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The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, says he feels vindicated because the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah had confirmed that monies were collected from expats at the 2017 GEBA awards.   Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm after taking his turn before the five-member committee probing the cash-for-seat-saga, the MP for Asawase said, I have provided the committee with interview the Deputy Minister had with Accra based Joy Fm.   The MP has alleged in a statement that expatriate businesses were asked to pay between $100,000 and $25,000 to determine how close they sit to President Akufo-Addo during a recent Ghana Expatriate Business Awards held on December 2, 2017. Mr Ahenkorah had explained that, upon the conception of the novel idea, the Foundation informed the government, through the Presidency and further sought partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the organisation of the first-ever award event, targeted at recognizing and rewarding the contributions of the expatriate and naturalised expatriate community to the socio-economic advancement of the country over the decades. He insisted that the Ministry of Trade and Industry did not sanction or collect any money from any expatriate businesses in the country. He said event organisers had sought for sponsorship from the expatriate business community to set the awards. Mr Ahenkorah also noted the event organisers set their own rates ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to raise funds from the expatriate businesses to sponsor the awards. He said the Ministry of Trade and Industry only signed an MOU with the event organisers and has nothing to with the raising of the sponsorship for the programme. Commenting on this, Mr. Mubarak said that ‘’was a big vindication for me because I have always insisted that, I knew someone paid $100,000. They denied but I kept pushing and they came out to clarify that although people paid some amount of money, it was not $100,000. The Deputy Minister vindicated me by confirming the amount. The question we should ask is whether it was proper for people to pay before sitting close to the president? He also quizzed if Ghanaians will believe claims by officials that the presidency was unaware of the collection considering the contradictions.   Mr. Mubarak said the process will give us the opportunity to formulate laws in dealing with such issues and for him, ‘’this is a big victory for our democracy’’ no matter where the axe falls.   He further expressed his disappointment in the committee for some of the questions posed. Some of the committee members wanted to aggravate the confusion surrounding the saga, he opined. He concluded by emphasizing that, ‘’it has been established beyond reasonable doubt that, monies were collected. How much money did they raise? How much did they use? Did they breach any processes in the collection?       The Ghana Expatriate Business Awards is the brainchild of the Millennium Excellence Foundation, an entity noted for its prowess and credibility in the organisation of world-class events such as the Millennium Excellence Awards and the Accra Marathon.
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has admonished Parliament’s Appointments committee to allow the president’s nominee for the Special Prosecutor’s office, Martin Amidu- explain reasons why he described as unconstitutional, the bill that was passed to establish the same office he will occupy.     The former Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Mr. Amidu in September 2017 issued an epistle which described the bill on the Special Prosecutor as flawed.   In a 25-page article, the nominee gave a critique of the office of the Special Prosecutor, which has created a separate office to bring corrupt persons to book.     Portions of the epistle from Mr. Amidu read: ‘’The establishment of the office as a body corporate only serves to add another bureaucratic layer to the prosecutorial authority of the Attorney General. The Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) office is a recognized division of the Attorney General’s Department which prosecutes all crimes in Ghana on the authority of the Attorney General. Already the Attorney General’s Office, and in particular the DPP’s Office is seriously under-staffed and under-funded nation-wide. The budget will be burdened further with the creation of this office to handle just a small portion of a specific crime which could be handled by the Attorney General’s Department if the President as the personification of the executive authority supported and championed respect for the time hallowed common law mandates and conventions of that office. Ghana is part of the Anglo-Americo-Ghanaian system of jurisprudence and these conventions and the common law have been preserved as part of the existing laws of Ghana under Article 11 of the Constitution thereof. Would it not be more effective if the Office were specifically empowered in addition to investigate and prosecute related offences of obstruction of justice, perversion of justice, perjury, etc arising in relation to the investigation of corruption and related offences? Mr. Asiedu Nketia said if he is asked the question, it will clarify whether Mr. Amidu accepted the role because changes were made to the bill or he accepted the role to keep him mute.   He also asked the vetting committee to interrogate reasons why he referred to the Mahama administration as corrupt.   According to him, it will be proper for him to provide the needed evidence to support his claims so people will see him as bitter.         Amidu is competent and has unquestionable character   Meanwhile, he has challenged Martin Amidu, to be guided by his unquestionable integrity if approved to hold his office.   Mr. Nketia expressed his happiness at the nomination when he spoke to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow radio 87.5Fm.   He said ‘’I am happy Nana Addo has appointed Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor. He is a competent and strong man. I believe he can do a better job.’’   The move he noted does not necessarily promote all inclusive governance rather, it shows how serious we are as a country, in finding a solution to fighting a major challenge that have confronted us for years.   The outspoken politician said, the president had no other choice in appointing another candidate from another party, because it would have been the greatest mistake for President Akufo-Addo, to appoint his own party member to hold that office. The president was guided by the track record of Martin Amidu, he concluded.     He described Martin Amidu as a man of integrity and due to his stance and defiance, he lost his job under the late Mills and so ‘’I want him to use that same character in discharging his duty.’’   Mr. Nketia said, ‘’with his integrity, he will work effectively.’’   Commenting on what led to the dismissal of Amidu under Mills, he said it was about a stance he took on a matter with the late president and so if he is someone who is not influenced by his previous appointee, he should do same under his new job.       ‘’This kind of character will help and confirm his independence,’’ he added.
