President Jacob Zuma has resigned as head of state for South Africa.
His resignation which was announced today [Wednesday], takes immediate effect.
Mr. Zuma in his speech said: "I resign as president of the republic with immediate effect," he said, "even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation ... I have always been a disciplined member of the organisation."
The embattled leader added: "As I leave, I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC."
He said "no leader should seek an easy way out simply because they could not face life at the end of their term without the perks that come with their political office".
"I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment. They are the lawful mechanisms for the people of this beautiful country to remove their president.
"I've served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability. I am forever grateful that they trusted me with their highest office in the land, but when I accepted the deployment I understood and undertook to subject myself to the supreme law of the land, the Constitution," he added.
Jacob Zuma has been the president of South Africa since May 9, 2009.
Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said.
Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.
"He died this evening. The family communicated this to me," MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.
Mr Tsvangirai's career was marked by a long political struggle against former President Robert Mugabe.
He had been beaten and imprisoned numerous times.
Announcing Mr Tsvangirai's death, Mr Mudzuri said on Twitter that the MDC had "lost our icon and fighter for democracy".
Mr Tsvangirai founded the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) in 2000, repeatedly challenging Mr Mugabe during the ex-president's long grip on power.
In the 2008 election, Mr Tsvangirai gained the most votes in the first round but not enough to win outright.
Before the second round of voting, Mr Mugabe's security forces carried out a campaign of violence against opposition supporters, and Mr Tsvangirai withdrew.
Mr Mugabe was declared the winner, but an international outcry over allegations of violence and vote-rigging led to a power sharing agreement in which Mr Tsvangirai would serve as prime minister.
Mr Tsvangirai ran against Mr Mugabe again in 2013 but lost by a landslide.
The MDC is said to be divided over who should lead it into elections later this year against the governing Zanu-PF party, led by Mr Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana for Nigeria, on Wednesday, 14th February, 2018, at the invitation of the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, to attend a two-day International Conference on Transformative Governance in Africa, a statement signed by Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin has said.
President Akufo-Addo will deliver the keynote address at the Conference, on the theme, “How to make Democracy work for Africa.”
The President will return to Ghana on Thursday, 15th February, 2018, 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.
Female gospel musician, Joyce Blessing, has slammed individuals who took a swipe at her over her recent car crash.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Danny Fii Abrantie, on the Away Bus Show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the ‘I Swerve It’ hitmaker said, it would be a waste of time for her to comment on the issue.
The singer and her team were involved in the ghastly accident in Nsawam while they were on their way to Kwahu in the Eastern Region for the ‘Bliss on the Hills' festival.
The accident left the gospel musician’s four-wheel drive badly mangled.
However, some individuals accused the musician of faking the accident for publicity stunt.
The singer insisted that she and her team were involved in the ghastly accident in Nsawam while they were on their way to Kwahu in the Eastern Region for the ‘Bliss on the Hills' festival.
Reacting to the rumors that the accident was exaggerated, she said I will not waste my time commenting on the accident. My team and I were involved in an accident but God saved us from the accident and so I will leave all those individuals to God.
Joyce Blessing, currently the only gospel artiste signed under record label, Zylofon Music has released her first hit song for the year 2018 titled 'I swerve'.
'I swerve' which is already enjoying massive airplay on radio few days after its release she revealed was inspired by a prophecy from God.
Deputy Majority Chip, Mr. Moses Anim, has said Martin Amidu, exhibited all the qualities required of a person expected to occupy that office.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said throughout the vetting, Mr. Amidu, was candid, confident and exhibited the passion in the quest to fight corruption.
He showed that he was competent and had in-depth knowledge on corruption and it related matters.
He also described as soothing the comments by Mr. Amidu that, he could not live in harmony with criminals.
Parliament’s Appointments Committee after close to nine-long-hours of vetting, approved Mr. Amidu by a unanimous decision.
The lawmaker said the anti-corruption campaigner left a good impression in the minds of Ghanaians with his answers during the vetting.
Martin Amidu at his vetting yesterday expressed his readiness to build a strong institution to help fight corruption in Ghana.
The special prosecutor nominee assured that ‘’ if we succeed we establishing such an institution with a credible culture to rid of corruption we will not need foreign aid’’
He called on Ghanaians to assist the nominee so he would be successful. The success of Amidu would serve as a measure for others who may take over from him.
South Africa's scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma says he has done nothing wrong - and sees no reason to stand down immediately.
Mr Zuma spoke after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced it would back a vote of no confidence in his leadership on Thursday.
The 75-year-old has come under increasing pressure to resign amid numerous allegations of corruption.
But he said the ANC had failed to explain why he had been recalled.
"It was very unfair to me that this issue is raised," he told the national broadcaster SABC during a lengthy unannounced interview. "Nobody has ever provided the reasons. Nobody is saying what I have done."
He stressed that he was not defying the ANC but he disagreed with its decision to ask him to resign.
Mr Zuma said he had offered to go after June, but objected to the way the issue was currently being handled.
He said he would make a further statement later on Wednesday.
Earlier, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu announced that a motion of no-confidence in the president would be heard on Thursday, with Cyril Ramaphosa - who was elected ANC president in December - sworn in as the nation's president as soon as possible after that.
A meeting of the ANC's National Executive Committee had announced its decision to recall Mr Zuma on Tuesday and gave him until the end of Wednesday to resign.
Meanwhile, South African police have ramped up their investigation into Mr Zuma's close associates, the wealthy, Indian-born Gupta family, conducting a raid and making several arrests early on Wednesday.
The Guptas have been accused of using their close friendship with Mr Zuma to wield enormous political influence. Both parties deny all allegations of wrongdoing.
