Acting Director of International Relations for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Emmanuel Danso Attefah, has called on Ghanaians to support President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his quest to uproot corruption.
Commenting on the decision by the president to report Kwesi Nyantakyi, the FA boss to the Criminal Investigations Department for alleged influence peddling, the political communicator described Nana Addo’s action as apt.
The call for the arrest of Nyantakyi, the longest-serving GFA president, follows comments attributed to him in what our sources say are video recordings captured as part of a soon to air documentary by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas detailing corruption in Ghana football.
He has been granted bail and assisting the CID to investigate the matter. His phones, laptops and gadgets have also been seized to aid the CID in probing the matter.
But some Minority MPs and NDC communicators have slammed Nana Addo for his action describing it as abuse of power.
MP for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, believes allowing the president to watch the video ahead of the publicized date for the public viewing, will compromise the process and has warned sensitive portions in the video maybe edited.
However, Mr. Attefah disputed the assertions and commended the president for stepping up the matter saying: ‘’the president has been open and transparent. His name was mentioned but as president, he handed it over to the appropriate quarters to look into this matter so the law will work. This is a commendable step the president has taken and anyone who is a anti-corruption campaigner and believes in the rule of law, should support Nana Akufo-Addo to continue the fight against corruption.’’
He also lambasted Kwesi Nyantakyi over his alleged ‘’Nana is in my pocket’’ comments. The president he stressed cannot be bribed or compromised because is incorruptible, nationalistic and an established personality.
‘’I don’t want to repeat some of the statements. I feel this is very sad and very unfortunate. It should not have occurred in the first place. Kwesi Nyantakyi is an astute lawyer and his contributions in the sporting fraternity is remarkable but I was not expecting this to have happened,’’ he concluded.
The father of the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, Captain Dennis Mahama (Rtd) has challenged the law enforcement agency to go after all the suspects in connection with the killing of the late son.
In an interview on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Thursday], the retired military officer, commended the progress of the case in court but urged the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to go after all the suspects involved.
‘’The CID is not done with the criminals…We think that, what is happening in court is okay but the CID; we still expect them to go after the rest of the people because it was a mob, whiles some were throwing stones, others were using sticks, others were using guns, others also prevented him from escaping…We see all of them as accomplices and since an accomplice is equally guilty, we think that all of them should be brought in,’’ he added.
The death of his son he told Kwame Tutu, was sudden and because he was a special son for the family, he grew up brilliantly and made the family proud because he was God fearing and ‘’very academic’’.
The bereaved father who was accompanied by brother of the late military officer, Michael Mahama, Reverend Felix Foe and Gifty Abban Quarshie, lead campaigner for Ambassadors Against Mob Justice, thanked Allah for consoling the family a year after the sudden demise of their son.
The family he decried have been carrying on with the pain in their hearts and minds and ‘’that is why we have to thank Allah and Ghanaians for standing with us in prayers.’’
His brother, Michael Mahama described his late brother as caring, interesting, jovial and one who ‘’was always there for me.’’
He said, ‘’the death of my brother was a big blow for the family.’’
Reverend Foe who is also a retired officer and Gifty Quarshie used the opportunity to speak against mob justice.
Meanwhile, a year anniversary of the late Major Mahama, has been scheduled for June 3rd, 2018 at the St. Catherine Catholic Church, Burma Camp at 8:30am.
The late Major Mahama was brutally lynched and charred to death last after he was allegedly mistaken for an armed robber. He was with the 5 Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces, Burma Camp Accra but on detachment duties at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central region where he was gruesomely murdered by residents there.
Board Chairman for the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Peter Mac Manu, has been accused by four worker unions of breaching several corporate governance practices.
The worker unions have since called on President Akufo-Addo to sack him in two weeks.
According to the aggrieved workers, Mac Manu is deeply involved in nepotism and conflict of interest at the GPHA.
The unions comprising the Tema Senior Staff Union, Tema Junior Staff Union, Takoradi Senior Staff Union and Takoradi Junior Staff Union, Mac Manu has allegedly facilitated a contract on an LNG Project, requesting management to let the company pay two hundred thousand dollars ($200, 000) for twenty-five years.
They also accused Mr. Manu of “obtaining for himself a contract of over GHS4m for wiring of the newly constructed Electrical/Material Block of the GPHA.”
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) says embattled president Kwesi Nyantakyi, remains the boss of the football administrative body despite the allegations of fraud against him.
A statement issued and signed by secretary to the FA, Isaac Addo said the GFA is fully supported by the Executive Committee.
Information came yesterday [Tuesday] that, the GFA was going to appoint an interim president.
However, the stamen from the FA has disputed that report stressing ‘’We wish to reiterate that Mr. Nyantakyi has the full support of the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
All offices and outlets of the GFA remain fully functional and we confirm that all scheduled activities of the federation continue without any hindrances.’’
Read Below the full statement
On Tuesday 22nd May 2018 there was an activation of the relevant state institutions to probe into an issues relating to the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Kwesi Nyanktakyi in the yet-to- be released documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Though the President of the GFA was on official duties outside the country, he cut his trip short and returned to Ghana on 23rd May 2018.