‘’The Special Prosecutor’s Act is legal but unconstitutional, we don’t think it can fight corruption,’’ Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, National Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has said.   He gave the hint on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the PPP is considering a legal action to seek interpretation on the Act that established the office of the Special Prosecutor and Article 88 which mandates the Attorney-General to initiate prosecutions against people.   In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Hammond insisted that, the PPP has consistently argued for the office of the A-G to be separated from the Minister of Justice.   ‘’This is Act of Parliament is unconstitutional.  We have Article 88 which vest the prosecution of criminal cases in the hands of the Attorney-General…Someone can go to the Supreme Court and expect the judges to interpret the truth. The Special Prosecutor will not be independent and special. If we want the Special Prosecutor to be special, we have to amend the constitution. We should also prevent the president from appointing the Special Prosecutor,’’ he said.   ‘’We are speaking with our lawyers and see if we can go to the Supreme Court and seek an interpretation. The Act is legal but it is unconstitutional because of Article 88. The legality is that, they used a lawful process in passing the Act but because of the constitutionality of the provision, it makes it unconstitutional,’’ he added.   He also called on government to revisit the Constitutional Review Committee’s recommendation on Article 88. Meanwhile, the party has issued a statement and given guidelines on how the separation they proposed could be done. The statement read: ‘’ Article 88 (3) & (4) of our 1992 Constitution states that all prosecutions or commencement of prosecutions are the responsibility of the Attorney General. Therefore any attempt to introduce another law to violate the existing fundamental law of the land amounts to nothing but a smokescreen geared towards fulfilling a manifesto promise. The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) demands therefore the immediate initiation of the process to revise the 1992 Constitution to separate the Attorney General’s Department from the Ministry of Justice and establish a Chief State Prosecutor’s Office (The Attorney General).’’ In suggesting the procedure the PPP said: ‘’The Chief State Prosecutor (CSP) could be established as follows: 1. Chief State Prosecutor shall be the Attorney General of the Republic. The CSP shall be nominated by the Ghana Bar Association on the advice of the Judicial Council and approved by Parliament. 2. CSP shall be responsible for the initiation and conduct of all prosecutions of all criminal offences in the Republic. 3. No one shall institute any prosecutions in the name of the Republic without the authority of the CSP. 4. The CSP shall discharge such other duties of a legal nature as may be referred or assigned to him by Parliament, Supreme Court, or imposed on him by the Constitution or any other law. 5. CSP shall hold office for 10 years upon parliamentary approval of his nomination unless he resigns, removed or dies. 6. CSP before taking office shall subscribe to an oath of allegiance and secrecy of his office administered by the Speaker of Parliament and before all members of Parliament who by law must all be in attendance as by law shall prescribe. 7. CSP in doing his work is entitled to request and receive information from every state official subject only to the existing laws on self-incrimination. 8. A state official who fails and or refuses to provide information requested for by CSP commits high crime and upon conviction shall be liable within the terms of article 2 (5) (a & b) of the Constitution. 9. The only body that could remove CSP from office is the Supreme Court of Ghana upon stated grounds of legal and ethical nature through Petition sent to CHRAJ. 10. Upon CHRAJ finding a prima facie case against the CSP, it shall send its report or decision to the Supreme Court and the public in general. The lasting solution is to make the office of the Attorney General independent of the government and the Presidency by amending article 88 (3) & (4) of our Constitution to estop the President from appointing the Attorney General. Consequently, the PPP will not relent in pursuing the goal to make the Attorney General independent of the government and shall in due course, announce a series of actions to press home our demand for a totally independent  Attorney General.’’      
