Curious Minds, in collaboration with Action Health Incorporated presents the 7th Conference on Sexual Health and Rights. The conference will take place at the Accra International Conference Center from the 8th to 12th of February, 2016.
The conference is under the esteemed patronage of Her Excellency Lordina Mahama, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and current president of Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS.
The theme for the conference: Realizing Demographic Dividend in Africa – the critical importance of adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights will generate discussions on how to tap the potentials of African adolescents and youth from a sexual health point of view to contribute to a prosperous Africa.
The conference is expected to attract around a thousand delegates comprising youth activists, adolescents, development partners, researchers, policy makers, civil society and the media within and outside Africa.
Source: Curious Minds
Vladimir Putin has said Russia is using "far from everything we are capable of" in its military operations in Syria.
"We also have other things as well and will use them if necessary," the Russian president said.
Mr Putin was speaking a day after the UN Security Council endorsed a peace plan for the war-torn nation, including calls for a ceasefire.
The Syrian war, heading into its fifth year, has killed more than 250,000 people and displaced millions more.
The resolution, passed unanimously by the UN Security Council, sets out a timetable for formal talks and a unity government within six months,
However, the resolution makes no mention of the future role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Western countries have called for his departure, but Russia and China say he should not be required to leave power as a precondition for peace talks.
Where key countries stand
Russia - a key ally of the Syrian president - has previously blocked resolutions critical of Mr Assad at the UN Security Council and has continued to supply weapons to the Syrian military despite international criticism.
In September Russian forces began launching air strikes against rebels, saying the so-called Islamic State (IS) and "all terrorists" were targets. However, Western-backed groups were reported to have been hit.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margall, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry vote during a UN Security Council meeting on Syria December 18, 2015.
UN Security Council Resolution on Syria (No. 2254)
Calls for ceasefire and formal talks on a political transition to start in early January
Groups seen as "terrorist", including Islamic State and al-Nusra Front, are excluded
"Offensive and defensive actions" against such groups - a reference to air strikes by US-led coalition and Russia - to continue
UN chief Ban Ki-moon to report by 18 January on how to monitor ceasefire
"Credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance" to be established within six months
"Free and fair elections" under UN supervision to be held within 18 months
Political transition should be Syrian-led
The resolution passed at the UN in New York on Friday foresees talks between the Syrian government and opposition in early January.
The plan sets out a timetable for UN-supervised elections within 18 months, and stresses that the Syrian people will decide the future of their country.
The plan also calls for a ceasefire, but there is also disagreement over which armed groups should be designated as terrorists and consequently excluded from any talks or ceasefire.
Actions against groups considered terrorist organisations would not be affected, allowing Russian, French and US air strikes against Islamic State to continue.
The agreement demands that all parties cease attacks against civilians.
The Presidential Candidate for the NPP took to the podium to address the teaming supporters of the party at their 15th Extraordinary National Delegates Congress at the Sunyani Coronation Park in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The leader of the party touched on many issues bordering on corruption in the NDC government, unity within the NPP, victory 2016 and the need for the party members to unite their front so they are able to bring to Ghanaians the needed change.
The congress on the theme ‘’Arise for Change: The Battle is still the Lord’s saw the former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufour and other senior members of the party including NPP Members of Parliament in attendance.
Below is the full statement presented by Nana Addo:
ADDRESS OF NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, 2016 NPP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, AT THE 2015 EXTRAORDINARY NATIONAL DELEGATES’ CONFERENCE OF THE NPP AT CORONATION PARK, SUNYANI, BRONG AHAFO REGION, ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015 ON:
“NOW, THE HARD WORK”
What a wonderful turnout today. This is just great.
I paid, this morning, a courtesy call on Nana Bosome Asor Nkrawie II, Omanhene of Sunyani, and his elders, who received me very warmly and extended to all of you his best wishes for a peaceful and successful conference here on his soil of Sunyani.
Between 3rd September and 12th October, barely 3 months ago, I went around the 10 regions of the country on what I called the ‘Rise and Build Tour’. I did so to touch base with our party members soon after the parliamentary primaries were held in most of the constituencies, in order to prepare them for next year’s campaign. What I saw convinced me that our party, the NPP, was in solid shape.
Everywhere I went, I saw and met with enthusiastic and forward looking members and supporters of the party. I met and saw people who were not necessarily party members or even what you might call our traditional supporters. They were also enthusiastic and generous in their welcome.
