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A court in Zambia has sentenced the son of former President Frederick Chiluba to eight months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a mobile phone. Frederick Chiluba Jr was convicted of stealing a Samsung S7 edge, valued at $843 (£626), last year. The court heard that Chiluba Jr stole the device from a woman, Brenda Chisha, on 2 September 2017 and traded it for drugs in a notorious slum in Zambia's capital, Lusaka. Delivering judgement today, Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala said she handed Chiluba Jr a custodial sentence as a deterrence to him and other would-be offenders. She said she was satisfied that there was enough evidence connecting him to the theft of the phone, and the prosecution had proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt. Chiluba Snr ruled Zambia from 1991 to 2001. He was dogged by corruption allegations, leading to his immunity from prosecution being lifted after he left office. He was prosecuted for alleged embezzlement in 2002 but acquitted after a six-year trial. In 2007, he was convicted of fraud by a London court and ordered to repay $58m (£36m) in embezzled funds, but the ruling was never enforced in Zambia. Source: BBC
Director of Elections for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Evans Nimako, has disclosed on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the National Elections Committee closed filling of nominations on Tuesday but had to consider Dr. Richard Amoako Baah despite filling late. The reason why the committee considered his late filling was due to an accident he was involved in yesterday, he explained. Mr. Nimako further disclosed that the committee invited the aspiring chairman and upon some considerations, his forms were accepted. Out of the 46 forms picked, only 43 submitted their forms. ‘’Forty-two (42) persons submitted their forms but the number shot up to 43. Dr. Richard Amoako Baah could not submit his forms yesterday because he was involved in an accident. The committee considered a number of factors and so we have accepted his forms.’’ One candidate who was aspiring for the Vice Chair position, Mr. Bernard Mensah Akoto Ampaw, could not submit his forms because he had to travel out of the country, he added. Apart from Mr. Blay, who is aspiring to be the substantive Chairman, four other bigwigs -Alhaji Abubakar Abdul-Rahman aka Alhaji Short, who is immediate past Upper West Regional Chairman of the party; Stephen Ayesu Ntim, a former National Vice Chairman and longstanding contestant for the Chairman position; Dr. Amoako Baah, a lecturer and David Amankwah Boadu – are all eying the post. The party has rescheduled the delegates’ conference from June 14 to July 6th - 8th. This new date was contained in a press statement signed by the acting secretary John Boadu. “This decision was arrived at by the party’s National Steering Committee at its meeting held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Aside the date which has been rescheduled, every other arrangement pertaining to the organization of the Conference including the venue and electoral arrangements, remain unchanged", he said. The statement also indicated that the postponement was due to the clash with Ramadan, which is likely to be celebrated that day.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said it will be a waste of time for anyone to contest President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo internally. The party’s Director of Elections, Evans Nimako, told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the current president will be the party’s 2020 presidential candidate and there would no room for anyone to contest him internally. He described the performance of Nana Addo is incredible due to the fulfillment of his major campaign promises. ‘’The party is firm and focused and poised for victory 2020,’’ he said. When asked why he made such a comment he said, ‘’the party is strong and if you are aware of our history, you will recall that former President Kufour transformed the country and President Akufo-Addo is following his path. When we opened nominations in 2004, we respected Mr. Kufour and prevented people from contesting him internally.’’ ‘’The party is confident in President Akufo-Addo and we are optimistic he will win the 2020 polls for the NPP. He is the one who will represent the party. We will support him and ensure his policies are fulfilled to make the living conditions of Ghanaians better,’’ he added. Meanwhile, the party has rescheduled its national delegates conference to July 6th - 8th. It was originally scheduled for June 14, 2018. This new date was contained in a press statement signed by the acting secretary John Boadu. “This decision was arrived at by the party’s National Steering Committee at its meeting held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Aside the date which has been rescheduled, every other arrangement pertaining to the organization of the Conference including the venue and electoral arrangements, remain unchanged", he said. The statement also indicated that the postponement was due to the clash with Ramadan, which is likely to be celebrated that day.
