At least 136 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials say.
Many are missing and it is feared that more than 200 people in total may have drowned. Rescue efforts resumed on Friday after being halted overnight.
The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near Ukara island on its way from Bugorora.
It is thought the overloaded vessel tipped over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked.
Rescue operations on Africa's biggest lake have involved police and army divers, as well as small private boats and local fishermen.
The BBC's Aboubakar Famau in Tanzania says fear has gripped residents of the Mwanza region as they wait to hear the fate of relatives who travelled on the MV Nyerere on Thursday.
"I received a call telling me that I have lost my aunt, father and my younger brother," says Editha Josephat Magesa, a local resident.
"We are really saddened and urge the government to provide a new ferry because the old one was small and the population is big."
Our reporter says the ferry's engines were recently replaced after local MP Joseph Mkundi complained about the previous ones.
How did this happen?
Local media say the ferry's official capacity was 100 people, but officials say the vessel was carrying more than 400 passengers when it capsized.
It operates on a busy route, crossing eight times a day between the islands of Ukara and Ukwerewe, which are close to Tanzania's second-largest city of Mwanza.
The ferry was said to have been particularly busy because it was market day in Bugorora, on Ukerewe island.
The vessel was also carrying cargo, including bags of cement and maize, when it capsized around 50 metres from the shore.
It is thought that many of the passengers would not have been able to swim.
An official investigation will take place once rescue efforts to find survivors have ended.
Has anyone been rescued?
Tanzania's police chief Simon Sirro Mwanza, who has travelled to the area, confirmed the new death toll.
So far, 40 people have been rescued and are in critical condition, according to Mwanza Regional Commissioner John Mongella. Local officials initially reported on Thursday that 100 people had been rescued.
Exact figures, though, are yet to be confirmed - Reuters said the person who dispensed tickets for the journey also died, with the machine recording the data lost.
Has anything like this happened before?
Tanzania has seen a number of nautical disasters, with overcrowding often playing a role.
In 2012, at least 145 people died when a packed ferry sank while transporting people to the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.
The year before, almost 200 people died in another major incident off the coast of Zanzibar. Hundreds survived, some found clinging to mattresses and fridges.
In 1996, more than 800 people died when the MV Bukoba capsized on Lake Victoria. It was one of the the worst ferry disasters of the last century.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said the EU must treat the UK with more "respect" in Brexit negotiations.
In a statement at Downing Street she said for EU leaders to reject her plan with no alternative at this "late stage of negotiations" was "not acceptable".
She said talks had reached an "impasse" and could only be unblocked with "serious engagement" from the EU side.
At an EU summit on Thursday, European Council President Donald Tusk said Mrs May's plan "will not work".
The pound's fall against the dollar and the euro deepened following Mrs May's statement.
The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.
The two sides are trying to reach a deal by November so it can be ratified in time.
They want to avoid a hard border - physical infrastructure like cameras or guard posts - between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic but cannot agree on how.
Mrs May says her plan for the UK and EU to share a "common rulebook" for goods, but not services, is the only credible way to avoid a hard border.
She tried to sell the plan directly to EU leaders at a summit in Salzburg, Austria, this week.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Tusk said that while there were some "positive elements" in Mrs May's proposals, EU leaders had agreed that "the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market".
On Friday, the prime minister said: "Throughout this process, I have treated the EU with nothing but respect. The UK expects the same, a good relationship at the end of this process depends on it.
"At this late stage in the negotiations, it is not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals."
She said the two sides were still "a long way apart" on two big issues: the post-Brexit economic relationship between the UK and EU, and the "backstop" for the Irish border, if there is a delay in implementing that relationship.
The two options being offered by the EU for the long-term relationship - for the UK to stay in the European Economic Area and customs union or a basic free trade agreement - were not acceptable, she added.
The first would "make a mockery of the referendum" she said, while the second would mean Northern Ireland would be "permanently separated economically from the rest of the UK by a border down the Irish Sea."
Mrs May said no UK prime minister would ever agree to that: "If the EU believe I will, they are making a fundamental mistake."
