The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will on September 17, 2016 launch its manifesto in the Brong Ahafo region.
The party cancelled the launch which was earlier slated for August 28, 2016 without any reason.
Spokesperson for the campaign team of the ruling government Joyce Mogtari Bawa said “our [NDC] manifesto is ready, the president continues to undertake several other engagements so we have finally agreed that we’ll be launching our manifesto on the 17th of this month.''
The party's manifesto according to the party would continue to place premium on human development and welfare, as well as infrastructure development.
The NDC 2016 manifesto, would also capture the socio-economic and political realities after 2012 and then showcase governments programmes and activities that would bring out the realities beyond 2016.
Meanwhile Joyce Mogtari Bawa has also denied claims that the delay in launching the manifesto was to enable them steal ideas from the NPP.
“Whatever we [NDC] do is usually based on strategy, it’s based on tact, and above all that, we are a party that is actually in government. So, we do believe that our manifesto will be providing Ghanaians a semblance of what to expect in our second and final term of President Mahama.
“So, for our part, we continue to implement our existing manifesto...and you know that the NDC since 2004 has actually never launched its election campaign together with its manifesto.”
The deputy transport minister added: “The NDC is in government so what will we have to lose if we either release our manifesto early or later? So for those who are struggling to come to power, of course there might be a good reason why they would want to keep their manifesto under wraps.
“I know that our manifesto is ready. We’ve just been working in a very strategic way to launch our campaign first, kick-start the campaign to galvanise our base, to unite our base, to provide a certain guidance to our base and then, of course, launch the manifesto.”
She made the revelation while speaking to Accra based Class Fm.
Spokesperson for presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mustapha Hamid has in interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM said that, Nana Akufo Addo never promised to build dams in each village of the Northern region rather irrigation facilities.
He was asked to clarify Nana Addo's campaign promise to construct 1 dam in each village of the North when he toured the region.
“You have been hearing me talking about 1-District-1-Factory. As far as this part of the country is concerned, I even want to go further and talk about “1-village-1-dam”, to make sure that in every village, we have a functioning dam to support agriculture. If Ghana’s agriculture is working well, the nation is capable of feeding West Africa,” Nana Addo told residents.
Meanwhile, his spokesperson Mustapha Hamid says the presidential candidate did not promise to construct dams but irrigation facilities.
''I have told you that Nana Addo Addo promised to prioritise the development of agriculture in Northern Ghana by establishing an irrigation facility in each village and not a dam.''
Mustapha Hamid told the host that the residents in the Northern region refers to an irrigation facility as a dam, so it was not an error if the candidate refers to the intended project as such.
''Nana Addo was not speaking to residents in Bekwai nor was he speaking to students of English Language but he was speaking to Sakoose, Bongo and residents in Garu. In the Upper East region, any dug out that is able to store water for purposes of dry season farming is referred to as a dam. You are able to speak English and that is why you can define it as a dug out , a well among others. This is not the time for Nana Addo to teach English. Nana Addo said he will increase irrigation facilities in the Northern region to make agriculture work.''
Mustapha Hamid explained that per the policy, some of the villages would have dams, dug outs, ''and at the end of the day, we want to increase the irrigation facilities in the region with 1 in each region to improve agriculture in Ghana. That's all,'' he concluded.
The 2016 vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Alhaji Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, says the recently announced Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) will be administered by three (3) development authorities to be established by an Akufo-Addo government, God-willing, from January 2017.
These development authorities, he said, are the Northern Development Authority, for the 3 northern regions; the Middle-Belt Development Authority, for the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, and Eastern Regions; and the Coastal Development Authority for the 4 coastal regions.
“All these 3 authorities will be reporting to the Office of the President, and they will be the vehicles for the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme,” he added.
Dr. Mahamudu was addressing residents of Saboba in the Northern Region, on Thursday, September 1, 2016, on the 3rd day of Nana Akufo-Addo’s tour of the region, when he made this known.
It will be recalled that on Tuesday, August 30, whilst in Bunkpurugu, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced that an Akufo-Addo government, God-willing, will allocate US$275 million per year to tackle issues relating to infrastructural development and poverty eradication in rural and deprived communities across the country. This amount, which translates into US$1 million per constituency, he explained, is to be contained in the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme.
Reiterating the rationale for the establishment of IPEP to residents of Saboba, Nana Akufo-Addo’s running mate stressed that “if you go around this country, to Saboba, Bunkpurugu, Yunyoo, Mumuni Camp (in Amenfi West), you will see that there’s so much poverty. Nana Akufo-Addo wants to bring in this new initiative to tackle poverty directly.”
