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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Monday, 04 June 2018
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has come hard at individuals he described as ‘’shameless’’ for deliberately spewing falsehood about the history of the revolution on June 4, 2018. Mr. Rawlings delivering his speech at the 39th anniversary of the revolution said there are some party persons with “deeply malicious motives” who are engaging in falsehood, attacking him [Rawlings], the wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu. “Indeed, many of these personalities have shamelessly disassociated themselves from our history in a bit to create the impression that it is a blot on the image of the party,” he stated. “It was that suicidal tendency,” according to him, which led to the party’s humiliating defeat in 2016 elections with former President John Maham as presidential candidate. The social democratic credentials that gave birth to the NDC, he bemoaned “are lost on many of us,” adding, “our party has almost become a clone of what the other side used to be [referring to the NPP].” To those who are allegedly trying to dissociate the party from the June 4 revolution he had this to say: “June 4 represents a force that cannot be erased. June 4 is about the semantics of probity, accountability, freedom, justice, truth and integrity. It is about a unified force and power that can move mountains. “It is a force that defies negativity and revolves on a fulcrum of ordinary peoples’ power. It was the energy that led to the eruption of 1979. That energy was like the force of Gas explosion ignited by the gross disrespect and abuse of people to the point where the bottled-up anger exploded in full force.”
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The First Vice Chair of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Madam Anita Desoso has been advised against bleaching. The advice came from former President Jerry John Rawlings at a durbar organized to commemorate the June 4 revolution. Speaking at the 39th anniversary Mr. Rawlings said: “She is getting too fair. ‘Y3ngyai sa samina no na 3ny3’, which literally meant, let us stop using that bleaching soap because it is bad. She said I am his father and so let me tell her what I want to say.’’ Mr. Rawlings made the comments after Madam Desoso knelt to apologize on behalf of the party for any wrong doing on the party of leadership against the founder of the party. The female politician in an her appeal said: “Founder, I know your children we have erred and I also know that you are a human being and you have also done something may be it is not right. And I was so happy when I heard you say that when you brought a statement out, rendering an apology – you are a hero. You are a hero. This shows that what you have thought me is still within me. If you are a leader, be prepared to say that I am sorry. If you are a child, be prepared to say that daddy I’m sorry. So, I will take this opportunity on behalf of the party to kneel down before my dad – please forgive us. Let us come together to build this country.’’ This year’s celebration was under the theme, “Re-organising towards the core values”. Other speakers at the event were NDC party chairman, Kofi Portuphy, Dan Abodakpi, Fritz Baffour, Samuel Nuamah Donkor, Ebi Bright and Lawrence Lamptey. Activities marking the 39th anniversary include a lecture which was held at the National theatre on Thursday May 31. Monday’s durbar was open to all sympathisers of the June 4 uprising, the 31st December Revolution and members of the public. Flt Lt Rawlings led a group of junior officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces in an uprising against the then Supreme Military Council (SMC II) regime led by General F.K. Akuffo. The move was motivated by a desire to stem the scourge of corruption that had engulfed the country at all levels leading to a virtual breakdown of the economy. Three months later the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) led by Rawlings handed over power to an elected government.
