Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 general elections, John Dramani Mahama has disclosed that he is ready to testify against the Electoral Commission on the 2020 elections.
According to the former President, he is willing to testify under oath if an independent investigator is brought in to probe the elections.
In an interview on Radio XYZ, Mr. Mahama said: “I want an investigation and so that is why we said come in the witness box and testify under oath and you said you won’t do it. After you refused and I am criticizing you, you are having issues. If you had sat in the witness box and we had asked you all this question, what grounds would I have to be going around to say that you did this or did that”.
Welcoming the EC’s invitation for an investigation into the election, Mr Mahama maintained that he would prefer such an investigation to be conducted by an independent body like the ECOWAS if possible and not the Ghana Police Service.
“That is what I want, they said we should have an investigation, let’s have an investigation. But I don’t know if the police are the best to do that. I don’t know what the police are going to investigate.”
“We want an independent inquiry or let’s go to ECOWAS. ECOWAS has an electoral body, let them come and investigate Ghana’s election of 2020. I will welcome it, I will testify. Under oath, I will swear an oath and testify. I won’t run away from the witness box,” Mr Mahama said.
John Mahama is currently on a Thank You tour in the Greater Accra Region. He has since toured 15 regions, wrapping up with the latest in the nation’s most populous region.
The host of Onua FM’s Breakfast Show (Maakye), Captain Smart, has apologized to Former President John Dramani Mahama for all the false allegations that were levelled against him some years ago in the name of propaganda.
He said the 2020 National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer should forgive him for all the previous corruption allegations he(Captain Smart) levelled against him while in office. That he was corrupt and had houses/ bank accounts in the United Arab Emirates we
According to him, he personally travelled to Dubai to investigate and search of the said houses and foreign banks account, adding that he did not find even a single room to the former president’s name, meaning his checks also proved negative.
He emphasised that, he was speaking today in the interest of standing for the truth and exonerating the former president despite not being a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC.
Afia Schwarzenegger allegedly said that; Kennedy Agyapong was bedridden with stroke and further requested prayers and support for the politician via instagram. Unfortunately, it was pure lies as usual.
The New Patriotic Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has been spotted in a new photo and video from his home in America. The controversial politician looks hale and hearty.
Well although, there hasn’t been any official confirmation from Kennedy Agyapong but it’s clear that he has never been down with a stroke or any form of sickness whatsoever, he’s fit as a fiddle.
The Adentan Circuit Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the former CEO of defunct Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah, popularly known as NAM 1, and two others after failing to appear in court over fraud charges.
The other two are Gabriel Kwamigah alias Gabby and Eric Amponsah Bediako also known as Cana.
They have been charged with conspiracy to defraud by false pretence.
The court had ruled on Tuesday (2 November) for the three accused persons to appear before it on Thursday but they failed to honour the invitation.
Their lawyer Yaw Dankwah told the court his clients are “unavailable” prompting the police investigator Chief Inspector Maxwell Lanyo to inform the court that the accused persons have declined to respond to several police invitations.
Ebele Iyiegbu, wife of businessman and socialite known as Obi Cubana, has described her husband as a hardworking man, who was raised by God.
Ebele said this while reacting to his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over tax fraud and money laundering allegations.
Ebele took to her Instagram page to support her husband (Obi Cubana) sharing a picture caption; He is a Hard Worker. He is a Leader …and He is Great“.
“I call him Nwachinemelu! Okpataozueora worldwide. Oji uno eme ogo.
“A man with a heart of Diamond. Nwoke ike! Odogwu m! We love you and we are solidly behind you. Even Jesus went through something worse than this so no stress.
“The grace is overwhelming and it’s overflowing. God himself raised you. Again, I repeat…”Whom God has blessed, no man can curse” because he’s gonna turn everything around (the good, the bad and the ugly) for your good”, she wrote.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor has commenced investigations into allegations of corruption and intimidation reported in the election exercise conducted for the confirmation of Alex Sarfo-Kantanka as MCE for Juaben Municipal Assembly.
The president’s nominee for Municipal Chief Executive has on two occasions failed to secure the votes of the Juaben Assembly members for his confirmation.
The third and final opportunity for the current New Patriotic Constituency Party Chairman to be confirmed as MCE failed to come off as some of the assembly members boycotted the exercise.
In a latest development however, the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyabeng has invited the nominee for interrogation.
“The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has commenced investigations into allegations of corruption and corruption related offences (especially corruption and intimidation in respect of a public election) in relation to your nomination and confirmation or otherwise as the Municipal Chief Executive of Juaben Municipality in the Ashanti Region,” a letter to Mr Sarfo-Kantanka intercepted by GhanaWeb said.
This comes after the assembly members on Monday, November 1, 2021, attributed the boycotting of the confirmation exercise to the deployment of heavy police and military officers to the area ahead of the exercise.
