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Nov 21, 2017
A request note intercepted by rainbowradiooline.com which was sent by the Municipal Co-ordinating Director to the Municipal Chief Executive Officer for the commissioning of the Gwiriwaman Community Senior School in Biamonkor requested for a total of GHC 43, 095.00 as cost for the event. The request note read ‘’I wish to request for an amount of forty-three thousand and four hundred and ninety five  (GHC 43, 095.00) to be used to cater for the expenses on the commissioning of the Gwiriwaman Senior School by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday 13th October, 2015 at Biamonkor’’ The total cost covers expenses for chairs, PA systems, canopies, fueling for Paramount Chiefs, fueling for school buses, snack for students, lunch for special guest, canopies, decorations, and security, honorarium for head of schools among other things.   List of items and cost 1.      Chairs 500 @ GHC 2 each- GHC 1, 000 2.      Canopies 23 rooms @ GHC 50-GHC 1, 500 3.      Vehicle to convey people to grounds @ GHC 1, 500- GHC 5,000 4.      Fueling of School Bus 11 GHC 300- GHC 3, 300 5.      Snacks for Students @ 600 GHC 10 per one- GHC 6, 000 6.      Lunch for Limited Guest 100 People @ GHC 30 each- GHC 3, 000 7.      Snack for Supporters 150 People-GHC 10 Per person- GHC 5, 500 8.      Fuel for Paramount Chiefs 5 @ 500 per person- GHC 2, 500 9.      Sachet water 50 bags @ GHC 2.50- GHC 125 10.  Voltic water 30 boxes @ GHC 17 each- GHC 510 11.  Fuel for Assembly Vehicles- GHC 1, 000 12.  Fuel for Heads of Department- GHC 1, 000 13.  Snack for Staff 100 people- GHC 1, 000 14.  Decoration- GHC 1, 000 15.  Banners- GHC 1, 500 16.  Plaque- GHC 1, 500 17.  Contingents- GHC 2, 000 18.  Hiring of trucks for the conveyance to events grounds- GHC 1, 000 19.  Allowance for media- GHC 2, 000 20.  Honorarium for heads of departments and security @ GHC for 50 people- GHC 1, 000 21.  Assorted Drinks- GHC 1, 000 22.  Scissors for cutting of ribbons- GHC 10 23.  Honorarium for security (advance team)- GHC 1, 500 24.  Photographer- GHC 300 25.  Grounds Preparations- GHC 1, 000        
Nov 21, 2017
A school district in the US state of Virginia has closed all schools on Friday after a geography lesson that included Islam sparked vociferous complaints from around the country. Students were asked to trace Arabic calligraphy in an exercise some parents said amounted to indoctrination. Officials said the schools were closed out of an abundance of caution and that there were no specific safety threats. School administrators say a different lesson will be used in the future. One week ago, students at Riverheads High School were studying the Middle East and were asked to trace a piece of Arabic calligraphy that translated to: "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah". Some pupils refused the assignment and parents accused the teacher of indoctrination. Officials with the Augusta County school district were quick to point out that the study of a region's religion and language are included in geography lessons. However, anger built up and by Wednesday complaints had become so numerous that the school's doors were locked and monitored. ''It looks like fear wins again one local resident said. By Friday, the messages - described as profane and hateful - had increased and the decision was made to close the schools. Officials said that no specific threats were received, but law enforcement officials and the school district board recommended the closure out of an abundance of caution. The lesson was intended to illustrate the complexity of the Arabic language, they said, and not meant to promote any religious system. But future classes will use a different, non-religious example of Arabic. The decision to close the schools has drawn criticism as well. "It looks like fear wins again," a resident told the News Virginian newspaper.   On the paper's Facebook account, locals have been debating the closure with one man saying, "our patriot forefathers are rolling in their graves," and another rhetorically posting, "how do these terrified people leave their houses every day?"   Source: BBC  
Nov 21, 2017
