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A private legal practitioner, Maurice Ampaw, has suggested that, comments captured on tape by Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger I team with GFA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, allegedly soliciting for money and purportedly using the name of the president of the republic, has implicated President Akufo-Addo. In an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Nyiraba Kwabena Asirifi, host of Total Sports Review on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legal practitioner said, the issue demands for proper investigation. He was reacting to comments by Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor that, Kwesi Nyantakyi, is being investigated for defrauding by false pretense and using the name of the president and his vice. Lawyer Maurice Ampaw swiped Jinapor for acting unlawfully and rushing with his comments. The move he noted was unlawful, a smack of incompetence and ignorance and unfortunate especially when he [Jinapor] is a lawyer. ‘’Nyantakyi by his utterance has implicated President Akufo-Addo. So you must allow the investigation without any influence…If the probe is concluded and it is established that, the utterances were untrue, the police will organize a press conference and highlight the issues. But the probe has not being concluded then Jinpaor organizes a press conference assuming the role as a prosecutor, a judge and adjudicate the matter,’’ he said. Jinapor he added was not the appropriate person to speak on the matter. He described Jinpaor as someone who lacks competence, intelligence, and wisdom and acted in breach of the law. ‘’This is not a political matter and so you do not allow people to engage in propaganda with it. You allow the professionals including the police to address the issues.’’ He has therefore urged the president to surround himself with intelligent and individuals who are wise so they will not expose him to such ridicule. ‘’It was wrong for Jinapor to come out and say that Nyantakyi defrauded by false pretense. You don’t do that. If you have not concluded your probe, you don’t do that. If Nyantakyi is able to prove beyond reasonable doubt, where will the false pretense be? ‘’These men working at the presidency are incompetent and do not know what to do or say. Jinapor is a professional lawyer and why should he make such pronouncements. The case could move from what he said to corruption. It was unnecessary, uncalled for, and unlawful. He is also not the spokesperson for the president and so why should he come out and say those things? Is he an investigator? Excerpts from the video and attributed to Kwesi Nyantakyi read: ‘ ‘’I’II also suggest that he finds a gift for Mr. Asenso. He’s very close to the president and reminds him of discussions he’s had with people. The president is 72.’’ Another one read: ‘’Uhuh! And it’s cool money. We can charge 20%, 25%. Then among us, we agree that this person gets this percent. Everybody should be sorted out then there would be peace. You understand.’’
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Maurice Ampaw, has taken the Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinpaor to the cleaners for saying that, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, defrauded by businessmen false pretense in the name of the president and his vice. According to the lawyer, it was wrong for him to come out and point out that, Kwesi Nyantakyi defrauded by false pretense because investigation into the matter has not been concluded. Addressing a press conference yesterday [Tuesday] Abu Jinapor said the GFA president is current being probe for defrauding by false pretense. “The President of the Republic has had the benefit of viewing aspects of the investigative piece and in this documentary, the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi is supposedly seen attempting to use the President’s name and that of the Vice President and other senior officials of government to induce supposed potential investors into our country to part with various sums of monies." Jinapor added that the President decided after full consultations revealed that a prima facie case could be established for criminal investigations to be launched into the conduct of the President of the Ghana Football Association. He noted that “other accomplices that may exist and therefore the President has reported this matter to the legally sanctioned and mandated agencies of the state to commence investigations into this matter. We will entreat Ghanaians to be calm and allow the legally mandated security agencies to complete investigations. Anyone found culpable in this investigation will be made to face the full rigours of the law”. But reacting to presser, the lawyer said, Jinapor lacks common sense and erred in his comments. ‘’It was wrong for Jinapor to come out and say that Nyantakyi defrauded by false pretense. You don’t do that. If you have not concluded your probe, you don’t do that. If Nyantakyi is able to prove beyond reasonable doubt, where will the false pretense be? ‘’What you can do is to say that, you have intercepted a video where someone was using the name of the president to solicit for money and so you have handed the matter to the CID for further investigation so they can profess the appropriate charges.’’ ‘’These men working at the presidency are incompetent and do not know what to do or say. Jinapor is a professional lawyer and why should he make such pronouncements. The case could move from what he said to corruption. It was unnecessary, uncalled for, and unlawful. He is also not the spokesperson for the president and so why should he come out and say those things? Is he an investigator? He further slammed the president and appointing inexperienced individuals and unable to think deep. ‘’I am extremely disappointed in Jinapor as a lawyer. You have watched a one sided video and you are claiming that someone has committed as offence,’’ he added. He added that, the comments by Nyantakyi has implicated the president hence the need to allow due process to be carried out. He charged the president to surround himself with intelligent people and ''I will tell the president to surround himself with intelligent people and not people who supported him to win political power.''
