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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 30 May 2017
The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Wusu has underscored the need for Ghanaians to differentiate between discharge and acquittance of a suspect in a case. He was responding to decision by the Attorney General to file a nolle prossequi in the case involving the murder of the late Abuakwa South MP, JB Danquah. The two suspects (Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bossu) who were discharged by an Accra High Court on Tuesday 30 May after her office filed a case of nolle prosequi in the case. A Senior State Attorney Sefakor Batcha told the court Tuesday that state could no longer pursue the case which has been in court for over a year. The development generated mixed reaction on social media with some concluding that the case has been left to face flat. But speaking in an interview with our parliamentary correspondent Naa Darkuah Dodoo, the First Deputy Speaker explained, a suspect maybe discharged or a case maybe withdrawn to allow the prosecution to gather more evidence to prosecute the matter. According to him, the suspect in a case may not be convicted for a crime due to the loopholes in an evidence and what that is realized by the prosecutor, he may withdraw and allow the suspect to be discharged so fresh evidence is gathered.   ‘’When a suspect is discharged, it does not mean he has been set free. To discharge does not mean you have been acquitted, rather it may be due to a procedural error that the prosecution want to correct. The suspects were not allowed to go home but were re-arrested at the premises of the court.’’
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The police on Tuesday afternoon re-arrested the two men linked to the murder of a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa-North, Mr J.B. Danquah-Adu for further investigations. This was a few hours after they had been discharged by the Accra High Court.   The Attorney General (AG) filed a nolle prosequi in the case of the two, which had reached the stage where a jury was to be constituted for the trial of Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bosso.       However according to Graphic Online's court reporter, Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson, the moment the two men stepped out of the court room, they were re-arrested by the armed policemen who were stationed all over the court premises.   According to Ebo Hawkson, the AG explained that after studying the case docket, it was realized that there was the need to do further investigations.   Technically, investigators cannot conduct further investigations and interrogate the accused persons whilst the trial was underway, hence the filling of the nolle prosequi.   The filing of nolle prosequi meant the Attorney General wanted to discontinue with the prosecution.   Ebo Hawkson reported from the court that a Senior State Attorney, Ms Sefakor Batsa, told the court on Tuesday that, based on section 54 of the criminal and other offences Act , 1960 (Act 30) the AG had filed a nolle prosequi not to continue with the prosecution.   Credit: Graphic Online
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The Parliamentary Service has given approval to the idea for the House to have a new modern Chamber, Speaker Professor Michael Oquaye has revealed. He said, the current Chamber has reached a structural capacity to accommodate further expansion. The expansion he said will have ‘’a modern Chamber with bigger capacity and facilities that will help Parliament discharge its mandate with dignity.’’ ‘’The Parliamentary Service Board has given approval to the idea and we shall soon advertise for prospective consultants to help us with a befitting design that will stand the test of time. Avery good contractor will subsequently be selected using laid down processes.’’ He further lamented over the encroachment of Parliament lands. ‘’…it is sad to noted that most of Parliament lands in prime areas of the city of Accra are being encroached upon or been have illegally taken over by some corporate entities. The Parliamentary Service Board has taken very serious view of the development and requested the Department of Development of Parliamentary Service to as a matter of urgency, undertake an audit of all Parliamentary lands and report to the Speaker’s Office s that we can recover those encroached on as well as get proper titles to those that are untitled.’’ He also appealed to legislators to bear with the inconvenience that the ongoing works of the partial roofing following the rip-off of the roof of the House during a heavy downpour some few months ago. The contractor he said have been informed of the urgency of the work and also, the need to plan the work in order not to affect plenary sittings of the House. He made the remarks at the opening of the second meeting of the seventh parliament of the fourth republic on Tuesday 30th May, 2017.    
