President of Ghana Catholic Bishop's Conference, Bishop Osei Bonsu has said that, Ghana and most especially the Christian community will not entertain attempts or pressure from anywhere to encourage the legal and civil rights of homosexuals.
According to him, the practice is insane, ungodly and an affront to the Christian faith and against procreation.
''Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and wellbeing of the spouses. Homosexuality is unhealthy, unclean, an affront to procreation and healthy family life. We cannot entertain it, we resist any attempts by anyone to force this insanity on us as country,'' the Bishop stated.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline over recent boycott by Opposition lawmakers in Scotland over an arranged meeting with visiting Ghana President John Mahama over gay rights in his home country, Bishop Osei maintained, Ghana will not entertain the so-called pressure from the whites.
President Mahama at his meeting with the Scottish reiterated Ghana's position on the matter, saying the country as a secular state and under constitutional rule will not encourage gay rights most especially when Ghanaians are not in support of it.
Bishop Osei Bonsu admonished Ghanaians to remain firm and continue to resist any pressure from our foreign counterparts even if comes with aid.
He opined, ''If our foreign counterparts will cut aid to Ghana because we do not want to encourage gay rights, then its better they take their aid, so we take our country and protect it against this insanity.''
Bishop Osei Bonsu stressed, Ghana is not abusing so-called gays rather accepting gay rights will violate our natural laws of good moral family life, turns civil laws which are not morally upright to be good.
He indicated, the practice will not and should be practiced here in Ghana because it offends the Almighty God, imposes rights on all society hence the need for us to continue to tell the whites that we will not promote it.
He also took the opportunity to commend President Mahama for his stance he took at the Scottish Parliament, although he told host, he did hear the President make such statement.
South Korea has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus, in a man who had recently returned from Brazil.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said the 43-year-old was diagnosed on Tuesday and was being treated in Gwangju city.
Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.
It has spread rapidly in Brazil and the Americas, and is suspected of causing birth defects.
But WHO experts caution the link between the virus and microcephaly - in which babies are born with underdeveloped heads - is not yet proven.
Isolated Zika infections have been reported in a handful of countries in Asia.
South Korea said the infected man had been quarantined and his movements tracked since returning home, according to the Yonhap news agency.
The governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Paul Wampah says he will not resign from his post over the arrest of his son-in-law, David McDermott, British most wanted drug baron in Ghana few weeks ago.
David McDermott, the alleged drug baron had escaped arrest from British Security Authorities for three years.
David McDermott, of Ormskirk, West Lancashire, was being hunted by the National Crime Agency and was finally arrested in an international sting operation at his home in the affluent Burma Hills area of country’s capital Accra this week.
The British Fugitive is suspected of being a member of an organised crime syndicate from Liverpool – he has been on the run for three-years for his connection to a smuggling plot to import £71 million worth of cocaine into the UK.
His arrest the BoG governor, in an earlier statement read: “I have received news about the arrest of David McDermott, who is married to my step daughter, Ramona, with shock. “David has been known to me as a worker in the mining sector and has been living in the country with Ramona since their marriage some three years ago. “Until I received information about his arrest, I had absolutely no knowledge about David being a fugitive of the British government.”
Some had called on the governor to resign from his post honourably, but he has in a statement said: “My son in law is my son in law; it has nothing to do with me being Governor of the Central Bank. I have made a statement on that and that should be enough for you. My term will end this year and I will let you know when am going so thank you.”
Yaw Anthony has allegedly slashed his father's fingers at Adobeasi in the Ashanti region following a struggle in an attempt to stop him from butchering the mother.
Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Abdul Malik Anokye indicated, the father, Agya Attah constantly abused his wife, Maame Ama Fofia at the least provocation.
He was alleged to have threatened to butcher the wife with the machete earlier today, but his son, in an attempt to prevent him, slashed his father's fingers.
The victim who lost his fingers as a result of the incident is currently at the hospital while Yaw Anthony is on the run after a mob attempted to attack him.
The Northern School of Business (NOBISCO) has been shut down indefinitely after some students there went on rampage and vandalized properties over a punishment meted out to them by the school authorities.
About 160 students who were alleged to have jumped the school wall by the laws of the school required to bring two bags of cement each to the school but they refused.
They were alleged to have chased an assembly of students with machetes.
The wife of an assistant headmaster of the school was also chased out by the irate students.
Properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis were also destroyed by the rampaging students.
The school's computer lab was destroyed as well as some windows of several classrooms.