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The Director General for the Ghana Education Service Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwah, has encouraged students in Ghana especially those in the basic and the secondary levels to take the Technical and Vocational education serious and develop a high interest in it as is the surest giver of employment in the country. He said this when he visited some students writing this year's BECE in Tamale in the Northern region today (Monday) . He explained that government is committed to making Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) a flourishing venture for all Ghanaian students. He said TVET institutions were the major producers of employers because after training, the trainee would be equipped to create businesses based on the skills he or she had acquired and practiced over time there by employing people for assistance. Meanwhile, Cabinet has approved a five-year strategic plan to transform Technical and Vocational, Education Training (TVET) across the country. Under the plan, all public pre-tertiary and tertiary TVET institutions with delivery fragmented under 15 Ministries, will be realigned under the Ministry of Education. The implementation of the plan will also see the following; Establishment and operationalization of Technical and Vocational Education Service (TVES) as a delivery agency under Education Ministry. Establishment of an apex Training institution for the training of TVET staff Addition of Department of Education to Technical Universities Strengthening Agricultural training in TVET Establishment of Sector Skills Councils As part of efforts to transform the country’s Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) to meet the needs of industries, the government has decided to realign all aspects of TVET provision under the Ministry of Education. However, about 46,744 students from 865 public and private schools in the Northern region are sitting for this year's BECE. The Director General was accompanied by the Northern regional minister, Mr. Salifu Saeed, the MCE for Sagnerigu Madam Mariam Iddrisu, GES Director for the Northern region, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon and some Education officers in the region. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
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Pressure group OccupyGhana has issued a statement on issues arising from the controversial $89 million KelniGVG contract. The group is among other things asking ‘’The Finance Minister, if he has not done so already, immediately lays before Parliament for passage, the Legislative Instrument required to properly put in place the monthly Communications Service Tax returns required to be filed by the service providers’’ It is also demanding for a detailed ‘’Detailed investigation and audit by an independent expert, of the mechanism to be deployed under the Contract, particularly the Revenue Assurance, Specific Voice and Geographic Location Modules, to ascertain and ensure that any snoop and tap capability that is prohibited by law, does not exist…’’ Read below the full statement: Below is a copy of the statement OCCUPYGHANA PRESS STATEMENT ON ISSUES ARISING FROM THE “KELNI GVG CONTRACT” OccupyGhana® has followed the ongoing debate concerning the 27th December 2017 contract between the Ministries of Finance and Communications on the one part, and a company called Kelni GVG on the other part, to provide “a common platform for the purpose of revenue assurance, traffic monitoring, fraud management and mobile money monitoring” (“Contract.”) DEMANDS After our review of the Contract, facts available to us and the law, our key demands, as citizens of Ghana, are as follows: 1. The Finance Minister, if he has not done so already, immediately lays before Parliament for passage, the Legislative Instrument required to properly put in place the monthly Communications Service Tax returns required to be filed by the service providers; 2. (i) The deployment of the Revenue Assurance Module under the Contract should be limited to access to the service providers’ billing systems and nothing more or less, (ii) Detailed investigation and audit by an independent expert, of the mechanism to be deployed under the Contract, particularly the Revenue Assurance, Specific Voice and Geographic Location Modules, to ascertain and ensure that any snoop and tap capability that is prohibited by law, does not exist, and (iii) Assurance by the Government that the Mobile Money Monitoring Module under the Contract is not a wholly unnecessary replication of a regulatory function that is vested by law in, and is currently being performed by, the Bank of Ghana; and 3. Enforcement of the law on the use of Internally Generated Funds of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the National Communications Authority for their expenses only, and if considered necessary, make the two entities direct parties to the Contract so that they have a legal say in how the Contract is performed, in their own right. These demands arise from three primary concerns, namely, (1) how the Communications Service Tax is to be collected and paid to the Government, (2) whether the deployment of the monitoring mechanism under the Contract breaches or has the potential to breach the privacy protections under both the law and the Constitution, and (3) whether the payment of contract sums under the Contract, not by the Government (which is the party to the Contract) but, directly by the Ghana Revenue Authority (“GRA”) and the National Communications Authority (“NCA”) also breaches both the law and the Constitution. COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE TAX The 2008 Communications Service Tax Act provides that users of electronic communications services should pay a 6% tax. The mode of tax collection is clear: “The tax shall be PAID TOGETHER with the electronic communications service charge payable to the service provider by the user of the service.” This simply means that the user pays tax on the value of the voucher/service at the point of purchase, irrespective of whether the distributor sells or the customer uses or does not use what is purchased. The service provider collects the tax and then pays it to the GRA. The law then provides two processes for verifying/auditing the tax collection and payment. The first is by the service providers filing monthly CST returns with the GRA. The returns form is to be designed by the Minister for Finance to provide information that the Minister deems necessary for those auditing purposes, by way of regulations under a Legislative Instrument. We are informed that the Legislative Instrument is yet to be passed, ten years after the law was passed. We however understand that in lieu of the LI, the GRA has designed its own returns form that the service providers routinely file. The second verification/audit process is by way of the service providers giving the Government “physical access” to some “node” in their billing systems or an equivalent point, described by some as “Real Time Monitoring.” While some industry watchers and actors fault the wording of the law in this regard and describe it as “vague,” we believe that the intention of the framers of the law is obvious: the Government must be given access to an equivalent point in the providers’ networks, but ONLY to where the latter’s billing systems are connected. We do not see how this simple understanding presents any problems. We also note that the Contract has four Modules, namely (i) Revenue Assurance, (ii) Specific Voice, (iii) Geographic Location, and (iv) Mobile Money Monitoring. We think that the Revenue Assurance Module should be easy to implement, which would comply with the law, as long as all that the Government has access to are the billing systems. We are concerned that the Specific Voice Module (“traffic monitoring”) raises questions about the potential to monitor the content of communications in breach of the Constitution and statute. We also need to be convinced that the Geographic Location Module (“fraud management”) is really relevant to the work that the Government has to do, and does not breach the Constitution and statute. And we have doubts that with the launch of the mobile money interoperability platform that is monitored by the Bank of Ghana in real time, a parallel Mobile Money Monitoring Module is really required. Thus while we appreciate the Government’s probably well-intended aims under these contractual modules, it goes without saying that the modules may only be implemented in accordance with the law. The law as it stands now provides for the filing of monthly returns and giving access to billing systems only. Anything less than this would be in breach of the law. But, more importantly, anything beyond this would also arguably be in breach of the privacy protections afforded by the Constitution and statute. And it is to this that we now turn. PRIVACY ISSUES We are very concerned about the privacy issues that this Contract raises. The privacy of communications and correspondence is guaranteed by Article 18(2) of the Constitution, subject only to the qualifications provided in either that Article itself or Article 21(4). It is in the light of these, and following concerns expressed when the idea of ‘monitoring’ international inbound traffic first came up, that the 2008 Electronic Communications Act was amended in 2009 to provide expressly that whatever “mechanisms or measures” are instituted “shall not have the capability to actively or passively record, monitor or tap into the content of any incoming or outgoing electronic communication traffic, including voice, video and data existing discretely or on a coverage platform whether local or international.” Upon similar concerns being expressed with the introduction of this so-called “Real Time Monitoring” in the 2013 amendment of the 2008 Communications Service Tax Act, Parliament provided again that the “monitoring mechanism” also “shall not have the capability to actively or passively record, monitor, or tap into the content of any incoming or outgoing electronic communications traffic, including voice, video or data existing discretely or on a converged platform whether local or international.” Parliament, as if to shore these provisions up and being cognisant of the provisions in Article 18(2) of the Constitution, also passed the 2012 Data Protection Act to provide what is arguably the widest privacy protections known to the law, of data, which the Act defines to include information that “is processed by means of equipment operating automatically in response to instructions given for that purpose,” “recorded with the intention that it should be processed by means of such equipment,” “recorded as part of a relevant filing system or with the intention that it should form part of a relevant filing system,” or simply “forms part of an accessible record.” Our argument is that however laudable the government’s intentions are for entering into the Contract, and whatever assurances and pledges we receive that the government does not intend to snoop on or tap into our communications and correspondence, the law is simply that whatever mechanism is being deployed “SHALL NOT HAVE” snoop or tap capability. We have seen a Press Statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications dated 1st June 