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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Friday, 29 September 2017
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Affail Monney retained as GJA Prez

Incumbent President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr Roland Affail Monney has been re-elected to lead the association for the next three years. He toppled his two contenders Lloyd Evans and Mr. Johnny Aryeetey to emerge as victor in the contest organized today [Friday]. He won with 310 votes as against 147 by Mr. Edwin Lloyd Evans and 44 by Mr. Johnny Aryeetey. Linda Asante Agyei also won the Vice Presidential slot with 209 votes as against 111 by Tina Aforo-Yeboah, 93 by Francis Kokutse and 92 by Mathew Mac Kwame. For the General Secretary position, new entrant Edmund Kofi Yeboah beat the incumbent Dave Agbenu by a single vote. Mr Yeboah secured 251 votes as against 250 by Mr Agbenu.
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The Minority in Parliament has expressed its displeasure at the sanctions against some 131 radio stations by the National Communications Authority (NCA) for various infractions. The move by the NCA follows the completion of a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit conducted this year to determine compliance of Authorisation Holders with their Authorisation conditions and to determine which FM stations were in operations or otherwise. But the Minority believes the sanctions by the NCA were draconian. In a statement Hon. A.B.A Fuseini the Minority’s spokesperson on Communications said, ‘’ We are deeply troubled by this development which has grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism. These actions by the NCA threaten to roll back the gains made so far in entrenching a vibrant media culture. While we acknowledge the NCA’s right to regulate the communications sector in a manner that ensures compliance with appropriate regulations, we are alarmed by the sweeping and heavy-handed approach under the current exercise. Below is the full statement: STATEMENT BY MINORITY ON HIGH-HANDED REGULATORY SANCTIONS AGAINST SELECTED MEDIA HOUSES BY THE NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY The Minority in Parliament has learnt with grave concern, of an on-going exercise by the National Communications Authority (NCA) under which selected media houses have been subjected to very steep regulatory sanctions. It is our understanding that, about 131 radio stations have either had their authorization revoked, which means they have been taken off air, or have been slapped with very draconian fines running into tens of millions of Ghana cedis in some instances. Other kinds of sanctions have been applied in a variety of cases. We are deeply troubled by this development which has grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism. These actions by the NCA threaten to roll back the gains made so far in entrenching a vibrant media culture. While we acknowledge the NCA’s right to regulate the communications sector in a manner that ensures compliance with appropriate regulations, we are alarmed by the sweeping and heavy-handed approach under the current exercise. The situation where alleged breaches of regulations dating back several years are suddenly cited as basis for the near-summary closure of radio stations and humongous fines, poses a mortal danger to the expansion of the frontiers of free expression. Radio has become a foremost means of expression by large sections of our citizenry since the liberalization of the airwaves at the beginning of the current democratic dispensation. Entities operating within that space therefore ought to be acknowledged for their invaluable contributions to the growth of our democracy. Regulatory enforcement ought to be undertaken in a reasonable manner that factors in the fragilities inherent in the operations of many radio stations. The current revocation and sanctions regime appears to be monetizing the right to free expression and could be construed as an effort to exact retribution particularly against stations that have traditionally been ideologically opposed to the current NPP administration. We are at a loss as to how millions of Ghana cedis can be imposed as fines on radio stations, failing which their authorization will be revoked only to have them sold to other entities for GHS 30,000. The NCA does not also appear to have considered the deleterious impact this will have on jobs in the sector. We estimate that close to 5,000 people working in the affected stations will be rendered jobless should the current action persist. This will only serve to worsen the precarious unemployment situation and add to the hardships Ghanaians are going through. In light of the foregoing, we urge the NCA to as a matter of urgency suspend the on-going exercise and use dialogue and more flexible means to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. This, we believe, will avert a situation where monetary value is placed on the right to free expression with its attendant difficulties. Signed, Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini (MP) Ranking Member, Communications Committee.
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A former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Hon. Inusah Fuseni has revealed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) did not get financial clearance before purchasing some 350 vehicles for the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU). MASLOC in 2016 purchased the vehicles, comprising 100 33-seater buses and 250 saloon cars, and were to be used for commercial operations. However, after the vehicles were commissioned on the 3rd of December, 2016 they have been abandoned at a parking space within the premises of the International Conference Centre. Parts of the brand new vehicles have started wearing out because they’ve been left at the mercy of the weather. Some of the vehicles have rusted with tyres deflated. Rainbow Radio published the story about the current condition of the vehicles. Responding to it on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Hon. Fuseini disclosed that, the Ministry of Finance did not give any financial clearance to MASLOC to import the vehicles. He said, ‘’speaking as part of the previous administration the problems surrounding the vehicles were that the Ministry of Finance did not give any clearance and so the Ministry did not pay for the vehicles.’’ He said, MASLOC had a budget and the budget gave them an amount but they ought to have written to the Finance Ministry to seek for clearance for the purchasing of the 350 vehicles and on-lend it to the GPRTU. Hon. Inusah Fuseini said he would be unable to confirm if MASLOC went through all the motions before purchasing the vehicles. He said the problem now is that, the vehicles cannot be distributed because MASLOC has not paid for them and so if we distribute them who will pay for them? ''MASLOC has imported the cars but they have not paid for it. The cars are in the possession of MASLOC and government but the fear is that, if they are distributed, who will bear the responsibility of paying? Should it be MASLOC. MASLOC is also a state institution...It makes the whole arrangement difficult for distribution.''
