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Apr 24, 2018
Information reaching rainbowradioonline.com indicates that former Ghana FA Boss Ben Koufie has passed on at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness. The late Ben Koufie a former Black Stars coach was reported sick on Sunday afternoon and was subsequently rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Koufie played club football for Cornerstones and Ebusua Dwarfs, and represented the national side from 1957 to 1958. After retiring as a player, Koufie became a coach of the Ghanaian national side and managed Zimbabwe from 1988 to 1992. He led Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko to the Africa Club Championship in 1971 and Great Olympics to the semi-finals a year later. He also coached Ivorian team Africa Sports, and in Ghana with Akosombo Akotex   The deceased who died aged 84,  was the Technical Advisor to the Zimbabwe Football Association from 1981 to 1982, Technical Director of the Botswana Football Association from 1992 to 2001, and President of the Ghana Football Association from 2001 to 2003.
Apr 24, 2018
The Kumasi Traditional Council has called for the immediate removal of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA),  Kojo Bonsu. According to the Council, their decision will soon to be communicated to the overlord of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Council at the Manhyia Palace Monday afternoon. Our regional correspondent, Kwabena Amoateng said the meeting chaired by the Asafohene and attended by chiefs constituting the Kumasi Traditional Council accused the Mayor exhibiting gross disrespect towards the traditional leadership of Kumasi. The also claim, the Mayor do not have anything to show since he assumed office as Mayor. Kwabena Amoateng added the Ashanti Regional Minister, John Alexander Ackon, attended the meeting and apologised on behalf of the KMA Chief Executive who was not present but his appeal was taken. ''The call follows the alleged removal of the council’s representative on the ongoing Kejetia market project by Mr Bonsu. Aside that the Mayor  is defied a request to appear before the council following the removal of their representative,'' Amoateng said. Meanwhile the Traditional Council will soon slaugther a sheep to shed thje blood to seal their decision.  
Apr 24, 2018
Richard Asante Yeboah a Ghanaian citizen has sued Accra based radio station Montie FM for contempt of the Supreme Court over allegations of threats of death on the lives of judges of the apex court. Two political communicators, who appeared on a political show of th said station,Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn allegedly threatened to kill judges who are presidening over the the case involving Abu Ramadan and the Electoral Commission (EC), on the credibility of the register. Mr Yeboah in his suit, stated that “the two knew the contemptuous nature of their statements when they stated that the court can jail them and that they were ready to go to jail.”  He is therefore praying the court to “commit the two for contempt of court. The comments he explained is dangerous and beliebves that will serve as deterent to others. Meanwile the Association of Judges and Magistrates have expressed fears following threats on their lives by some political communicators over the weekend on Accra based Montie FM. The Association at a press conference held on Monday July 4, 2016 said they are scared for their lives.  President of the Association, Sir Justice Dennis Adjei addressing the media today said, ''“The Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana have listened to the utterances of two radio communicators on Accra Montie FM 100.1 station where they threatened to eliminate judges.This was on the eve of Martyr’s Day.These utterances undermine rule of law and the independence of judiciary as contained in the 1992 constitution of the republic of Ghana. “The utterances tend to put fear in the judges and magistrates of Ghana who are vested with judicial under the constitution.The members of AMJG condemn these uncalled for utterances made in bad faith to undermine the administration of justice in Ghana. The judiciary as an arm of government is crucial in this our democratic dispensation. It must therefore be strengthened and jealously guarded by all and sundry.”  He also assured its members that measures will be taken to ensure the safety of all judges and magistrates. He further called on judges  “continue to dispense justice according to law as the Executives of the Association are working in conjunction with the Judicial Council and the government to ensure safety of all members.” 