The prime minister attempted to reassure EU citizens living in the UK that, in the event no deal can be reached "your rights will be protected".
She said "no-one wants a good deal more than me" but added: "But the EU should be clear: I will not overturn the result of the referendum. Nor will I break up my country."
Mr Tusk followed up his remarks on Thursday by posting a photograph on Instagram of he and Mrs May looking at cakes with the caption: "A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries."
The EU has argued that the UK cannot "cherry-pick" elements from its rulebook.
That was criticised by some Conservatives, including Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith who described it as "quite insulting".
Political science lecturer at the Methodist University, Dr. Osei Bonsu, has suggested the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in its current state has disappointed its founder, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
The party he noted has lost its relevance, is disunited and cannot be factored as a strong political force like it used to be in the past.
In his view, if the late Nkrumah were able to talk from his grave, he would have complained bitterly about the state of the party.
The leadership of the party is not prepared to sacrifice for others and that has caused the challenges confronting the party, he added.
Commenting on the legacies of Nkrumah, the lecturer underscored the need for the current generation to be thought the ideas and ideals of Nkrumah, what he stood for and his contribution towards the development of Ghana.
In an interview on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Dr. Osei Bonsu said, one [Nkrumah] individual couldn’t be the founder of Ghana and our independence despite being the front-runner.
‘’Nkrumah cannot be the sole founder of Ghana. It would not be fair to the others who contributed to the struggle for independence, he stated.
The CPP was formed on 12 June 1949 by Kwame Nkrumah to campaign for the independence of the Gold Coast.
It was the governing party under Nkrumah of the autonomous British colony of the Gold Coast from 1951 to 1957, and independent Ghana from 1957 to 1966. In 1964 the constitution was changed to make the CPP the only legal party in Ghana, making the nation a one-party state. The party was banned after the 24 February 1966 coup d'état by the National Liberation Council. Parties following in its tradition have used various names. The party was reformed from some of the Nkrumah factions in 1996.
I have read all sorts of articles in the newspapers of September 20, 2018, based on what is claimed to be a report of a so-called Cabinet Committee Responsible for the Coordination of Investigations/Forensic Audits.
The allegations? That Ghana Gas purchased helicopters from China National Aero Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), but they have never been used for the purpose of its purchase thus causing financial loss to the state of US$54,800,000.00; that the equipment for the helicopters was not delivered even though it was part of the contract price (US$5,958,366.76) and that ab initio training cost was not fully utilised for its intended purposes (US$300,000.00).
Then came the interesting part where members of the Ghana Gas board on which I served are listed in the ‘report’ and the publications as though we have all been approached to account for the helicopters and associated matters.
• Yes, four helicopters were purchased for coastal surveillance and other related matters under the Gas Infrastructure Project as part of the CDB facility.
• Since Ghana Gas did not intend to set up an Aviation Wing, it designated the Ghana Air Force to take over and manage the helicopters, associated equipment and required training.
• The Ghana Air Force is the agency of Government, which operates and keeps custody of the helicopters. GAF negotiated the cost and specifications of the helicopters and dealt directly with CATIC on all technical matters.
• In September 2015, there was a public ceremony where the helicopters were handed over to the Ghana Air Force. The ceremony was covered live on air. The President was present. Most newspapers carried it.
• Speeches made on that day reflected that the helicopters would be used for surveillance and monitoring responsibilities to secure installations like gas pipelines and allied operations across the country. That they would be used to enhance maritime security, anti-piracy operations, rig-bound medical and casualty evacuation, search and rescue operations, aerial photography, riot control, and traffic management, disaster management, anti-sea-bound narcotic interdiction operations.
• In May 2017, after tales of lost helicopters hit the airwaves, the NPP-appointed Management of Ghana Gas clarified that the helicopters procured for the security surveillance of the oil and gas enclave in the Western Region were stationed at the Air Force Headquarters at Burma Camp.
• Did the so-called Secretary of the Cabinet Committee not find this out in his deep sea fishing expedition? Is it that he does not even know how to ‘google’ and read, in case all other investigative processes failed him?