The head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has urged European leaders to set up a "massive" refugee resettlement programme. Antonio Guterres said moves to speed up the processing of asylum seekers in Greece was welcome but "not enough". He was speaking as a new UN report warned that the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide would "far surpass" a record 60 million this year. The EU is grappling to deal with an huge influx of migrants. More than one million asylum seekers are expected to have arrived in Europe by the end of the year, prompting some states to put up fences and introduce border controls despite the EU's border-free Schengen area. Mr Guterres said the numbers of displaced people would grow unless conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya were resolved. Earlier this week, the EU agreed to increase the numbers of Frontex border agency staff in Greece, where hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived by boat. Many asylum seekers then travel north via the Balkan states without being registered. Mr Guterres welcomed the move but said it was "not enough".        And he called for the numbers of refugees being resettled in Europe to be increased. "We are encouraged by the fact that a number of European countries have been saying, and I believe this is on the table to the European Council, that a massive resettlement programme needs to be put in place for Syrians, but I would expect also for refugees in general," he told a news conference. "And when I mean massive, I mean hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people, not just what has been discussed until now in relation to resettlement. "If this is not put in place and the tragedy in the Aegean goes on and the Balkan chaotic situation goes on, I must say I am very worried for the future of the European asylum system." EU states have agreed to resettle 22,000 people direct from UN refugee camps but so far only about 600 have arrived. Peter Sutherland, the UN special envoy for migration, also called on European states to take more refugees. "It is absurd that a continent of 508 million in the EU should find itself unable to deal with what is and should be a manageable number," he told the BBC. He added: "We have a straightforward moral obligation to take those who are persecuted - which is what refugees are - and to offer them sanctuary." Friday's report by the UNHCR said "one in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes". The figure includes 20.2 million refugees, the highest total since 1992, the UNHCR added. The numbers were mainly driven by the Syrian war, conflict in Ukraine and other protracted conflicts, it said. The report is based on figures from the first half of 2015. Asylum applications had risen 78% over the same period in 2014, while the numbers of internally displaced people reached an estimated 34 million. The number of refugees rose by 839,000 in the first six months of 2015 - or almost 4,600 people on average every day. Europe's migrant crisis is only partially reflected in the numbers, since arrivals have escalated in the second half of 2015, a period not covered by the report. While the number of refugees is at its highest since 1992, the number of refugees as a percentage of the global population has dropped significantly in that time - from 0.32% in 1992 to 0.21% today.   According to the UN's own statistics, the world's population has increased by more than 1.8 billion in that time. Source: BBC
Nov 21, 2017
The Traditional Council in Sunyani has denied claims that they have planned to stop the NPP from organizing their Extra Ordinary Delegates Congress as speculated in the media. Speaking in an interview in with rainbowradioonline.com, the Kontihene Nana Bofotia Boamponsem said they have not taken any decision in that regard and therefore the information should be treated with the contempt it deserves. According him the NPP has not ‘’officially’’ informed the Traditional Council over the congress. He noted that if the NPP had respect for authority they should have come to officially notify the Council over their impending congress. News broke out that the Traditional Council were in an emergency meeting considering halting the congress. The decision was linked to an insult that the regional chairman of the NPP Kwame Asuma Kyeremeh meted out to the Paramount Chief in Sunyani, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri for endorsing President Mahama when he visited the region as part of his regional transformational tour. The Paramount Chief was alleged to have promised the president 80% of their votes for his achievements. This angered the NPP who in turn attacked the Chief. The Traditional Council demanded for an apology but it never came. However the Kontihene says it is rather the youth within the area who have vowed to stop the congress and not the Traditional Council. In a related development the chairman of the party in the region has stated that all set for the congress as over 3, 000 delegates are expected to participate in the 15TH Extraordinary Delegates Congress which is being hosted at the Sunyani Coronation Park.   The party accused the police of working with government to frustrate the upcoming congress but the police denied the allegation and has indicated their preparedness for the congress.
