Ghanaian celebrity blogger and private legal practitioner, Chris Vincent Agyapong, has described as senseless the move by organizers of Miss Ghana to accuse him of paying some former beauty queens to peddle falsehood against them.
The lawyer, in an interview with GH Entertainment host, Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome slammed the CEO of Exclusive Events Ghana, Inna Patty for making such frivolous claims against him.
Chris Vincent Agyapong said it does not make logical sense for anyone to point accusing fingers at him when six former beauty queens have narrated the ordeal they went through.
‘It is a bit funny for anyone to say I am behind these stories. Why should I pay former beauty queens to do this? What will be the gain for me? You cannot fabricate stories about people in order to tarnish their image. For me, it doesn’t make reasonable sense to say I am behind the stories.’’
‘’Of course I am the one who published the stories. I gave them the platform because people were unwilling to help them because of their affiliation with the Miss Ghana brand. I would have agreed if she accused of me giving them the platform. I gave them the platform because they were aggrieved and wanted to tell their stories.''
The journalist said the ladies confronted him with their stories because of his credibility, trust and confidence.
Inna Patty has sued the blogger and some of the former beauty queens but the UK based legal practitioner speaking to Rainbow Radio says his legal representation is adequately prepared for the suits.
He has cautioned Miss Patty to decline from going to court because the evidence they have will pin her and the organization down.
He said, ‘’from what I see and from where I sit, I don’t doubt the girls.’’
Chris Vincent stressed that on the balance of probability, it doesn’t make sense for six people to accuse Inna Patty over the same allegations.
Ghanaian highlife musician, Richie Rich, has called on Ghanaian musicians to stop copying Nigerian musicians and rather try and sound original. He disclosed that Nigerian musicians are remaking the old highlife tunes from Ghana because they see them as great works but Ghanaian musicians are trying to sound like Nigerians, a situation he described as senseless. He said, Nigerians are trying to add their afro-beats to our old songs and yet, Ghanaians are stealing from them. He was speaking to Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The musician also told the host he had to lay back for a while because he was embarking on other activities. According to him, his long absence from the scene offered him an opportunity to learn and he has returned for good. Highlife musician he stated is expensive because it takes time and any artiste who would want to invest in highlife music, should have enough resources. For him, one cannot depend on music and survive and due to that, artistes should find other avenues to make money so they will not live as paupers. The musician who is now the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Centric Systems Ghana Limited- a company that deals in automated doors said he realised he could not survive on music alone so he had to travel to South Africa to seek greener pastures. ‘’You cannot depend on music alone and survive. You have to find other means of making money or you will regret. That is why I had to travel and find something else to do so I will be able to survive,’’ he added. He refuted claims he has resigned as a musician adding, ‘’I will continue to professionally do music until death.’’ The musician underscored the need for highlife musicians to be creative and be proud of their Ghanaian heritage. He has released his latest track tiled, ‘Akukomi’ and currently preparing to release an album this year. Richie released his own album ‘Akwaakwa’ in 2011 and has also done several Radio and TV commercials, which include the Obaapa, tomatoes commercial for TV and radio, Obaapa mackerel song, Pusher song (Odwo) and Joy Daddy song using (Yentie Obiaa by Daddy Lumba). Richie performed with Czar at the Accra International Conference Centre in 2006 at the December to Remember show. He also performed with Ofori Amponsah and Friends at the National Theater. Richie performed ‘Akwaakwa’ on the stage of Ghana Most Beautiful 2012 and has equally performed with various live bands. He can virtually take any highlife or African song and sing it like his own.
AMERI Energy has rejected claims it was informed about the renegotiated deal.
According to the company, the agreement aimed at handing over the $510 million power contract to a new entity for a period of 15 years was not communicated to them.
This was contained in a statement issued by the company.
Under the new agreement, a new company, Mytilineos International Trading Company, will take over the management of the AMERI power plant for 15 years.
The new company has offered to pay AMERI an amount of $52,160,560, with the government paying the remaining $39 million to the Dubai-based AMERI Energy to wash its hands off the deal entirely.
But the statement issued the company in parts read: “As you are fully aware we have never been involved with your ministry in any kind of negotiations or discussions related to this novation and amendment agreement. Moreover, also never had insight of any commercial discussion between you and the new party, therefore could not have verified that the above permissions were not obtained at the time of presentation before parliament.’’
“In view of the ongoing circumstance, the management of Ameri energy has taken notice of this and would like to inform you that we shall not be deemed associated with the novation and amendment agreement and will only remain committed to our original BOOT agreement signed on 20th of February 2015,” it further clarified advising that; “Upon the completion of our five years term, your ministry can freely decide to handover the project to any third party at a commercial arrangement you may deem right.”
Meanwhile, it has emerged that the president was misled in approving the deal through an executive instrument.
The Economic Management Team is reported to have also cancelled the deal describing it as shocking.
One of the children who were saved at the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital when the centre was set up has returned to thank the surgeon who performed the procedure, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.
Like one of the lepers who were healed by Jesus, Oscar Akunor Dei, now 27, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, has returned to say thank you.
