank, IMANI Africa is demanding for the medical bills of the second gentleman of the land. Head of Research at IMANI Africa, Mr. Patrick Stephenson quizzed, “how much it’s going to cost the country to provide him health care outside the shores of this country needs to be provided in the public domain.” He continued: “I don’t think this information should be concealed from the public…” “There are certain details about the [veep’s] privacy that need to be preserved and so those are things that may not be openly disclosed or discussed to the public” but information regarding cost should not be hidden,’’ he added.
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