Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho is heading to court to sue vice presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia for failing to provide evidence over his allegations that the register consisted of some 76, 000 foreigners (Togolese).
The former deputy governor of the Central Bank at a press conference in 2015 said the party have discovered evidence that shows that close to 80,000 Togolese have registered on the voters’ register.
The evidence is damning and shows that Ghana's register is bloated, Dr. Bawumia said at the time.
Dr. Bawumia said the uncovering of these foreign nationals in the register is just “10% of the search,” he added at the time of presenting the ''evidence'' allegedly gathered by the NPP.
“I should note that so far, we have only completed less than 10% of the work on the Togolese register and we will begin work on comparing the Ivorian register with Ghana’s shortly and follow that with the Burkina Faso register,'' He stated
But after almost a year into the allegations, the three times vice presidential candidate of the elephant is yet to unveil his evidence.
This Koku Anyidoho says amounts to deceit and calls for probe and prosecution of the man who wants to hold the office of the vice president.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu some few weeks ago, Koku Anyidoho called on Dr. Bawumia to provide his evidence since he [Anyidoho] was not going to allow him [Bawumia] have his peace of mind.
The deputy chief scribe of the umbrella family is back in the news threatening to drag the vice presidential hopeful before court since he is to blame for the saga over the credibility of register.
According to Koku Anyidoho, Dr. Bawumia's failure to provide his so-called evidence has led to the 'harsh' sentence handed the panelists and presenter of Montie FM.
The outspoken politician was extremely disappointed that the court had to sentence these men to fourth months in jail for their statements when other political leaders had threatened to kill some tribes.
He chided the court for ordering the owners and directors of the station to present before it a written document containing policies and measures intended to prevent the contemptuous act from being repeated.
The judgement he stressed is worrying after the convicts pleaded liable and apologized unequivocally.
Koku Anyidoho said, ''because of what is happening now , i have spoken to my lawyers and so don't be surprised if you see me in court. I'm intending to take Bawumia to court because Bawumia is the genesis of all these things. This, his so-called 10 percent of work that he claimed he did in Togo and was going to present the 90 percent; he didn't produce. The documents he sent to the Electoral Commission (EC) was a fake document which was meant to deceive a public office because the EC is a public office. Under our criminal code, deceit of a public officer is a crime. So i'm talking to my lawyers and they are looking at the relevant provisions of the constitution. And so don't be surprised if you see me in court.''
Koku Anyidoho went further to say that the party will start going to court over some these statements.
The vice presidential candidate should come and prove to us where he got that document from, he underscored.
Groupe Nduom (GN) Foundation, a benevolent organisation of GN, has donated to the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) towards the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio, in Brazil.
President of Groupe Nduom, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom who is also a presidential candidate of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) at a short ceremony presented the package of US$32,000 to the GOC.
In an interview with Rainbow Sports the business magnate said, explained that the donation was in two folds.
He indicated that $22,000 out of the above money was to be used to pay for hotel rooms of the Ghana contingent which includes athletes and other officials.
Dr. Nduom subsequently gave a cash of US$10,000 as the remaining money to the GOC. The presidential aspirant said, the donation was to serve as a motivation for the athletes.
According to Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom Ghana has huge potential of winning medals, however, the lack of motivation at times contributed to the failure of the athletes to deliver at big stages.
He charged the the athletes to give off their best so as to raise the flag of Ghana high.
On his part, the GOC president Professor Francis Doodo, expressed his utmost gratitude to Groupe Nduom for the gesture and added that, it will go a long way to help athletes.
He used the occasion to call on corporate Ghana to emulate Dr. Nduom and GN Foundation to do same for GOC as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has expressed optimism that Ghana will record a consistent drop in inflation in the next one year to further stabilise the economy. He said the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had also started bearing fruits in the area of fiscal consolidation.