2018, and which says emphatically as follows: “Our informed position is that the current architecture from the NCA and Kelni GVG does not conform to these design standards. The architecture does not provide our customers the privacy of their communication that the constitution guarantees…” The said Press Statement then lists the following “challenges”: “a. the current architecture seeks to connect beyond the equivalent point in the network where the network providers’ billings systems are connected; [and] b. The monitoring mechanism has the capability to actively or passively record, monitor or tap into the content of any incoming or outgoing electronic communications traffic such as voice. The proposed connection point will risk exposing content of voice traffic.” If these statements are true, then the deployment of the mechanism with the statutorily prohibited snoop and tap capability, is a breach of the law and the Constitution. Then we would agree with the Chamber that “The voice transaction damp(sic) for the revenue assurance tool should be enough without risking individual customer privacy. We are minded that the law does not talk about intent but capability, which the current architecture processes (sic).” Having said that, we must however express our disappointment that the members of the Chamber, with such a strong and informed position on the matter, neglected or failed to commence legal action against the government to have this matter resolved once and for all by the courts within the 7-day limit imposed by law. That was a letdown. However, moving forward, we must point out that in Ghana, the 2012 Data Protection Act protects both “data” and “metadata,” i.e. data that provides information about other data. This falls under the definition of “personal data” as “data about an individual which can be identified from the data or other information in the possession of or likely to come into the possession of the data controller.” Thus in Ghana, a person’s voice communications as well as the fact that the person communicated with another person from a certain location and for a certain period (which is the kind of information that the “Real Time Monitoring” would have access to), are entitled to the same level of privacy protection under our law. As a matter of interest, while industry watchers are awaiting a decision of the US Supreme Court on whether the US government’s “acquisition of historical cell-site records created and maintained by a cellular-service provider violates the Fourth Amendment rights of the individual customer to whom the records pertain,” we in Ghana have no such problem. Accordingly, any system that obtains both data and metadata has to comply with the law. In this regard, we must register our disappointment also at the profoundly deafening silence of the Data Protection Commission in all of these matters. It is important that when such issues arise, statutory bodies entrusted with responsibility to protect our rights act proactively in investigating them, speaking out and making their relevance felt by educating the public. PAYMENT OF CONTRACT SUMS We note that neither the NCA nor the GRA is a party to the Contract. Yet they are “nominated” by the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Finance, respectively, as their “implementation agents.” And we are also informed that the money to be paid to Kelni GVG under the Contract (“Contract Sum”) is to be paid by the NCA and GRA in a 40% to 60% divide. We are concerned that the payment of the Contract Sum is not part of the “expenses” of either the NCA or the GRA, and therefore cannot be paid directly out of the Internally Generated Funds of either entity. Both the GRA and NCA are established by law as bodies corporate “with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.” Granted that they are authorities of the State, they are considered separate and distinct from the Government. Each of them has a Board that is, by law, the “governing body of the Authority.” Although each of them is statutorily under the supervision of a relevant Minister of state, the law is careful to set out and delineate in specific detail, the extent and bounds of that supervision. The general rule is that the Authorities and their Boards are bound by only written “Policy Directives” issued by the relevant Ministers. And it should be blindingly obvious that those “Policy Directives” cannot contravene the law or the Constitution. The law is clear on what the moneys that either the GRA or NCA receives are to be used for. They are only to retain specific portions of those moneys specifically for their “expenses” only, and the remainder “SHALL” be paid into the Consolidated Fund. Any use of those moneys on expenditure that does not fall within the “expenses” of the entities is illegal. Any use of the government’s portion of those monies by any person including the Government itself without the moneys first being paid into the Consolidated Fund is a breach of Article 176 of the Constitution. We reiterate that neither the Ministry of Finance nor Ministry of Communications has the power to issue “Policy Directives” that breach these provisions. We do not think that the Ministries of Finance and Communications “nominating” the GRA and NCA respectively as agents under a contract with a private entity falls under the power to issue “Policy Directives.” We do not think that simply on account of that contractual provision, the GRA and NCA become bound to make the payments of the Contract Sums under the Contract that neither of them is a party to. We do not think that paying the Contract Sums is part of the legitimate “expenses” of the GRA and NCA, non-parties to the Contract. We