Unconfirmed reports reaching rainbowradioonline.com, indicates that the police in the Northern region have arrested one person in relations to the kidnapping of a member of the Tiger Eye P.I Team.
The journalist, Ishmael Hussein was recused by the police after news of his abduction was reported to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Alhassan.
Ishmael Huseein who forms part of the Tiger P.I Team, was abducted this morning but it remains unclear what the motive behind the abduction was.
The journalist is currently in the care of the police with investigations currently underway.
The Tiger P.I Team led by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in the last two years conducted investigations into an alleged corruption and bribery scandal in the judiciary.
The team after their investigations captured some 34 judges and 180 other judicial staff members on camera allegedly taking bribe to influence their decision on some cases there were presiding over.
About 22 lower court judges have been suspended after the video was made public, the judges in question are currently been probed.
Seven out of the 12 high court judges who were also implicated in the video, have been suspended by President Mahama after the CJ established a prima facie case against them.
Some 80 other staff of the judicial service, police and the Attorney General’s Department are been investigated after they were also captured on camera for allegedly taking bribes.
President Mahama has expressed his support to the CJ in dealing with the matter and has giving the assurance that anyone found culpable, would be removed from the bench.
Meanwhile fifteen Appeal court judges have been tasked by the Chief Justice and the Judicial Council to sit additionally, as High court judges, in order to make up for the shortfall in the system due to the judicial corruption scandal which implicated some High court judges.
The 2016 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described President John Dramani Mahama’s government as the most incompetent of the governments under Ghana’s Fourth Republic.
Addressing party faithfuls on the 2nd day of his “Rise and Build Tour” in the Ashanti Region, the NPP flagbearer said : “the most incompetent government in the history of the 4th Republic is the government of John Dramani Mahama. We have a responsibility in the NPP to work hard and remove this government.”
According to him, every sector of the Ghanaian economy has been in decline ever since the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government assumed the helm of affairs some 7 years ago.
He indicated that worsening living standards of Ghanaians, widespread and rampant corruption, rising levels of unemployment, declining agriculture, and enterprise failures, are all evidence of the incompetence of the Mahama-led administration.
These developments, Akufo-Addo said, requires the NPP to work hard to effect the change that Ghanaians desire, stressing that “an NPP victory in 2016 is the only way the nation can return onto the path of progress and prosperity.”
Speaking on the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme by President Kufuor, Nana Akufo-Addo lamented that Ghana, under President Mahama, is now back to the “cash and carry” system.
This, he said, is because funds for the NHIS, like all statutory payments, are in arrears.
According to him, hospitals are no longer willing to provide healthcare to NHIS card holders, compelling Ghanaians to pay for healthcare services.
Akufo-Addo further noted the NPP will begin the process of rebuilding Ghana again when voted into power.
Source: Office of Nana Addo
He also reaffirmed his target of achieving 80% margin of victory for the NPP in the 2016 election.
Financial Analyst and a leading member of pressure group, Occupy Ghana, Sydney Casely Hayford has stated that the Finance Minister, Mr. Seth Tekper is incompetent.
He indicated that the sector minister of Ghana’s Finance Ministry has performed badly in managing Ghana’s economy.
The financial analyst indicated that Seth Tekper is not the right person to manage the economy, because the NDC government met a good economy which the finance minister has failed to manage.
Mr. Casely Hayford explained that the NDC government after taking over the economy, went to the IMF to borrow an amount of $600 million which they revealed was to help resolve some of the challenges the country was facing, and therefore it was expected that the economy would have stabilized, after the government prided itself of helping the economy reach a single digit inflation.
‘’ He (Seth Tekper) took over an economy that wasn’t too bad and has brought us to a point where we been tagged as a highly indebted poor country, in my opinion, looking at that track record it’s a poor one and there is no defiance considering where he has taking us’’, he added.
Mr. Casely Hayford accused the NDC government of poorly managing the economy, he also alleged that the NDC government focus is not about transforming the economy, rather their interest is only about winning elections through vote buying.