Nov 21, 2017
Appeal Courts Judge, Justice Gertrude Torkuno has been cited for contempt by implicated judge, Justice Utter Paul Derry. The suit by Paul Utter Dery follows an admission by Justice Torkuno that she erred in the infamous contempt case against Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Accra International Conference Centre, EIB Network CEO Bola Ray and Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper. Justice Torkuno ‘’vacated’’ her earlier in dismissing the case and has set December, 21st for a fresh hearing on the case. “I vacated my order of 28 September 2015, dismissing the application for account of registrar’s tampering with date. I set it aside totally and restore the application to the docket,’’ the judge noted.   She added: “Even granted that the Registrar lying and never informed counsel for applicant that she had changed the date for hearing of the application in issue, there is a simple way in which matters like this case are resolved in court as a matter of practice, counsel who finds himself holding an application record with a date different from the date it was heard only need to file a search to determine what went wrong and ask the court to vacate the order made on account of his not having had proper notice of the hearing.”      Meanwhile Justice Paul Dery in an affidavit sworn to support his suit said:  “I, His Lordship, Paul Uuter Dery of House Number B11, Okpoi Gonno, Spintex Road, Accra, do hereby make oath and say as follows:   1. That I am the Applicant herein and the deponent hereto.   2. That I depose to this affidavit in support referring to facts and matters that are either within my personal knowledge and belief or which are based on the information provided to me by third parties, which I verily believe to be true.   3. That on the 14th of September, 2015, I caused a Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim to be issued from the Registry of the High Court, Fast Track Division, titled His Lordship Paul Uuter Dery v. 1. Tiger Eye PI 2. The Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana 3. The Attorney General with suit number AP 228/2015 claiming the reliefs endorsed therein. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 1” is the Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim).   4. That the Honourable Chief Justice empanelled Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, a Court of Appeal Judge sitting as an additional High Court, to preside over all matters relating and arising out of the petition filed by Tiger Eye PI.   5. That I further caused to be filed an application for committal for contempt in the Registry of the High Court titled: The Republic v. 1. Anas Aremeyaw Anas 2. Samuel Frempong, 3. Ernest Addo, 4. Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi 5. Sulemana Braimah with suit number AP 238/2015 on the 18th of September, 2015. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 2” is a copy of the application).   6. That the Registrar of the High Court, Fast Track Division, set down the said application for committal for contempt for hearing on the 12th of October, 2015. 7. That I received my copy of the motion from the Registry of the High Court bearing the date set for hearing as the 12th of October, 2015.   8. That without my knowledge or that of my lawyers, the Registrar of the High Court, Fast Track Division, together with the trial court judge, the Respondent herein, changed the date on which the matter was to be heard from the 12th of October, 2015 to 28th September, 2015.   9. That the trial High Court presided over by the Respondent herein proceeded to hear the motion for committal for contempt against the Respondents named in the application on the 28th of September, 2015, without issuing hearing notices to me or my Lawyers.   10. That the trial court judge heard the said motion on notice for committal of contempt on the 28th of September, 2015 and also gave an order for the 5th Respondent to appear before her on the 29th of September, 2015.   11. That the trial court judge heard the matter for committal for contempt on the 29th of September, 2015 without issuing hearing notice to me or my Lawyers.   12. That the trial court judge dismissed the motion for committal for contempt on the 29th of September, 2015 without giving me or my lawyer the opportunity to be heard. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 3” are copies of the court’s proceedings and orders which the Respondent made on 28th and 29th September, 2015).   13. That in view of the Respondent’s blatant breach of the rules of natural justice, I caused to be filed an application in this Court with Suit No. J5/6/2016, seeking to prohibit the Respondent from sitting on my cases at the High Court. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 4” is a copy of the said application).   