would add that there is a complete lack of privity of contract, and that the Contract cannot impose obligations arising under it on any person or even an agent, except the parties to it. It is time to end the situation where successive governments deliberately turn a blind eye to the requirement for the payment into the Consolidated Fund of moneys that particularly the NCA is bound to pay, which then gives to government the illegal opportunity to spend those moneys completely “off-balance sheet,” on the blind side of Parliament and the Auditor-General, and in breach of the Constitution. We would add that any such spending of monies that properly belongs to the Consolidated Fund, being contrary to law, becomes liable to the disallowance and surcharge powers of the Auditor-General under Article 187 of the Constitution. It must be noted that these powers have been interpreted by the Supreme Court on 14th June 2017 in OccupyGhana v. Attorney-General (Suit No. J1/19/2016) as follows: “the Auditor-General is bound to issue a disallowance or surcharge where there has been any item of expenditure on behalf of the Government that is contrary to law.” OTHER RELEVANT ISSUES In this statement, we have limited ourselves to what we perceive to be the legalities of the matter. We do not examine the larger issue of whether any of this is indeed the best practice in countries with more experience and success in telecom regulation. We are still examining that point. We also do not address the issue of value for money. Although we note a reduction in the total contract sum from the previous or existing contracts, we believe that we can only conduct a fair and accurate review when we have seen and examined the Bill of Quantities and other relevant documents that were submitted by the winning bid. We are therefore applying to the Public Procurement Authority for those and may issue a statement on them after we have reviewed them. CONCLUSION It is in the light of the foregoing that we have made our demands, which we consider reasonable under the circumstances. We expect the Government to accede to these demands to forestall any need to resort to court to resolve the issues raised. Yours in the service of God and Country OccupyGhana®
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The Paramount Chief of the Dormaa Traditional Area in the Brong Ahafo Region, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, has urged all Ghanaians irrespective of political affiliation to pray for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP government to successfully implement its policies and programmes. Emphasising that “leadership is not easy” at any level, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu maintains that the Akufo-Addo government would need everyone on board to take Ghana to the next level of her development process. The Dormaa Omanhene made the call while speaking at his palace in Dormaa Ahenkro on Sunday 3rd June, 2018 when the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia called on him and his elders as part of his one day tour of the region. Welcoming the Vice President to the region, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu stressed that the Akufo-Addo government had started on a good note in the 17 months since it assumed the reins of power, and it is important to support it to succeed. “Leadership is not easy. Even being the chief of Dormaa is not easy, let alone a whole nation. I will plead with every Ghanaian to pray for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice. They are in now in charge of the country, and we have to pray and support them for them to succeed, whether you voted for them or not. If you don’t support them today, who do you expect to support you when your time comes? If we don’t support them we will all lose.” The Dormaa Omanhene commended government for ‘life-saving’ programmes such as Free Senior High School Education, and the fight against illegal mining popularly known as galamsey, which had “restored sanity” to environmental management. “Of course, some people will criticize this programme (FSHS) introduced by President Nana Akufo-Addo, his Vice Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the NPP, but I will urge you to ignore such talk but rather focus on addressing the few challenges. All of us, including my citizens in Dormaa are enjoying the benefits, so please stay focused and deliver.” In brief remarks, Vice President Bawumia expressed government’s appreciation to the chiefs and people of Dormaa for the generous donation of land for the construction of a Sports Development Centre, and assured of government’s continued efforts to ensure a national spread of development projects including roads and educational facilities. Vice President Bawumia explained that initiatives such as the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) and Planting for Food and Jobs were designed to facilitate the creation of employment opportunities for the youth, a matter dear to the heart of government. The Vice President, who was accompanied by a number of government and party officials including the MP for Dormaa Central who also doubles as the Minister for Health, Hon Kwaku Agyemang Manu; the Minister for Zongo and Inner City Development, Hon Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique; and the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh was in the region as part of a nationwide Ramadan Tour to pray with his Moslem brethren and seek Allah’s blessing for the nation. He also offered special prayers on the tour for the sustenance and enhancement of the peace Ghana continues to enjoy in spite of the multiplicity of religious faiths in the country.