But for the timely intervention of the police, the situation would have turned bloody.
Director of Education for Tamale, Alhaji K. Mohammed ordered for the closure of the school.
Some of the students are devastated over the closure of the school, however, authorities says it is the only solution
The Agricultural Development Bank (Adb) has denied bribing Member of Parliament for the Efutu Constituency in the Central Region, Alexander Afenyo Markins to the tune of more than $900,000 from the bank, to persuade him to withdraw the IFPSO case against them.
This was contained in a letter signed by counsel of the bank M.K Amoakohene, and copied to the bank’s Managing Director and Board Secretary following a request by an anti-corruption group, the Forum for the Protection of Public Funds who had wanted to pursue the alleged bribery case in court.
Hon. Afenyo Markins in the latter part of 2015 threatened to stop the bank from trading their IPO shares since he claimed had no Parliamentary approval.
He was contracted by his colleague MP for New Juabeng South, Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, to represent him as counsel over the matter.
However the case was withdrawn by the legislator on June 29, a few days before he IPO was launched on Friday July 3, 2015.
Then the purported leaked tape which allegedly captured the voice of the MP claiming to have been bribed to withdraw the case came out creating controversy in the country.
But the letter from Adb denied the claim saying: “We wish to observe that the contents of your letter are not only disturbing and shocking but appears to be a professionally tabulated pack of half-truths completely in sync with outright lies. More shocking is the information on the payment of $400,000 into the account of Mr. Alexander Afenyo-Markins in South Africa and a further $500,000 into a sister’s account in the United States by the Bank. There is also the cedi component of Ghc250, 000 allegedly paid to Hon. Afenyo Markins in an act of extortion. Spurious as these allegations are, we cannot accept the fact that the Bank could misapply public funds in this reckless manner- a total of $900,000 being paid to one single person because there was a threat of court action against the bank’s IPO? These are calculated distractive acts intended to derail the IPO which has already seen enough upsets.
“There is no way the Bank will employ that quantum of funds to simply get an IPO through by any such illegal means or that the process had been threatened by a court action and there was therefore the need to do something to get the process going. At any rate, the court actions came by and the bank marshalled its legal brains and eventually dealt with the matter.”
Traditional Authorities at Sefwi Debiso in the Bia West District of the Western region have declared war on animal farmers especially those who rear pigs, goat, dogs and ducks.
The chief of the town Nana Aforo Kwaw II, before placing the ban on these animals indicated, the animals has brought bad omen and calamity to the town hence their decision to ban the rearing of these animals.
From information gathered by Nyankonton Mu Nsem, any resident who violates the order of the chief will be dealt with according to the laws of the town.
Some residents upon our visit to the town were tight lipped over the matter but expressed their concerns over the ban placed on the rearing of these farm animals.
Sefwi Debiso is located in the village of Debiso in the Western Region of Ghana. Debiso is 18 kilometres from Bibiani (which is the district capital) and can be found on the main Bibiani-Sefwi Bekwai road.
The majority of adults in Debiso are engaged in farming with the main crops cultivated are maize and cassava.
Some selected homeowners have been registered under small ruminant rearing package which is geared towards improving their income.
With the ban placed on the rearing of these animals, it remains unclear the impact its going to bring on these farmers.
Nyankonton Mu Nsem, will follow up with the story and keep you updated.
Ghana national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers have failed to qualify to Rio 2016 Olympic Games after competing with other countries in Cameroon.
Nine boxers, eight males and one female boxer participated in the Olympic Games qualifiers last two weeks with five of them making it to the quarter finals.
With five boxers in the quarter finals, Ghanaians were very hopeful that a good number of them could qualify to Olympic Games but the story turned out to be different when all these boxers failed to represent the country in this year’s Olympic Games.
Boxers Akimos Annang Ampiah, Abdul Wahid Omar, Azumah Mohammed, Musah R. Lawson and David A. Bawah were part of the five who qualified to the quarter finals of the 2016 African Qualification Event.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Nii Lantey Vandapuye had to borrow money from a Forex Bureau in Accra for the boxers to leave the shores of Ghana just a day before the competition which begun on the 10th of March 2016.
What could have caused the blunder? Was it because there was no team doctor around to make sure that the boxers were medically fit as they progressed in the competition?
This is the first time in history Ghana isn’t participating in Olympic Games on the ticket of boxing.
Only three athletes from Ghana Athletics Association have qualified to the 2016 Olympic Games when it’s barely four months for the Games to take place in Rio.
By: Ako Michael