Why was the Guptas' house raided?
Three people were arrested during the raid, with two more expected to hand themselves in. According to local media, one of those arrested was a Gupta family member.
According to a statement released by the Hawks - the police's elite high-priority crimes unit - the raids were carried out in connection with the Vrede farm investigation.
That investigation relates to the Estina dairy farm near Vrede, in the Free State, a project which was originally meant to help poor black farmers but from which the Gupta family are alleged to have pocketed millions of dollars, allegations they deny.
A tranche of leaked emails released last year alleged that some of the money ended up paying for the family's lavish wedding at Sun City, South Africa's upmarket holiday resort.
In January, the Hawks raided the offices of the Free State premier, Ace Magashule, looking for documents linked to the project. Mr Magashule was elected secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December
The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), has appealed to government to employ more teaching and non-teaching staff to augment for the increase in the number of students’ due to the introduction of the free Senior High School policy.
At a press addressed by its General Secretary, Mr. Augustine Karbo, TEWU said, the flagship education policy could be affected should government fail to employ more.
‘’The free SHS has brought an increase in the student population in the various campuses; whether it is non-boarding or boarding… and it comes with an association of other factors that goes a long way to affect the working people..
He noted, before the free SHS, student population ranged between 1,000-2000 but the number has increased to over 3,000 and it gives you an idea that, the work load both for the teaching and non-teaching staff, have increased and for that matter, there would be the need for more hands and more logistics and materials to come on board. But that is not what we are seeing.’’
He added, some of the workers are going on retirement and others resigning voluntarily. However, they are not being replaced.
‘’So there is a gap in terms of the number of employees that are in the system compared with the increasing numbers which is not commiserating,’’ he concluded.
A member of the Economic Fighters League, Ernesto Yeboah, has indicated that, the appointment of Martin Amidu, as Special Prosecutor appears to be a trick.
Speaaking on Nyankonton mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he added, the change Ghanaians called for has not been seen after the New Patriotic Party (NPP), took over office. This is because government is still planning to sell the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), government is bent on introducing Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs).
In terms of the policy direction, nothing has changed. What the NDC did and was voted out of office is the same thing the NPP is doing after winning power,’’ he said.
‘’Nothing has changed in terms of policy. The NPP is running a social media government and the major reason NPP was voted for has not been met.’’
In his view, if the police administration, EOCO and other such bodies should do their constitutional duties, the Office of the Special Prosecutor would not be necessary.
‘’We are only hoping the appointment of Martin Amidu, would help reduce corruption in the country,’’ he stated.
He also disputed claims by some individuals that, Amidu was arrogant adding, ‘’if Amidu is arrogant; his arrogance is justified. He demonstrated knowledge, confidence and demonstrated that he is a competent individual. We wish him well and hope his appointment would not be a superfluous one.’’
On his part, Mr. Bismark Tawiah Boateng, the NDC Chairman for Eastern Region, said Martin Amidu was bitter in his responses.
According to him, Amidu should not be over-hyped despite his competence.
He also advised Amidu to desist from embarking on a witch-hunting spree but deliver his duties in an unbiased, professional and diligent manner.
He challenged Martin Amidu to investigate every single corrupt act stating from the era of former President Kufour till date.
He asked the president to swear him in so he would start work as soon as practicable.
Communications Director of the Sports Ministry, Mr. Elvis Adjei Baah, has disclosed that an amount of GHS 5 million has been allocated to the University of Ghana for the completion of the University of Ghana Sports Stadium.
Mr. Elvis in an interview with Rainbow Sports noted that, it is true that the said amount of money has been given to the Authorities of the University to complete the project by October ending this year.
“We will be very glad if the up-coming African Women’s Championship which is to be hosted in Ghana would be played at the stadium” he added.
The Ministry has plans of making sure that the project is completed by the end of the year.
He however urged workers on the project to ensure that they are able to meet the completion date of the facility before the African Women’s Championship.
The Legon Sports Stadium has long been ear-marked as a National Stadium and was allotted some money for a re-construction but has long been abandon.
Construction of the multi-million dollar stadium was started in 2004 by CONSAR Limited under the administration of former President John Agyekum Kuffuor.
But, in the last four years, work has stalled after the Ghana Education Trust Fund GETFund decided not to finance the project.
The stadium if completed will be one of the venues for 2018 African Women’s Championship to be hosted by Ghana. Meanwhile, the contractors have been ta
By: Adnan Osman (Intern Rainbow Radio)
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says the Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu,has tainted his own image after he failed to provide evidence in support of his corruption tag against former President John Dramani Mahama.
Martin Amidu prior to the 2016 elections, staged a campaign against former President John Dramani Mahama.
He described Mahama as a looter and called on Ghanaians to vote him out because a vote for him, would have led to the state going bankrupt.
But appearing before the Appointments Committee in parliament yesterday [Tuesday], Martin Amidu, said describing Mahama as a looter, and corrupt was premised on perception.
He gave the answer after Samson Ahi asked him to justify why he made the allegations against Mahama.
He also told the committee that, if the attributions the legislator referred to him were true, then it would be defamatory for him to have made the allegations.
''If the statement he made is true, it can be said to be defamatory and the ex-president could have dealt with me but he didn’t and I don’t want to go into that now when he is out of office.
But reacting to the answers given by the nominee, Asiedu Nketia said, the nominee has tainted his own image because he would be the one to be affected. In a way, he has agreed that, whatever he said about Mr. Mahama and others were untrue and based on perception.’’
He also cautioned Mr. Amidu not go to court based on perception when approved because he would be embarrassed in court.