With the usual chorus of “where are you going to get the money from?” surrounding every policy initiative announced by the NPP, Dr. Bawumia explained that “this programme is not going to use new money, so nobody should ask us where we are getting the money from. The money is already there.”
He explained that what an Akufo-Addo government is going to do “is to reallocate the money in Ghana’s capital expenditure budget, and stop people chopping the money and taking it to Dubai and Burkina Faso. That (capital expenditure) budget, this year, is US$1.6 billion. We are saying that we have too many poor people all around the country, and when they (government) spend monies in the capital budget, it never gets to the ground”.
Thus, an NPP government, he added is “starting with US$275 million, and we will take that money out of the existing capital budget and every constituency, every year, will get the equivalent of US$1 million for infrastructure development”.
With 57 constituencies making up the 3 northern regions, Dr. Bawumia indicated that “the Northern Development Authority will handle US$57 million for the three northern regions. So, Insha Allah, next year, every constituency in Northern Ghana will get GH¢4 million (¢40 billion of old money) to deal with your infrastructure problems. In Saboba, you will also get that money every year. The capital budget will allocate the equivalent of US$1 million to every constituency.”
He concluded by stressing that IPEP “is the new approach to poverty eradication. We are not going to let the money stay in Accra for people to steal it. We are going to directly allocate it and you, in the various constituencies, will then decide what to use the money for.”
President John Dramani Mahama and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), are being accused of conniving with DKM Financial services to swindle residents in the Brong Ahafo region.
Kwame Baffour, the NPP regional youth organizer has stated that the NDC through DKM defrauded the residents.
Angry customers of DKM Financial Services in the Brong Ahafo regional capital, Sunyani have invoked curses on President Mahama after attempts to retrieve their savings from the company failed.
The President in April told clients of DKM to follow laid down procedures carefully and register their claims with the Registrar General's department, as liquidation processes commence against the micro finance company. The clients were promised to be given 50 percent of their savings.
However, the angry residents accused President Mahama of failing to fulfill his promise.
Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Eboboba on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kwame Baffour said the NDC convinced the residents because the First Lady Lordina Mahama was from the region; to save with the financial company and after they had invested in the company, government together with DKM defrauded the clients.
Kwame Baffour said the curse invoked by the residents is having a negative impact on the region and due to that, two assemblies Nkoranza North and South do have assembly members.
''The assembly is not functioning because of the fraud undertaken by President Mahama and his NDC. After defrauding the residents, President Mahama promised to pay back but he has failed to do so. The economic hardship is unbearable for the affected victims.''
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) shut down the company on Monday May 11, 2015, after it reportedly failed to comply with the terms and conditions required in its license and also for purportedly possessing assets deemed too insufficient to meet its liabilities to investors.
The company was alleged to have invested about GH₵77 million of its customers’ deposits in its subsidiary companies – DKM Airlines Company, DKM Fuel Station, DKM Transport, DKM Shea Butter Company and DKM Mining Company, among others.
A political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has said that the decision by the Speaker to dismiss the motion by the Minority on the call for a by-partisan investigation into the Mahama Ford saga is a clear indication that the Majority disliked the idea.
The lecturer in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said the Majority together with the Speaker managed to use technicalities and legalities to dismiss the Minority's motion meant to establish an independent by-partisan body to investigate the matter.
The Minority initiated a move for a probe into the Ford Expedition gift to President Mahama by a Burkinabe contractor .
The Speaker Mr. Edward Doe Adjaho dismissed the motion by the Minority. According to the Speaker, the matter was being investigated by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
The Speaker in dismissing the motion said: “It is the CHRAJ that is vested with jurisdiction to investigate the allegation of breach of conduct for public officers, including the President. It is also instructive to note that the Supreme Court has made a number of pronouncements regarding the exclusive jurisdiction in terms of Chapter 24 of the Constitution dealing with the code of conduct for public officers, including the President.''
But responding to the ruling, Mohammed Abass said politically, the Majority did not want the idea by the Minority in probing the gift saga and that is why they used these technicalities to dismiss the case.
He explained that CHRAJ is not an appropriate body or institution to probe the executive.
He said when it comes to the oversight responsibility of the executive, ''CHRAJ is not the most appropriate institution to do that. CHRAJ is a subordinate institution to even the executive and to the legislature. The ultimate oversight responsibility for the executive is parliament. Although CHRAJ was instituted to compliment the work of parliament to investigate matters, when it comes to certain oversight responsibilities involving certain personalities, clearly CHRAJ is not so appropriate to check the executive.''
He added, ''this is a normal politics that the Majority did in advancing their agenda by using technicalities and legalities. To me, the appropriate institution to investigate this matter to bring finality to it, is what the Minority was demanding for.''