General Overseer of the Perez Chapel, Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare, has admonished Christians not change their stance on homosexuality because it is an abominable and unbiblical sexual preference.   He described homosexuality as the development of an unnatural affection for the people of the same-sex.     Preaching on how to deal with the challenges of being single, the renowned preacher among other challenges said, single people should see homosexuality and lesbianism as an ‘’inordinate affection’’.   Using Romans Chapter 1:31-32, the man of God said, people in the last days will have lack of understanding and have unnatural affection for each other.   Bishop Agyin Asare insisted, ‘’for us as believers, homosexuality is a wrong thing irrespective of what other people think. The word of God is very categorical about it.’’ He said homosexuality is an abomination and if for homosexuality, God will allow anger to fall on Sodom and Gomorrah; that is why homosexuality is called sodomy because out that, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. It is an abomination, it is an affront to procreation.’’       The Bishop also spoke anout masturbation and admonished Christians to desist from the unholy act.
The Ranking Member on the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee in Parliament who doubles as the MP for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini, has admonished Parliament to approve President Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor.   According to Mr.Fuseini, the appointment of Martin Amidu clearly shows that Nana Akufo-Addo might want to change the course and look at an all-inclusive government.   He described Mr. Amidu as a competent, courageous and experienced person who will work in the interest of the nation.     Martin Amidu, a member of the NDC and a former Attorney General, was named as the Special Prosecutor by the President yesterday, Thursday, January 11, 2018. He is expected to be vetted and approved by Parliament in the coming days. Mr Amidu graduated from the University of Ghana in 1976 with an LLB (Hons) and the Ghana Law School in 1978 with a Barrister/Solicitor at Law (BL) degree.     He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution from the Antioch University, Ohio, USA. The former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice joined the NDC in 1992.     He was the party’s vice-presidential candidate in the December 2000 presidential elections which the NDC presidential candidate, the late Professor J.E.A Mills, lost to the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) John Agyekum Kufuor.      
National Democratic Congress [NDC] Member of Parliament for Tamale Central Constituency, Inusah Fuseini, has vouched for the newly nominated Special Prosecutor.   Describing the news a ‘’refreshing’’ one, the ranking member on the Constitutional and Legal Committee said, the character Martin Amidu, will prosecute the most powerful man in Ghana if the need be.   When asked why he described the nomination as refreshing, the legislator told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, ‘’Martin Amidu is a member or has been a member of the NDC as a social democrat.’’     Mr. Fuseni who was excited about the appointment said ‘’I know Martin Amidu to be a no nonsense person. He doesn’t mind prosecuting anybody who has wronged this country even if that person is the most powerful.   He was emphatic that, Mr. Awidu will go after corruption. I can say it for sure.’’ He used the opportunity to ask Mr. Amidu to use his experience in his new appointment if he is subsequently approved by Parliament. ''Mr. Amidu is seen as somebody who is an anti-establishment and have strong views on matters and will fight in an empty room if need be,'' he said.   He went ahead to admonish Parliament to approve the nominee because he is apt for the job.   The President in announcing the name, said he received the nomination from the Attorney General Sophia Akuffo, and has accepted the nominee, whose name will be forwarded to Parliament for approval when the House reconvenes from recess. “The Attorney General is by a letter dated to me Thursday 11th January 2018 addressed to me exercised her power of nomination and submitted to me for my acceptance the name of the proposed special prosecutor. I have accepted the Attorney General’s nomination and will in turn submit for Parliament’s approval when it reconvenes on 23rd of January 2018 for its first meeting of this New Year the name of Martin Alamisi Benz Kaiser Amidu to be the first Special Prosecutor under the law.’’ “I have done so because I am fully convinced that Mr. Martin Amidu, a prominent legal personality who held the high office of the Attorney General of the Republic in the government of the late President John Evans Attah Mills has the requisite integrity, competence, courage and independence of character to discharge effectively the responsibilities of this office,” he added.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Principal Consultant at Greenfield Education Consulting, Dr. Prince Armah has described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a ‘’courageous’’ politician for nominating Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor.   