On his arrival he was escorted to the CID Headquarters where he was interrogated, a statement taken and subsequently granted bail.
Presently he is helping the police with their investigations.
The President remains innocent until he is proven guilty of all charges levelled against him.
The GFA President being a law abiding citizen respects the law, he is not a flight risk and has indicated his willingness and availability to the investigative authority anytime he is required to do so.
Following a meeting of the Executive Committee of the GFA on Thursday, the body wishes to state that nothing has changed in terms of the GFA hierarchy and Mr. Nyantakyi still remains the President of the Ghana Football Association.
Any statement contrary to this must be disregarded.
We wish to reiterate that Mr. Nyantakyi has the full support of the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
All offices and outlets of the GFA remain fully functional and we confirm that all scheduled activities of the federation continue without any hindrances.
We urge all our stakeholders and members to remain calm during this period.
Ghana Football Association
24th May, 2018
The Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, has expressed fear that the presidency may influence an editing of the much publicized Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ ‘’Number 12’’ investigative work.
The outspoken politician who is known for his proverbial statements described as unfortunate the decision by the investigators to allow President Akufo-Addo to watch the video.
In his view, an order may be given for some sensitive parts of the video to be edited out.
‘’Ghanaians are waiting eagerly to go and view it. I am hoping and praying that the sanctity of the video that Anas has, will be protected so it will come out as he had filmed it. Let’s hope and pray that, sections of it are not doctored…Ghanaians should open their eyes and ears very well and ensure that the right things are done so that people don’t compromise our integrity.’’
The claims allegedly made by Kwesi Nyantakyi in the video he noted has painted the presidency in a bad light but was quick to add that, the relationship between Kwesi Nyantakyi and the president spans many years and he [Nyantakyi] knows every pebble, grass at the private residence of Nana Addo.
‘’Kwesi Nyantakyi and President Akufo-Addo have come a long way. The FA president is one of the key supporters of Nana Addo. He was one of the generous financiers of Nana Addo…Exchanges of monies between Nana Addo and Nyantakyi is not new. It is an open secret.’’
He opined that, Nyantakyi has sponsored the president’s campaign hence his claims should be well investigated.
The president he indicated was implicated in the tape hence having the privilege to watch the video was in a bad taste.
The arrest of Nyantakyi he told Kwame Tutu was an attempt by the ruling government, to divert attention from the multiplicity of scandals that rocked the current administration.
The president knew about this three weeks ago and so why should he wait for three weeks to take this controversial action?
‘’It is an attempt to divert attention from the multiplicity of scandals that this government has been soaked in…Almost on a weekly basis, there is a scandal,’’ he noted.
He quizzed if those who have been implicated in the video will have the opportunity to view the video just like the president did.
‘’This is a premature move that will compromise the law…It makes the matter murkier than before,’’ he said.
The Minority in Parliament has rubbished claims that a member on its side of the House is associated with the controversial $89M Kelni GVG deal
Leader, Haruna Iddrisu in a statement disputed the claims and story which was published by starrfmoline. The statement said: ‘’My attention has been drawn to a story making the rounds on Ghanaweb.com and attributed to Starrfmonlinc.com with the headline “Top Opposition MP behind $89M Kelni GVG deal.
I wish to state for the records that neither myself as the “Minority Leader nor any of my colleagues on the Minority” work with or for the Ministry of Communications nor the National Communications Authority. We have also not been part of any negotiation or transaction with Kelni GVG as being reported.’’
According to the online new portal, a top minority member was associated with the deal but the Minority Leader denied it and called on the public to treat the story with contempt.
‘’The public should ignore the malicious story as palpable falsehood and a wicked diversionary attempt to damage our hard earned reputations. The government should take full responsibility for the actions on the contract.
We would not accept any attempt to smear us by the publishers and demand an immediate retraction and apology. We have also instructed our lawyers to take the necessary action if the publishers fail to do the needful,’’ the statement concluded.
Pressure is mounting on Ursula Owusu, the Minister in charge of Communications to resign for failing to do due diligence in the award of the contract.
Imani Africa, a policy think tank has impressed upon the minister to resign.
Boss for the think tank, Franklin Cudjoe has said the contract is fraudulent and must be cancelled. He argues that the company does not have the track record to undertake the job that has been given it adding that the amount involved is too huge.
Cudjoe Akpabey, a consultant and tax expert has also called on the president to step aside the contract since it will go against the interest of Ghanaians.
Cerebral Palsy Ghana, an association of parents of persons with cerebral palsy has underscored the need for children living with the neurological disorder to be given better care.
President of the association, Mr. Providence Noyonyo, appealed to government to consider free Medicare for persons living with the condition, train more physiotherapists and revise the current National Disability Act to give equal, if not more, attention to mental disabilities.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm ahead of an event planned for Saturday May 26th, 2018, he stressed the need for an all-inclusive education policy to encourage and adequately resource public, private and special schools to admit persons with CP in their schools.