The message I got everywhere was the same: Ghanaians are looking up to the NPP to win the 2016 elections decisively and govern this country with honesty and competence, so that we can generate prosperity for the broad masses of our people. At every opportunity, I assured the people that the NPP would work hard to make us worthy of the trust being reposed in us.
This year has been a tumultuous one for our party. We have made the front pages for all the wrong reasons; we have spent our energies fighting each other, instead of our opponents. It has been an anxious time for all who love our party and for many outside the party who see us as the best alternative to the disaster that is the current Mahama administration.
We are ending the year with three senior elected officials and a handful of other officers having been suspended from office. I can’t find an easier way to tell you that this has been a traumatic experience for me personally. And I am very much aware of the heartache many of our supporters have been enduring.
I honestly wish we had been able to find a less painful way of resolving the problems that have wracked our party. These past 12 months, I have participated in every attempt to resolve the differences at the Party HQ. It has been most frustrating that the efforts have not yielded the fruits we expected.
I have spent most of my adult life in the politics of our party and it is not surprising that those who ascribe to the same beliefs have tended to be my friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
This is not the time to try to dissect the events that have convulsed our party in the past year. It is enough to say that those who are my friends are not necessarily those who agree with my politics, and I have certainly never determined who I can or cannot work with on the basis of my politics.
I have friends whose political beliefs I do not agree with. I have worked with people whose politics I do not like. During my years as a Member of Parliament, for example, I served on committees and worked with my political opponents and produced work that we can all be proud of and which has been for the good of our country.
I have spent a lifetime trying to win over friends and foes alike with the force of argument. In my professional life as a lawyer, I earned my living employing the force of argument often in hostile atmospheres. I daresay I have no fear of argument or dissension; indeed, I thrive on healthy, vigorous debate.
I have no choice; the law and politics, the two professions that have defined my life, demand and thrive on dissension. I have no fear of competition. I need not remind everybody that in 2007, the contest to become the NPP flagbearer was between 17 of us. And as much as I hate losing, I accept that, both in the law and politics, losing is always a possibility. I accept that possibility with the only caveat being all sides should play by the rules.
I reject outright the malicious refrain that has been put about that there are people within the NPP that I cannot work with. I expect all members of the NPP to have the same goal. I expect that we all want our party to win the 2016 elections decisively; our parliamentary candidates to win the majority of seats in Parliament and our flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to become the President of Ghana.
I expect and accept arguments on how we prosecute this agenda. I do not expect my point of view to be unchallenged, but I do not expect and do not accept that party members would do anything to jeopardize the goal we have set ourselves of winning the 2016 elections. I can work with everybody who shares this goal.
I am saddened that the party has had to resort to suspensions, but I am fortified that our party structures have been shown to work. They have demonstrated that, indeed, the rule of law works in the NPP and that nobody, including myself, is above the Party or its laws. And that is how it should be. Nonetheless, it is important that the Party keeps in constant review the sanctions that have been imposed. And so, we can ask ourselves the question: can those who hold the work of the party’s organs in contempt be said to be true lovers of the party?
We should not forget one thing. We are the heirs of the noblest and most enduring political tradition in Ghanaian politics. Our tradition has survived the deaths, detentions and exiles of the First Republic. It has survived the various military takeovers of our history. Out of it all, it has emerged as the most formidable political party in our country with the clearest message of freedom, progress and prosperity. And in the 8 year government of John Agyekum Kufuor, it has given our country the best government in the Fourth Republic, if not in the entire history of Ghana. We are not about to throw away this proud heritage, and no machinations are going to weaken us.
I am saying and appealing to all of you, from the very bottom of my soul, that the time has now come to turn our united and concerted attention to the business of winning the 2016 election.
I have consulted widely and I have put a lot of thought into deciding how to prosecute the campaign. The campaign will be a fully decentralised one, with the grassroots structures of our party, at the polling station, electoral area, constituency and regional levels in the forefront. The National Campaign Co-ordinating Committee, the directing body of the campaign, will issue, shortly, directives on the full composition of these structures. It is time to set to work. But please let me emphasize that the campaign is the responsibility of all of us.
As I told a gathering of NPP members in London recently, this campaign is for all NPP members and NPP sympathizers. I told them and I know it to be true that often it is the unsung, unmentioned, unrecognized people who do the real work. I know it to be true that the real work is done by those who never sit by the flagbearer, or are photographed with the flagbearer or are said to be around the flagbearer. I know it to be true that the real campaign is done by those who do not expect to be reimbursed for bus fares or ever even wear an NPP T-shirt.
