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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Human Rights lawyer, Francis Xavier Sosu says he is overjoyed and very excited following the decision by the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court to quash the three-year suspension he was slapped with by the General Legal Council (GLC). The lawyer told Rainbow Radio’s Vivian Arthur that his trust in the justice system has increased following the ruling. Mr Sosu was suspended by the GLC on June 1, 2017 after it found him guilty for overcharging a client and also violating the legal profession’s code of conduct that prevents lawyers from advertising their services. He was suspended for three years for each of the offence, which will run concurrently. The GLC also ordered him to avail himself to a senior lawyer who will mentor him for one year. According to the GLC, the lawyer charged a client, known as Francis Agyare, GH¢50,000 as legal fee for a compensation claim of GH¢200,000. The lawyer challenged the suspension by filling a certiorari appliaction at the Human Rights Court for his suspension to be quashed. Delivering his ruling today (Wednesday), the court, presided over by Mrs Justice Gifty Agyei Addo, quashed the suspension on the basis that the GLC exceeded its jurisdiction because the offence and punishment for overcharging a client was not defined. Also the court held that there was no complainant for the charge of advertising and touting leveled against the lawyer. The lawyer who could not hide his excitement expressed gratitude to God, his family, well wishers and the media for the support he received during his suspension. He said, ‘’I am very excited and overjoyed. My trust in the justice system has also increased. There are times you are faced with challenges and you lose faith in your own system, but what I have witnessed today, has increased my faith in the system.’’ Lawyer Sosu said his core focus is to represent people who have been deprived of the rights and the ruling of the court will help him resume that duty.
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The Ofankor Magistrate Court has sentenced Wisdom Donaldo, 24 , a gay prostitute to a year imprisonment The 24-year-old man was caught having sex with his four clients at Kasoa in the Central Region, was jailed today [Wednesday] to a year in prison in hard labour. Reports said that passersby caught the suspect, identified only as Lizzy, a hair dresser, having sex with four men on Sunday around 8pm. His clients immediately escaped when the prostitute was about to be lynched. The timely intervention of the Police in the area saved him. Lizzy as he is popularly called was charged with four counts, which he pleaded guilty and was convicted on his own plea. The court was presided over by her lordship Justice Appiah Owusua.
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The Member of Parliament for Bunduri and Deputy Ranking Member, Health Committee, Dr. Robert Kuguanab-Lem, has asked government to disburse monies to the various government hospitals so they embark on expansion projects to enable them accommodate more patients. According to him, the no bed syndrome which has led to the death of some Ghanaians, should be treated as an emergency situation. Speaking to the media in parliament, the legislature admonished government not to only concentrate on the NHIS but also see to the ending of no bed syndrome. The situation is not just about Korle-Bu but all other hospitals across the regions face similar problems, he lamented. ‘’What we have to do as a matter of emergency is to give some resources to all hospitals, starting with the teaching hospitals, regional hospitals and district hospitals. For example, what we need to do is to give Korle-Bu $2 million, Komfo Anokye, $ 2 Million and Tamale Teaching Hospital $2 million for them to expand their emergency services. This is a matter we have to do right away so that, they can improve on their facilities right away. We have to do this before we do long term planning to see how we can solve the problem once and for all,’’ he added. He said, there is an explosion of ill health in the country but the facilities are not there.