The British-trained consultant and lecturer stated in a post on his official Facebook that, the appointment of the formal Attorney-General shows the commitment of the president in fighting corruption.   According to him, the president deserves commendation for appointing a founding member of the opposition NDC as a Special Prosecutor to help fight corruption on the country.     He wrote: ‘’ You must be a man of strong courage and conviction, to appoint a founding member of the main opposition party, and specifically the character Martin ABK Amidu, as the Special Prosecutor. He will stay in office for 7years! There cannot be any better means of communicating a commitment to fighting corruption than this. A remarkable appointment that gives hope to every Ghanaian to have renewed faith in the fight against corruption, he added ‘’We must congratulate Mr President for such a fearless, audacious decision and advise his Government to sit up...for the man Martin Amidu will come after everyone. God bless our homeland Ghana,’’ he noted.     Announcing the name to journalist today [Thursday] the president said  that he could also, personally, vouch for the public spiritedness of Mr. Amidu. “We were on opposite sides in a series of landmark constitutional cases in the period leading up to and in the early years of the 4th Republic, well known to students of constitutional law, which helped shape the evolution of the Constitution of the 4th Republic. As Deputy Attorney General, as he then was, he conducted those cases with the fairness which should be a cardinal feature of the conduct of any self-respecting lawyer,” he said. The President noted further that Mr. Amidu has indicated his willingness to accept the appointment as Special Prosecutor. “I, thus, have the honour to submit to Parliament, when it reconvenes, the name of Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu, for its approval for appointment as Special Prosecutor,” the President said. He was hopeful that the praiseworthy speed and dispatch, with which Parliament acted on his nominees for ministerial appointment last year, will characterise its handling of this nomination to enable Mr. Amidu, as soon as possible, enter into office to begin the important work that awaits him.   “I congratulate him on his deserved nomination, and wish him Godspeed in the valiant efforts he will undoubtedly be making to enhance the quality of governance of our country. The Ghanaian people will be the beneficiaries of that,” the President concluded.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has extended a congratulatory message to former Attorney General, Mr. Martin Amidu, who was appointed to the Office of the Special Prosecutor earlier today [Thursday]  by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.   The former president in a statement issued and signed by his Communications Director Mr. Kobina Andoh Amoakwa said: ‘’     Former President Rawlings has congratulated Mr. Martin Amidu on his appointment as the Special Prosecutor at the office of the Independent Prosecutor.       Mr. Rawlings who was hopeful that Parliament would approve the appointment said, “The President couldn’t have made a better choice”.       “The president by this appointment has risen above partisanship and recognized a highly principled citizen.       “Mr. Amidu has proven to be a fearless anti-corruption crusader whose pursuit of truth and justice has won him national admiration.       “I call on all Ghanaians to offer the appointee the required support and information in pursuit of what will undoubtedly be a challenging role,” the former President said.       Flt Lt Rawlings urged Ghanaians to pray for God’s guidance and strength for Mr. Amidu as he works to restore the wheels of justice,’’ the statement concluded.   President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,nominated Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu as the Special Prosecutor, subject to the approval of Parliament. According to President Akufo-Addo, the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, by letter dated Thursday, 11th January, 2018, exercised her power of nomination, and submitted to him, for his acceptance, the name of Martin Amidu as the proposed Special Prosecutor. “I have accepted the Attorney General’s nomination, and will, in turn, submit for Parliament’s approval, when it reconvenes on 23rd January, 2018, for its first meeting of this new year, the name of Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu to be the first Special Prosecutor under the law”, the he added. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 11th January, 2018, at a press conference, at the Flagstaff House. The President told the media that the appointment of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor is because he is fully convinced that Mr Martin Amidu, “a prominent legal personality, who held the high office of Attorney General of the Republic in the government of the late President Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills, has the requisite integrity, competence, courage and independence of character to discharge effectively the responsibilities of this new office.” President Akufo-Addo recounted the commendation given by the Supreme Court to Martin Amidu for his public spiritedness in the case of Amidu vrs Attorney-General, Waterville & Wayome [2013-2014] 1 SCGLR 112 @ 166.   