The Bawku Central Member of Parliament, Hon. Mahama Ayariga has been granted pardon by the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye in the bribery allegation scandal that hit the Appointments Committee.
The legislator was found guilty of contempt of Parliament following an investigation into the allegation and was asked to offer an unqualified apology.
The MP was also asked to read his written apology he addressed to the Speaker after his conditional apology last week.
The Speaker said Ayariga should "go and sin no more" but warned that if his conduct should be repeated he would have himself to blame.
The MP had alleged that the Minister of Energy, Mr. Boakye Agyarko before his approval paid a bribe to get a unanimous approval.
But after investigation was conducted, the Joe Ghartey led committee concluded that Ayariga's conduct reprehensible, and affront to Parliament and requested the Speaker to reprimand him.
The Member of Parliament for Agona West in the Central Region, Hon. Cynthia Maamle has replaced Hon. Adjoa Safo at the Pan-African Parliament following the appointment of the latter as the Minister of Public Procurement.
Ghana has been allocated a total of 8 seats under Article 5 of the Protocol relating to the Community Parliament of ECOWAS out of a total of one hundred and twenty (120) seats for the entire sixteen (16) member ECOWAS states.
Under the said Protocol and the rules of procedure of the ECOWAS Parliament, a member appointed to carry out an executive function in a member state should resign as a member due to this, the House appointed Hon. Cynthia Maamle Morrison.
The Member of Parliament for Efutu in the Central Region, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin has also replaced Hon. O.B Amoah who has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rainbow Radio’s Parliamentary correspondent Naa Darkuah Dodoo pledged to build on the legacy of Hon. Adjoa Safo.
According to her, the latest appointment is an elevation adding, ‘’I feel so humbled, I didn’t expect it, I didn’t see it coming...This is an elevation and I express my gratitude to God. My election as an MP was an endorsement by my constituents that I can serve their interest. I least expected this elevation because this is my first time in Parliament. I have only spent 3 months in Parliament and with this elevation, I will only pray, work hard and make Ghana proud. ’’
She added, ‘’I will not forget my constituents. I will continue to work hard and serve their interest...My new appointment is one that comes with responsibilities because Hon. Adjoa Safo made a mark at the ECOWAS Parliament and so I will seek her guidance and tutorials. She is very eloquent and when she is on the floor of Parliament, she makes meaningful submissions. I have to continue building on the legacy of Hon. Adjoa Safo to put Ghana out there.’’
The legislator concluded stating that, she will also seek guidance from some other senior legislators who have had experience at the ECOWAS Parliament including the Second Deputy Speaker, Hon. Alban Bagbin and Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak, the Minority Chief Whip.
“I know I will die and when I die it was Gregory and Asabke who killed me by pouring a substance on me.” According to Hajia Zainabu Adams, the wife of the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Adams Mahama, these were the final words of her husband before he died.
Hajia Zainabu made the comments yesterday during her evidence-in-chief (E-I-C) at the trial of Gregory Afoko, the man indicted for the murder of Alhaji Mahama, at the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court.
Afoko, together with a man identified as Asabke Alangdi, who is now at large, was alleged to have poured a substance suspected to be acid on the former regional chairman of the NPP in front of his residence in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
Afoko has consistently maintained his innocence and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
“Take care of my family”
Led by the prosecutor, a Chief State Attorney, Mr Matthew Amponsah, Hajia Zainabu also informed the court, presided over by Mr Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, that her husband was not optimistic about surviving the alleged acid attack.
According to her, Alhaji Mahama, while on admission, told Tofiq Mutallah, a friend, to take care of his family because he (Alhaji Mahama) was going to die.
“I will die so when I die take care of my children and wife,” Hajia Zainabu quoted her husband.
Hajia Zainabu, the first prosecuting witness, started her E-I-C on July 19, 2016.
The process has dragged on partly because of the medical condition of the accused person who was granted permission by the courts on two occasions to seek medical treatment.
Also, Hajia Zainubu, on certain occasions, could not make it to the court from her base in Bolgatanga because of ill health.
