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Government and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has delegated some officials led by the Volta Regional Minister, Archibald Yao Letsa to meet the Asogli State in the Volta Region following the demand for an unqualified apology from Chairman Freddie Blay over his verbal attack on Togbe Afede XIV over his comments on the 275 mini buses. The reliable information gathered by Rainbow Radio 87.5 Fm has it that, the officials are currently in a meeting with the Asogli State Council over the matter. The Asogli State Council in a statement signed by Secretary Stephen Tetteh, described response from Freddie Blay as disrespectful and demanded for an unqualified apology. Mr Blay took a swipe at the traditional ruler over his comments on the controversial bus saga. “Maybe he (Afede) got his money from selling palmwine to get there” Freddie Blay said. “It is silly. I am sorry to use that words. For people to think like that, I find it disturbing”, he said. “My only worry is that an individual like Togbe Afede has come in … mentioning it. Former President Mahama has come in from a different angle. Togbe Afede says what? He says perception of corruption and vote-buying. Maybe he doesn’t understand what he is talking about.” Mr Blay said. “In his position as president of the House of Chiefs in this country, maybe from nowhere he has also risen to become a businessman. He has become a big businessman in this country. He has never asked for loans. Maybe he got his money from selling palmwine to get there” Freddie Blay jabbed. But the statement from the Asogli State Council said: ‘’Our attention has been drawn to the above publication purported to be the reply of Freddie Blay, the Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to Agbogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV on his advice to Nananom on the 275 buses saga. “We take strong exceptions to the statements, names and comments in this reply as they are insulting and disrespectful. “A statement such as this and from the President of the National House of Chiefs and an astute businessman does not warrant the kind of response from the National Chairman of the ruling party, a former First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and a lawyer. “This statement, in our view, is aimed at addressing the issue of the perception of corruption and corruption and to repose trust in our leaders, thereafter. It also calls on the most noble and respectful indigenous institutions to be actively involved in the crusade. In addition, it applauded the current government that similar acts that have been swept under the carpet in the past, are being given the needed attention [they] deserve. “Therefore, the Asogli State Council demand an unqualified apology from the NPP and its Chairman for this their misconduct and disrespect shown to Togbe with immediate effect. Since the NPP remained silent, we can only conclude that this might be part of their boardroom decisions. Failure to heed this clarion call and the next line of action would be announced ASAP. ENOUGH is ENOUGH”.
A Police Lance Corporal with the SWAT Unit of the Ashanti Regional police Command has been gun downed by armed robbers who were on a robbery operation at Ayirebikrom near Manso Nkwanta. The late police officer (name withheld) was on duty with another officer when the unfortunate incident occurred. The two officers were on board a Sprinter Benz Bus with registration number AC-644-15 when eight masked men armed with AK 47 assault rifles and a pump action gun attacked the passengers at the outskirts of Ayirebikrom on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. They were overpowered by the armed men who were masked, got shot together with other passengers who were onboard the bus. The masked men also managed to seize the weapons belonging to the officers. The officer was pronounced dead on arrival at the Saint Martins Hospital at Agroyesum, while the other officer was treated and discharged.Four other passengers who sustained injuries are also responding to treatment, rainbowradioonline.com has gathered. Meanwhile, the police has managed to retrieved four AK 47 assault rifles including those seized from the police officers upon a tip-off at Dome-Beposo, a village near Manso Nkwanta. Police also retrieved one G3, an SMG assault rifle and a Pump-action gun. Other items retrieved include seven boxes of ammunition with each containing 25 rounds, 88 pieces of AK 47 ammunition and some clothes.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has bared aspiring candidates in their upcoming internal party polls from mounting billboards. The party will also take action against candidates who post more than 20 posters at the conference grounds. The statement from the NDC said: “Aspirants are not allowed to mount billboards throughout the campaign periods. “ Aspirants are only entitled to two banners (4×6 size) at the congress grounds. “ No aspirant shall post more than 20 posters at the conference grounds. Aspirants must desist from personal attacks on each other on any platform. Any aspirant who violates these regulations shall be disqualified,” the directive said among others. The directive is coming at a time he ruling NPP has been slammed for ‘’wasting resources’’ in printing posters for their just ended conference at Koforidua last Saturday. A representative of the UK’s Conservative Party Dr. John Hayward in his solidarity message last Saturday quizzed why the party wasted resources on the posters which he noted were more than the number of delegates present at the conference. “I came through the streets today and I saw so many posters of the wonderful candidates here. But I had to reflect. I think I saw more posters than the delegates at this conference and I wondered, ‘is this really the best use of our resources?’” Dr. Hayward said.