Tax expert and consultant, Kudjo Akpabey, has lambasted the Communications Ministry for attacking the integrity of Imani Africa’s boss, Franklin Cudjoe over the controversial $89 million contract between Ghana and a Haitian firm, KelniGVG for the provision of oversight and revenue assurance monitoring equipment. In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.Fm, Mr. Akpabey supported the call for the abrogation of the contract because it stinks and will go against the interest of Ghana. In a statement, the President of Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, expressed concern over what he described as “dubious domain hosting redirect platform of GVGKelni” and warned Ghanaians of having their data monitored by GVGKelni. “Ghanaians will have their data threatened if they allow this GVG company to play with their phone calls, chats, everything. Mind you, this is a company with a website that is so vague it is phoney, with very strange characters behind it since all it has, for a security company of its pedigree, are stock photos,” he said. But the Communication Minister, who is leading the government of Ghana in signing the contract agreement with GVGKelni, slammed Imani Africa’s efforts to run down the already signed contract. In a statement to rebut the concerns raised, Mrs Owusu Ekuful scornfully questioned Imani Africa’s apprehension over GVGKelni website. “Website??? Come on. Is that a determinant of the competence of any organisation? Stop clutching the straws. Even nation states may not have any websites and that doesn’t mean they don’t exist,” she said. But reacting to the response from the Ministry, Cudjoe Akpabey expressed disappointment in the response and questioned why the telcos should come out boldly and respond to the issues when it is bad. He called on the president to put aside the deal so Ghanaians will stop talking about it. In his view, officials at the ministry should have resigned over this stinky deal but it will not happen. ‘’Franklin has made his observations and we are saying he does not know what he is talking about. The president must step this deal aside,’’ he emphasized. ‘’The point I am making is this, the technical people at NCA; I am telling you, they will not talk, they will not speak, they will not resign. Let them demonstrate to us,’’ why we should accept this deal. He further quizzed if the contract went to parliament and has called for further and better particulars. ‘’Stop attacking institutions and think tanks that are trying to put civil servants on their toes… This thing is waste of our resources. We will not allow it. Public service is a serious business and if you cannot work, resign. We are paying you and we pay you to perform not to attack us. We have the right to criticize you. Ministers appointed by the president, don’t attack us, be sober. Even if we say things you don’t like, let us jaw jaw but don’t attack us,’’ he fumed.
Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, has gone berserk over a story attributed to him in which he purportedly said, former President John Dramani Mahama, prevented an investigation into alleged malpractices under Kwesi Nyantakyi, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) president, when he was Vice President under late Mills. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the outspoken politician expressed extreme anger over what he described as false the story. The story which was published by Ghanaweb following an interview Koku Anyidoho granted KKB said, “We thought that we had to look into GFA matters. This business where government is sponsoring football yet we can’t look into their affairs to me is quizzy.” He said. “There was a typical issue that had to do with Kwesi Nyantakyi and the GFA. And some of us sports enthusiasts like Nii Lante, Kojo Bonsu, Kojo Twum Boafo at the time.. we thought that Kwesi Nyantakyi was doing something wrong and having come into power we needed to go into the FA as a government but I think somehow Kwesi Nyantakyi found his way to the Vice President John Mahama and the Vice President had a chat with President Mills. So the president asked us his boys to slow down on Nyantakyi”, he revealed. But when he was confronted with the question on whether he made the comments, Mr. Anyidoho said he wondered why the media is casting him a bad light. ‘’What does the media want from me. Why would they always publish false stories about me? ‘’I was having an interview with KKB and I was confronted with the question of being more powerful than the Vice President and I disputed it and even gave an example that, there was issue at the GFA we needed to investigate. But the Vice was able to reach the President and cautioned him because the media was going to say we are interfering in the affairs of the GFA. How does that come to say that I said Mahama interfered with investigations? ‘’I don’t want to discuss that issue…I am tired of this thing about Koku Mahama, Koku Mahama… I don’t want to discuss that issue. If you want to discuss Nyantakyi and what is happening today, let us go into it…What do you people want from me? Can't this issue die? He later apologised for going ''high'' and stressed that, there was no bad blood between him and Mr. Mahama.
