A Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has resurrected the debate over the legalization of homosexuality in Ghana.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the maverick politician called on Ghanaians to be on guard because the president will soon legalize same-sex marriage in the bid to depopulate the nation.
He asserted that the youth are going to be the target and has encouraged civil society groups, the Christian Council and the public to resist any attempt to legalize same-sex marriage.
They are planning to legalize homosexuality. Apart from killing the children they want to legalize homosexuality to kill younger people.
‘’Apart from killing the children in the schools, they are also going to legalize this thing [homosexuality] and use that avenue to also kill them. These gays will not target old men or women. They will target the young ones and tell them to engage in this indecent sexual act. We are a nation in crisis. We are a nation at the brink of breakdown because of bad leadership and we must rise up as a nation and fight,’’ he said.
On the issue of the student deaths at Kumasi Academy following the outbreak of H1N1 Influenza popularly known as swine flu, he questioned why an evil spirit will enter Ghana under President Akufo-Addo.
He said the spiritual father of President Akufo-Addo, Rev, Owusu Bempah attributed the deaths to an evil spirit and so I want ask why the evil spirit is killing our children.
''Rev. Bempah should expose the spirit so we will pray against it this Christmas. President Akufo-Addo is destroying this country. Someone should tell Owusu Bempah that we want to know where the spirit came from.''
He quizzed further, ‘’has the president used Ghana as a collateral for spiritual purposes? Did they use the state as collateral just to win power? Is the spirit now demanding for blood and killing our children in the various secondary schools? Rev. Bempah told us it is a spirit attack and so the president and his vice should go back to where they went to reverse the spiritual deaths,’’ he added.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says West Africa is not prepared to contemplate the scenario of Liberia sliding back into instability and conflict.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), over the years, has made a huge investment in promoting peace in Liberia, and “we will do all we can to ensure that democracy is entrenched in Liberia, and we will not accept any other outcome.”
The 7th December, 2017, recent ruling made by Liberia’s Supreme Court on their presidential election, the President said, must ensure that Liberia will have its first peaceful handover of power from one democratically elected leader to another in 73 years.
“The work undertaken by that truly historic figure, the first elected female leader of an African nation, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in stabilising the country, after a bitter and protracted civil war, has been very solid and commendable,” he said.
The President continued, “I am anticipating that, at the end of the day, Liberia’s institutions, particularly the Supreme Court and the Electoral Commission, will be up to the task, and shepherd the country through a successful transition.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 13th December, 2017, when he delivered the Commencement Address at the 98th Commencement Exercises of the University of Liberia, in Monrovia.
Transform structure of African economies
With over 2,500 students graduating from the University, the President noted that it is not enough to hold successful elections every four years or to be able to criticize the government and to have a choice of 100 radio stations.
Democracy, he explained, must ensure that we are able to provide our people with a good quality of life.
“The structure of economies, bequeathed to us by colonialism, was dependent on the production and export of raw materials. Even though Liberia was not colonised, the structure of her economy remains very much the same as the others on the continent. Such economies cannot create opportunities, prosperity and wealth for our people,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that the time is long overdue for Africa to transform the structure of African economies to serve better the needs of the African peoples.
“Too many of our peoples are still kept down by extreme poverty. The promise of prosperity that was to accompany freedom has not materialised for the mass of the African peoples, and has rather been replaced with widespread despondency across the continent. This is not what our forebears promised,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo, therefore, urged “the current generation” of African youths to meet the challenges of today, and help banish the disgraceful spectre of young Africans, taking harrowing risks in trekking the Sahara desert or drowning in the Mediterranean, seeking greener pastures in Europe.
“Your generation has to ensure the fulfilment of the statement, made almost 70 years ago in 1949 to the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly by Joseph Boakye Danquah, the father of modern Ghanaian nationalism, that ‘the two things go together, economic freedom and political freedom. And we must have the two together in this very age, and in the shortest possible time’”, President Akufo-Addo added.
To this end, President Akufo-Addo stressed that a new paradigm of leadership on the continent is called for, i.e. “leaders who are committed to governing their peoples according to the rule of law, respect for individual liberties, human rights, the principles of democratic accountability and social justice; leaders who are looking past commodities to position their countries in the global marketplace”.
The President also called for “leaders who are determined to free their peoples from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and hand-outs; leaders who are bent on mobilizing Africa’s own immeasurable resources to resolve Africa’s problems; leaders who recognise the connectedness of their peoples and economies to those of their neighbours.”