Mr Amissah-Arthur said this when a 12-member delegation from the Standard Chartered Bank, Africa and Middle East Region, led by the Chief Executive of the bank, Mr Sunil Kaushal, called on him at the Flagstaff House yesterday.
The delegation is in the country to hold its quarterly meeting and also draw a programme to commemorate 120 years of the bank’s existence in the country.
Standard Chartered PLC, a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London, UK, operates a network of more than 1,200 branches and outlets, including subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, in more than 70 countries and employs about 87,000 people.
Putting economy on track
The Vice-President told the delegation that the government was resolved to put the economy back on track, adding that the country recorded growth of four per cent per annum, while it registered a substantial reduction in the deficit.
Additionally, the government had made efforts to reduce the levy on petroleum products to further reduce the deficit and also place a limit to which the Bank of Ghana could finance the deficit, he said.
Mr Amissah-Arthur expressed concern over external conditions, such as the drop in commodity and gold prices, which impacted negatively on the economy.
“Such conditions, combined with the problems in our power sector, have created difficulties for our services and manufacturing sectors,” he acknowledged.
He asked the banking sector to come on board by collaborating with the government to fashion programmes to deepen the secondary market for government debt, as well as explore ways of structurally moving the economy towards growth to create jobs.
Responding, Mr Kaushal said Ghana was one of the bank’s biggest markets and described the celebration of 120 years of its existence in the country as exceptional.
He remarked that the launch of the anniversary was to reiterate the bank’s commitment to Africa.
President John Dramani Mahama has received a petition from two private legal practitioners seeking a presidential pardon for a radio host and his two panelists who have been handed a four-month prison term for contempt.
The three, Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson (the panelists), and the host, Salifu Maase of Accra-based Montie FM, were sentenced Wednesday by the Supreme Court after it found them guilty of contempt on July 18 for making threatening statements against the justices of the apex court in a case involving the Abu Ramadan versus the Electoral Commission (EC) and Attorney General (A-G) over the credibility of the voters' register.
The presiding court judge, Sophia Akufo in the ruling said, the statements by the panelists was carried out ''willfully''. The contemptuous statement she added, scandalized and lowered the authority of the court.
They were also fined GHC 10, 000 each which they are to pay by close of work Thursday July 28 failure of which they will each serve addition one month in prison.
But the lawyers, Nana Ato Dadzie and George Loh have petitioned President John Mahama on behalf of the convicts, urging him to invoke his executive power under the 1992 Constitution to give the three a presidential pardon.
Although the lawyers believes that the statements made their clients were unfortunate, they said, ” We nevertheless consider custodial sentence of four months imposed by the Supreme Court as being excessive and harsh”.
They are therefore asking the president to invoke Article 72(1) states as follows: The President may, acting in consultation with the Council of State- (a) grant to a person convicted of an offence a pardon either free or subject to lawful conditions; or (b) grant to a person a respite, either indefinite or for a specified period, from the execution of punishment imposed on him for an offence; or (c) substitute a less severe form of punishment for a punishment imposed on a person for an offence; or (d) remit the whole or part of a punishment imposed on a person or of a penalty or forfeiture otherwise due to Government on account on any offence.
But a private legal practitioner is warning the president not to dare exercise this constitutional provision since it will send a wrong signal.
He said, ''constitutionally, legally and politically it will not be a wise decision for the president to activate that provision because its going to send a wrong signal. I don't think President Mahama will do that, because the moment he activates this provision, then it means that the president have been bias.''
He recounted how Ken Kranchie, and Atubiga were convicted of contempt of contempt during the election petition, but the president failed to exercise that power.
He asked why the president is being 'forced' to exercise the provision all because the affected parties are stalwarts of the party.
''President Mahama should dare not exercise the provision because this will create serious crisis for him and i can tell you that the moment he exercise this provision, it will undermine the judiciary and send a wrong signal to citizens.''
The Presidential candidate of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Lartey has hinted of dragging the former President Jerry John Rawlings before the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice [CHRAJ], over his acceptance of a $2 million from late Nigerian leader Sani Abacha.