Mr Matthew Amponsah, however, informed the court that the wife of the deceased would finish with her E-I-C today.
According to the facts of the case, on May 14, 2015, Gregory’s brother, Mr Paul Afoko, and Mr Kwabena Agyepong, then National Chairman and General Secretary, both of the NPP, arrived in Bolgatanga for a meeting.
Mahama, the prosecution claimed, organised some thugs to violently attack the two, scuttling the planned meeting at the Azumsolon Guest House, while accusing them of campaigning against the flag-bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and also not notifying him (Mahama) of the meeting.
The situation, according to the prosecution, was later brought under control by the police.
Gregory, who was then upset, confronted Mahama but was chased away by some thugs.
The court was also told that Gregory and one Asabke Alangdi formed another youth group in their bid to protect persons perceived to be against Nana Akufo-Addo.
The prosecution said Gregory and Alangdi held a series of meetings with the youth and on May 20, 2015, they laid ambush at Mahama’s residence with a substance suspected to be acid.
“Mahama returned home around 11:10 p.m. in his pick-up and as soon as he parked the vehicle in front of his house, Gregory and Asabke went close and signalled him to roll down the glass.”
“Mahama identified the suspects to be party members and rolled down the glass to talk to them. The suspects poured a substance, suspected to be acid, on his head, face and other parts of his body and fled on a motorbike.
“Mahama started screaming for help and his wife, Hajia Zainabu, went to his aid and managed to bring him out of the vehicle,” the prosecution said.
A Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba says the situation we find ourselves in as a country today, is dangerous hence, there is an urgent need for the president to take immediate steps to deal with the lawlessness ongoing in the country.
He said, President Nana Akufo-Addo should do us the favour that would allow the various security services deal with these unlawful and unrecognized vigilante groups terrorizing innocent people in the country.
He was responding to the attack on the Kumasi Circuit Court by the Delta Force group on Thursday.
The Delta Force members stormed a Kumasi Circuit Court where 13 other members were standing trail for allegedly harassing the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei.
Joshua Hamidu Akamba condemned the attack and expressed worry over the issue since the attack in his view, was a slap on the face of the judiciary.
He also lambasted maverick legislator Kennedy Agyapong who in a recent interview said the forces were sponsored and formed to help the party.
‘’We are in a terrible situation in this country and if we are not careful, we will witness an unprecedented robbery attacks in Ghana. Until the president comes out and disassociates the NPP from these forces, we will witness more attacks. Nana Addo must come and tell Ghanaians that from today, we no longer recognize the Delta Force and Invincible Force.
He added: ‘’I am happy that the NDC does not recognize such groups. This is total disrespect to the president because after he assured the Asantehene of dealing with the lawlessness irrespective the political colour, then few days later, you have the Delta Force attack a court. Ghana is sitting on a time bomb and that is why we need to be very careful. What can save the situation is President Akufo-Addo to come out and condemn and disassociate itself from the forces.’’
He reiterated that, ''the IGP should not blamed, the National Security Coordinator should not be blamed, the Minister of Interior should not be blamed, that honors lies on one person and that person is His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo; who should disassociate himself from these groups or we will witness worse things.''
Acting National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay has slammed critics tagging them as a violent party following the attacks by the vigilante group Delta Force.
Speaking in an interview with Accra based Asempa Fm, the former legislator said: ‘’ I think it is not very fair for anybody to say so, it is not fair. When about two or three people go against the law or do anything untoward, you don’t come into conclusion that the whole party is involved in wrongdoing. I think that is not proper. A Ghanaian goes abroad to deal in cocaine doesn’t mean that the whole Ghanaians are cocaine dealers. One Ghanaian kills somebody and you say Ghanaians are murderers. I think if you say so, you are not being fair to Ghanaians. In the same way we agree that Delta Forces are members of the party, we agree that they’ve supported the party towards our elections dating back from 2000….We all condemned what they did but it doesn’t mean that the party takes full responsibility for what has happened. They went lawless, and it’s inexcusable.’’