President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that he could also, personally, vouch for the public spiritedness of Mr. Amidu. “We were on opposite sides in a series of landmark constitutional cases in the period leading up to and in the early years of the 4th Republic, well known to students of constitutional law, which helped shape the evolution of the Constitution of the 4th Republic. As Deputy Attorney General, as he then was, he conducted those cases with the fairness which should be a cardinal feature of the conduct of any self-respecting lawyer,” he said. The President noted further that Mr. Amidu has indicated his willingness to accept the appointment as Special Prosecutor. “I, thus, have the honour to submit to Parliament, when it reconvenes, the name of Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu, for its approval for appointment as Special Prosecutor,” the President said. He was hopeful that the praiseworthy speed and dispatch, with which Parliament acted on his nominees for ministerial appointment last year, will characterise its handling of this nomination to enable Mr. Amidu, as soon as possible, enter into office to begin the important work that awaits him.   “I congratulate him on his deserved nomination, and wish him Godspeed in the valiant efforts he will undoubtedly be making to enhance the quality of governance of our country. The Ghanaian people will be the beneficiaries of that,” the President concluded.
An audio recording of a church service where Rev. Owusu Bempah, Founder and General Overseer of the Glorious Word Ministries was praising his denounced son, Prophet Kobi has surfaced.    It remains unclear when this audio tape or church service was conducted.   However, the former spiritual father of Prophet Badu Kobi, Founder and General Overseer of the Glorious Wave Church International, was heard showering praise on his former spiritual son.   Rev. Bempah, also prophesied in the tape that, Prophet Kobi will be spiritually strong and the length he will go will be immeasurable because only few people are able to attain that level of spiritual strength.   Aside that, the Prophet will be so famous to the extent that, BBC will telecast live his exploits, he said.   One striking aspect of the tape which has surprised people has to do with the endorsement by Rev. Bempah where he asked people not to believe the negative stories they will hear about Prophet Kobi. He said, ‘’do not believe or pay heed to what people will say about him [Prophet Kobi] because if you do so, you will lose a lot and what you will have to benefit from his ministry.’’   ‘’Do not believe them because he is a servant of God. In dealing with servants of God, you have to be extremely cautious. If you do take caution in dealing with men of God, you will be cursed,’’ the purported tape attributed to Rev. Bempah said.   He added: ‘’we have men of God who are men of God amongst men and we have men of God who are truly men of God.’’  In the tape, he also described Prophet Kobi as someone dear to his heart. ''God is aware he [Prophet Kobi] is dear to my heart. What he has done in my life; I have not seen anything compared to that.'' Rev. Owusu Bempah denounced Prophet Kobi over claims that he [Prophet Kobi] failed to heed to his advice and was associating a certain group of people he [Rev. Bempah] did not approve of.   Addressing a gathering of journalists from selected media houses recently, Rev. Owusu Bempah stated that his decision to disown Prophet Badu Kobi stemmed from the latter’s continual insubordination and refusal to heed his counsel. “Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi who prophesied during the campaign season that a certain party would win the elections and also added that a particular candidate cannot be President of Ghana, is no longer my spiritual son. This is because he doesn’t heed to my counsel and has joined a certain company of individuals that I’m not comfortable with against my wishes,” he stated.     Prophet Kobi in a statement responding to the announcement said: ‘’I wish to express my profound gratitude to my ex spiritual father prophet Dr. Isaac Owusu Bempah, the leader and founder of glorious word and power ministry. He has loved me as a son and I have also loved him as a father for the past seventeen years of our spiritual relationship In the midst of my God given assignment, I willingly submitted myself to him first as my mentor and later as my spiritual father. I therefore use this opportunity to thank him for all that he has done for me. By this release I wish him well in all his future endeavors. Also, I wish to use this medium to inform all my followers that never have I and ever will I consult any deity for my god given assignment because God almighty is enough for me. Rev. Owusu Bempah further stated that he would disclose the company that Prophet Kobi had joined; the reason for which he disowned him.’’
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