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About 34 final year students from the Redemption School Complex in the Awutu Senya West District of the Central region, who are sitting for the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), were disappointed after they discovered that the headmaster of the school failed to register them. The students could not find their index numbers at the examination centre where they were supposed to write their paper for today [Monday]. It was later discovered that, the headmaster, John Afranie Mensah, failed to register the 34 students. The aggrieved students speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Nana Yaw Asare, could not hold their tears and have vowed to deal with the headmaster. Some of them wept bitterly and said, ‘’we have prepared for the exams but we arrived only to discover that, our headmaster did not register us for the exams. This is painful and wickedness.’’ Some parents who spoke to our reporter threatened to take legal action the headmaster. According to Nana Yaw Asare, each student paid an amount of GHc190 as registration fee for the exams. Meanwhile, the District Education Director, Isaac A. Mensah, has promised to bring the headmaster to book. Over 500, 000 final year students are sitting for the BECE this year in over 500 centres nationwide. Students will pass their exams will have the opportunity to benefit from the free senior high school programme.
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Commercial drivers have increased transport fares by 10 per cent. The increment follows a directive from a statement issued by transport operators last week. The statement issued by the transport operators read: “In line with the Administrative Arrangement on Public Transport Fares, the Roads Transport Operators have reviewed the prices of the various components that go into the running of commercial transport service and have increased public transport fares by 10% across all categories of the services. This is to accommodate predominantly increase in the price of fuel.” The affected transport services include, Intracity (Tro-Tro), Intercity(Long Distance) and shared taxis. Transport fares were increased in April 2017 by 15 per cent. The increment in that year, came after government deducted the Special petroleum tax rate from 17.5 percent to 15 percent; and also abolished duty on the importation of spare parts. Some drivers we spoke to said passengers are aware of the increment and so they did not encounter any difficulty in demanding for the fares. Others also indicated that because the passengers were not aware, they were cautioned to come prepared to pay for t6heir new fares on Tuesday.
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The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Gilbert Ankrah claims that prior to the heavy downpour, the AMA cleared all roadside primary and tertiary drains within the Metropolis. In his submission, he said the exercise began on 3rd of March from circle and its environs, Awudome, first light through to Abossey Okai roundabout, Odorna, drains from ICGC down to the Korle and all roadside drains. He added these exercises amounted to the cost of GHc1.5 million. The Host of Frontline Show on Rainbow 87,5fm, Kwame Tutu counted this claim saying that he has received reports on Friday that these drains are still choked. ‘’From March till now it is probable that these filth might have gone back into these drains. He further asked if the AMA collected the filth generated from the exercise and in his response he said, all these filth were gathered after they were left on the banks to dry. Gilbert Ankrah said the greatest challenge as a country is the indiscriminate dumping of refuse by citizens. These refuse end up into the drains reducing the efforts of the assembly to nothing, he lamented. He gave an assurance that the filth are been cleared instead it is the negative attitudes of citizens that poses the challenge. The media he said was taken along to confirm the extent of work being done. The Minister of works and housing, Mr. Samuel Atta-Akyea also embarked on a similar tour with the assembly, Gilbert Ankrah said. There is therefore the need for all of us to change our attitudes to ensure sanity in our environment. The assembly has also put measures in place to deal with offenders, he warned. When he was asked if the amount was adequate to help desilt the Odaw drain he responded saying, the assembly is not working on the Odaw because it is quite a bigger drain. Government he said has allocated funds which will help authorities desilt the Odawn drain soon. The assembly he said has also ensured the construction of new drains to supplement the old ones. He added that aside the desilting of the Odaw under the Ministry, some drains are under construction at Mallam, Accra Academy and behind the market at Odawna. Concluding, Gilbert Ankrah said a lot of measures have been adopted to prevent Accra from flooding like previous years. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