I am counting on all members and supporters of our party to work hard and help take the NPP message to every Ghanaian. To my compatriots, I say if you have had enough of being taken for granted, if you have had enough of being embarrassed and impoverished by an uncaring, incompetent and dishonest government, and if you have had all you can tolerate of broken promises, then I ask you to join us to rid our nation of this government.
We know that, despite their abject failure, the Mahama administration is counting on the shameless exploitation of ethnicity, negative propaganda, lies and outright fabrications to help them retain power, a power they, clearly, do not deserve, but need in order to continue with the policy of “create, loot and share”. It is our duty to work tirelessly next year to lay bare the facts of widespread corruption, manifest incompetence and increased poverty before the Ghanaian people, so that they can have no doubt about the compelling necessity of saying goodbye to John Mahama and his government, no matter the juicy inducements that are going to be offered to them.
After seven years of this Mahama/NDC government, Ghana is in a sad state, and in every area of our national life, we are going backwards. But believe me, we do have the talent, the expertise and the energy to turn our country round. We have done it before. The economy the NPP inherited in the year 2001 was in a similar state. President John Agyekum Kufuor put an able team together and before very long, Ghana had become the success story of the continent. Akufo-Addo is going to do the same.
This election is for the NPP to win. This Mahama/NDC government has nothing to campaign on. They have borrowed as if there will be no tomorrow and have mortgaged our future. They have used every infrastructure project they have undertaken to enrich themselves and impoverish Ghanaians. Every classroom and hospital they have built have been at twice or three times what it should cost, every kilometre of road they have built has been at an obscene cost and our country has become a byword for corruption.
Ghana deserves much, much better. Ghanaians are anxious for change. Ghanaians, especially the youth, need to have hope again. We of the NPP have a good story to tell. I am ready and eager to lead us for that change. Together we will bring that change to Ghana. Together, we shall bring Ghana back to the path of progress and prosperity. Together, we shall fulfil the destiny of the Black Star of Africa. I charge us all, each and every one, to put aside the past. Today is the day that we come together with renewed hope and renewed force. This is our time. Let every son and daughter of the great Elephant Party join hands and let us Arise for Change!
Thank you, and may the Almighty God bless our enterprise.
Arise for Change. The battle is still the Lord’s.
A small package for best wishes for the Season has been prepared for all constituency and regional delegates by the Director of the Fundraising Committee, Ken Ofori-Atta, and the National Treasurer, Kwabena Abankwa Yeboah, on my behalf.
Afehyia pa, Afi oo Afi, Sanu mu da sabon sheykara, Esɛ nɛ mi loo
God bless the NPP, Ghana and Mother Africa.
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denied rumours that he cannot work with some people within the party.
Addressing the over 30, 000 delegates at the 15TH National Delegates Congress at the Sunyani Coronation Park in the Brong Ahafo Region today, the three times flagbearer of the elephant family said:
‘’I reject outright the malicious refrain that has been put about that there are people within the NPP that I cannot work with. I expect all members of the NPP to have the same goal. I expect that we all want our party to win the 2016 elections decisively; our parliamentary candidates to win the majority of seats in Parliament and our flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to become the President of Ghana.’’
Nana Addo also said although he accepts views from everyone from the party to prosecute his agenda, he noted that he will not accept any one whose interest is to work against the interest of the party.
‘’I expect and accept arguments on how we prosecute this agenda. I do not expect my point of view to be unchallenged, but I do not expect and do not accept that party members would do anything to jeopardize the goal we have set ourselves of winning the 2016 elections. I can work with everybody who shares this goal,’’ the leader of the Danquah-Donbo Tradition added.
Commenting on the recent incident within the party and the suspension of the National Officers in the persons of Pail Afoko [National Chairman]. Kwabena Agyapong [General Secretary] and Sammy Crabbe [2ND Vice-Chairman] for violating the constitution of the party, Nana Addo said ‘’I am saddened that the party has had to resort to suspensions, but I am fortified that our party structures have been shown to work.’’
He added ‘’they have demonstrated that, indeed, the rule of law works in the NPP and that nobody, including myself, is above the Party or its laws. And that is how it should be. Nonetheless, it is important that the Party keeps in constant review the sanctions that have been imposed. And so, we can ask ourselves the question: can those who hold the work of the party’s organs in contempt be said to be true lovers of the party,’’ he quizzed.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani has expressed his joy over the re-opening of the Adomi Bridge.