Residents at Bimbilla are currently fleeing the town ahead of the Wednesday’s landmark verdict by the Supreme Court on the Bimbilla chieftaincy dispute. Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe in a report on Nyankonton Mu Nsem said the residents who are fleeing the town, are doing so due to fear. He said, ‘’the residents are fleeing because they are afraid of the outcome of verdict.’’ A joint military and police force has been deployed to Bimbilla in the Northern Region ahead of Wednesday’s landmark verdict by the Supreme Court on the Bimbilla chieftaincy dispute. The dispute over who is the rightful Overlord of Bimbilla has been in dispute for years. Claimants of the stool appealed to the National House of Chiefs for adjudication. This was after several failed attempts to get the Northern Regional House of Chiefs to rule in their favour. The claimants; the late Naa Salifu Dawuni, appealed against the ruling of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs that affirmed Naa Dasana Andani II as the overlord of Bimbila. Subsequently, Naa Dasana Andani Yakubu II was murdered by unknown assailants, while the case was pending at the National House of Chiefs. By;rainbowradioonline.com with additional files from citinewsroom
Some 69 victims of the June 3rd flood and fire disaster have sued the the Goil filling station, the National Petroleum Authority and the former Mayor of Accra, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije. The survivors of the fire and flood disaster are demanding for damages of GH¢40 million and over One million cedis for transportation and hospital bills. They say the disaster has deprived them of opportunities to earn a decent income. Background On June 3, 2015, Ghana was hit with the deadliest disaster in its history. One hundred and fifty-nine people who were seeking shelter at the Circle GOIL Filling Station died in an explosion after a downpour which caused massive floods in Accra. Hundreds were also injured, while property worth millions of cedis was destroyed. After the disaster, the government set up a five-member committee chaired by a retired Justice of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Isaac Douse, to investigate the causes of the disaster and make recommendations to prevent recurrence. The committee established that five houses, including the GOIL Filling Station, were damaged, while other properties suffered minor damages. Also burnt were 17 vehicles, including a fuel tanker, a mini mart at the filling station, the Bediako Pharmacy and the Honest Chef Restaurant. Besides, the committee established that the fire started from somewhere before travelling to cause the explosion at the filling station. It recommended the complete dredging of the Odaw River, as well as the banning of the use of plastics as carrier bags. The committee also recommended the use of air ambulances and helicopter fire fighters to be managed by the Ghana Air Force, in fighting fire outbreaks. It urged the government to set up a fund to cater for the injured and deceased families.
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has denied claims of imminent resignations of some members of its Board following the controversy surrounding the Kelni GVG contract with the Communications Ministry. A statement issued by the NCA said: The attention of the National Communications Authority (NCA) has been drawn to some comments from the media mentioning the Board of Directors over issues relating to the Common Platform and wishes to comment as follows: 1. The general public and interested parties are referred to the Communications Service Tax (Amendment) Act, 2013, Act 864 which states that the Minister for Finance in collaboration with the Minister responsible for Communications shall establish a common platform as a monitoring mechanism to verify the actual revenue that accrue to service providers for the purpose of computing taxes due to Government under Act 864 and revenues accruing from levies under the Electronic Communications Act 2008 (Act 775) as amended. Pursuant to the law, the Common Platform contract was executed by the two (2) ministries. Therefore, the Board of Directors of the NCA does not have the authority to approve or reject such a contract. It should be noted, however, that the NCA and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) per the respective enabling enactments, i.e. Act 775 as amended, in the case of the NCA and Act 864 in the case of the GRA, are the implementing agencies. 2. We wish to state that Mrs. Susan Adjorkor Kumapley, a former member of the Board, resigned on 12th February, 2018. No reasons were assigned in her resignation letter. 3. The claim that some members of the Board have threatened to resign is false and should be disregarded. The Board wishes to make the point that solutions offered by the Common Platform brings additional visibility to the communications environment and would provide benefits such as: • Real time monitoring of all traffic and revenue generated from mobile and fixed network operators. • Real time information on the volumes and values of transaction of Mobile Money. • Fraud Management (SIM BOX Tracking and Geo-location). Issued by the Board of Directors, National Communications Authority