Apr 24, 2018
The Association of Judges and Magistrates have expressed fears following threats on their lives by some political communicators over the weekend on Accra based Montie FM. The Association at a press conference held on Monday July 4, 2016 said they are scared for their lives. They claim, the comments made by the two panelists  have put fear in many of their members who are responsible for dispensing justice in the country. President of the Association,  Sir Justice Dennis Adjei who addressed the media said ''“The Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana have listened to the utterances of two radio communicators on Accra Montie FM 100.1 station where they threatened to eliminate judges.This was on the eve of Martyr’s Day.These utterances undermine rule of law and the independence of judiciary as contained in the 1992 constitution of the republic of Ghana. “The utterances tend to put fear in the judges and magistrates of Ghana who are vested with judicial under the constitution.The members of AMJG condemn these uncalled for utterances made in bad faith to undermine the administration of justice in Ghana. The judiciary as an arm of government is crucial in this our democratic dispensation. It must therefore be strengthened and jealously guarded by all and sundry.” He has however assured its members that measures will be taken to ensure the safety of all judges and magistrates. He further called on judges  “continue to dispense justice according to law as the Executives of the Association are working in conjunction with the Judicial Council and the government to ensure safety of all members.” Sir Justice Dennis Adjei took the opportunity to appeal to ''all electronic and print media to be circumspect in their utterances and in what they print to avoid undermining the independence and integrity of the judiciary.” The two radio panelists Alistair Nelson, and  Godwin Ako Gunn, were picked up and questioned by the BNI following their threats on the lives of judges presiding over the credibility of the electoral roll. They have since been released.  Their comments have been widely criticized by both the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and individuals. Private legal practitioner, lawyer Nkrabeah Effah Dartey in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, called for the two to be charged with threats oif death which is a second degree felony offence. He also urged judges to discharge their duties with utmost integrity, without fear or favour and within the remits of the law. Meanwhile the Interior Ministry has assured judges of maximum security following the threats. A statement from the Ministry read, ''Government has noted the rising spate of abusive and incendiary language used by some political actors and the threat this poses to the nation’s security and stability.   Government condemns the offensive and irresponsible conduct by sections of the media and some political actors/commentators.   While Government continues to respect freedom of expression, it expects the security agencies to take firm action(s) against persons whose utterances and actions undermine the peace, security and stability of the state.   In this regard Government notes the swift action taken by the Bureau of National Investigations to ensure the safety and security of members of the Judiciary.   Additionally Government is taking steps to enhance the personal security of Judges to enable them discharge their functions without fear or favour.   Government also notes the upsurge in inflammatory rhetoric against key managers of the electoral process calculated to compromise their independence and security and is taking further steps to improve their personal security.   Indeed Government wishes to assure the general public that it will not shirk its responsibility to protect the peace and security of the country.   Owners and employees of mass media outlets are reminded that they are subject to laws pertaining to national security, public order, the protection of reputations and rights and freedoms of ''  
Apr 24, 2018
The African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has called on the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), to release a time table considering the spate of load shedding exercise currently on going in the country. According to the centre, the ECG has for the past two months been  shedding on average 240 megawatts daily, hence the need to release a timetable. Head of Research at ACEP, Dr. Ishmael Ackah in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, he said the ECG is mandated by law to release a timetable if the shed power up 200 megawatts. Ghana's current energy situation he explained is fragile. A major challenge he posited we currently face is not capacity but fuel to power our plants to give us power. ''The major challenge for the country now is that power producers cannot get crude oil to power our thermal plants and this has resulted  a shortfall in electricity. This a signal that  load shedding is back. We have also not received gas from  Nigeria for about a month now. This is problematic.'' On the latest decision by the ECG to subsidies power, Dr. Ackah said it would have been prudent to government to have reduced the taxes on electricity. He maintained, this is not a sustainable policy considering our financial standing.  