He has however condemned the attack stating that, the party is embarrassed by the lawlessness and attacks.
“They are not kids, now they’ve taken the step of doing the unthinkable and it is a pity, it has brought embarrassment and it is a bad PR for us. But I don’t think that is the end of the world,” he said.
The Delta Force members stormed a Kumasi Circuit Court where 13 other members were standing trial for allegedly harassing the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei.
He said: “Although they have apologized, of course it doesn’t mean that the party would interfere with police during their investigation, the party didn’t do that. We had to allow the law to take its own course. In allowing the law to take its own course that resulted in them being brought before the court. And unfortunately, they were supposed to be remanded. And that was part of the foolish thing that they [Delta Force] did. We condemn it.’’
Judges and magistrates are demanding that all court premises be declared as flashpoints and security provided at all times.
The request was made at a press briefing today [Friday] April 7, 2017.
According to them they feel threatened by the attack on the Kumasi Circuit Court where some members of Delta Force-a vigilante group affiliated to the NPP stormed the court and freed 13 other members on trail for attacking the Kumasi Regional Security Coordinator.
The judges and other judicial workers said the attack on the Circuit Court is a threat and intimidation to members of the judiciary.
“We call on the government, particularly the Police hierarchy, as a matter of urgency, to take all necessary steps to allay the worries, fears and anxiety of all judges and magistrates in the region,” the judges and the entire judicial staff said.
“We assure you that we are in discussions with the leadership of the Judicial Service towards providing maximum security to all the courts,” they said.
Nana Prempeh writes
Ghana Football Association on Tuesday April 4, 2017 confirmed AlKhartuon coach James Akwesi Appiah, as the new head coach for the Senior Soccer National Team, the Black Stars of Ghana for the next two years starting May 1 to May 2019.
The decision was reached after the Executive Committee approved the report of six-man coach search committee.
Kwesi Appiah, was appointed and given two year contract in 2012 after successfully work under three different foreign expatriates for six years, first coach Claude Le Roy from France, MilovanRajevac who was known to Ghanaian soccer fans as coach Milo and Goran Stevanovica.k.a coach Plavi both Serbian.
Before I bring my headline to reflect in this article I must say that personally I was excited when the news broke to me that, Ghana Football Association Coach Search Committee and the Executive Committee have selected him to manage the stars from names like Hugo Bruce who won just ended 2017 AFCON with Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Willy Sagnol, Paul Le Guen, Walter Vulger, Roberto Carlos, Harry Redknapp, Marcel Desailly and many coaches who names were reported in the media looking for the black stars vacant coaching position after the exit of MrAvram Grant who was becoming very unpopular day by day.
I was happy to have heard Appiah appointed as coach again although I am yet to read full contract details because looking at the dwindling of Ghanaians support to the Black Stars since Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup debacle it was glaring that the only way for the GFA to try win the support of Ghanaians back is to go for a local coach and clearly Mr James Akwesi Appiah, who build a winsome Black Stars side in recent time before got sacked by the Fa after he had renewed his contract for two years and salary increment which some of us were not in agreement with the GFA stands tall among them.
Now to whether he will be under pressure to deliver or not,
Well the answers will be in two folds.
One: No he will not be under any pressure because James Kwesi Appiah, has seen it all as a player, a captain, assistant coach and has been in such managerial position both club and national side in the last five years.Kwsei Appiah boasts of 50 percent win record of his 20 matches he played as manager of the Black Stars in two yearsin all competitions between 2012 and 2014. He won ten games, drew three and lost seven of them. Some of the popular score lines includes 7-0 thrashing of Lesotho, humiliating defeat by Egypt at the hands of Kwesi Appiah and 3-1 humble surrounded of Falcons of Jedianeat their own backyard in Sudan, all in 2014 Fifa world cup qualifier. All these were difficult venues for Black Stars under previous coaches but he came to break the jinx not just that but also with goals except in Ndola where Chipolopolo’s of Zambia beat Ghana by alone goal but even that Ghana revenge 2-1 in the return leg in Kumasi. Coach Appiah also cut his net very wide to invite players from all major leagues in Europe, Asia, Arab World and Africa to justify and form an integral part of the National Team which saw discovery of many football talent include Christian AtsuTwasam who scored in his debut game against Lesotho on June 1, 2012.