The final funeral rites for the late Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has been announced. Mr. Amissah-Arthur will be laid in state on Thursday, 26th July 2018 from 8:00am to 6:00pm. This will be followed by a burial service which will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) in Accra on Friday, 27th July 2018. The interment for Mr. Amissah Arthur will however be by special invitation. A thanksgiving service is expected to be held on Sunday 29th July 2018 at the Calvary Methodist Church in Accra. Former Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur died on Friday morning at age 67. He collapsed at the Air Force Gym in Accra during a workout and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Profile Born on April 29, 1951, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was an economist, academic and politician. He was the sixth Vice-President of Ghana. He held office from August 6, 2012, until January 7, 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama. He was also the Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012. Mr Amissah-Arthur was sworn in as Vice-President on August 6, 2012 after he was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to be the Vice-President, a week after President Mahama had also been sworn in as President, following the sudden death of President John Evans Atta Mills on July 24, 2012. Mr Amissah-Arthur was a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975. Later, he joined the Economics Department as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978, moving on to become an assistant lecturer in 1979. He also lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988; and again at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria (August 1981 – July 1983). He worked as a consultant for the World Bank in The Gambia and as a consultant for the Netherlands’ government education project in Ghana. Mr Amissah-Arthur also worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana between 1998 and 2000, and between 2001 and 2002, he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Political life From 1983 to 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Prof. Kwesi Botchwey, in the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government. He subsequently was appointed the Deputy Secretary of Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 to March 1993, and later became the Deputy Minister of Finance in the Rawlings-led NDC government. In October 2009, Mr Amissah-Arthur was appointed the Governor of the Bank of Ghana by President John Evans Atta Mills. He held this position until August 6, 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana after the death of President Atta Mills. He continued as Vice President when President Mahama won the 2012 election. Mr Amissah-Arthur was married to Matilda Amissah-Arthur with whom he had two children. He was a Christian and member of the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has refuted claims that a rice with the brand name DANA from Pakistan has been imported into the country. A statement issued by the FDA and signed by its CEO, Mrs Delese Darko said investigations conducted by the FDA proved that there was no such brand on the market. The statement stated that the FDA had intensified its Surveillance activities across the country, including markets, ports and borders to ensure the product did not find its way into the Ghanaian market. She entreated the public to verify from the Authority, any information relating to the FDA's mandate before circulating or forwarding such information on social media. The public are to call 0299802932, 0299802933 and on Short Code: 4015, free on all networks except GLO.
Ghana lost GH¢892 million in the year 2017 due to financial irregularities in the operations of various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs). This was contained in the 2017 audit report released by the Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo. The irregularities as contained in the audit report amounted to GHc892,396,375.19. In the report, the irregularities were categorized under six broad categories namely; Tax Irregularities, Cash Irregularities, Stores/Procurement Irregularities, Outstanding debts/loans, Payroll Irregularities and Rent payment Irregularities. “The irregularities represent either losses that had been incurred by the State through the impropriety or lack of probity in the actions and decisions of public officers or on the other hand, the savings that could have been made, if public officials and institutions had duly observed the public financial management framework put in place to guide their conduct and also safeguard national assets and resources”, the Auditor General said. Tax irregularities amounting to GH¢655.6million represents 73% of the losses recorded in 2017. Meanwhile, the Auditor General is collaborating with the Special Prosecutor to conduct audit on the payroll. Mr Domelevo said he had the mandate under section 16 of the Audit Service Act to undertake special audits of which one of them was the liabilities, which they did early this year and issued a report. “They put people on the payroll; so that they get the money and share. We are also very much aware that some of the people on the payroll is due to administrative lapses. But be it as it may, the financial administration regulation requires that the head of any management unit (schools, hospitals) has a duty to ensure that it is only people who are working for them in their entities are on their payrolls.” “In the cause of this exercise, if we should find ghost names or names of people who should not be on the payroll, I will activate my constitutional mandate under Article 187 Clause 7 to disallow the expenditure and on whoever’s payroll we find the ghost names, we will surcharge the person.” “So I will disallow and surcharge the headmaster, the head of the hospital or any government department, where we find ghost names on your payroll. “If you think you name has been inserted on the payroll wrongly, you have to run and purge yourself quickly by refunding that money to government, before we reach out to you. Because once we come, we are not going to spend our time looking for the ghost. If the ghost is on your payroll, we are going to hold you accountable. You will pay the money back. If possible you are prosecuted.”