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Ghanaian boxer, Emmanuel ‘The Game Boy’ Tagoe has said that, he was disturbed after the International Boxing Organization (IBO), ordered him to vacate his title a couple of months ago due to non-compliance to certain rules and regulations governing the organization. The Baby Jet promotion fighter known for his antics in the ring made his emotions felt when he was speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi. He said, “ if I should be saying the truth in God’s name, it disturbed me and one may ask that why did Emma sat down for this to happen, forfeiting training but my fans know what I can do for Ghana and I am also aware of what I can do for Ghana.’’ Looking at all the world titles I have won, nobody defeated me to take it from me but certain problems came my way and that led to the current challenge I am confronted with. But when I was stripped off the IBO title, it really disturbed me because that is the biggest title I hold or have won in this country. It was the title that motivated me. One thing that always motivates me is that, God gave me the titles so he can let me keep it if he wants but if otherwise I am ok. By: Lawrence Mintah Smith (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
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The Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has indicated that her ministry will continue to provide assistance to Ghanaian migrants whenever they face challenges in their quest to seek greener pastures in Europe. This was made known when the Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, asked a question on measures put in place by the ministry to address a report by the International Organisation for Migration that sixty two thousand, four hundred and twenty two (62,422) Ghanaians are stranded in Libya. The Ministry she noted will require additional time to ascertain the veracity of the figure that has been put out by the ILO. And will refer to parliament at a later date with more reliable information of the numbers of Ghanaians in Libya. ‘’On the question on what the ministry is doing to assist stranded Ghanaians, we wish to state that, we are aware of our mandate to protect and to promote the interest and welfare of our compatriots.’’ The Ministry has since April opened a consulate in Tripoli with experienced officers there. Another consulate has also been opened in Miami, Niger which is also a transit country to offer assistance to Ghanaians who require such services. “Mr. Speaker, the ministry is aware that there are some stranded Ghanaians in Libya who contact the consulate in Tripoli for assistance, however, the figure put out by IOM in Accra conflicts with figures provided by IOM in Tripoli. “This, coupled with the highly volatile situation in Libya has made it very difficult to obtain information of the actual number of Ghanaian nationals in that country. This is because Libya today has varse areas of its territory in the hands of rival militia groups operating outside the control of internationally recognised interim governments of national accord,” Mrs. Ayorkor Botchwey told Parliament Wednesday. About 200 Ghanaians have also been repatriated since April 2018 through collaborative efforts between the Ministry and the ILO. ‘’I wish to reiterate that, despite the challenges, the ministry through its missions in Valetta, and the Consulate in Tripoli and Miami are deploying all available resources to offer assistance. If we ascertain the allege huge numbers, and it becomes necessary, government will consider evacuation,’’ she concluded. As of March 2018, 62,422 Ghanaians were identified in different cities and detention centres in Libya, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix has revealed. That number, it said, ranks Ghanaians in Libya fifth after Egyptian, Nigerien, Chadian and Sudanese nationals out of 38 different nationalities in that country. Since June 2017, a total of 706 (661 men, 45 women) Ghanaians stranded in Libya have been assisted to return home voluntarily with the majority of the returnees, 70 per cent, being returned from various detention centres in Libya, while the rest are from the cities.
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Son of the late Mr Prince Anthony Acheampong, the 70-year-old man who reportedly died in his car at the LEKMA Hospital in Accra, after seven hospitals turned him away over claims that there were no beds, says he is currently working closely with the various committees probing the matter. The son, Kwame Obiri Yeboah, told Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, three committees set up by the Ghana Health Service, Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association and Ministry of Health are probing the issue. He said, the committees are probing the matter to unravel the truth and he has made a request for him to be involved and he has been invited by the committees on several occasions. Some of the facilities he revealed tried to deny that the late 70-year-old man was brought to their facilities when the various committees approached them. ‘’I know the committees are working and one major thing I am happy about is that, they have said that, the incident involving my father has become a salvation to the health system. It was admitted that, the system has failed and so, if it has failed, it has to be corrected. Whatever is really breaking the system has to be fixed. And so, they are involving my family and I in every step of the way to actually correct it once and for all. And that is what I am taking as a word but if at appoint we realize that is not the agenda, then my family would be forced to do otherwise.’’ The committees are still probing the matter and we have requested for the report on all the collated information resulting from the work of the committees and they have promised to provide us with any information we want and based on that, it will help us [family] to take the next step.’’ The late Prince Anthony Opoku Acheampong was the CEO of Printhony Printing Press in Adabraka, a suburb of Accra. Prince Anthony Opoku Acheampong woke up on the day he died complaining of a headache, and this necessitated the trips to the hospitals. The first hospital they went to, C&J Medicare hospital, was described as their family hospital but that offered little solace to them. Over there, a nurse confirmed that Prince Anthony needed to be hospitalized after a brief assessment, but said the hospital could not cater for them. The family moved on to the Korle Bu Polyclinic, Ridge Hospital, Police Hospital, the Trust Hospital, the La Polyclinic, before finally arriving at the LEKMA Hospital at Teshie where Prince Anthony Opoku Acheampong died.