Two: Yes Kwesi will be under pressure because his is inheriting a side which is played two matches already Fifa World Cup Qualifier under previous manager with just a point with Egypt and Uganda having six points (6) and four points (4) respectively. Looking at Ghana Football fans interest in world cup after continues three times qualification there will be pressure on Appiah to send Ghana to Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup although in the spirit of objectivity and fairness it is clear how dumpty the task is for the new manager. Another challenge confronts MrKwesi Appiah is that the team is not well organized and some players too at the twilight of their carrier so rebuilding or blending and at the same time looking to achieve results in competitive matches such as World Cup qualifiers which is near and later in Nations Cup would be difficult strategy for him.
The hard criticism on the former manager Avram Grant that he could not include local players in almost all his squad will also be a test for the 56 year old man to impressed Ghanaians in his early games he will play.
Finally many will be looking forward to see how different he approaches technical deficiencies in the team now and to handle issues concerning players so we could have a united Black Stars which can do battle against any team on the globe.
I will pause here and continue next time if I have the opportunity to read the full contract given to Mr James Kwesi Appiah a.k.aMayele.
By: Nana Prempeh
Gyekitihene, Nana Tuaben III has said chiefs have contributed to illegal mining activities popularly called galamsey in the country.
The campaign against galamsey activities which has destroyed our water bodies and vegetation he noted is a good one and for it to succeed, we must all be part of it.
According to him, the wanton sale of lands by some chiefs has contributed to the challenges confronting the country as a result of galamsey activities.
He said the cause to end galamsey has become difficult and has also made communities under developed.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Banahene, he said, the way and manner some chiefs sell lands is problematic and in most cases, it leads to litigation between affected parties.
In his view, a land is a valuable asset hence the need for chiefs to value it. The lands some of our chiefs sale can be used for a number of developmental projects. Others are also unable to negotiate a good deal from the sale of lands and that is a serious problem.
‘’In most cases, the sale of lands ends up in court because the negotiation was and deal signed went bad, and instead of chiefs focusing their time developing their communities, they waste them in court litigating. ‘’
Chiefs he added, have a role to play to help in efforts at building the country.
He further admonished chiefs to be selfless and dedicate themselves to serving the people who they rule.
The Founder and Leader of the Glorious Wave International Ministries has said, the problem of leadership is when the leader does not speak or keeps quite when there is lawlessness.
Responding to the attack staged by members of the Delta Force members on the Kumasi Circuit Court, the Prophet added, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo must come out and speak against the lawlessness in the country.
He said: ‘’the problem of leadership is when the leader keeps silence. Whatever I have said shows how the leadership of this country is going and if we want peace to prevail in this country, the president must speak.’’
The lawlessness and attacks we are witnessing is not new, it has happened before but it must be corrected adding, this is not surprising but we must correct it, he said.
The group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday [Thursday] stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court and freed some 13 colleagues who were facing charges for causing disturbances at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
They have since turned themselves in the police Commander for the region, DCOP Ken Yeboah confirmed to Rainbow Radio in an interview.
The General Overseer of the Glorious Wave Church, Prophet Badu Kobi has described men of God who take God’s glory as ‘spiritual fools’.
The renowned prophet speaking to Uncle Nat on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said it is an act of ‘’spiritual foolishness’’ for men of God to glorify themselves after God works a miracle through them.
Prophet Badu Kobi explained, God gives himself in fullness and not partially and those who seek the glory of God must learn that God gives himself those us because he wants us to enjoy his fullness.
He admonished men of God to desist from glorying themselves since it is a sin and ungodly.
He also cautioned Christians to stop glorifying men of God and rather glorify God under whose authority the men of God work.
Miracles happen because of God’s glory hence it makes no sense for men to take that glory upon themselves.