He was only a year old when he suffered a congenital heart disease, commonly known as hole in heart.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, now Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, successfully performed surgery on Oscar in 1990 to seal the hole in his heart, free of charge, leaving him hale and hearty.
Oscar, in the company of his parents and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oforikrom in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, Dr Emmanuel Marfo, called on Prof. Frimpong-Boateng in Accra to express his appreciation“What brought me here today is basically to come and see the man through whom I would say God saved my life when I was a baby; I actually knew nothing. It is a great pleasure. I am really glad today to see you and be able to say thank you for the service you rendered. I am here just to thank you. We really appreciate what you did for us,” an emotional Oscar said.
Mr Dei who is now a Research Assistant at the Physiology Department, School of Medical Sciences at KNUST, also expressed joy for meeting Prof. Frimpong-Boateng for the first time.
According to Oscar’s mother, Mrs Gladys Asiedua Dei, her son was diagnosed of the disease when Prof. Frimpong-Boateng had just returned from Germany to establish the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and “he didn’t even have an office.”
Oscar’s father, Mr Joshua Kingsley Dei, added: “People learn abroad and stay there forever but he made himself available to be of help to his country. He has been able to save lots of souls through that decision he made. We thank him so much, and may God bless him.”
Mr Dei further explained that two months prior to his son’s diagnosis, “someone had the same condition and died but my son is alive today by the grace of God through Prof. We are so much grateful.”
For his part, the MP, who also facilitated the meeting, called on health workers to put in their best efforts to save lives at all times, saying that “although government hospitals or facilities may not be adequate, we should do our best to save lives so that in future when you see somebody that you worked hard to save through the grace of God, you will be happy that you did something good for humanity.”
Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will be a leader for all Zimbabweans in a call for unity after rows broke out over his election victory.
The president appealed for peace and promised an independent investigation into the military after six people were killed in post-election violence.
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has described the president's victory as a "coup against [the people's] will".
This was the first election since long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted.
Speaking at a press conference, President Mnangagwa said that Mr Chamisa would have "a crucial role to play in Zimbabwe's president and its unfolding future".
He asked the opposition leader to join him in calling for peace and unity in the country, and promised that people's civil liberties would be protected.
Mr Chamisa had earlier called the results "corrupted" and said his MDC Alliance would pursue all legal and constitutional avenues to challenge it.
The opposition leader said he had evidence that ballot boxes were being transported in open trucks allowing them to be tampered with.
He also raised discrepancies between vote tallies, and said his election agent had not been allowed to verify the results on Thursday.
Figures released by the electoral commission say Mr Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF party won 50.8% of the presidential vote - ensuring by only 36,464 ballots that there did not have to be a run-off.
Chamisa tallied 44.3% of the almost five million votes cast, with the 21 other candidates taking up the remainder.
Results of the parliamentary election gave Zanu-PF 144 seats; the MDC Alliance, which is made up of seven parties, 64 seats, and one seat to the National Patriotic Front, formed by Mugabe loyalists.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has disclosed it will not place a cap on the number of persons who will express interest in the presidential candidate slot.
The party has adopted measures to get their presidential candidate elected by December 7, 2018 as stipulated in the constitution of the umbrella family.
The party’s General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, at a press conference on Thursday announced to journalists the NDC has officially declared campaign opened.
Interested persons seeking to contest are to officially inform the party through the office of the chief scribe of the party.
When asked if the party will consider a specific number of candidates, the NDC party scribe said there would be no such move.
However, the party have measures in place that will ensure that the candidates who will express interest in running are apt and qualified.
''We are not going to cap the number of candidates but our system is such that, it will provide manageable candidates.''
The National Executive Committee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has with immediate effect sanctioned campaigning for flagbearer hopefuls of the party ahead of the 2020 elections.
So far, only one candidate has officially written to the General Secretary to officially inform him of his intention.
Mr Sylvester Mensah a former CEO of National Health Insurance Authority in his letter wrote: “I am pleased to thank you and the entire National Executive Committee of the party for officially declaring campaign activities towards the party’s presidential primaries open,” Mr. Mensah said in the letter.
He stated: “Having engaged in a nationwide consultation on the future leadership of our dear party, I am able to confirm that I would be contesting the vacant position of flagbearer for our dear party, the NDC,” adding “it’s my conviction that this communication satisfies the initial requirement of notification of intent to the party.”
A political science lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba, Dr Isaac Brako has asked the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to totally prevent all executives from endorsing any candidate who have expressed interest in the presidential candidate slot.
Such a move he indicated will provide a fair level playing field and allow aspirants to engage in a clean and fair campaign.
He was reacting to a caution given party executives at all levels to desist from using party structures to endorse a candidate.
General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah told journalists over the week that, executives are not to use structures to endorse a candidate although they are allowed to do so as individuals.
The party he said will give an even playing field to all candidates He made reference to some pronouncements made by some candidates by people who ‘’were pretending to be flagbearers and some of the utterances had not been in good taste. Now that we have officially opened the campaign, we will be monitoring.’’
He emphasised the need for candidates to conduct a campaign that is decent, that is decorous in terms of the language.
But the lecturer wants the party to totally ban executives from endorsing any candidate.
The endorsement he opined may create internal wranglings for the NDC going into the 2020 polls.