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Frustrated relatives some of whom have lost dear ones following the ongoing no-bed syndrome in some hospitals in the country, are saying the nation is doomed if its premier health facility Korle-bu Teaching Hospital is also mingling in the canker. On our visit to the facility, patients were receiving medical care in chairs instead of beds. This according to hospital authority is as a result of increased emergency and referral cases from other facilities in the country. Some patients have overstayed the somewhat 48 hour period at the emergency unit. A clear case was a man who was involved in a head on car coalition on Tuesday and was treated in a chair at the accident unit. Public Relations Officer, Mustapha Salifu told the press the situation is under control as a unit is under preparation to absorb excessive cases. The very unit was inspected by the deputy Minister of Health, Hon. Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah on Tuesday including having herself acquainted with the issues on grounds. On the same day the hospital counted about fifty excess patients but the number was reduced by Wednesday noon. Story by: Daniel Asuku and Leticia Sarpomaa Derchie
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Lawyer Francis Sosu's suspension quashed

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court has quashed the three -year suspension of Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu by the General Legal Counsel(GLC), the body that regulates the legal profession. Mr Sosu was suspended by the GLC on June 1, 2017 after it found him guilty for overcharging a client and also violating the legal profession’s code of conduct that prevents lawyers from advertising their services. He was suspended for three years for each of the offence, which will run concurrently. The GLC also ordered him to avail himself to a senior lawyer who will mentor him for one year. Reasons for suspension One of the reasons for Mr Sosu’s suspension, according to the GLC, was that he charged a client, known as Francis Agyare, GH¢50,000 as legal fee for a compensation claim of GH¢200,000. The GLC, in its notice of suspension, stated that the legal fee charged by him was “excessive and an overestimation of the services rendered him when he represented to him that he was offering pro-bono legal service’’. Also the GLC said Mr Sosu had, on two different occasions, advertised his firm’s name, address and telephone numbers on Facebook, with “the primary motive of personal advertisement and touting, which was in violation of Rule 2(4) of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct. Ruling Not happy with the decision of the GLC, the suspended lawyer filed a certiorari application at the Human Rights Court for his suspension to be quashed. In a ruling today, (Wednesday), the court, presided over by Mrs Justice Gifty Agyei Addo, quashed the suspension on the basis that the GLC exceeded its jurisdiction because the offence and punishment for overcharging a client was not defined. Also the court held that there was no complainant for the charge of advertising and touting leveled against the lawyer. Source: GraphicOnline
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The Executive Director of Centre for Constitutional Order, lawyer Solomon Osei Ofosu has said that, the institution has decided to offer a pro-bono service for the family of deceased mother and baby at the Suntreso Government Hospital. According to him, the organization provides pro-bono services in such human-interest cases. He believes the case is one of negligence on the part of health professionals that led to the death of a mother and child at the Suntreso hospital. These pro-bono services he said would investigate and follow the case free of charge. Explaining into detail the main services provided by the Centre for Constitutional Order on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5 today (Wednesday), the Executive Director said, they research and address human interest issues. On their achievements he said they have investigated the police sector to find out how the police must handle arrests without warrants (ie with the relevant authority from the court to buttress the arrest). Adding, he said that they have been able to investigate for almost 50 years to come out that, the police are to submit monthly to the Magistrate Court such cases of arrest without warrant. “The police mostly arrest people without reason. We submitted the issue to court and won the case. The court has