This new generation of African leaders, the President added, “should help bring dignity and prosperity to our continent and its longsuffering peoples.”
At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the month after violence broke out in Myanmar in August, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says.
Based on surveys of refugees in Bangladesh, the number is much higher than Myanmar's official figure of 400.
MSF said it was "the clearest indication yet of the widespread violence" by Myanmar authorities.
The Myanmar military blames the violence on "terrorists" and has denied any wrongdoing.
More than 647,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August, MSF says.
The aid group's survey found that at least 9,000 Rohingya died in Myanmar, also known as Burma, between 25 August and 24 September.
"In the most conservative estimations" at least 6,700 of those deaths have been caused by violence, including at least 730 children under the age of five, according to MSF.
Previously, the armed forces stated that around 400 people had been killed, most of them described as Muslim terrorists.
The military crackdown began on 25 August after Rohingya Arsa militants attacked more than 30 police posts.
After an internal investigation, the Myanmar army in November exonerated itself of any blame regarding the crisis.
It denied killing any civilians, burning their villages, raping women and girls, and stealing possessions.
The mostly Muslim minority are denied citizenship by Myanmar, where they are seen as immigrants from Bangladesh. The government does not use the term Rohingya but calls them Bengali Muslims.
The government's assertions contradicted evidence seen by BBC correspondents. The United Nations human rights chief has said it seems like "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
"What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence, and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured," MSF Medical Director Sidney Wong said.
According to MSF:
§ 69% of the violence-related deaths were caused by gunshots
§ 9% were due to being burnt to death in their houses
§ 5% were beaten to death.
Among the dead children below the age of five, MSF says more than 59% were reportedly shot, 15% burnt to death, 7% beaten to death and 2% killed by landmine blasts.
"The numbers of deaths are likely to be an underestimation as we have not surveyed all refugee settlements in Bangladesh and because the surveys don't account for the families who never made it out of Myanmar," Mr Wong said.
In November, Bangladesh signed a deal with Myanmar to return hundreds of thousands of the refugees.
MSF said the agreement was "premature" pointing out that "currently people are still fleeing" and reports of violence have come even in recent weeks.
The group also warned there was still very limited access for aid groups into Rakhine state.
The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority who have long experienced persecution in Myanmar.
The compulsory insurance policy for National Service personnel have been made optional, a statement from the National Service Scheme (NSS) has announced.
In a statement signed by Acting Executive Director, Ussif Mustapha said the insurance policy or national service personnel has been made optional for interested national service personnel who will sign onto the policy.
The statement added, ‘’the decision was taken at an Emergency Executive Council meeting of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) held in Accra today, after broad consultations with major stakeholders on the policy, and how best it would serve the interest of national service personnel.
‘’Management has therefore decided to suspend the mandatory monthly deductions of GHc15.00 from personnel allowance.
‘’Management wishes to urge all national service personnel to remain calm as their concerns regarding the insurance policy are being addressed,’’ the statement concluded.
As part of a national campaign to engage men and boys as agents of change in reducing inequalities related to gender across communities in the country, the ministry of Gender, Children and social protection has launched an advocacy campaign to realise this objective.
The advocacy campaign dubbed ‘He For She’ will among other things advocate for an end to child marriage, help increase women participation and representation in decision making and also help increase women’s empowerment.
Addressing stakeholders at the independence square in Accra, President Akufo-Addo urged all Ghanaians to be part of a global agenda to become agents of change to help increase the economic empowerment of women in all part of the country.
The president also appealed to Ghanaians to eschew negative cultural practices , any form of gender discrimination particularly among girls as it has the tendency to prevent them from realizing their potential in life.’’ I invite boys and girls to become agents of change, I invite traditional leaders to tear down cultural barriers, I invite all to become agents and champions of human right’’. He added.
He further expressed his optimism to continuously advocate for ‘He For She’ in order to inspire men to stand beside women in creating change as women are doing today.
The Minister for Gender, Children and social protection, Hon. Otiko Afisa Djaba, on her part appealed to parents, guardians to make training of their wards a priority to enable them appreciate and undertand equity among them regardless of the gender.
She noted that the choices of both boys and girls are equal and therefore asked society not to engage in any form of discrimination against girls.
‘He For She’ focuses on a strategic shift by global development actors to put an increased focus on actions that brings men and boys side by side with women and girls, inorder to break through the barriers preventing women and girls from achieving their full potential and contributing this potential to a global community as outlined in the 2014-2017 core principles of UN Women strategic plan.