He insisted that the poor performance of the sector minister has brought Ghana to its current situation, where we had to go to the IMF for bailout because we had no other options.
According to Casely Hayford, our intention to go to the IMF has opened the flood gate for our lenders to ‘’milk’’ us out, because we could not manage our economy well.
Mr. Casely Hayford could not understand why Ghana continues to borrow yet fails to use it for the intended purposes.
‘’Just last year around July, August, we went and we borrowed a billion dollars. One year now we are now back borrowing the same amount again and we are borrowing it at 10.75 percent and the big question you have to ask yourself is what happened to the billion dollars?
“We took the 1 billion dollars in order to correct certain things and correct certain imperfections …and one year later we are borrowing the same amount again and we are still talking about borrowing the same amount again or more as we go forward so clearly the money that we took which we hope that we will use for a particular purpose and fix a particular problem we did not do that. If we had done that we would not have been borrowing again.” -
The Ashanti regional chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Antwi Bosiako popularly referred to as chairman Wontumi, has sent a clear message to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), that the NPP is poised for victory come 2016.
The fire brand chairman of the NPP stated that although the NDC has delayed the victory of the party, come 2016 the situation would be different because the NPP is firm and poised for victory.
“My message to the NDC is that they may have delayed our victory, but they cannot stop us (an NPP victory) in 2016.’’
Chairman Wontumi indicated that the NPP under Nana Addo, would turn the fortunes of Ghana because the NDC government led by President Mahama has destroyed the legacies left by former President Kuffour.
He said the corruption and mismanagement and the incompetence exhibited by the NDC, is unprecedented and should Ghanaians keep them in power again, then we would be heading to a difficult time.
“If the NDC had not set out, when they won power in 2009, to destroy what President Kufuor had built, there is no way you will find the spectre of hundreds of young men and women walking the streets without jobs.’’
Chairman Wontumi indicated that the economic mismanagement, enterprise failures, widespread unemployment, high cost of living, unaffordable utility tariffs, rampant corruption, and crises in health and education systems are as a result of the poor management by the NDC government since the assumed the Presidency.
He said “If Ghana is to develop, it cannot be under the rule of President Mahama. Ghana is endowed with mineral resources like gold, bauxite, manganese, diamond, cocoa and an abundance of human resources. We now produce oil in commercial quantities, and yet still we are worse off as a nation’’.
Chairman Wontumi was hopeful that the fortunes of this country would turn around, if Ghanaians work hard enough to see Nana Addo clinch victory in 2016, “if we are able to work hard and ensure that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo becomes President of Ghana, that will be the only way to bring massive development to Ghana, as well as improve the wellbeing of Ghanaians.”
He asked Ghanaians to consider the current situation and kick out the NDC government out of power come 2016, he also called on the NDC to prepare for their defeat come 2016 since the NPP is this time around coming in strong and formidable.
He has therefore admonished party executives and supporters to see to it that, victory becomes possible for the party come 2016.
Chairman Wontumi was addressing party supporters in Kumasi as part of Nana Addo’s ‘Rise and Build’ tour.
The deputy regional secretary of the ruling NDC for the Volta region has said that the involvement of Nana Addo in the modern day politics of Ghana is a recipe for disaster.
Mustapha Bandi stated that the NPP under the leadership of the NPP has not been the best since his style of leadership has not augur well for the party.
He said ‘’Nana Addo in person is a good man as Nana Addo, but I can assure you, as long as Nana Addo is in involve in our political history… Nana Addo’s involvement in the bid for presidential contest is a recipe for disaster, am serious, Nana Addo’s involvement in modern politics is recipe for disaster’’.
Mustapha insisted that although Nana Addo is a good and intelligent man, his political nature and being is different from his personal attitude.
He stated further that, ‘’when you see a politician, the politician has a his personal in make and has a posture as a politician, the politician Nana Addo is not Nana Addo alone and am saying…as long as Nana continues to involve himself… (In politics) his direction of leadership is weak, indecisive, his members are saying it’’.