• Did he engage the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) or the Ghana Air Force to find out where the equipment is, whether all extra equipment was delivered in accordance with the agreement, what personnel were trained? Or did he expect Ghana Gas to supervise the Air Force patrols or to train pilots?
• Is he challenging the competency of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Mantsebi Tei-Nagai, or his predecessor, Air Vice Marshall M. Samson-Oje? Or is it an attempt to malign the Chief of Defence Staff Major General Obed Akwa?
• Is the current management of Ghana Gas looking for lost helicopters? Did we take the helicopters with us when we left office? Why haven’t they searched our homes to see if the helicopters are hidden in our chamber pots?
• Was the so-called investigator aware that the board members he listed in his ‘awam’ report were not the Ghana Gas board members on January 6, 2017, just before Government changed hands? Or did a very simple thing like that escape his eager digging claws?
• Did he contact the board members that came after our board to find out if the helicopters are under their beds?
• Has he contacted the current board members to find out if the helicopters are in their wives’ and/or husbands’ closets?
This shoddy work being passed off as a Cabinet Report is disgusting, to say the least!
• How was Dua Agyeman made Secretary of a Cabinet Committee or Cabinet Sub-Committee when he is not a member of Cabinet or the Secretary to Cabinet? The Secretary to Cabinet is secretary to all Cabinet meetings, Cabinet Committee meetings or Cabinet Sub-Committee meetings. A non-cabinet member is not allowed to chair such meetings or hold the position of secretary.
• How were private firms authorized to carry out all these ‘audits’? The Auditor-General is the only one with the power to audit government agencies. Before a private firm can audit a government agency, the Auditor-General must grant permission officially. Did the Auditor-General grant permission for all these private firms to conduct ‘unauthorized audits’ of government agencies?
Is this the usual Akufo-Addo style of work, running roughshod over laid down rules and regulations?
• Unless it is a fake document concocted by unseen hands, how was a Cabinet document leaked so profusely that at least three NPP newspapers carried it all on the same day?
• And have journalists stopped even superficial investigative work prior to releasing stories? Do their journalistic memories not even manage to straddle a few years back when a live ceremony in September 2015 evidenced the handing over of the helicopters to the Ghana Air Force? Did any of them have any editorial suggesting their own findings in the matter?
Is Ghana safe under President Akufo-Addo? Are other sensitive and confidential cabinet documents being leaked in the same manner?
The Cabinet Secretary, Madam Debrah-Karikari, must investigate this ‘azaa’ leak and put her findings in the public domain. Otherwise, she must hang her head in shame and resign with immediate effect. When the Ben Eghan(s) and Roger Ansongwini(s) were at post, we did not see such grossly incompetent lapses. This must not be seen under a female Cabinet Secretary!
As for Dua Agyeman, the least said about him the better. An elderly man who declared a personal vendetta against me during President Mills’ era because I was instructed to write to him informing him that he was not entitled to certain benefits he was vociferously claiming.
Massa, I noted all your demonic moves, skewed articles in the papers and slip-sliding permutations, but I decided to ignore you because I was an officer at the Office of the President and I deemed it proper to remain silent in the face of adversity.
I am chilling in Opposition now, so I dare you to ‘try me.’
Is this the expertise you offered a sitting Government? And then you gleefully signed your name as Secretary to a Cabinet Committee. Your haste for revenge will cause you to trip.
I noted in the last paragraph your request for renewal of UNDP support and a vehicle for your own use. Is this what the UNDP is wasting its money on? Funding you while Auditor-General complains of your interference with his work? Churning out reports lacking in quality and substance?
… and there you go again, wanting this and wanting that – this time it is a car you are begging for. What is this seemingly insatiable appetite for material things? Did the chairman and members of the Cabinet Committee, if they exist, approve that you add that to the ‘report’?
Your Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, my name is Valerie Sawyerr, and my wrists are ready for your shackles!!!
… but before you send your Tsar Bomba after me, please tell me why the StarTimes arbitration procedure in London was discontinued and how they were given an enhanced contract under your supervision, while StarTimes was at the same time sponsoring the First Lady’s Foundation. I mean your wife!
… and do you remember that the Tsar Bomba blasted beyond expectation flattening villages hundreds of kilometers from ground zero, and almost consuming those who deployed it?