The principle states that the achievement of gender equality requires an inclusive approach that recognizes the crucial role of men and boys as partners for women’s rights.
Agya Koo, a popular actor in Ghana was made the campaign ambassador
By: Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree Honoris Causa in International Law, from the University of Liberia, at its 98th Commencement Exercises, on Wednesday, 13th December, 2017.
The Honorary Doctorate degree conferred on President Akufo-Addo by the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia, and upon the recommendation of the President of the University, Professor Ophelia Weeks, is “in recognition of your substantive contribution to strengthening the Rule of Law in Ghana, and also in recognition of your substantive contributions in Liberia’s peace building process, coupled with your invaluable service to the Ghana State over the years, as a veritable patriot.”
In receiving the award, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am honoured by the award of the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and assure you that I will do my best not to disgrace the award.”
This is the second such honour President Akufo-Addo has received from a famous African University, the first an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, in May 2016, from the celebrated Fort Hare University of South Africa, which has been the cradle of African nationalism, responsible for graduates such as Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere, Desmond Tutu, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Seretse Khama, Herbert Chitepo, Robert Sobukwe, Joshua Nkomo, Chris Hani, Kenneth Kaunda, Robert Mugabe and Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
“I am lucky, as the first was received during my time as leader of Ghana’s opposition, and this in my period as President of Ghana,” he said, to a rousing applause from the gathering.
Whilst congratulating the President, Vice Chancellor, lecturers, students, and all alumni at the 98th Commencement Exercises of the University, President Akufo-Addo stated that the University of Liberia has done more than most in shaping the intellectual, moral and political outlook of Liberia.
“And I must confess that I feel so proud to be part of such a seminal moment. I feel very keenly the weight of history and the burden of the aspirations of the men and women who passed through these gates, especially in its early years. They had to believe in themselves and in the African race, when all around them said they counted for nothing,” he said.
The President continued, “They had to believe in the capacity of the African to conduct his or her own affairs, and be a respected member of the global community, when all around them said they were not up to it. The University of Liberia, from its opening in 1863, to becoming a full-fledged University in 1951, told the young people, who came to study here, that they had the same capabilities as every other young person of every colour, language or race.”
Minority Chip Whip and MP for Asawase in the Ashanti Region, Muntaka Mubarak, has lambasted the Ministry of Health ‘’for sleeping on the job’’ with regards to the outbreak of H1N1 Influenza popularly referred to as swine flu at teh Kumasi Academy.
Health authorities in the Ashanti Region say swine flu vaccines to be administered to students of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) where an outbreak of the disease has so far claimed four lives are not yet available in the country.
Responding to the latest update, the legislator said the Ministry has failed woefully because it should not have taken them one week to administer vaccines for students in the school.
He said from the way the Influenza spreads and claims the lives of victims, the Ministry should have worked around the clock to get the vaccines for the students.
He reiterated that the Ministry went to sleep from between March and June when the first case was recorded.
According to him, what makes the situation more worrying is that, the students may soon vacate and when they go back home, they may be help spread the influenza to other residents within their localities.
A total of 85 students of the Kumasi Academy were affected with the H1N1 influenza Type A virus, popularly known as swine flu virus since November 30, 2017. Eleven of the affected are currently on admission at four hospitals in Kumasi but officials say they are also in stable condition. On Tuesday, they announced at a news conference that the outbreak has been contained to prevent further spread.
But Muntaka Mubarak says the talking is too much and challenged authorities to up their game and stop making promises and giving assurances.
‘’Nobody is talking about efforts. We are talking about results. They should stop talking and saying they are making efforts. We are looking for results,’’ he stressed.
Fear has gripped students of Damongo Senior High School in the West Gonja district of the Northern region following the death of Falila Natogma a first year female home economics student.
It was suspected that the deceased student of died of meningitis.
A source in the school who spoke on condition of anonymity said the late Falila Natogma died at about 1pm and was buried around 4:30pm per Islamic practice.
He said about 12 more students are on admission at the West Gonja District Hospital in Damongo for treatment.
The cause of this, our source says it is as a result of overcrowded classrooms and dormitories in the school.
He explained that “In this school about 20 girls are in one room and in the case of the boys, it’s an eye saw”
He disclosed that the case is not only with the Damongo SHS but most of the schools in the Gonjaland suffer this problem.