According to him, the closure of the bridge brought about anxiety and inconvenience to both drivers, traders and passengers who used the bridge.
The President noted that the closure of the bridge brought economic activities to a standstill especially at the Atimpoku side of the bridge but the re-opening has brought relief to traders and drivers alike.
President Mahama maintained there was the need to close the bridge to repair it from the damages to prevent any untold disaster on users.
‘’It is a very happy day for me and for all of us to witness this ceremony to mark the completion of the rehabilitation works on the Adomi bridge and to re-open it to traffic especially for our brothers and sisters and motorist who frequent the Volta Region and you have had to endure the long inconvenience suffered during the rehabilitation, President Mahama noted.
He explained since the bridge has been opened, the Senchi Ferry will be decommissioned.
President Mahama advised drivers and motorist to be mindful of the weight that the bridge can take to ensure that it last long.
He charged authorities in charge to monitor the activities of motorist to ensure that the regulations are adhered to.
President Mahama revealed that government is in talks with the Japanese government to construct another bridge at Volivo in the Volta Region to provide alternative route to Accra.
He also added work has resumed at the Asikuma stretch of the road while the contractor has been given the Kpeve-Hohoe stretch of the road for completion. Four other bridges according the p[resident has been completed in the Eastern Region.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has denied news making rounds in the media that they have submitted a budget to the tune of $ 900 million as cost for the compilation of a new voters register.
Policy Think Tank Group, IMANI Ghana led by its Executive Director Franklin Cudjoe in a statement written to the EC requested the EC to publish their budget for the 2016 general elections and further suggested that the EC had budgeted $ 900 million as cost for the compilation of a new voters register.
But the EC had denied the claims in a statement saying ‘’ the Commission’s attention has been drawn to reports in the media that it has submitted that it will cost Nine Hundred Million Dollars ($900m) to compile a new voters register.
‘’The Commission wishes to state that it has not made any such submission on the cost of compilation of a new register.’’
The statement further added ‘’the reports are erroneous and without basis and must be disregarded.’’
Below is the statement from the EC
MEDIA REPORTS ON COST OF NEW REGISTER
The Commission’s attention has been drawn to reports in the media that it has submitted that it will cost Nine Hundred Million Dollars ($900m) to compile a new voters register.
The Commission wishes to state that it has not made any such submission on the cost of compilation of a new register.
The reports are erroneous and without basis and must be disregarded.
DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufour has said that Ghana is demanding change because the nation has come to a very critical and a faithful crossroad.
Speaking to the over 3, 000 delegates at the 15th Delegates National Congress of the opposition New Patriotic Party at the Sunyani Coronation Park, the former President noted that the nation is seeking change because of the affliction of bad governance, poor economy, lack of direction that Ghanaians suffer in the country.
He explained that the youth especially cannot see light at the end of the tunnel and therefore Ghana needs a total change and that change belongs to only one party and that remains the NPP.
He said Ghanaians believe in an NPP led government than any other party because the party had been tried, tested and proven to be the only alternative for transforming the economy of this country.
However the Gentle Giant as he is popularly called said. the NPP will be able to achieve their aim of bringing the change to Ghanaians if they are able to put a stop to their infighting.
‘’They have being so much infighting within our ranks and we must put a stop to the infighting. From here we must show that democracy is not all rational…It doesn’t tend to be common sense all the time…It is good. Apparently some politician once observed ’that is so difficult to run a democracy but it is the best’ and our [NPP] DNA is democracy…We talk of Danquah Busia…I believe their defining character is their commitment to democracy,’’ he noted.
He charged members to respect the right of every individual within the party because that is what the NPP is known for.
Former President Kufour said the NPP is the biggest party that every Ghanaians is looking forward to but to ensure that they get power, they must unite their front and forge ahead to victory.
We must not fail Ghanaians
He admonished the party to be mindful of the task ahead of them and not fail Ghanaians.
“We must not fail Ghana and we will not fail Ghana only when we understand that democracy is a rallying of all forces, some may be good, some may be bad but this side of election, we have to be careful it does not seem like we are picking and choosing,” the former president said. “We need every vote and my appeal is that all of you here is to hold together. We must not see enemies through our ranks. We tend to suspect each other too much. We are sacrificing to go and take the power that is beckoning us and with that we will transform Ghana,” he added.