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The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Aaron Oquaye has underscored the need for the House to establish a legal department in the parliamentary service to assist them on legal related matters. At the opening of the second meeting of the first session of the seventh parliament Tuesday, the Speaker said the establishment will help has been agreed in principle by the Parliamentary Service Board. ‘’The need for the establishment of a legal department in the Parliamentary Service to assist the House in drafting legislations, motions, amendments, private member’s bills and also assist in general legal counselling has been agreed, at least in principle by the Parliamentary Service Board,’’ the Speaker announced. Ghana’s Parliament he stated has come of age and ‘’we should progress,’’ he added. On Staff Welfare, the Speaker said he had a familiarisation meeting with Staff of the Parliamentary Service to acquaint himself with their concerns ‘’which related to inadequate office and residential accommodation, training, catering and counselling services, salaries, travel and other allowances, promotion etc.’’   He said, ‘’…staff welfare impacts heavily on the work of the House as a whole and I will work tirelessly with the Clerk and leadership to ensure that the concerns raised by staff are prompt and adequately addressed. In fact, steps are already being taken to resolve some of these at once,’’ he concluded.
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The Council of State of state has disputed media reports that it met with the Minority caucus of Parliament over the $2.25 billion bond issued by the Finance Minister. An online publication attributed to gbconline.com, the Council met with the Minority following their petition filed with The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the United States of America, to investigate the bond. But the Council of State has disputed the report in a statement issued and signed by its Executive Secretary.   ‘’The Council of State wishes to state categorically and unequivocally that neither its Chairman Nana Otuo Siriboe II, nor any of its members has been approached by the Minister of Finance or the President of Ghana to negotiate with any group of people on the matter of the $2.25 billion bond transaction. The Council is indeed scandalized that any media organisation can concoct a story to deceive the citizens of Ghana and to seek to tarnish the hard-won reputations of its members.’’           Read the full statement below:   COMMUNIQUE   RE: COUNCIL OF STATE BEGS NDC TO DROP CASE   The attention of the Council of State has been drawn to a false publication on the front page of The Informer newspaper of Monday, May 29 – Tuesday, May 30, 2017, which subsequently became the subject of various media discussions on Monday, May 29, 2017.   The Council of State wishes to state categorically and unequivocally that neither its Chairman Nana Otuo Siriboe II, nor any of its members has been approached by the Minister of Finance or the President of Ghana to negotiate with any group of people on the matter of the $2.25 billion bond transaction.   The Council is indeed scandalized that any media organisation can concoct a story to deceive the citizens of Ghana and to seek to tarnish the hard-won reputations of its members.   For emphasis, as at the time of reading the above-referenced publication, there had been no meeting between the Council of State and any minority group.   The Council wishes to counsel all who want careers in journalism to first educate/train themselves on the ethics and principles of journalism in order to be useful to themselves and to society.   PEACE A. P. OKANTEY (MRS.)   AG. SECRETARY TO THE COUNCIL          
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Former president Jerry John Rawlings has called for the prosecution of the perpetrators of the death of the late Captain Maxwell Mahama at Diaso in the Central region. The former president in a statement issued on Tuesday expressed his condolences to the bereaved family but underscored the need for the attackers to be punished swiftly. “Your loss is a loss to the whole country. Your husband, son and brother lost his life serving his country.”  “Taking the law into our hands in the manner the perpetrators of the act did was an act of cruelty. However, I implore the affected institution to remain calm as the security agencies investigate the matter,’’ he added.   The deceased, Captain Maxwell Mahama is said to have been on his daily jogging routine on Monday when the unfortunate incident occurred   According to reports, the deceased who was having a gun on him was ambushed by the irate youth after an alarm was raised that he was an armed robber. He also decried the slow pace of investigations into issues and the confidence that the public have in institutions of state that are mandated to deal with case of crime and security.   “When the law does not seem to be giving people justice, such acts of cruelty resulting in the unfortunate loss of innocent life, is the end result. I call on the security agencies and the law courts to inspire confidence in the populace by acting swiftly and effectively when crimes are committed in our communities.   “The recent acts of violence in Somanya and Kumasi cannot be taken in isolation. They go to expose a weakness in the general response to crime,” former President Rawlings said.