An importer of pharmaceutical products and distributor, Kwesi Poku, has lambasted the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) for their poor surveillance and monitoring, a situation he believes has led to the influx of counterfeit drugs. In his opinion, if the FDA has done their job properly, the influx of unapproved tramadol, herbal drugs and other health products will not invade our markets. He was also wondering why companies could advertise their unapproved products when we have bodies that are mandated to sanction such companies. He posited that, the sanctions against such companies are not deterrent enough because the fine that is slapped on them, is woefully inadequate as compared to the profits these illegal persons generate. He was reacting to the statement issued by the FDA on the activities by some companies. He used the opportunity to caution the youth against the abuse of tramadol and other harmful drugs. The Public Relations Officer of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), ,Mr. James Lartey has said that, apart from banning the six herbal medicines suspected to have been laced with a substance for treating erectile dysfunction, it is going to take drastic regulatory sanctions against the producers of such drugs. The FDA ordered the recall of six herbal medicines from the market after investigations revealed that, they have been laced with a substance for treating erectile dysfunction. The drugs including X Plus Men Power Bitters Syrup, Laud P Capsules, Vigoupe Capsules and Time Natural Capsules. Speaking on frontline today, Mr.Lartey said, the drugs have this active ingredient for sexual enhancement and it is not supposed to be a herbal product and so when the regulatory sanctions is applied on them, it will serve as a deterrent to others. ‘’As an institution, we will take a drastic regulatory sanction apart from banning the drugs to serve as a deterrent to others. The law says that, it is offence to put on the market products that have not been approved by the FDA. When you read Sections 118 and 123 of the Public Act, it is clear that, it is an offence to put unapproved drugs on the market.’’ He also stressed further that the law frowns on the sale of products with ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA.
An electronic system to assist Ghana’s justice delivery system to keep track of all the disparate activities of the various stakeholders has been launched in Accra by the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. Known as the Criminal Justice Case Tracking System (Ghana CTS), it is designed to collect, collate and harmonise data from the Ghana Police Service, Prisons Service, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Legal Aid Scheme and the Judicial Service in order to provide systemic and timely information to all stakeholders, from the arrest or receipt of complaint, through investigation, charging, prosecution, trial and punishment. The execution of the project has the potential to generate immense benefits for the country in seeking to fulfill the ends of criminal law which is essential to promote peace, security and order within the society. Speaking at the launch ceremony in Accra on Tuesday 22nd May, 2018, which was also attended by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Hon Gloria Akuffo, the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, and the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Robert P Jackson, Vice President Bawumia underscored the importance of a timely and efficient judicial system for the development of any nation. “Timeliness and efficiency are essential to the survival of a modern state. For peace to be maintained among citizens, for our collective sense that we live in a good society, citizens must have reasonable faith that the courts are able to dispense justice impartially, speedily, and efficiently. “For investors to have confidence in an economy, they must be certain that commercial disputes will be fairly and efficiently adjudicated. In sum, for the modern state, justice delayed or miscarried is the surest formula or recipe for chaos and disorderliness. “An efficient justice system is a priceless public good” the Vice President emphasised. Vice President Bawumia bemoaned the many bottlenecks in the justice delivery system, which creates a fertile ground for corruption and the perversion of justice, and called for high stakes buy-in from the leaders of the justice delivery system to ensure its success. “…the capacity to track the location and status of cases has been a major problem. This, many will argue, create fertile grounds for corruption by certain individuals in each of the key steps in the justice chain. The result has been undue delays, loss of files, among others, and subsequent clogging of the criminal justice delivery system by excessive court caseloads and backlogs. “I am informed that these challenges in turn, sadly, have led to many remand prisoners suffering from long periods behind bars before they can have their day in court. This can only exacerbate prison overcrowding which all decent citizens agree to be inhumane.” “(But) with the activation of this Project, there will be clear and accountable tracking of cases from initiation right through to judgment,” the Vice President continued. “Users of the system will be able to assign activities and track the execution of those activities. “This will enable the various stakeholders to keep case processing on track by identifying delays in individual cases and bringing to light major bottlenecks in the system.” As well, the system will provide management of the various key sector agencies the required tools to track progress of cases, monitor the overall performance of the actors within the criminal justice sector and appropriately allocate resources, with a view to improving performance standards. Vice President Bawumia pledged Government’s support for its success, indicating that the Case-tracking System gives further impetus to the push to place ICT at the heart of the governance and economic processes. “We remain firmly committed to the success of this project and I can assure you that the government of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will do all in its power to ensure its success and sustainability. “A Ghana where systems work, efficiently and effectively, to support the activities of law abiding citizens is the Ghana that we want, and the Ghana we must all work diligently to make a reality for the future.”
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