Our elders say that it is not all the rivers you bathe in… you must leave some to drink from!
They say I am for war, but the truth is …
I am for peace … Shalom!
The writer is a former Deputy Chief of Staff
Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Professor Edmund Delle, has said the contribution of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah towards the industrialisation of the country cannot be forgotten.
The chairman of the party said the late Nkrumah understood the importance of industrialisation hence his resolve in establishing factories across the various regions in Ghana.
Professor Delle, speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm indicated that, the late Nkrumah is a global icon who is revered for his immense contribution towards the development of Ghana and Africa.
He said, although Nkrumah believed in forward ever, backwards never, it appears Ghana is moving backwards instead of moving forward.
‘’You don’t know where we are going and that is very sad. Nkrumah had a plan for Ghana; he started with his five-year development plan,’’ he said.
Politicians today are only fighting to take power and after taking power, they do the little. The CPP was very focused, we knew what we wanted and had timelines,’’ he added.
Professor Delle lamented the filth that has engulfed the capital; and parts of the country and stressed the country is stagnating despite the plans of Nkrumah to make Ghana the number one in Africa through his unity of purpose.
He was speaking in commemoration of Founder’s Day that is celebrated on September 21, 2018. He touched on youth unemployment, corruption and the lack of inclusive governance towards the development of Ghana.
This holiday commemorates the birthday of Ghana’s main independence leader, first prime minister, and first president, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah. The holiday is also known as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.
Born on September 21, 1909, at Nkroful in the Western Region of the then Gold Coast as Francis Nwia-Kofi, but later changed his name to Kwame Nkrumah.
Nkrumah attended the Achimota School and later trained as a teacher. He studied in the United States between 1935 and 1939 to obtain a Bachelor of Art degree from Lincoln University.
He also earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1942; a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Philosophy respectively, both from the University of Pennsylvania in 1943.
During his lifetime, Nkrumah was awarded honorary doctorates by some institutions including Lincoln University, Moscow State University, Cairo University, and a few more.
When Nkrumah arrived in London to study Law and complete his thesis for a Doctorate degree in 1945, he met the famous African-American author, George Padmore.
Unfortunately, he abandoned his education when he was invited to serve as the General Secretary to the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947.
As a result, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah joined five founding members of the UGCC to form the Big Six of Gold Coast. The Big Six were the executive members of the first leading political party under the British colony.
The famous Big Six were, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akuffo-Addo, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and William Ofori Atta.
Dr. Nkrumah broke away from the UGCC in 1949 to form the Convention People’s Party (CPP). In 1956, the CPP won the elections leading to independence which saw Kwame Nkrumah into office as the first Prime Minister and later President of Ghana.
The achievements of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah distinguished him among his contemporaries. His ideology for pan-Africanism, Africa liberation, and self-governance earned him an enviable reputation on the globe.
As an international icon of freedom in Africa, Kwame Nkrumah was the first black leader to succeed in championing the cause for independence from the British colony in 1957.
Following his stupendous legacy, Nkrumah was adjudged Africa’s greatest “Man of the Millennium” in the year 2000. His social policies and style of leadership were impeccable.
Ideally, the significance of Founder’s Day is to acknowledge our founders, including the Big Six for their stewardship as statesmen and founding-fathers of early Ghana.
It is, however, important to celebrate the effort and sacrifice of our founding leaders because “A nation that does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for”.
Unsurprisingly, during the African Union (AU) 13th Ordinary Summit in Libya, the heads of State unanimously agreed to celebrate Nkrumah’s centenary birthday. The event has been added to the AU’s calendar of Special Events.
Today, Kwame Nkrumah who was once vilified by his own people following the 1966 coup de’tat is now celebrated for his exemplary leadership in Africa.
He is fondly remembered for the improved roads, schools, hospitals, factories, the Akosombo Dam, the Tema Harbour and the economic stability, just to mention a few.