Mustapha Bandi explained that the NPP currently is destroyed by the actions of its presidential candidate and that alone ‘’affirms the destructive nature of Nana Addo’s political being’’.
He alleged that, the people who are following Nana Addo are ill advising him and leading him to a disastrous end and also a threat to National Security.
The deputy regional secretary alleged also that the people leading Nana Addo are planning to plunge the country into a state of anarchy.
He said this should not be encouraged and has admonished Ghanaians to resist any attempt by the NPP destabilize the country.
Speaking with Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, Mustapha Bandi emphasized that Nana Addo in politics today would a serious threat to the peace and stability of this country.
The much awaited prestigious Radio and Television Personality Award (RTP) comes off today at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), with over 40 Radio and TV personalities expected to pick various awards for their outstanding performance over the last year.
The RTP which is organized by Big Events Ghana has for the past five years honoured some outstanding Radio and TV Personalities for their outstanding performances on Radio and TV.
The awards ceremony has grown to become the most prestigious platform for both TV and Radio presenters to be recognize for their contribution to the industry.
The RTP platform also encourages practitioners in the industry to aim for gold and achieve greater heights in their work.
This year’s event has been tipped to be exciting and glamorous with bigger expectation from the previous years.
Organizers of the event have indicated that the overall winner would benefit from an all-expense paid trip to any country of his or her choice.
As usual Rainbow Radio’s Aygemang Prempeh got nominations for the Radio Entertainment Show Host and Radio Gospel Show Host of the year respectively, Quophi Okyeame has been nominated for the Late Afternoon Show Host of the year whiles Professor Collins has also been nominated for the Radio DJ of the year category.
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General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has indicated that the party (NDC) is prepared to face any of the disqualified candidate in court if the need arises most especially those who were disqualified based on some alleged corruption scandal.
Addressing the media after the two day vetting exercise within the Greater Accra region, the chief scribe for the NDC said ‘’we are a party that is fighting corruption, we have also adopted a position, that even though the 1992 constitution indicates that, you must be convicted before they is a case against you for disqualification, we think that in some of the cases we are the sitting government, so if the state is pursuing you for any corrupt act, the managers of the affairs of the state that is the NDC government cannot from another angle be sponsoring you to become clean in that party’’.
The General Secretary explained further that, the party advised all aspirants ‘’who is on interdiction has been asked to withdraw in his own interest or face our disqualification’’.
‘’We are prepared to face such people in court, if they come and they want to tell us that the court says conviction and they have not been convicted so why have we disqualified them, we are prepared to argue our cases in court, because we are a political organization as well as a bigger organization and we believe in principles’’ he added.
The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), has indicated that President Mahama may to have to gain over 50% votes, to lead the party as the Presidential Candidate in the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah explained that the members of the party would have to still endorse the candidature of John Mahama, as the Presidential Candidate although we know he may be going unopposed.
“We all know that President Mahama may go unopposed. I am saying may go unopposed because we have not finished the procedures and even if he does, the presidential primaries will still take place in which case we will open the polling stations and then the ballot paper will be made like a referendum paper, yes and no.”
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah explained further that “those who want him [President Mahama] to go will vote yes, the party members who don’t want him to go will vote no. At the end of the day if we are able to get more than 50 percent of NDC members endorsing the president to proceed then he will be declared the NDC [Presidential] candidate.”
“In the event that we are unable to get more than 50 percent endorsing the president’s candidature, then we are back to square one where we will announce the opening of nominations and then new candidates will file and then we will continue,” he added.
In the last few weeks, the party’s branch youth organizer in Oyarifa, Mr. George Boateng expressed interest in contesting President Mahama, but he could not make his way through after he failed to meet the party’s requirements.
Sources within the party have revealed that, the President may get over 50% of the vote required to affirm his candidature.
Some party executives have also declared their unflinching support for the President ahead of the primaries.