We are proud of Akufo-Addo – UN

34703417Ambassador Said Djinnit, a Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General for West Africa has commended Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his contribution to incessant peace in Ghana.

“I admire the way you have conducted yourself,” Said said referring to Akufo-Addo’s posture after failing to emerge victorious in his challenge of the outcome of the 2012 polls.

The opposition leader accepted the August 29 judgement of the Supreme Court which dismissed the petition he filed challenging the legitimacy of President John Mahama, conceded defeat and called the president to congratulate him.

The Ambassador, who on behalf of Mr Ban Ki Moon – called on the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at his residence in Accra on Tuesday, added that “your matured attitude [in accepting the outcome of the petition] has helped to further deepen Ghana’s growing democracy”.

According to him, the UN has always been convinced about the strength of Ghana’s democracy, but added that this latest achievement by the opposition leader has impressed the world so much.

Sounding quite emotional, Ambassador Djinnit said “as an African, I continue to feel proud.”

He lauded Nana Akufo-Addo’s capacity and competences, expressing confidence in his ability to help with the growth and development of Ghana even in the current circumstances.

The UN envoy also commended Akufo-Addo for putting the interest of the country ahead of his personal political aspirations and considerations, assuring that the UN will continue to work with Ghana to help consolidate the democratic culture in the country.

On his part, Nana Akufo-Addo thanked the UN delegation for calling on him, saying he was happy to see an old friend elevated to the position currently occupied by the ambassador.

The opposition leader pointed out that the political force he represents has been in the forefront of the struggle for democracy in Ghana for over forty years, adding that forebears of the party fought for a free society with freedom of speech and a thriving rule of law.

He will be the last to veer from these principles as leader of the NPP, Akufo-Addo assured, but was quick to add that most of the credit should be given to Ghanaians for their good sense and belief in Ghana’s democratic process.

Once it is a democracy, he said, differences will surely abound in views and opinions, but those should not divide the people.

source: ghanaweb.com


Ghana: Top Men of God and their political affiliation

48375588Prior to the 2012 election, men of God were chastised for their supposed affiliations with particular political parties; precisely NDC and NPP.

These men of God had been aligned based on their comments, prophecies and reactions to certain issues and criticisms against them or their supposed political parties.

With the Supreme Court verdict finally out, most pastors who had called for peace (prior to the verdict) have applauded the actions and conducts of both the petitioners and defendants.

One interesting issue, however, is the allegations in which certain men of God had been affiliated to either of the two parties that were in court.

The Independent newspaper solicited views from some members of the general public on which men of God (they believed) belonged to which political parties.

Below are names of well-known men of God and the political parties they are said to belong to:

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams Presiding Archbishop/General Overseer of Action Chapel International – NDC.

Dr. Mensah Otabil Founder/General-Overseer, International Central Gospel Church – NPP.

Rev. Christie Doe-Tetteh, General Overseer, Solid Rock Chapel International – NDC.

Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare – Presiding Bishop Perez Chapel Internation – NDC.

Rev. Ebenezer Adarkwa Yiadom Founder/Leader of the Ebenezer Miracle Worship Centre – NPP.

Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah Founder/Leader of Glorious Word Ministry International –NPP.

Bishop Dag Heward-Mills– Presiding Bishop/Founder of the Lighthouse Chapel International – NPP.

Bishop Daniel Obinim-Founder/Overseer, International God’s Way Church – NPP.

Prophet T.B. Joshua Founder/Overseer, Synagogue Church of All Nation – NDC.

Sam Korankye Ankrah– Founder and General Overseer, Royal House Chapel International (Ahenfia) – NDC.

source: ghanaweb.com

Syria crisis: Obama says world’s credibility on the line

obama-immigration-1Speaking in Sweden, he said the world should stick to its own ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons.

Mr Obama is trying to build support in the US for punitive military action against the Syrian government.

Congress will vote next week on whether to support his plans.

France – whose government has strongly advocated intervention – is holding an extraordinary debate in the National Assembly, though MPs will not vote on the matter as the president can mobilise the military without their backing.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said it was France’s duty to act and that ‘faced with barbarism, doing nothing is not an option’.

Inaction would ‘put peace and security in the entire region in danger’, he said, and ‘close the door on a political solution’ to the conflict.

The UK parliament voted last month against military intervention.

Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour told the BBC that it would back intervention in neighbouring Syria if proof emerged that chemical weapons had been used.