The presidential candidate had earlier called for a probe against the the former president after he confessed accepting the $2 million from the late Nigerian leader after denying the allegation for 18 solid years.
In an earlier interview with the world renowned exporter, he said, there is a possibility that the former President received $ 5 million and not the $ 2 million hence the need to prosecute him.
Ex President J.J Rawlings has in a recent interview with Nigeria’s Guardian Newspaper, revealed that he received a cash amount of $ 2million dollars from his then Nigerian counterpart late Sani Abacha.
The issue became a big scandal in Ghana following which the then NPP Minority in Parliament pushed for an independent board of enquiry to investigate the matter, but was turned down by the then Speaker of Parliament, Justice D.F Annan.
Despite calls from individuals for Rawlings to be investigated over the bribe allegation, the former president has hit back at his critics chiding them for accusing him of corruption.
In a recent interview with the Daily Graphic newspaper, the former leader said he spent 30-40 per cent of my time watching out for corrupt or indications of corruptible behaviour. And that he cannot be bribed and that posterity will judge him.
But responding to the recent interview by the former president, Dr. Henry Lartey said ''posterity will not judge him we will judge him now.Why posterity? When he came to kill other people, did he give them posterity to judge them? He did not. He shot them and some of them are still sick and suffering today.''
He continued, “On top of that he wants his wife to be president, his daughter to go to parliament...And now you've accepted in front of all us that you accepted the money but it was not a bribe. What do you want us to call it?''
''Since Jerry Rawlings is a man for probity, accountability and transparency, we want him to own up...He has failed himself, he has failed Nigeria and he has failed the whole of Africa including his children.”
At a press conference held in Accra by the presidential hopeful, he said, “I want our former president to come clean because we want to come to power and want to start the crusade against corruption now.”
Dr. Henry Lartey said, some people have taken President Mahama who has an immunity to CHRAJ over his Ford Expedition saga therefore it will be prudent to same to the former president whose immunity has run.
''JJ Rawlings immunity has run out, so what is good for the good for the goose is good for the gander. So we want him to probed at CHRAJ so he will come tell us what he did with the money.''
Dr. Henry Lartey further called for further probe into other cases involving the Nsawam Cannery, Ghana Rubber Estate.
''He said in the paper that he used 30-40 percent of his time watching out for corrupt or indications of corruptible behaviour but failed to check himself. He has opened the Pandora's box. I have asked my lawyer and by next week we will drag him before CHRAJ to come and answer questions.''
He recounted how the former presidential maltreated some former leaders in the country including the former Hilla Liman of the People’s National Party (PNP) in abject poverty before he retired.
“He never gave him an ex-gratia,'' but he rather amassed wealth onto himself, he alleged further. According to him, he has been advised to tread cautiously with the salvos he keeps throwing at the former president but he said, he is not scared of him and Ghanaians cannot allow corruption to continue.
“The perpetrator of corruption is walking about free,” he stated, “We will fight them and fight until they come out with the truth and the truth will be judged by the courts.”
Information reaching Nyankonton Mu Nsem has it that a taxi driver has been killed by some unknown men at Akim Oda New Town near a place called Tema Store, Quarters.
Confirming the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, DSP Samuel Ntoso the Municipal Commander said the attack was carried out yesterday.
He said the crime scene was close to his residence and that some residents in the area heard a noise of someone shouting ''they are killing me'' and after they [witnesses] rushed to the scene, they saw some persons hitting the taxi drive with clubs.
''So i called the patrol team to come and pick me to the scene. And in five minutes they came and we rushed to the crime scene. Upon reaching the scene, we saw a taxi with registration number GW 9380-16 parked in a big house surrounded by a wall. We saw a young man we believed to be around 28 years lying behind the taxi.''
According to him, the landlord is in Accra but a resident [lady] Afia Helena 30 and his brother Emmanuel Agyei 22 has camped some ''two boys'' in the house for the past two days and they were the ones to have hired the taxi driver and subsequently carried out the attack leading to the death of the driver.