The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana is alleging that the list drafted for the distribution of fertilizers have 'ghosts' on it. Vice president of the Association, Nana Ameyaw Manu says some individuals have conspired with some persons in charge of the fertilizers to play a fast one on farmers. He is also alleging that, these individuals who pretend to be farmers after receiving the fertilizers smuggle them to neigbhouring countries to sell. According to him, as part of efforts to curtail smuggling of fertilizers, they have built the capacity of farmers who have been able to identify the rot and have since informed the Ministry of Agriculture. When asked if the Association is pursuing the matter he answered in the negative saying, their busy schedules does not allow them to follow the issue keenly and will entreat authorities to act on the intelligence and deal with it appropriately.
The Tuobodom Tomato Farmers Association has appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, MOFA, to create a ready market for tomatoes produced in the Region. They argue that their produce sometimes gets rotten on the farms due to lack of guaranteed market, stressing that the situation is affecting the tomato business as well as their livelihoods. President for the Association, Mr. Baffour Afrifa told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, although they have the edible fruit/berry of the plant Solanum lycopersicum family, in abundance, people are travelling to Burkina Faso and other African countries to purchase same. He said: ‘’our major challenge is getting guaranteed market for their produce as market queens from the region and other parts of the country bypass us to Burkina Faso to purchase tomatoes. They travel to Burkina Faso to purchase because they claim it is cheaper in that country. They claim that they purchase two boxes of tomatoes for the price of one.’’ ‘’When we call our customers, they don’t respond. If this issue is not addressed, then the repercussions would be severe. Some farmers have gone in for loans and so if they are unable to sell their produce, they will go at a loss,’’ he lamented. Mr. Afrifa called on government to place an embargo on the importation of tomatoes for a period of two months so Ghanaian farmers will be able to sell their produce.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Bechem FC, Nana KKwesi Dadzie has expressed the team’s displeasure over the location given them. In an interview, he emphatically stated on Rainbow Radio that, the MTN FA Cup draw was not a good draw because the MTN FA Cup Committee assured us that they will be allow us to play our matches at the nearest location but unfortunately the MTN FA Cup Committee rather sent the team to Obuasi instead of Kumasi which is closer to Bechem.’’ ‘’They assured us of the nearest place but we have been sent to Obuasi. This has been done because they do not respect the team.’’ He urged the committee to be credible in the way they manage the process. ‘’We will refuse to play if we realize there is lack of credibility in the system,’’ he warned. The draw for the 2017/18 MTN FA Cup Round of 64 was held at the Secretariat of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) yesterday [Tuesday] morning. The 64 teams, which include the 16 Premier League clubs, 24 Division One League clubs and 24 clubs from Division Two League would battle it out for a place in the round of 32. Defending FA Cup Champions, Asante Kotoko would be playing division one side Kwahu Youth Academy at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. Accra Hearts of Oak would face regional rivals Accra Young Wise. Reigning Premier League Champions, Aduana Stars will paly against division two Young Apostles whilst their Premier League counterpart, Berekum Chelsea engage Berekum Arsena. By: Raymond Nana Kwame Wiafe
The Ministry of Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with representatives of pharmaceutical companies on implementation of the reduction of VAT on some medicines to reduce prices of drugs in the country today [Wednesday] May 16, 2018. The ceremony follows the launch of the tender for the Procurement of Essential Medicines through Framework Contracting as part of the Ministry’s efforts to improve in the entire health sector supply chain in October last year. In his address, the Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu said his outfit has completed the tendering process and subsequently received the Central Tender Review Committee approval for award of contract for the supply of various Essential Medicines under Framework Contracting by sixteen (16) shortlisted vendors. The minister said the framework arrangement will be operationalize prior to the signing of the agreement(s) between the various entities and identified groups. Per the signing, the successful suppliers and each regional health administration and teaching hospital would then enter into framework contracts with identified suppliers. ‘’Framework are long-term agreements that provide the terms conditions under which smaller repeat purchasing orders may be issued for a defined period of time…Under the framework contracting, no contract exists until the entity issues an order or ‘’call off’’ against a framework agreement. This method saves time and money, processing time, reduced paper work because prices and terms have been settled in advance.’’ He also hinted that ‘’…all entities are directed not to award contracts for the attached list of Essential Medicines outside the framework arrangement once you receive the signed MOU. You are also to note that there will be a prior and post audit of all entities before and during the implementation of the framework arrangement.’’ Sales and Marketing Manager of Pharmanova Ind. Limited, Shailendra Tiwari told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, ‘’it’s a good thing. It will actually help all of us to serve people in a better way by providing very competitive prices. The availability of the drugs would be ensured.’’ He indicated that he was satisfied with the conditions in the MoU before signing and all the stakeholders have agreed to it. ‘’We do agree and we as suppliers will ensure that we fulfill our part of the MoU and believe the ministry will as keep its part.'' He commended government for the support but lamented over the delays in reimbursement of the National Health Insurance (NHI). On his part, Acting Marketing Manager of Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Pharm Christopher Mensah underscored the need for government to pay them on time. ''We will be lad if they pay us on time. One of the major challenges we encounter is the delay in reimbursing suppliers. But if they are able to pay us on time, it will also help us to deliver.''
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu has hinted that the psychiatric hospitals in the country will by middle of June receive medications for patients. He told journalists on the sidelines at the signing of the an MOU between the MOH and the representatives of pharmaceutical companies on implementation of the reduction of VAT on some medicines to reduce prices of drugs in the country that, we are working on it and very soon the various hospitals will be supplied with drugs. The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Dr Akwasi Osei, has disclosed that although the various mental facilities including the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital and other psychiatric hospitals in Accra are said to receive an average of 40 patients a day, they have not been allocated funding. According to him, the Authority, which is in charge of mental health delivery in the country, has not received any budgetary allocation from government almost halfway into the year, a situation that has stalled mental health delivery in the country. But reacting to the concerns raised, the minister gave an assurance that the money will soon come. ‘’We are still talking about the money but it has not arrived. This year we are still waiting for some releases. I am sure the money will soon come,’’ he said. On drugs the minister said: ‘’we have awarded a contract and by May ending to the middle of June, we are sure the supplier will start distributing the drugs.’’
The Deputy Special Prosecutor nominee, Cynthia Lamptey has warned that she would resign from the deputy Special Prosecutor post should she be sidelined. She made the remarks when she appeared before the vetting committee of parliament. “…If I should face something of that sort I will resign because I wasn’t put there just for a cosmetic sake. I was put there to work,” she told the Appointments Committee of Parliament Wednesday. “I cannot be a puppet over there,” she stressed. She described herself as an incorruptible person adding, she is prepared to undertake all roles assigned to her by Amidu in order to ensure the success of the office if she is approved by Parliament. Madam Cynthia is prepared to undertake all roles assigned to her by her boss Martin Amidu in order to ensure the success of the office if she is approved by Parliament. “Thankfully I worked with him when he was deputy attorney general and when he became attorney general too I worked with him. He is a workaholic so if he gives you work and you do it that is it. I wouldn’t sit here and go to an office where I will be given work and I wouldn’t do it. Because one day when he is not there, the work comes to you as the deputy. So I will do everything that I’m asked to do,” she said. ” I have worked with him before and so I know how he works and who he is. You study the person and you know the person is temperamental so you also find ways to cooperate with him so that the work can be done”. She is a lawyer by profession and graduated from the Ghana School of Law. She was employed as a state attorney at the Attorney-General’s Department in 1995 and rose through the ranks till she was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions during the John Mahama administration.
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