Following the overthrow of his government on February 24, 1966, Dr. Nkrumah left for Conakry. He was appointed Co-President of Guinea until his death on 27th April, 1972. He died at the age of 63.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah demonstrated patriotism and eschewed parochialism as a visionary leader; hence, the need to honour him on the occasion of his birthday.
As we celebrate the 106th birthday of Osagyefo, it important for every citizen of this country to exhibit a sense of patriotism and unity in all spheres of life.
Let’s draw inspiration from the achievements, ideology, and vision of Kwame Nkrumah for the purpose of nation building.
Local governance expert, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae has said Africa particularly Ghana has copied blindly when it comes to democracy.
The lecturer believes Ghana have perfect checks and balances when it comes to our governance system but we do no make good use of them.
The traditional system he noted make good use of their checks and balances and in some cases distools chiefs over breaches of their oath of office.
But that is not the case with our executive form of governance in Ghana.
"Our traditional leaders have advisors and elders who advises them and when they fail to heed to their counsel, they distool them. So the traditional system is a good one because there are checks and balances. But the political system being implemented have checks and balances, but it is not working. "
He is therefore calling on Africa to adopt the traditional form of democracy so we get a stable leadership.
He also touched on the influence people have on people (illiterates) when it comes to voting in Africa and particularly Ghana where the educated few influence people to vote and elect leaders for us and not necessarily on purpose.
"That is not helping us and the only way out is for us to evolve the African type of democracy," he concluded.
He was speaking at event organised on democracy in Accra yesterday (Thursday).
Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo has said he is ready to lose his job over his resolve to expose corrupt people and speak the truth.
According to him, he is not worried about those who are against his method and their plans to get him sacked.
He was speaking at the 3rd Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu Memorial Lecture, held in Accra on Thursday.
Speaking at the public lecture on the theme “Protecting the Public Purse – keeping the gate shut before the horse bolts”, Mr. Domevelo said he is not surprised people are fighting him for doing the right thing.
He added:“In the developed countries when you’re caught you’re finished; there are consequences. In Ghana or Africa when you’re caught you can even bluff them; they say ‘and so what’ because he knows nothing will happen”.
“We all know the truth, who will say it but like I said, as for me I will say it if that means to go home. I’m ready to go home this evening. That’s the problem Ghanaians have, they think their life and the job are the same so going home becomes so difficult for them. If I should say the truth and because of that I should go home, my dear brothers and sisters I’m ready to go home even this evening”.
A 44-year-old woman, Auntie Ama, has allegedly poisoned her husband, Mr Alfred Yankey, 50, to death over negligence of responsibility.
The suspect is said to have poisoned the husband because he was not taking care of her and their four children.
Rainbow Radio's Christopher Anto told Nyankonton My Nsem that, the husband according to the suspect, was not providing the family money for upkeep.
He also indicated that although Mr Yankey was a farmer, and a professional teacher at Sefwi Benchemaa Nkatieso D/A primary school at Sefwi District, and received monthly allowance, he never provided for his family.
The frustrated woman is said to have poisoned the food she prepared for the husband, and gave to him to eat after he returned from work.
The husband started complaining of stomach ache after consuming the food upon returning from work on Wednesday.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital and doctors confirmed he was poisoned.
The body has been deposited at the Juaboso Hospital morgue awaiting autoposy.
The late Yankey left behind 8 bedroom apartment, three different farms and other landing properties.
The suspect has been arrested by the police and assisting them with investigation.
Ghanaian comedian, Togo Borga has asked Ghanaians to desist from describing stand-up comedy as the only form of comedy in Ghana.
Speaking to Zylofon Fm’s Sammy Flex, the braggart said comedy is not limited to Stand-up hence the need for Ghanaians to stop doing so and describing comedy in Ghana as boring.
Togo Borga in his view said: “Stand up comedy is not the only type of comedy in Ghana, there are several other genres to comedy hence Ghanaians should stop the habit of classifying them all as one”.
He mentioned that, the likes of Akrobeto and Kojo Nkansah Lil Win, are all comedians who entertain masses nationwide, more than stand-up comedians, but are sidelined when the comedy industry is under focus.
Some comedians he suggested are doing well in their field and so, putting all comedians together and describing them as boring is unfair,’ he added.