But he said any strikes would have to be precise, and that Jordan itself would not be involved.

‘World’s red line’
The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is accused of using chemical weapons against civilians on several occasions during the 30-month conflict, most recently on a large scale in an attack on 21 August on the outskirts of Damascus.

The US has put the death toll from that incident at 1,429 – though other countries and organisations have given lower figures – and says all the evidence implicates government forces.

President Assad has said such an attack would have been ‘illogical’ because UN chemical weapons experts were visiting Damascus at the time.

Mr Obama has said the evidence gives him ‘high confidence that Assad carried this out’ and that action must be taken to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again and degrade its ability to do so.

On Tuesday, senior members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations agreed a draft resolution on military action to go before Congress, specifying that any operation would be ‘limited and tailored’ and prohibit the use of ground forces.

The full committee may vote on the draft on Wednesday.

Mr Obama has won the support of key Congressional leaders, though influential Republican John McCain said there were ‘number of people who are unhappy’.

So far, only 21 senators have said they support or are likely to support the resolution, according to a tally by ABC News. Twelve have said they oppose or are likely to oppose the resolution, while 67 votes are undecided or unknown.

However those numbers are expected to shift as the language in the resolution changes, the White House and their congressional allies apply pressure, and lawmakers hear from their constituents.

source: modernghana.com

Attacks on Supreme Court judges are unnecessary – Mahama

john-mahamaPresident John Mahama has described the recent attacks on the Justices who sat on the election petition case as unnecessary.

‘I believe that the current commentary that is going on about the justices of the court and all that are absolutely unnecessary’ the President said.

A number of people including lawyer for the third respondent in the election petition case, Tsatsu Tsikata has attacked the integrity of some of the judges who sat on the case.

According to the President, since the court has decided already, ‘it is necessary that we put the past behind us and rally together as a nation because a lot of work has to be done to make the country a better place.’

President John Mahama said this when a delegation of Muslim chiefs led by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu paid a courtesy call on him at the Flagstaff House on Wednesday.

The visit by the Muslim delegation was to congratulate the president on his judicial victory.

In response to the congratulatory message, President Mahama indicated that he ‘is focused at working diligently and dedicatedly to achieve the objectives that he has set for himself ‘as well as what the people of Ghana demand of him.

The President thanked the Supreme Court judges for what he described as an excellent job done all through the eight months.

‘We want to congratulate the judiciary for the work that they did and I believe that all of us must look forward and work so that our nation grows great and strong’ he stated.

The President also thanked all the religious bodies as well as other traditional leaders who played vital roles in advocating for peace.

The Chief Imam on his part prayed for the blessings of Allah for the President.

Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw lauded the President for not encouraging his followers to celebrate the victory in a provocative manner.

‘We draw great inspiration from your wisdom, maturity and courage to overcome the temptation of celebrating the victory in a provocative passion after a long period of legal consultation that ended in your favour’ he indicated.

Sheikh Aremeyaw tasked the President to heed to his open declaration of an all-inclusive government because ‘it is only an inclusive approach to governance that can reduce the prevailing political polarization and foster the much needed unity which is critical for our national growth and development.’

source: modernghana.com

10 Shot Over Kona Stool

111TEN PEOPLE, including elderly women, suffered severe gunshot wounds on Tuesday, over the vacant Kona stool in the Ashanti Region, reports reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates.

The victims, reportedly, were hit by stray bullets fired by the police to disperse a charged crowd from attacking the queen of the town, Nana Akua Abebrese II.

A group of irate people in the town hurled stones at Nana Abebrese II because they thought she wanted to impose her son, one Kwaku Koduah, on them as the next chief of Kona.

The scores of policemen at the scene were then forced to fire bullets and tear gas to send away the charged crowd, and this resulted in some of the people being hit by stray bullets.

Narrating the case to the paper, Richard Karikari, who was at the scene, said the town was temporarily thrown into a war zone as the townsfolk engaged the police in an exchange of bullets and stones.

He said in the course of the melee, some people, including some old women, were hit by the stray bullets fired by the police, adding that fear and panic was all over the area.

According to him, some group of irate people prevented Nana Abebrese II who was about to present her son Kwaku Koduah to the kingmakers as the next chief of the area, from entering the palace on Tuesday.

The townsfolk, reports gathered, vehemently objected to Nana Abebrese’s decision to have her son ascend the Kona vacant stool about two weeks ago, but nothing untoward happened.