Cerebral palsy he said is basically a defect in the part or some parts of the brain that leads to drastic slow down of development milestone of a baby.
The definition he emphasized represents that of parents with children with cerebral palsy and also what medical definitions have defined for them.
Research has explained that CP is caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development.
Cerebral Palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. Though Cerebral Palsy can be defined, having Cerebral Palsy does not define the person that has the condition.
On her part, Rachel Quaye, the Secretary of the association called for an end to stigmatization against children with CP and wondered why such children are referred to as ‘abnormal children’.
She decried why children with CP are treated unfairly and discriminated against due to so-called cultural practices.
CP children she stated are multi-talented and when they get the necessary attention, they will perform incredibly well.
‘’Families are neglecting these kids. Spouses are fleeing and using myself as an example, my husband has fled because my child is a CP. Taking care of children with CP is very expensive,’’ she told Kwame Tutu.
Drugs for CP children are expensive and some parents are unable to care for their children. People discriminate against parents with CP children; they refuse to buy their products. This must stop and the event on Saturday is to raise awareness about these challenges.’’
The event according the president is being sponsored by the Gold Coast Medical Foundation (GCMF), an American based Non Profit Organization in collaboration with Cerebral Palsy Ghana and Mensvic Hotels Limited.
The aim of the event is to enhance knowledge on the management of the illness and motivating caregivers as well as dispel backward social myths about the condition and will be held at the Mensvic Hotel in Accra.
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Jaman North, Mr. Siaka Stevens, has taken a swipe at Kwesi Nyantakyi, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) president over his alleged claims that, he has the President of the Republic in his pocket.
He was infuriated that the FA boss could make such frivolous comments in a yet to be premiered investigate piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas on alleged corrupt practices at the GFA.
The legislator was reacting to the complaint filed against Mr. Nyantakyi by President Akufo-Addo over an attempt to use his name to solicit for monies from investors.
The MP said, Nana Addo cannot be bribed because he is strongly against corruption and shown enough commitment in the fight against corruption.
‘’This is a serious allegation and for Nyantakyi to make such comments is unfortunate because it involves the president and the best approach was what has been done.’’ He noted.
When asked if Nyantakyi could not have made the statement if he had no good relationship with Nana Addo, he said, the GFA boss is the boss for the FA and his activities have no political connections. You cannot assume that Nyantakyi could have made the statement because of a good relation with Nana Addo. The link is not there…Nana Addo cannot be bribed. He is not corrupt. He has been tried and tested and I can vouch for him on any day.’’
He urged the public not to be too quick to judge but allow due process to be used in arriving at a logical conclusion.
Meanwhile, a Minority MP for the people of Beum constituency, Mr. Daniel K. Ashiamah has accused government of using Nyantakyi as escape goat.
The NDC MP called on Nana Addo to investigate all the scandals that have rocked his administration and sanction people where necessary.
The Supreme Court has declared the late Paramount Chief of the Nanumba Traditional Area, (Bimbilla), Naa Dasana Andani, as the rightful chief of the area.
Wednesday’s decision brings clarity to the protracted Bimbila chieftaincy crisis that had led to the death of many people including Naa Andani in 2014.
The five-member panel of the apex court reaffirmed the decisions of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs and the National House of Chiefs that declared Naa Andani as the legitimate chief of the area.
Another claimant to the Bimbilla skin, the late Nakpa Naa Salifu Dawuni, filed the appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the National House of Chiefs.
But in a unanimous decision on Wednesday May 23, 2018, the Supreme Court held that Naa Andani's lineage to the Bimbilla Skin was legitimate.
“We therefore find no merit in the appeal and it is dismissed in its entirety,” the court held.
The judgement was read by Mr Justice Gabriel Pwamang, while the panel was presided over by Mr Justice Julius Ansah.
Other members of the panel were Mr Justice Anin Yeboah, Mr Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie and Mr Justice Yaw Appau.
The court, however, refused to award cost as demanded by lawyers of the victors.
According to the court, the judgement would benefit the whole Nanumba community, and also the two opposing factions were members of the same family.
The Nanumba Traditional Council has two main Gates; Bang-yili and Gbugma-yili whose representatives rotate their occupancy of the throne.
The protracted chieftaincy dispute in the area became more pronounced in 2003, after the demise of the former Paramount Chief for Nanung, Na Abarika, who belonged to the Bang-yili gate.
A conflict ensued as to who was qualified from the Gbugma-yili gate tosucceed him. While the late Naa Salifu Dawuni indicated that he was the rightful successor, Naa Andani also claimed he was the one chosen to occupy the throne. This compelled the Judicial Committee of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs to investigate the matter.
The three-member committee chaired by Yunyoo Rana Yamyia Tooka II, in March 2012, unanimously declared Na Andani Dasana as the substantive Paramount Chief for the Bimbilla Traditional Area.
The verdict, however, did not go down well with the late Naa Dawuni and his faction, leading to their appeal at the National House of Chiefs.
The National House of Chiefs dismissed the appeal.
Not happy with the National House of Chiefs decision, Naa Dawuni faction marched to the Supreme Court.