University of Ghana Law Professor Raymond Atuguba has been lambasted by some Supreme Court judges for his latest research work on rulings by the apex court from the year 1992.
Presenting his findings at the 2018 Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Law Conference in Accra on Thursday, 15 February 2018, Prof Atuguba explained that the research was based on hundred political cases in Ghana adding "it is not a coincidence".
“Judges were voting less according to who appointed them at the beginning of the Fourth republic in 1993. A number of reasons accounted for that. First, we had a new constitution and some of the cases were very clear. So a lot of them will give unanimous judgments, so whether you were appointed by an NDC government or NPP government, you joined the unanimous decision in saying that this provision of this law is contrary to the constitution. Then in the middle, somehow the Supreme Court lost its way after the first years and the judgments started becoming clearly on the lines of party appointments," he explained.
He continued: "Overall, the data reveals that 14 out of 22 NDC (National Democratic Congress) appointees, making up 64 percent of the party’s appointees to the Supreme Court have given judgments in favour of the NDC. The NPP (New Patriotic Party) was more successful with 13 of their 16 judges giving a majority judgment in their favour, so 81 percent consistency".
However, his findings angered some Supreme Court judges who were present including the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo.
According to the Chief Justice, “under the constitution, a judge will be appointed during somebody’s time… and that somebody will belong to one party or the other.”
The decisions taken after such appointments by the judges, she said, were subject to any political interpretation by anyone.
“But so long as it is in line with the law and it is sound and follows the facts,” the Chief Justice.
She cautioned the professor against comparing foreign judicial systems to Ghana’s, saying “be careful what you’re importing into our environment, they are used to that, we are not.”
Meanwhile, the law professor has welcomed the lambast saying anytime critical analyses are conducted, they meet opposition from interest groups who may not be pleased with the findings. the negative reaction from the judiciary is not new to Prof Atuguba, saying "words are just nothing to me".
"The first time I did a critical analysis of the police the next morning eight fully armed officers were dispatched by the IGP to arrest me from my office," he said.
"What should we do with these analyses? Should we stop doing them, should we have another way of funnelling it to the public, what should we do?" he asked.
"I will never insult anyone, not to talk of the judges, I am engaged in a critical analysis of our political institutions [and] critical analysis always meets opposition," he added.
National Organizer for the opposition Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Divine Nkrumah, has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for failing to uproot corruption as promised Ghanaians.
The outspoken political leader told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.Fm that, the corruption, thievery and mismanagement that saw the NDC leave power, is still hovering around the current government.
Divine Nkrumah said Ghanaians have not witnessed any significant change since the NPP won political power and if care is not taking, we will witness worse cases of corruption under the NPP government.
‘’The NDC as an opposition, lacks the integrity and cannot be the option for Ghanaians. The ruling NPP has also failed miserably, he added.
The party has provided Ghanaians with great political leadership and our move to criticize government and ensure competent leadership, cannot be compared to any party.
He slammed government for the ‘’insignificant reduction’’ in the Special Petroleum Tax from 15%-13% and questioned why the ruling party is making noise over the reduction.
‘’Nothing has changed in Ghana. It is only the driver who has been changed but the corruption witnessed under the previous administration is still going on,’’ he concluded.
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) says it remains the only political party with the ‘magic wand’ to turn things around in this country.
Touting itself as the best alternative and third largest political party and second largest opposition party, Divine Nkrumah, the Youth Organizer said, since its inception some six years (6) ago, they have been able to turn the fortune of the party around.
In his view, the PPP is today more relevant than some existing parties.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Divine Nkrumah, said the party will dedicate its 6th anniversary to the hardworking youth in the party.
The youth he stated have done so well in making the PPP what it is today.
As part of the celebration, we will dedicate the celebration to the youth. We have dedicated two days for some youth led activities. On the 24 of February, 2018, the party will donate assorted items to inmates at the Nsawam Prison, he said.
The party will also continue to remind government on the need to provide jobs for the unemployed youth, provide proper education for the youth because when there are no jobs for
The party has also earmarked February 25, 2018 for a national conference of students, party leaders, members and other participants to take stock of their achievements and way forward.
The PPP he stressed is the best alternative as compared to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
A political party is not only about winning power but it is about providing the best alternative and speaking the truth without fear or favour when leadership provided by state officers, is not the best.
The formation of the PPP followed a declaration made on 28th December 2011 by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for progressive and independent-minded people to rise and cause to be formed an alternative political movement to compete for political power for a major transformation of the Ghanaian society.
The interim leadership of the progressive movement began a nationwide campaign to recruit members to form Interim Regional and Constituency Executives. The team visited all the ten regions of Ghana.
In January 2012 the party submitted an application to the Electoral Commission (EC) for registration in accordance with the Political Parties Act. It is instructive to note that, after the receipt of the official registration forms from the Electoral Commission, we were able to complete and submit the forms to the EC within 48-hours.
The party received its provisional certificate on Friday 3rd February 2012. The PPP convened its first National Convention on 25th February 2012 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The final certificate was received on Thursday 15th March, 2012 from the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
The national head office building is located at Asylum Down, Accra.
A non-governmental organization, Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP,) and it stakeholders has organized a program aimed at raising awareness towards ending forced marriages in Ghana among head porters popularly referred to as ‘Kayayeis’.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), for the organization, Aku Xornam Kevi, explained that,and the training which was funded by UNFPA and PAYDP was to empower the girls to stand up for the sexual and human rights.
The training which was based on integrated module, took the participants through sexuality, sexual and human rights.
The participants she indicated were also taking through skills training in the areas of beads making, soap making, different types of flour among others.
An App namely, ‘Kaya Made App’ has also been developed to provide a platform for the beneficiaries to sell their products, she announced.