Apr 24, 2018
Government has assured the Judiciary and Electoral Commission (EC) of maximum protection following threats of death on judges by some political communicators over the weekend. Two radio panelists of Accra-based Montie FM, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, reportedly threatened the lives of judges presiding over the validity of the electoral roll. The threats have been widely criticized by the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), politicians and the general public. Some have called for the immediate prosecution of the two. It is reported that the BNI have questioned the two following their open threats against the Supreme Court judges sitting on the voters register case. A statement from the Interior Ministry has assured judges of maximum protection. The statement which was signed by the Minister, Prosper Bani said, ''While Government continues to respect freedom of expression, it expects the security agencies to take firm action(s) against persons whose utterances and actions undermine the peace, security and stability of the state. ''In this regard Government notes the swift action taken by the Bureau of National Investigations to ensure the safety and security of members of the Judiciary. ''Additionally Government is taking steps to enhance the personal security of Judges to enable them discharge their functions without fear or favour.''     Below are details of the statement:   GOVERNMENT ASSURES THE JUDICIARY, MANAGERS OF THE ELECTORAL PROCESS AND ALL GHANAIANS OF THEIR SAFETY   Government has noted the rising spate of abusive and incendiary language used by some political actors and the threat this poses to the nation’s security and stability.   Government condemns the offensive and irresponsible conduct by sections of the media and some political actors/commentators.   While Government continues to respect freedom of expression, it expects the security agencies to take firm action(s) against persons whose utterances and actions undermine the peace, security and stability of the state.   In this regard Government notes the swift action taken by the Bureau of National Investigations to ensure the safety and security of members of the Judiciary.   Additionally Government is taking steps to enhance the personal security of Judges to enable them discharge their functions without fear or favour.   Government also notes the upsurge in inflammatory rhetoric against key managers of the electoral process calculated to compromise their independence and security and is taking further steps to improve their personal security.   Indeed Government wishes to assure the general public that it will not shirk its responsibility to protect the peace and security of the country.   Owners and employees of mass media outlets are reminded that they are subject to laws pertaining to national security, public order, the protection of reputations and rights and freedoms of others.  
Apr 24, 2018
The UK branch of the Convention People's Party (CPP) have called for the suspension of the presidential candidate, Ivor Greenstreet and National Chairman, Prof. Edmund Delle for working against the interest of the party. According to them, if there is anyone to be suspended from the party, it should not be embattled officers, Ernesto Yeboah, National Youth Organizer and Nii Armah Akomfra, General Secretary. The two were suspended last week  for chiding their candidate over his comments regarding President Mahama's ford gift. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rainbow Radio's Nyankonton Mu Nsem, a leading member of the party based in UK, Nana Yaw Buobu said, the suspension of the two leaders came to them as a shock. He said the branch do not accept the decision of the party whose ideals, and ideologies was built on principles of integrity and against corruption. The two he explained espoused the position of the party on the Mahama ford gift, but the flagbearer rather failed to express the interest of the party. According to him, their candidate is inconsistent and playing the cards of a double standard person. ''We do not know where our candidate stands on the issue of corruption. He courageously espoused the position of the party when he condemned the NDC and President Mahama for their unprecedented corruption during their delegates congress but has failed to crack the same whip on the ford saga. This is strange. What has changed?'' Nana Yaw Buobu III when asked what they make of the suspension said, ''we are not accepting the suspension of the two leaders. If there is anyone who deserves to be suspended, it should be the presidential candidate, Ivor Greenstreet and the National Chairman, Prof. Edmund Delle; because their behaviour and attitudes is not in the interest of the party at the moment, because we have an ideology and principles as a party; and they are not following it. So they rather deserve to be suspended and not the General Secretary and the National Youth Organizer.'' He added, ''Ivor Greenstreet is our flagbearer, he has terms of reference and his terms of reference is to push the agenda and ideologies of the CPP, and not to be supporting corruption from the NDC government. If this is what he want to do, he should go and join the NDC. And not be pretending to be with the party and supporting the NDC. No that is not what the party stands for,'' he fumed.
Apr 24, 2018
A 30 year old kenkey seller, Yaa Agyapomaa has been accused of poisoning her rival, Dora Antwiwaa, for accusing her of stealing her GHC 20 cedis. She was said to have put the poison into a water which her victim reportedly drunk. The victim is currently struggling for her life in the hospital whiles the accused woman is nowhere to be found. They both live together at Nyame Bekyere, a farming community near Obuasi in the Ashanti region. Narrating the incident to Rainbow Radio's Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Abdul Malik Anokye said the suspect, Yaa Agyapomaa accused the victim of stealing the money but the suspect who was infuriated by the accusation threatened to deal with the rival ruthlessly. Following her threats, residents have accused her of poisoning the victim and her son who were found in a critical condition a day after she threatened her.
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