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The Member of Parliament for Trobu constituency, Hon. Moses Anim has described the Deputy CID boss ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah as a dangerous character. The legislator speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said the police capo is worse off than those she allegedly claimed were working against the good intentions of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The Criminal Investigations Department of the Police Service last week described as baseless, A-Plus' corruption claim against Jinapor and Asenso Boakye. An audio thought to be excerpts of a conversation between A-Plus and a female investigator sought to downplay the CID report and suggested a cover-up by the police to protect the two public officials. ACP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah in a statement admitted the voice in the audio is hers but maintained that the content has been doctored. She also in the tape said she felt sad for the president because he will not be able to achieve his good intensions due to some dangerous characters surrounding him. But responding to the alleged tape, the MP lambasted the ACP and wondered why she could make such an unfortunate comment. ‘’If you have realized that the president has good intentions why don’t you help him achieve them? He has good intentions hence your appointment as Deputy CID boss so you will be part of those who will help him achieve same.’’ ‘’If the conversation was doctored the CID boss should do what is necessary. If A-Plus was not far from the truth what were the final conclusions reached after the investigations? ‘’The president opened his heart and appointed you to work but you presented to him a fake report. You also claim that there are some dangerous people surrounding the president but I can say without mincing words that you [Tiwaa] is worse off than those you claim are surrounding the president.’’
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An Accra High Court has struck out an application for stay of execution of an earlier judgment ordering the Immigration to restore the work and residence visa of Indian Businessman Ashok Kumar Sivaram. Presiding judge, Justice Naa Justice Naa Adoley Azu in ruling said if the stay of execution was granted the applicant, the Indian businessman will suffer undue hardship. She further explained that her decision to struck out the case was to prevent Ashok from being at the mercy of the Immigration service. Representing the Attorney General, Jasmine Armah said that if the stay of execution is not granted it will serve as precedence for others to use the court to challenge the legal revocation of their permits. She further argued that the order given by the court on September 18, 2017 order will also be a direct interference with the work of the Immigration Service. However, the presiding judge disagreed with her argument adding that statutory bodies are not above the laws of Ghana. On his part, lawyer Gaary Nimako counsel for the Indian businessman argued that the applicant failed to demonstrate in any way the irreparable damage it would have to deal with if the stay was not granted as per law.
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The National Communication Authority (NCA) has sanctioned some 131 radio stations following the completion of a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit. Accra based-Radio Gold, Montie FM, Atlantis Radio and Radio XYZ, are among 131 radio stations sanctioned. The sanctions meted out by the NCA ranged from fines to the total revocation of licenses. Of the notable stations, Radio XYZ has been fined GHc 4,090,000, Atinka FM fined GHc 14,800,000 whiles Radio Gold and Atlantis Radio picked up the heftiest fines with GHc 61,330,000 and GHc 60,350,000 respectively. However, Koku Anyidoho the Deputy General Secretary of the opposition NDC is alleging that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is using the state institution to gag some media houses. He said things are happening at the Flagstaff House and because the media is on a mission to expose them, the President has started clamping down on some media houses. He was reacting to the leakage of a conversation between musician Kwame A-Plus and Deputy CID boss, ACP Maame Yaay Tiwaa Addo-Danquah. The musician has described the CID boss as a liar for suggesting that he [A-Plus] leaked the tape. According to him, what has happened stinks and he feels vindicated for making claims in July that the Flagstaff House was a haven for corruption and thievery. ''Things are happening at the Flagstaff House and Nana Akufo-Addo and co should not think that he can use the clamping down of media houses to stop Ghanaians from knowing the truth. It will not happen.He cannot gag us. Where we've gotten to, he cannot gaga us. Somebody should tell Nana Addo and co that they cannot gag anybody. If they like they should close all radio stations we will still talk,''