He charged the NPP to bring on board every single member in ensuring victory for the party come 2016.
“The NPP must yearn to bring on board all those who are willing to come on board. That is how a democracy works. All regional chairmen of the party must see themselves as servants and I trust our candidate can win. We should be looking at 54 and 55 percent for our flagbearer. Whatever differences we share let it be internal, outwardly we must show that we are together. We need everybody. If we can come together, we can see victory way before the election. “We tend to suspect ourselves too much. We must sacrifice to capture the power that is beckoning us. We need everybody. From here let’s stop all that and move on,” he said.
A banner cited by Rainbow Radio at the ongoing 15th National Delegates Congress of the New Patriotic Party asking the National Treasurer and the Acting National Chairman of the elephant family where the money of the NPP has gone to.
The banner with the inscription ‘’Abankwa Blay Na Sika Wo Hen’’ which is hanging around the gatesof the Sunyani coronation park has got everyone talking about it.
Nana Ohene Ntow who is the chairman of the adhoc committee set up by the party to investigate financial malfeasance by top party officials cited the National Treasurer Mr. Abankwa Yeboah and Mr. Freddie Blay for illegally operating the party accounts.
The statement from Nana Ohene Ntow read:
REACTION TO NANA AKOMEA’S STATEMENT ON THE REPORT OF THE AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE NPP NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
My attention has been drawn to a statement issued by Nana Akomea, Director of communications of the New Patriotic Party, which statement comments on the Report by the Ad Hoc committee instituted by the Party’s National Executive Committee to look into the Financial Administration of the Party, Issues related to fees received for the 2015 Parliamentary Primaries and other Financial Matters. Ordinarily, since the statement by Nana Akomea is to all intents and purposes an official statement of the party, I should not respond to it. However, in view of the fact that the said statement by Mr. Nana Akomea sought to cast a slur on my person and on my integrity as a professional and also Chairman of the said Committee, I am compelled to state the facts of the matter.
1. In the first place, the committee did not investigate the establishment of a secret account as Nana Akomea’s statement seeks to portray. Since we did not investigate a secret account, we could not have exonerated anybody for setting up a secret account. The issue was about the unauthorized reactivation of an existing BUT DORMANT Account.
That was what was investigated, and the investigation did establish that the National Treasurer Mr. Abankwa Yeboah, and the 1st Vice National Chairman Mr. Freddie Blay illegally reactivated and operated this dormant account without authority from the Steering Committee, Finance Committee, nor indeed the National Executive Committee.
2. I have to state further that the Committee did not investigate any allegation of a disbursement of any One Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling (£100,000) from a party account to the 2016 flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo. The committee therefore could not have issued a clean report on a matter it did not investigate.
3. The impression being created by Mr. Akomea’s statement that all disbursements from the Ecobank account were solely for the Talensi by-election is false.
The committee did not audit the disbursements from the Ecobank Account as both the National Treasurer and the National Organizer failed to provide the committee with any receipts on their expenditures on the Talensi By-Elections.
4. The impression being created by Akomea’s statement that the recommendations contained in my minority report fall outside the committee’s Terms of Reference is false.
5. The impression being created that the recommendations contained in my minority report are not supported by the evidence adduced before the committee, and that I possibly cooked up those recommendations out of a vacuum is also palpably false.
First of all, the committee’s Terms of Reference consisted of Nine items not Four, as Mr. Akomea’s statement claims. The Nine-Point TOR are as follows:
1. To establish the total amount collected as fees for the 2015 parliamentary primaries;
2. To establish the bank account(s) into which the fees were lodged;
3. To determine the disbursements out of those accounts and the purpose for those disbursements;
4. To establish the approvals of those disbursements;
5. To investigate the cause(s) of the impasse between the National Treasurer and the National Chairman/General Secretary;
6. To ascertain how the dormant Bank Account at the Trust Towers Branch, was reactivated, and how it was operated;
7. To investigate the circumstances under which the National Treasurer entered into a contract with Textgenesys Limited for the collection of Membership Dues and Monies that have accrued from the process;
8. To investigate any other matters which , in the opinion of the Committee, are relevant to its work;
9. To submit Recommendations to forestall any such occurrences in the future.
DISBURSEMENT FROM ECOBANK ACCOUNT
The committee did indeed establish that some of the disbursement from the Ecobank Account went into the Talensi by-elections. However, it was also established by the committee that a chunk of the money from the Ecobank Account were illegally used to purchase Treasury Bills as well as to establish a call Account, all without proper authorization.