The Chief Accountant of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi, has returned the "missing" endowment funds, which were said to have been given to him for safekeeping. He returned a total of Gh₵436,402, which he said was given to him for safekeeping and was awaiting instructions for disbursement. He explained the money was in a safe in his office when he was asked to proceed on leave in July 2017 for investigations into the use of EC staff endowment funds by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO). On page 34 of the Chief Justice’s Committee reported that recommended the removal of the EC Chair and her two deputies, it was also submitted that Mr. Agyei–Larbi, be made to pay to the Commission the amount of GH¢360,000 he admitted had been in his custody in his office since 2016. "If he is not able to pay the said amount to the EC, we recommend that he is charged with stealing,” the CJ's committee recommended. In a petition dated July, 3 2018 to the presidency Mr. Agyei-Larbi stated his readiness to swiftly comply with the report of the Chief Justice’s Committee dependent on his immediate reinstatement after the EOCO investigations. Subsequent to the petition, EOCO wrote to the Electoral Commission on July, 9 2018 directing the Commission to recall Mr. Agyei-Larbi and he has since refunded the money in his custody after fully resuming work on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. In a letter dated Thursday July 12, 2018 to the Presidency Jerry John K. Asiedu, lawyer for Mr. Agyei-Larbi said “Subsequent to the above developments our client has retrieved from the safe in his office an amount of GH¢436,402 with the approval of the Human Resource Director of the Electoral Commission to pay same into the EC IGF account at GCB bank. Attached hereto and marked “C” is a copy of memo endorsed by the Human Resource Director. “He has paid the amount of GH¢436, 402 into the designated IGF account of the Electoral Commission at the GCB Bank on the 11th day of July, 2018. Attached hereto and marked “D” is a copy of the GCB Bank Receipt as evidence of the payment into the account by our client. “Under the circumstances, it is evident that our client has fully complied with the recommendations of the report of the Chief Justice’s Committee which was referred to your high office for implementation. Our client therefore humbly requests that this is brought to the attention of the Attorney General and all other necessary agencies tasked with the implementation of the Committee’s report.” Source: GraphicOnline
A truck loaded with cement has run over three persons at Anloga junction on Thursday afternoon after the truck veered off the road and crashed the victims on the shoulders of the main intersection, which connects the Accra road to Kumasi central. Two of the victims according to information gathered had the lower part of the body torn apart. The third victim was trapped under the truck. The truck driver per account lost control after he made an attempt to escape hitting a taxi cab which crossed his path. The two victims had displayed their wares by the roadside on the pavement and were sitting on the pavement.
A retired referee, Reverend Nsiah Boafo, has confessed to taking bribe to influence matches during his days. The man of God said there is no referee on earth who has not accepted a bribe to influence a match before. His confession is coming at a time the Number 12 expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas has exposed some referees accepting bribes to influence their decisions on some matches they presided over. The man of God who retired voluntarily due to a call from God to do his work said, referees are not angels and in general, referees have accepted bribes. He said, as referees, you are to preside over matches and ensure that, your decisions do not create tension or problems on the field of play. ‘’There is nothing that can exist without a name. It is not the referees that accept bribes but the bribe can walk to you. There are certain situations that can put your life in danger if you do not accept the bribe.’’ When asked if he had accepted a bribe before, he said, ‘’I have taken a bribe before. Why should a reverend minister lie that I have never accepted a bribe before? I have accepted a bribe before.’’ He was however quick to add that, there are descent referees who have never accepted a bribe before but are the ones who are usually attacked by team supporters when they feel a match was manipulated. ‘’Nobody should deny that the teams do not approach the referees when they are about to play a game. They always come to the referees. I remember an incident occurred where all the teams clashed when they came to meet referees to help them win their match. Reverend Boafo also revealed that, he sometimes return the monies paid him when the team that paid the money lost the game. ‘’But for my calling as a reverend minister, I would have accepted a bribe today,’’ he stated. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has provisionally suspended about 15 referees’ over the number 12 expose. The decision was taken after the Disciplinary Board of CAF held a meeting on 7th July 2018 on referees who were captured in the secretly recorded video taking bribes before officiating various games. Kenyan Assistant Referee Mr. Marwa Range was handed a life ban from all CAF related football activities. Others were banned for years ranging from 2 to 10, a press release issued by CAF on Saturday announced. Mr. Yanissou Bebou, Referee from Togo and Mr. Jallow Ebrima, Assistant Referee from Gambia have been suspended for 10 years from all CAF related football activities. An Ivorian referee Mr. Denis Dembele was also banned for 6 years from all CAF related football activities. Those banned for five years are: Mr. Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee, Burkina Faso; Mr. Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee, Mali; Mr. Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee, Mauritania; and Mr. Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee, Niger. Two Assistant Referees Mr. Marius Tan and Mr. Bi Valere Gouho as well as Mr. Coulibay Abou, a Referee, all from Cote d’Ivoire were banned for two years. However, the statement said three Ghanaians implicated in the documentary video dubbed ‘Number 12’, Mr. Lathbridge Reginald, Referee; Mr. Bello Aboudou, Referee; and Mr. Nantierre Eric, Assistant Referee were provisionally suspended pending their appearance before the Disciplinary Board on 5th August 2018.
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