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Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says he feels vindicated after calling on Ghanaians to embrace themselves for more shocking revelations and rot at the presidency some few months ago. The deputy scribe of the NDC had described the Flagstaff House as a safe haven for corruption and thievery. The fierce critic of President Akufo-Addo had said, the Flagstaff House has turned into an avenue where corruption is endorsed and rewarded. Speaking on the leaked tape between the Deputy CID boss and musician Kwame A-Plus, on the investigations conducted into the alleged corruption and thievery leveled against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, he said, Koku Anyidoho has been vindicated. The musician has dared the CID boss to arrest him if she believes he [A-Plus] doctored their conversation on the allegation and thievery saga. Commenting on the issue, Koku Anyidoho said where we are now; the image of the police is in clear disrepute. He called for an independent enquiry into the saga of an alleged cover up in the investigation conducted because ‘’it is an indictment to the police service but it is not all the police officers who are under indictment rather a particular police officer has been caught on tape and if you listen to Kwame A-Plus, and the force with which is he is daring the lady; the president if he really wants to prove to us that he is committed to the fight against corruption, then Asenso and Jinapor must step aside. That police lady must also step aside. There must be an independent enquiry into the matter.’’ Koku Anyidoho stressed that we cannot continue to bastardize any state institution like it was done under former President Kufour. He opined that the former president damaged the image of the [Police Service with cocaine turning into ’Kokonte’ and today Nana Akufo-Addo is President-is he going to behave like former President Kufour and tarnish the image of the Ghana Police? According to him, what has happened is an indictment on the president’s so-called attempt to fight corruption. This gives us a lot of course to doubt the president’s integrity when it comes to the fight against corruption and if he really wants to convince us that he is committed to fight corruption, then this matter, Asenso and Jinapor must step aside for the mean time. The police must deal with the Deputy CID boss.’’
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The brand new vehicles handed over to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) in 2016 on hire purchase by the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) has been left to rot. The vehicles, comprising 100 33-seater buses and 250 saloon cars, were to be used for commercial operations. However, investigations conducted by rainbowradioonline.com have revealed that the vehicles have been left to rot at a parking space within the premises of the International Conference Centre. Parts of the brand new vehicles have started wearing out because they’ve been left at the mercy of the weather. Some of the vehicles have rusted with tyres deflated. Former President John Dramani who presented the vehicles to officials of the GPRTU, in 2016 said, "The scheme is yet another novelty of this government that will afford members of the GPRTU the opportunity to acquire on hire purchase, buses and saloon cars to renew their fleet in a manner that will not put undue constraints on their capital and cash flow." He said the provision of the vehicles was consistent with the government's policy to expand opportunities to all and also ensure a firm foundation for socio-economic transformation through the provision of safe means of transport to the citizens of the country. However, the novelty as the former president described it in 2016, has turned out be a waste of state resources because the vehicles have been abandoned more than a year after they were commissioned. MASLOC, since its inception in 2006, has provided micro, small and group loans to individuals in many areas of endeavor of micro-enterprise such as food crops, agro-processing and marketing, livestock production and the poultry industry among others. Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, the former Chief Executive Officer of MASLOC, had said the Centre’s long-term objective is to promote the emergence, development and growth of a sustainable and decentralized micro-financial sector with grassroots participation in ownership, management and control. A similar case was witnessed after some 150 turbo inter-coolers were abandoned at the institute of Local Government since 2000. The $1.5 billion Galloper vehicles were imported in the year 2000 as part of an agreement between Government of Ghana and African Auto Mobile Limited for distribution to local assemblies. The company sued government for 1.5 billion dollars in 2008 because the erstwhile Kufour administration refused to take delivery of these vehicles after the then Chief of Staff, Mr. Kojo Mpiani had said the vehicles did not meet the specifications and standards required. A ruling by the Commercial Division of the Accra High Court, presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Torkornoo, tin her ruling said the company had no valid binding agreement with government. The case later went to the Supreme Court after the company made a number of appeals against the ruling which upheld the Accra High Court's ruling. The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has been tasked to investigate the purchase of some 30 ambulances estimated at $2.4 million, under President John Dramani Mahama’s administration. The ministry of health referred the supposedly dubious deal to EOCO for investigation following revelations that there are no documents covering the transaction. According to reports, the undocumented purchase of 30 out of 200 ambulances procured by the ministry of health and arrived in the country in 2016, did not meet specifications, compelling the ministry to suspend their purchase and distribution to government hospitals and the national Ambulance Service. The current Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, told the media that during the transition period, it was noted that the ambulances were supplied but the ministry did not accept them because the specifications fell short of expectation. It was obvious from Rainbow Radio’s investigations that some of the MASLOC brand new hire purchase vehicles purchased for the GPRTU, may have worn out totally but it would be proper for state officials to make ensure that the rest of the abandoned vehicles are put to use before they are go waste.
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