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The Minority Caucus says it has learnt with shock and dismay the death of Captain Maxwell Mahama who was lynched and burnt to death at Diaso in the Central Region after he was irate youth mistook him for an armed robber. The Minority has condemned the act stating ‘’ We condemn this act of barbarism in no uncertain terms, and therefore implore government as a matter of urgency to explore all legal and legitimate means to bring the perpetuators to book as soon as possible.’’ The have charged government to put in measures to end what they termed as impunity and lawlessness in the country. ‘’We wish to take this opportunity to call on government to put an end to the culture of impunity and lawlessness which is pervasive across the country.’’   Below is the full statement National Democratic Congress Minority Caucus Statement on the Murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama. The National Democratic Congress Minority caucus in Parliament has learnt with shock and dismay, the gruesome murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama, which occurred on the 29th of May, 2017 at Denkyira-Obuasi, in the Central region. The said officer who was the head of the military detachment fighting illegal mining (Galamsey), was without any provocation attacked and killed whiles undertaking his morning physical exercise. We condemn this act of barbarism in no uncertain terms, and therefore implore government as a matter of urgency to explore all legal and legitimate means to bring the perpetuators to book as soon as possible. While commiserating with the military high command and Officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces on this sad loss, we urge them to continue to exercise restraint as the matter is being dealt with. We also wish to express our sincere and heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, especially the wife and children. We wish to take this opportunity to call on government to put an end to the culture of impunity and lawlessness which is pervasive across the country. Ghana has been universally acclaimed as an oasis of peace, order and stability, and everything must be done to ensure that this enviable record bequeathed to the New Patriotic Party government is sustained. Signed Minority Leader   Hon. Haruna Iddrissu
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JB's suspected killers are not free-AG

The two suspects connected to the murder of the late Abuakwa North MP JB Danquah-Adu are not free at all, the Attorney General Madam Gloria Akufo-Addo has said. The two suspects  (Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bossu) who were discharged by an Accra High Court on Tuesday 30 May after her office filed a case of nolle prosequi in the case.   “We have reviewed the docket and we have come to the conclusion that there are aspects of the matter that require further investigation and when the matter is being heard, you cannot conduct further investigation, so out of necessity you have to discontinue to enable you conduct those investigations. So that is why we entered the nolle prosequi so they are not walking at all,” she told Accra based shortly after the suspects were discharged.     She said: “They would be apprehended and investigations will be reopened.” The late MP was on 9 February 2016, murdered by unknown assailants murdered at his Shiashie residence.   Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bossu were facing murder charges at the court but had pleaded not guilty to the charge.      
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has given an assurance that the perpetrators who lynched and burnt Captain Maxwell Mahama at Diaso after some irate youth mistook him for an armed robber, will be arrested and dealt with by law. The deceased, Captain Maxwell Mahama is said to have been on his daily jogging routine on Monday when the unfortunate incident occurred.   According to reports, the deceased who was having a gun on him was ambushed by the irate youth after an alarm was raised that he was an armed robber.   Captain Maxwell Mahama is a member of the 5th Infantry Battalion.     President Nana Addo in his tweets said, ‘’My condolences to the family of Captain Maxwell Mahama on their tragic loss. I assure them that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be arrested and dealt with in accordance with the laws of our country.’’
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The Director General for Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr. Paul Ansah-Asare has admonished businesses to be part of the National Single Window. He indicated that the introduction of the Ghana National Single Window will reduce the time and cost of trading. He explained, the Single Window is enshrined in the Trade Facilitation Agreement and will help implement many of the measures in the agreement through the simplification of trade procedures, the provision of trade related information, the enhancement of cooperation between related government agencies and the implementation of international standards. It is expected that importers and exporters will experience a full reduction of administrative charges at the port by 25percent under the implementation of the Single Window. The Ghana Single Window is a one-stop shop for all trade information exchange and clearance processes.   Speaking in interview with Rainbow Business News, the Director General reiterated government’s commitment to remove the bottlenecks and to improve efficiency at the country’s ports. These he noted had resulted in significant losses to government.   Re-echoing Vice President Bawumia’s statement, he said, ineffective customs valuation system still needed to be addressed, while the coordination of port activities, systems operations and linkages were also major concerns that need attention.   Ghana Single Window was launched in 2002 and has been progressively updated and extended in line with international best practices.   The platform reduces the need for data to be entered multiple times – instead it can be exchanged and re-used electronically, achieving faster, more accurate results and improving the ease of compliance with Government of Ghana requirements.          
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