Meanwhile reports gathered by Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe indicate that some parents who have their wards in the school have started taking them home before vacation.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the deceased died from meningitis. A preliminary report by a medical team at the Damongo District Hospital, has indicated that the death of a student at the school in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region, was caused by non-communicable meningitis.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
The Akyeamehene for Okuapeman, Nana Aduna II has insisted that Akropong has only a chief and not two.
He told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the only recognized ruler for the town in the Eastern region is Odehyie Kwasi Akuffo and not any other person.
There was heavy police presence at Akropong in the Eastern Region following the installation of two separate chiefs to fill one vacant stool over the weekend.
Odehyie Kwasi Akuffo and Nana Kese, both from the Sakyeabea Royal Family, were reportedly installed as chiefs by Queen Mother Okuapemhemaa Nana Nketia Obobi and Baamuhene Nana Afari Bampoe, respectively.
However, commenting on the issue, the Akyeamehene stressed that they do not recognize any other chief than Odehyie Kwasi Akuffo.
The Okuapemanhene stool has been vacant for two years after the death of the late Oseadeyo Addo Dankwah III.
Odehyie Kwasi Akuffo, is a 63-year-old retired journalist and businessman.
According to Akuapem customs and traditions, before one is enstooled a paramount chief of the traditional area, the person is supposed to go through a four-stage process of nomination, selection, enstoolment and finally, the installation.
National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, has said that the $US 1 million per constituency promie by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is an avenue for create, loot and share.
He said the operational cost for 2018 alone for the three development authorities amounts to GHc71 million.
The legislator in detailing the use of the money questioned why the operational cost could amount to GHc71 million.
He said ''the authorities say they are going to build schools. The same schools the various assemblies can build with the same resources that we give them; now we are going to give GHc71 million to these authorities to go and build the same school and the assemblies are sitting there without money to work.''
He said some of the items captured by these authorities will shock Ghanaians and quizzed further, ‘’where is the wisdom in this government trying to kill the people of Ghana? Where did we go wrong?
Mr. Isaac Adongo quoting some of the costs for the three authorities said, they have budgeted an amount of GHc8.6 million as cost for Internal Management of Organizations. That was half the amount we gave to the entire assemblies for one year. What is Internal Management of Organizations?
The others were Procurement of 20 Four Wheel Vehicles, GH 10 million; Hiring of Office Accommodation for the Coastal and Middle Belt Authority and Regional Offices, GHc15 million; Legal and Administrative Framework Review, GHc1million; Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Refurbishment, GHc3 million; Procurement of Furniture, GHc6.5 million; Local and International Affiliations, GHc2.5 million.
‘’Affiliations for what, he quizzed. This is create, loot and share brigade.’’
According to him, Procurement of Office Supplies and Consumables, GHc3 million; Tendering Activities, GHc759 million; Treasury and Accounting Services, GHc500,000; Procurement of Computer and Accessories, GHc1.5 million; Manpower Skill Development, GHc3.5 million; Foreign Training, GHc2 million; Planning and Policy Formulation, GHc3.5 million; Policies and Programme Review Activities, GHc1.5 million; Publication and Dissemination of Policies and Programmes, 400,000; Development and Management of Data Base, 500,000; Research and Development, GHc1 million; Development of Website, 800,000; Budget Preparation, GHc2 million; Budget Performance Reporting, 500,000; Management and Monitoring of Programmes, GHc3 million.
He urged Ghanaians not to rely on US$ 1 million because the money has been channeled to these unnecessary allocations because of government’s create, loot and share.
Mr. Adongo was emphatic that the current NPP administration has created these authorities to use them as vehicles to mismanage state resources.
‘’This US$ 1 million you are chopping it in Accra. What is our crime?
He indicated further that a total of GHc97.5 million is going into the procurement of ambulances. These are monies they are taking from the District Assemblies Common Fund, GETFund, and National Health Insurance to do this nonsense and stealing.
He also slammed the decision by government to allow the Ministry for Special Initiatives, to construct 50 warehouses when the Agric Ministry is capable of doing same.
He also touched on the construction of solar powered mechanized boreholes at the cost of GHc132 million.
He added, the construction of water closet institutional toilets with mechanized boreholes and four solar panels GHc187 million. In fact, one toilet is 187,000. What kind of toilet is that?
‘’This is what they are going to use our money for…They say the establishment of micro enterprise is GHc25.7 million…These guys are clever thieves,’’ he said.