further ordered that the Police should adhere to this provision as stipulated by law”, he added. This he said has gone a long way to curb the rampant cases of indiscriminate arrests without warrant by the police in the country. On the issue of the man who lost his family at Suntreso hospital, the Executive Director said they would investigate his case when he comes for assistance at the firm. Explaining further, he said that the organization can offer assistance only when he resorts to the organization. “We cannot take on the issue if the victim has not come to us. We do not know the arrangements he/she has made. We cannot operate in our own power except that of the victim. We may not also be able to attain locus (a legal term which the prerequisite to present a case in court signifying that the victim has permitted that his/her case should be investigated into”, he emphasized. We also ascertain the truth every case before we take the necessary measures to investigate the case, he added. Concluding, he expressed how sorrowful such acts of negligence on the part of health practitioners, results in the loss of lives. “It is displeasing how doctors demand ‘motivation fee’ before treating patients and how some doctors shirk their responsibility saying there are no beds after they have sworn oaths to protect human lives. We had to send volunteers to ascertain the truth in the death of the woman who died yesterday. We were so sad, we couldn’t do anything”, he lamented. He finally said the firm can be located at Shiashi and be communicated on 0236800214. He urged all Ghanaians to come together to fight such acts of negligence. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
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The public accounts of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for the financial year ended December 31, 2017 have revealed that the overall financial impact of weaknesses and irregularities discovered by the Auditor-General amounted to over GH¢892 million. The breakdown is: tax irregularities GH¢655 million; cash irregularities GH¢190 million; stores/procurement irregularities GH¢41 million; payroll irregularities GH¢1.7 million; outstanding loans/advances GH¢2.6 million ; and rent irregularities GH¢195 million. Finance Ministry tops with GH¢697m The Finance and Economic Planning Ministry recorded the highest irregularities, amounting to GH¢697 million. It is followed by the Employment and Labour Relations ministry with GH¢l35 million. The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection corded GH¢25 million (GH¢25,561,177) as the third highest figure. The Health Ministry accounted for the fourth highest irregularities of GH¢21 million. 'League Table' of Irregularities of others MDAs Others MDAs found culpable include Interior Ministry GH¢2.8 million Communication Ministry - GH¢2.4 million Trade and lndustry ministry-GH¢1.1 million Local Government and Rural Development Ministry - GH¢1.2 million Ministry of Agriculture - GH¢1.7 million Education Ministry GH¢743,721. Chieftaincy Ministry GH¢ 142,916 Fisheries Ministry - GH¢54,747 Defence ministry - GH¢39,099 Lands and Natural Resources - GH¢96,006 Ministry of House and Housing - GH¢16,887 Roads and Highways - GH¢395,773 Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department - GH¢6,371 Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources - GH¢65,124 Information Ministry - GH¢16,366 Judicial Service - GH¢902,107 Office of Government Machinery GH¢107,642. In the report, which has been submitted to Parliament, the Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, pledged to investigate these further and, if possible, hold the officials accountable by way of disallowing the items of expenditure and surcharge. Tax irregularities GH¢655m According to the report, tax irregularities constitute 73.46% of the total financial infraction reported. The amount includes , GH¢11.5 million which was in respect of Prestea Sankofa Limited’s mineral royalties indebtedness to the government as of August 2016 and which had remained uncollected by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) since 2012. Ghana Revenue Authority’s failures It noted that these irregularities could be traced mainly to failure on the part of the GRA to collect tax revenue and also apply measures and sanctions against defaulters as stipulated in Paragraph 40 and 41 of the Income Tax Act 2015, (Act 896) Sections 135(2) and 136 of the Internal Revenue Act, 2000 (Act 592). Source: The Finder
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