The organization she said have constructed two multi-purpose centres with one more in the offing to help the participants to have access to sexual reproductive health information, sales and exhibition centres, training facility among others.
She said government would not be able to do everything hence the need for private bodies to assist in helping the vulnerable in society.
President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called on his fellow African leaders to prioritize education.
Delivering the keynote address at a public forum on transformative governance in Africa, organised by the Kukah Centre, in Abuja, Nigeria, President Akufo Addo said ‘’the urgent responsibility we face is to make our countries, our continent attractive for our youth to see as places of opportunities. It means we must provide education, education and education. It means our young people must acquire the skills that run modern economies.’’
He also admonished them to emulate the implementation of Ghana’s free senior high policy introduced by his administration in 2017.
He said although some youth may want to seek greener pasture in foreign countries, with the requisite skills acquired through education “they would not have to risk drowning in the Mediterranean sea, they would be headhunted and treated with dignity.’’
‘’I hesitate to prescribe policy initiatives for other countries, but, on the matter of education, I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending that all African countries adopt the policy of free compulsory education from kindergarten to senior high school. This is one of the most important things we have to do, if we are to make the transformation from our current state of poverty to prosperity’’
‘’Lets make things better for our people especially our youth so they stay here and work to develop the continent.
Government has secured financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance to employ fifty (50) State Attorneys, Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo has announced.
The move according to the Minister will augment and strengthen the delivery of justice in the country.
She gave the hint at Bolgatanga during a familiarization visit in the Upper East Region on Thursday.
According to the Minister, “We have problems with staffing, vehicles, office equipment and accommodation confronting the justice delivery system. I have tried to explain that there have been some neglect, but as of now there are constraints with money and by the time government finishes servicing the loans and meeting statutory obligations, we would have much left to share but whatever little we get we will try to use it in such a manner that all my offices will get something to work with.”
“In respect of staffing, we have be given approval to recruit about Fifty (50) Attorneys, they are going through the recruitment process, and once the process is completed we will send some lawyers to the Upper East Region. In the meantime, I have asked the National Service Secretariat (NSS) to post to my office all lawyers who are newly enrolled and will not have performed their National service yet so we can use them to support Attorneys in the regions,” the Minister added.
The tour was to enable her have first hand information about the challenges confronting state attorneys in the discharge of their duties in the region.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ministry of Health (MOH), Robert Cudjoe, has said, the Medical Director for the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Eugene Dordoye, has been asked to step aside.
The decision was reached at an emergency meeting following an impasse at the facility.
Staff of the facility embarked on a strike in protest against the director. They accused him of poor managerial skills and poor human relations.
They demanded from government to sack the medical director due what they described as inhuman treatment of workers.
The PRO told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, the accusation against the director bothered on his managerial skills.
He is currently undergoing a month-long managerial training and after the training, he would be assessed and if he qualifies, he may be asked to go back as the director or we may reassign him, the PRO added.
The staff had said Dr. Dordoye’s presence at the facility endangered their mental and physical health.
Among other things, they accused him of putting them through emotional and psychological stress.
Former Member of Parliament (MP) for La Dade Kotopon, Hon. Nii Amasah Namoale. has said Professor Joshua Alabi, will be the next President of Ghana.
He made this statement on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm with host Kwame Tutu, today [Friday].
The Former Assistant Director for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture stated that, even the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, is aware that Prof. Alabi will be the next President of the republic.
He however noted that, they are currently campaigning at the grass-root and so far the people have been receptive.
The former legislator told the host that, although some members of the party have expressed their disagreement with having Prof. Joshua Alabi being the flag-bearer, and have even criticized him, he remains the obvious choice.
“The NDC did not lose the election but rather it was our people who did not go out to vote, we out-number the NPP”, he added.
“We believe that our campaign message which is, if you were not satisfied with Mr. A come and listen to Mr. B, maybe that could change your ideology and that is going to make us win come 2020.
Mr. Amasah ended by saying, “ I believe strongly that Professor Alabi will be the next President of the Republic of Ghana”.
Professor Joshua Alabi was the Vice –Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra(UPSA) and has held various high profile portfolios.
He was a Member of Parliament for the Krowor constituency in the Greater Accra Region from (1997 to 2001).
Story by: Adnan Osman (Intern Rainbow Radio)
Zylofon latest signee, Shatta Wale, has said nobody can scare him with death because he believes his name, Shatta means, God.
Speaking to Sammy Flex on Zylofon FM, Friday in reaction to the various prophecies proclaiming his death, the self acclaimed dancehall artiste stressed, I believe my name Shatta means God and because of that, nobody can kill me.’’
A number of prophets including Minister George Akoteng, has prophesied that, the dancehall artiste would die just like Ebony.
But the artiste says he will not die and no prophecy from ‘’fake prophets’’ will scare him.
He has also challenged the police to arrest with immediate effect, the prophets prophesying his death because their prophecies are threats and not from God.
He asked the prophets to stop calling the name of God in vain with their fake prophesies.
‘’They [prophets] are trying to make people believe in something. And you see, that thing leads to evil…They are using means to be popular. What they do is that, they capitalize on celebrities and release fake prophecies about them so they would have more members in their church,’’ he suggested.
According to him, the story published on a number of portals about him threatening to burn down churches was misconstrued because he referred to only Prophet Nigel.
He posited, if the police fail to arrest the prophet, then it means they are planning with him.
Shatta Wale is proposing to own the asset of the prophet who predicted his death if his prophecy does not materialize.
‘’I am bold…nobody can scare me with death. Why should I fear a man who will also die because he predicted my death?
Shatta Wale, revealed on the show that, he once visited a mallam to help him acquire wealth but the mallam declined to help him and said, God has already blessed me with wealth and I did not need his help.