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Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, has challenged Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to call Kennedy Agyapong, the MP for Assin Central if he [Bawumia] believes the work of Anas is ‘’relevant.’’ The Vice President in a teaser shared on twitter and facebook by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas described the work of Anas as important because eit is exposing corrupt people in the dark. The second gentleman also called on corrupt people to be guided that their activities may soon be exposed. ‘’What Anas is doing is very relevant. People should know that what they do in the dark can be exposed,” he said, adding “Really, I would encourage him to continue doing what he does,’’ he said. But Dr. Apaak has challenged the vice president to call Mr. Agyapong to order over his constant attacks on Anas. Mr. Agyapong has vowed to strip Anas naked over bribery and extortion claims he leveled against him. According to Mr. Agyapong, Anas has amassed wealth through alleged corrupt deals and also his selective style of investigation in exposing people. Dr. Apaak is therefore calling on Dr. Bawumia to call Mr. Agyapong to order if he believes in what Anas is doing. He said, ‘’ Mr. VEEP, with due respect, if you believe the work Anas does is VERY relevant, then why are you not calling Ken Agyapong to order? Is he not the one leading the charge to smear Anas and draw his good work and service to Mother Ghana into disrepute? Is it not Ken who has publicly threatened Anas, told fibs about him and even posted fake pictures and information about him, and by so doing endangered his life like never before? And this is all that you say? And why has your party been silent on condemning Ken Agyapong for his needless, baseless, self serving attacks on Anas? Or is it that you and your NPP fear/dread Ken Agyapong? Mr. VEEP, it's not enough to say the work Anas does is VERY relevant, we all know that, the world knows that. The work Anas does was relevant yesterday, is relevant today and will be relevant tomorrow. Tell Ken Agyapong to back off!’’
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A campaign championed by Frontline show host, Kwame Tutu to rid off our streets of beggars has yielded a positive outcome. Kwame Tutu of Rainbow Radio 87.5FM has been calling on authorities to rid off the streets of beggars since it was unlawful. He was particularly disturbed at the situation where children are used as beggars by their parents across some locations in the capital city. In a recent article he wrote, the outspoken morning show host said: ‘’The number of kids being used by adults to beg between Tesano and Achimota old station, under the overhead when making a turn to join the N1 highway keeps increasing by the day. For over a year now I have seen an addition of a child or two almost every month.” “The kids dangerously move among moving vehicles and cars to beg while the old women who are supposed to be their mothers or guardians sit in the dusty pavements ‘comfortably’. “I don’t want to talk about the ‘dead laws’of Ghana. I don’t want to. I am afraid for the lives of the kids, and the potential problem they will one day give to drivers who use that portion of the road.” “I have observed countless times how the kids sometimes lean on cars without the drivers knowing. They do so when the traffic has stopped the cars. Any of them could be run over and I am so afraid for their lives,’’ he said. The decision by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to get street beggars off the streets he said is a positive one and has charged authorities to be firm on the move. Public Relations Officer (PRO) for AMA, Gilbert Ankrah says the exercise by AMA has “identified and picked up 200 persons including children from Niger and Nigeria from some ceremonial routes, streets under bridges and in traffic begging for alms.” The Assembly has urged the public to “desist from giving money to beggars on the streets as they will be violating the Beggars and Destitute Act, 1969 (PNDCL 392) which criminalizes the act of begging and giving to beggars.”
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