The Speaker explaining his ruling further made reference to a Supreme Court ruling where Mr Justice Stephen Allan Brobbey, a justice of the Supreme Court, who had stated that “Article 287 mandates that complaints under Chapter 24 of the Constitution are to be investigated exclusively by the CHRAJ”.
However, Mohammed Abass has questioned the reference stating that, '' does that mean that parliament do not have the right to undertake such investigations? No, parliament at all times can investigate such important cases because it is within their power to do so.''
Melania Trump is suing a British newspaper and a US blogger for $150m (£114m) over allegations she was a sex worker in the 1990s, her lawyer says.
The Daily Mail suggested Mrs Trump may have worked as a part-time escort in New York, and met husband Donald Trump, who is now running for the White House, earlier than previously reported.
The claims were "outright lying", lawyer Charles Harder said.
Both the blogger and the Daily Mail have since retracted their articles.
"These defendants made several statements about Mrs Trump that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation," Mr Harder said in a statement.
"Defendants' actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs Trump that her damages are estimated at $150m," Mr Harder's statement said.
He has filed the complaint before the Circuit Court for Montgomery County in the US state of Maryland.
Mrs Trump, 46, was born in Slovenia and moved to the US to work as a model in the 1990s. She married Mr Trump in 2005.
Blogger Webster Tarpley had written that Mrs Trump feared her past becoming public.
The article on the Daily Mail's website quoted claims published in Slovenian magazine Suzy that the modelling agency Mrs Trump was working for also functioned as an escort agency, court papers show.
The newspaper also quoted Slovenian journalist Bojan Pozar, author of an unauthorised biography, who claimed Mrs Trump had posed for nude photos in New York in 1995 and alleged that she had met Mr Trump that year, three years before their reported first meeting in 1998.
Her lawyers say she moved to the US in 1996.
Mr Tarpley meanwhile alleged that Mrs Trump was "reportedly obsessed by fear of salacious revelations by wealthy clients from her time as a high-end escort" and had suffered a "full-blown nervous breakdown".
The Daily Mail's retraction, published late on Thursday, insisted it had not suggested the sex work claims were true but said that, even if false, they could affect the US presidential campaign.
In July, Mrs Trump was embroiled in a row over plagiarism, after her speech at the Republican convention. Lines matched almost word for word those delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Democrats' convention in 2008.
An employee of the Trump Organisation, Meredith McIver, later admitted her role in writing the speech, saying it was her mistake.
Hermine made landfall in Florida early Friday morning and will continue to deliver heavy rain, gusty winds, flooding and the risk of tornadoes into Friday night.
The storm became a Category 1 hurricane shortly before 3 p.m. EDT Thursday and made landfall around 1:30 a.m. EDT Friday near St. Marks, Florida, along the Florida Panhandle.
The lastAhead of the storm, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency to help 51 counties prepare. A mandatory evacuation notice was issued for Franklin County, located along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida Panhandle.
Several Florida schools announced closings on Friday due to the storm. Florida State University's main campus in Tallahassee, Florida, will be closed into Friday, officials announced Thursday morning. University of South Florida in Tampa will also be closed on Friday.
Some airlines are waving flight change fees in the path of the storm. hurricane to make landfall in Florida before Hermine was Wilma in 2005.
The storm will unload a general 4-8 inches of rain with locally 10 inches possible. This rainfall is enough to cause urban and low-lying area flooding.
Despite Hermine moving farther inland on Friday, onshore winds will continue to push Gulf of Mexico water landward and are likely to cause coastal flooding. Major cities that can be affected by coastal flooding include Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida.
In addition to the risk of flooding, locally severe thunderstorms will have the potential to bring damaging wind gusts. Isolated tornadoes will be possible within any strong rain bands.
The risk of isolated tornadoes will extend northeastward into parts of Georgia and the Carolinas into Friday night.
People in the central and northern part of the Florida Peninsula and the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle should be prepared for tropical storm to minimal hurricane conditions with power outages, flooded roads and airline disruptions through Friday morning. Conditions will improve during Friday afternoon.
Sea and surf conditions will be dangerous along the Southeast coast into Saturday.
An illegal lotto agent popularly known as ''banker to banker '' has been arrested by the Upper West Akyem District Police Command in the Eastern region.
The suspect whose name was given as Ayee, reportedly failed to close in after stakes for the day. Luck eluded him as a staker won his numbers to the tune of GHC 2, 000 cedis.
He was unable to pay for the winning and has since been arrested by the police. He will be processed for court soon.
The National Lottery Authority has stated that it was wrong for people to operate illegal lottery because they did not pay anything in the form of taxes to the state.
The ''banker to banker'' operators pirate on drawn numbers and operate at no cost.