14. That for similar reason deposed to in paragraph 13 supra, I again filed an application in this Court with Suit No. J5/9/2016, seeking an order to quash the proceedings and orders of the High Court in the contempt application on the 28th and 29th September, 2015, and prohibit the Respondent from hearing same if remitted for a trial de novo.   15. That despite the pendency of these two applications before this Court, the Respondent in outright disrespect of this Court caused a hearing notice to be served on me to appear before her on 3rd December, 2015, for the hearing of the same contempt application which the Respondent had already dealt with on the 28th and 29th September, 2015 and dismissed. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 5”is a copy of the said Hearing Notice).   16. That it is trite law that once the Respondent had dealt with the contempt application, she is functus officio and she has no jurisdiction whatsoever to reopen same, more so when to her knowledge the Applicant herein filed an application in this Court to quash same and prohibit her from hearing the case.   17. That my Counsel wrote a letter to the Respondent and politely informed her that she was functus officio as far as the contempt application was concerned and that the matter was now before this Court. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 6“is a copy of the said letter).   18. That the Respondent accordingly advised herself and did not sit on the application again on the 3rd December, 2015. 19. That the Respondent similarly caused a hearing notice to be served on me to appear before her on 15th December, 2015, for the hearing of the suit I filed on 14th September, 2015 with Suit No. AP 228/2015. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 7” is a copy of the said Hearing Notice).   20. That the Respondent caused the said hearing notice to be served on me to appear before her on 15th December, 2015, in spite of the Respondent’s knowledge of an application in this Court seeking to prohibit her from sitting on the said case among others and a motion I filed asking her to recuse herself. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 8” is a copy of the said motion).   21. That when my lawyers appeared before the Respondent on the 15th December, 2015, the Respondent surprisingly purported to exercise jurisdiction over the contempt application although that was not the business of the day and gave a ruling vacating the earlier order she made dismissing the said application. (Attached and exhibited as “PUD 9” is a copy of the said ruling).   22. That it is my contention that the Respondent’s conduct of vacating her order made on the 28th and 29th September, 2015, was calculated to interfere with, prejudice and also to undermine the outcome of the two applications pending before this Honourable Court.   23. That the Respondent in her ruling dated 15th December, 2015, acknowledged that she was aware of my two applications pending before this Honourable Court seeking to quash her rulings of 28th and 29th September, 2015 and further seeking to prohibit her from presiding over any of my cases pending before the High Court.   24. That the relevant quotation from the Respondent’s ruling exhibited as “PUD 9”, dated 15th December, 2015, on page 2 states as follows: “I stated earlier that I have read with consternation these processes which are on the docket as matters of record because I am totally at a loss why such a manifest error by a Registrar should lead to Applicant’s Counsel taking the trouble and headache of appealing, filing for Judicial Review, filing the present application for recusal etc etc.”   25. That the Respondent in her ruling dated 15th December, 2015, exhibited as “PUD 9”, further stated unequivocally that her ruling is meant to interfere with the outcome of my application before this Honourable Court.   26. The relevant quotation from the Respondent’s ruling in support of my assertion in paragraph 25 supra can be found on page 3 of exhibit “PUD 9” as follows: “I vacate my Order of 28th September, 2015 dismissing the application for contempt on account of the Registrar’s tampering with the dates. I set it aside totally and restore the application to the docket. As much as this clearly takes the wind out of the sails of Plaintiff’s Counsel’s wings, I do so because it is the right and proper thing to do.”   27. That the law is that where a person knows that a case is sub judice, any conduct, act or omission by him that tends to prejudice or interfere with its fair trial amounts to contempt of court.   28. That in the eyes of the law, the state of affairs as at the time of filing the case should prevail in order to give the court free hand and open mind to investigate the complaints raised in the motions before the court.   29. That it is my contention that the Respondent’s conduct in causing the two hearing notices to issue and her sitting and ruling on the 15th December, 2015, was calculated to interfere and also to prejudice the determination of the issues before this Honourable Court.   30. That unless and until this Honourable Court convicts the Respondent herein, she will continue to intervene prejudicially in respect of the said cases before this Court.   31. In the circumstance, I pray that this obvious disregard to the Court amounts to nothing more than contempt of Court of which the Respondent ought to be convicted and punished.   WHEREFORE I swear to this affidavit in support of the motion.    