He said, the police have taken into custody Afia Helena and are after Emmanuel Agyei and his two other accomplices who are currently at large.
A private legal legal practitioner has lambasted the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for their ''irresponsible statement'' following the sentencing of a journalist of Accra based Montie FM and two of its panelist for criminal contempt.
The NDC in a statement sigened by its party's National Chairman Kofi Portuphy described the sentence as“harsh and shocking.”
The party has also condemned the sentence, saying it will have a serious dent on Ghana’s press freedom rankings.
“While respecting the verdict of the court and reiterating our condemnation of the utterances and comments made by the three, the party is extremely disappointed and saddened by the severity and harshness of the punishments imposed on them.
“Our utter disappointment not only stems from the fact that the accused persons themselves, demonstrated considerable remorse but also there has been an overwhelming outpouring of both condemnation of their conduct and pleas for the court to be lenient in its judgment and avoid custodial sentence,” NDC national chairman Kofi Portuphy said in a statement in solidarity with the trio.
But lawyer Maurice Ampaw in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM said, the ruling government should have exhibited a high sense of responsibility because they are a party in power and so, they must support the sanctity and the institution of the judiciary to work.
He added, ''systems and institutions must work. The Supreme Court is an institution and it has come under attack. They have spoken. The government and every political party must respect that institution. But if you come back and say that you are disappointed in the judgement and say that they've taken us back and that the Supreme Court is attacking the freedom of expression, what are you trying to say?'' he asked further.
The lawyer who appeared charged said the statement from the NDC is inciting the public against the apex court.
''Don't you think the statement is going to energize the NDC supporters to take the law into their own hands? Are you not seeing what the NDC is doing? Is that free press; and is that free expression and opinion?''
He said, every responsible government will respect institutions. every responsible government obeys the rule of law. And so if the apex court have spoken and have been so lenient, you can say that the sentence is harsh but don't go ahead and insinuate things as if the Supreme Court is just there to attack certain section of the people and attack freedom of expression.
He questioned whether the contemnors expressed an opinion or threatened the lives of judges.
The sentence he opine serves as a warning to all political parties especially the NPP and NDC to be circumspect in the statements.
The country he said does not belong to the politicians to be doing what they want.
''We tired of these politicians.The country does not belong to the politicians, so we will defend the institutions. The ordinary Ghanaian like myself will rise up against partisan politicians. The judiciary must be free from intimidation and threats...The President must lead a campaign if he wants the peace and stability to govern.''
He further chided the NDC for undermining the integrity of the court by their irresponsible statement.
Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North, Major Rtd Derrick Oduro says the four months handed the infamous Montie 3 by the Supreme Court was lenient.
According to him, the sentence handed Salifu Maase aka Mugabe, Alister Nelson and Godwin Aku Gunn by the apex court is because they are first offenders.
The legislator explained that the sentence will serve as a deterrent to others to be circumspect in criticising the court.
In delivering the ruling, presiding judge Justice Sophia Akufo said, the third and fourth contemnors Alister and Ako Gunn willfully attacked the Chief Justice and lowered the authority of the court by insisting that they will not accept its judgment on a controversial matter of the voter's register.
She said they also callously reminded the court of the gruesome murder of three High Court judges more than 30 years ago. She pointed out that there is an element of criminality in their utterances which the Attorney-General should have noticed and acted upon.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has in a statement condemned the sentence handed the trio.
They explain, the sentence was “harsh and shocking.”The party has also condemned the sentence, saying it will have a serious dent on Ghana’s press freedom rankings.
But Hon. Major Rtd Derrick Oduro thinks otherwise, according to him, the sentence is order.
He added, scandalizing, lowering the authority and dragging the name of the court into disrepute has been of grave concern to the court, therefore any attempt to scandalize the court will interfere the delivery of justice.