In his evidence to the committee the National Treasurer, Mr. Abankwa Yeboah admitted that his decisions to reactivate the Ecobank Account, purchase a Treasury Bill and establish a call Account for the party were all unilateral and without appropriate authorization. Obviously, it is based on this and other evidence that came before the committee that the minority report submitted by my good self recommended disciplinary action and sanctions against the National Treasurer.
The committee established that the 1st National Vice National Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay illegally authorized the disbursements from the Ecobank account, and also wrongly usurped the office of the National Chairman. It therefore stands to reason that my recommendation that Mr. Freddie Blay is sanctioned could not have been baseless as the Akomea statement seeks to imply.
A close look at the committee’s Terms of Reference shows clearly that Item 9 states and I quote:
“To submit Recommendations to forestall any such occurrences in the future”
With reference to the above-stated item on the committee’s TOR, I am at loss as to how any fair-minded person could suggest that it was beyond the committee’s remit to recommend anything, more so sanctions and disciplinary action where appropriate.
It is based on the evidence that came before the committee and on our findings that I proposed the following recommendations which the other four members of my committee raised objections to:
The work of the committee has revealed very deep seated acrimony, animosity and a major factional divide within the party. Unfortunately, this situation is being exploited by some party members and leaders to the detriment of party unity, cohesion and internal harmony. Matters have not been helped by an apparent lack of effective enforcement of discipline. In an effort to deal effectively with the party’s current situation, the following Recommendations are being proposed:
1. That Article 17 of the Party’s Constitution be operationalized and the Finance Committee be mandated to immediately draft Financial Regulations to supplement the provisions of the constitution on the party’s financial management.
NB: The Finance Committee representative who appeared before the committee told the committee that his committee had already drafted proposals for such Financial Rules and Regulations for the party, ready to present same to the National Executive Committee. We recommend that the necessary action must be expedited on the said proposals for implementation.
2. The National Council should arrange an introspection meeting of all National Officers at which all fears and suspicions would be laid bare and all grudges brought into the open for a no-holds-barred discussion. It is recommended that this meeting is facilitated by professional psychologists and counselors before the end of the year.
3. The National Chairman should ensure that henceforth the group decision making principle which underpins the party’s constitution is adhered to.
4. That the National Treasurer is referred to the National Discipline Committee for the appropriate sanctions for gross misconduct, indiscipline and for arrogating to himself powers that he is not constitutionally mandated to exercise, particularly with respect to his unilateral decision to reactivate a dormant account of the party and operate same, as well as for unilaterally entering into a so-called contract with Textgenesys and enforcing same against the decision of the party’s Finance Committee.
5. That the 1st Vice Chairman is referred to the National Disciplinary Committee for the appropriate sanctions for gross misconduct in view of his usurpation of the powers and functions of National Chairman even in situations that the National Chairman is available in the jurisdiction and is ready, willing and able to perform his functions as National Chairman.
6. That the National Treasurer is ordered by the Finance Committee to provide the it with documentary details of the revenue that has accrued to the party from the Textgenesys text fund raising activities to date.
7. That the National Treasurer who purchased a Treasury Bill and established a Call Account on behalf of the party without proper authorization, and the 1st Vice Chairman who improperly authorized the above transactions, are ordered by the National Executive Committee of the party to furnish it with the original copy of the Treasury Bill Certificate, as well as original documentary details of where the Call Account is held and the current status thereof.
8. That in view of the rather serious allegations made by Mr. Baah Achamfuor against the Immediate Past General Secretary, Mr. Owusu Afriyie and the Immediate Past National Treasurer, Mad. Esther Ofori of financial impropriety, the National Executive Committee institutes investigations into those allegations to establish the facts thereof.
9. That the former National Chairman, Mr. Peter McManu, is ordered by the National Executive Committee of party to explain in writing, the circumstances under which he opened or caused to be opened a party account at the Trust Towers Branch of the Ecobank and how it was run without the knowledge of the then General Secretary, the then National Treasurer nor indeed the Steering Committee.
I will just stop short of providing all the details of the evidence that was adduced before the committee, as well as all the findings. I believe that if we as a party do not want to wash our dirty linen in public, we should learn NOT to be the first to throw mud at the other person.