Nov 21, 2017
The judge who presided over infamous contempt case against CEO of Tiger Eye PI Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Accra International Centre, CEO of EIB-Networks, Bola Ray and Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Mr. Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, Justice Gertrude Torkon has said that she erred in her earlier ruling. The ruling paved way for celebrated journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to premier his latest investigative piece of the judiciary at the Accra International Conference. The video implicated about 34 judges of the lower courts for allegedly taking bribes to subvert justice. One of the implicated judges, Justice Derry went to court to stop the premiering but the court presided over by Justice Gertrude Torkon threw out the case. But the judge has said that she erred in her ruling. The earlier has been quashed and a new date of 21st December, 2015 has been set to commence a new hearing. “I vacated my order of 28 September 2015, dismissing the application for account of registrar’s tampering with date. I set it aside totally and restore the application to the docket,’’ the judge noted.   She added: “Even granted that the Registrar lying and never informed counsel for applicant that she had changed the date for hearing of the application in issue, there is a simple way in which matters like this case are resolved in court as a matter of practice, counsel who finds himself holding an application record with a date different from the date it was heard only need to file a search to determine what went wrong and ask the court to vacate the order made on account of his not having had proper notice of the hearing.”  
Nov 21, 2017
A statement by the spokesperson for Mr. Paul Afoko the suspended National Chairman of the NPP, has hinted that the embattled chairman never sought to place an injunction on the Sunyani Extraordinary Delegates Congress rather what he sought to do was to stop the party from discussing matters relating to the National Chairmanship position at the congress. The statement as noted that although the case was thrown out, Mr. Afoko had achieved the purpose for which he petitioned the court. Nana Yaw explained that by the happenings in court, lawyers for the NPP noted the congress will not discuss Mr. Afoko and by that alone his boss had achieved his purpose of preventing the party from taking any further decision against his position. Mr. Paul Afoko is contesting his suspension in court but also filed a another suit to stop the party from organizing the congress but the Accra High in a ruling dismissed case saying he [Paul Afoko] failed to convince the court on why his case should be granted. However the statement from his spokesperson says they have achieved their aim.   Below is the full statement from Mr. Afoko’s Spokesperson The office of the elected National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Paul. A. Afoko, has been drawn to some information doing the rounds in the media to the effect that an interim injunction that was being sought by him has been dismissed.   We wish to state the facts as follows:-   1) That, Mr. Afoko did not seek an injunction to prevent the Conference in Sunyani from taking place as it is being speculated in sections of the media.   What Mr. Afoko sought to do, was to prevent the impending Sunyani conference from discussing anything in connection with the position of the national chairman.   2. That even though the application was made ex-parte, the Honourable Court allowed the other side (NPP) to also state its reasons why the application was not to be granted.   3) That after listening to Counsel for Mr. Afoko on why the application should be granted, lawyers for the NPP stated that the agenda for the Sunyani Conference did not include any discussion on the national chairman and/or his position as the national chairman.   4) That by this development in court, the party has given the assurance that it will not discuss any issues on the so-called suspension/removal of Mr. Afoko at the Sunyani Conference.   5) That, by this development, and for the avoidance of any doubt, Mr. Afoko's application has achieved its intended purpose of preventing the discussion of any issues in respect of his position as the elected national chairman of the NPP.   Thank you.   Nana Yaw Osei, Spokesperson, National Chairman, NPP.      
Nov 21, 2017
The Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) has filed a suit at the court in request set aside an earlier suit filed against it over the implementation of the tariff increment announced last week. Electricity and water in an announcement by the PURC went up by 59.2% and 67.2% respectively. This increase according to the commission was based on factors including operational cost, and improvement in service for the consumer. But the CEO of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) led by its CEO Kofi Owusuhene popularly referred to as Kofi Capito sued the PURC together with ECG, GWCL and others over seeking for injunction over the implementation because he felt the providers had not serve the public well enough to warrant this increment.   The implementation was to take effect last Monday.
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