This time around, the angry people who thought the queen mother was imposing her son on them as chief, resorted to throwing stones and objects at Nana Abrebrese II and her son, endangering their lives in the process.

Sensing danger, Karikari said, the police who were large in numbers, fired gunshots and tear gas to disperse the peeved crowd, and this resulted in some of the people getting shot.

He mentioned 52 year-old Nana Ama Bonsu, Kwaku Boakye, Obeng Kwabena and Kwaku Amoako, all natives of Kona, as some of the people who were hit by stray bullets during the clash.

He said the victims who suffered head, leg and chest injuries, were rushed to nearby medical facilities for prompt care, but Kwaku Boakye, whose injuries were severe was referred to KATH in Kumasi.

Karikari said tension is still rising at Kona over the vacant stool and appealed to the security agencies to be on the lookout.

source: modernghana.com

Judges can have political affiliation, but ruling should base on law – Dr. Bossman

63110A senior political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Bossman Asare says there is nothing wrong with judges being affiliated to political parties, but their decisions on the bench should not be influenced by their inclination.

The populace, on the other hand, cannot be faulted if they take on judges base on their ruling, he asserted.

Dr Bossman Asare told Joy News’ Evans Mensah on Wednesday that people should be allowed to criticize and point out loopholes in ruling.

He advised that instead of people turning the gun on the critics and treating their concerns with contempt, their claims should be looked at in perspective to ascertain their merits.

President John Dramani Mahama today waded into the brouhaha over the allegations of political bias leveled against some judges of the Supreme Court who heard the election petition, describing the attacks as unnecessary.

The president said there was need for the nation to put the judgment of the nine-member panel on the election petition behind it and focus on building the nation.

But Dr Bossman Asare disagreed with the president on the score that the discussions on the judgment of the panel be shelved.

According to him, pointing out shortfalls in their ruling would not be a “recipe for disaster”, rather, it will help build the country’s democracy to the level “we can all trust”.

“A judge can be known to be very political but what does he do when it comes to the law? So I don’t think when a judge is tagged as belonging to party A or party B it should be a problem. Let’s look at the judgment; is it consistent with the law?… [With counsel tagging judges] we shouldn’t see that as a problem; it is one of the challenges you confront in building a working democracy. We need to learn from it and move on.”

Nevertheless, he described the utterances by some senior lawyers after the Supreme Court had given its verdict on the election petition as “irresponsible and completely unacceptable”.

He therefore charged the Ghana Legal Council to rein in their offensive members to sanitise the legal profession.

In another development, Dr Bossman Asare said the posture of the two leading political parties – National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party – shows that they are not ready for an all-inclusive government.

source: myjoyonline.com

MP blames late President Atta Mills, President Mahama for GYEEDA rot

849072360_570517Deputy Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Youth and Sports, Boniface Gambila has said Ghanaians should blame the late President John Evans Atta Mills and President John Dramani Mahama for the rot in the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

According to him the GYEEDA project was a special project that the late President Mills and the then Vice President Mahama had direct oversight of and control of monies involved.

Speaking on “Burning Issues” on Adom FM, Mr. Gambila stated that the two could therefore be held directly responsible for the mismanagement and misapplication of the monies involved in the program.

He said all monies that were signed for and withdrawn were signed during the 2012 election period and were authorized by both the late president and the current president.

“Looking at the monies involved, there is no way a junior member of government would have signed such huge amounts of money except high officials in government including the president and the then vice president,” he argued.

Mr. Gambila stated that “a lot of controversies such as lack of framework, non-compliance with financial accounting administration regulations, no clear leadership and the weaknesses in the structure of the GYEEDA” were a result of poor leadership on the part of the late President Mills and President Mahama.

According to him, the committee set up by the president to investigate the GYEEDA rot was part of a scheme by the president to shift attention away from himself.

He stated that the GYEEDA Report, which recommended that the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) should prosecute officials cited as engaging in financial impropriety, will not amount to anything because those cited for fraud by the report had the backings of the president.

Mr. Gambila said the recommendations in the report will be treated just like Martin Amidu-Waterville case, where government has still not had the courage to collect the money from Waterville.

The MP challenged the president to take immediate and drastic actions on the GYEEDA Report if he (the president) believes he has no hand in the rot.

He stated that “If I were the president or the Youth and Sports Minister I would have resigned long time on good moral grounds knowing that I am involved in the rot.”

source: myjoyonline.com