While the action has been described by the assembly members as intimidating, the nominee was captured on video furiously demanding some monies, he had earlier doled out to the assembly members to facilitate his confirmation.
The Special Prosecutor in his letter to the nominee requested that he makes himself available for investigations at his office on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.
“The OSP considers you a person necessary for the investigations. You are directed to attend, in person, the offices of the OSP at 6 Haile Selassie Avenue, South Ridge Accra GA-079-0906 on Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 2:30 in the afternoon for interviewing. You may be accompanied by counsel of your choice,” the Special Prosecutor stated in his invitation.
Scenes from Akomadan where five have been burnt beyond recognition.One of passengers identified as kwasi said tge driver failed to apply brakes because he was driving at a top speed. The 25 other passenger’s are safe but sustained injuries in an accident which happened earlier this morning on the Offinso-Techiman road.
About 30 passengers traveling in a bus from Lawra in the Upper West Region were burnt to death when the vehicle caught fire upon reaching Akomadan in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday dawn.
The vehicle which was carrying about 37 passengers as at the time of the accident caught fire after crashing into a stationary vehicle at a Police Check Point at Akomadan.
One of the passengers who managed to break the glass and escape narrated; that the driver was forced to apply the breaks upon reaching the makeshift check point.
“Because he was on top speed, he couldn’t break immediately and crashed into a stationary vehicle at the barrier resulting in the accident…,” he narrated.
According to the passenger who identified himself as Kwasi, the vehicle caught fire after the accident.
“The impact of the crash was great so most of us who were sleeping woke up and started calling for help when the fire started from the front…,” he said.
From November 1, this year, tricycles, popularly known as “aboboyaa”, will not be allowed to operate on highways and major roads in the Greater Accra Region, including the Accra-Tema Motorway.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, who announced the directive at the launch of the Operation Clean Your Frontage in Accra last Friday, said, however, the ban on tricycles plying the Accra-Tema Motorway took immediate effect.
He said the tricycles would be restricted to their registered metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs).
A one-week grace period would be given after the creation of public awareness by the assemblies, the regional minister added.
Mr Quartey noted that the measure was part of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council’s (GARCC) moves to ensure sanity on the roads.
In line with that, the GARCC was liaising with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to set up zonal registration centres in the assemblies to register all tricycles operating in the region.
The ban is in line with the road traffic regulations banning the use of tricycles, popularly known as “aboboyaa” on highways and principal streets.
Regulation 128 (1-4) of the Road Traffic Regulations 2012, states inter alia that: “The licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle to carry a fare-paying passenger.” Nuisance.
Mr Quartey said tricycles and motorcycles were causing a lot of nuisance on the highways and other major roads in the region.
Already, there had been a series of meetings with the heads of the tricycle operators to sensitise them to the new policy, he added.
Also, he instructed that no motorcycle should carry more than two persons, while riders and pillion riders must wear helmets.
Mr Quartey further indicated that as part of efforts to reduce cases of robbery in the region, the RCC was collaborating with the Ghana Police Service to clamp down on all unlicensed motorcycles and also regularise their operations.
“It is my fervent hope that at the end of the day we would have a cleaner Accra and healthier residents, enforcement of law and order, decongested streets with better traffic flow; traders selling at designated places and more disciplined residents.
“In addition, business, investment and tourism will thrive,” Mr Quartey stated.
Prior to the development of the new policy, the GARCC, in August, this year, met stakeholders from sectors including the Transport Unions, Ministry of Roads and Highways, Waste Management Service Providers, Ghana Union of Traders Association and to draw conclusions for a bye-law that will revive and ensure strict compliance and enforcement of the regulations.
Also, the Cape Coast Metropolitan Area (CCMA) has banned persons below 25 years from riding tricycles, particularly, “Pragyia” or aboboyaa” from Monday, November 15, this year.
A statement signed by Management of the CCMA, said the directive which was “provided by law” and other related directives, were taken at a meeting of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Security Council on September 15, this year.
The CCMA also restricted their movement, saying, “Unregistered tricycles and unlicensed riders are banned from operation. All tricycles are restricted from using the Accra-Takoradi Highway and their operations should be between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily only.”
Clean Your Frontage
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched Operation Clean Your Frontage as part of initiatives to ensure that Accra becomes the cleanest city in Africa.
The Operation Clean Your Frontage makes it mandatory for property owners of residential, private and public institutions and the citizenry to clean and green their frontage and all open spaces around their property.
Already bye-laws for the enforcement of the campaign have been passed, officers employed and trained to enforce those laws including arrest and prosecution but a moratorium of two months has been put in place for public education before enforcement of the laws.
Waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, which is the lead partner of the initiative, is providing 1,000 containerised motor tricycles and 58 compactors to be distributed to the 29 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in the region to support the project.
The equipment and logistics were all on display at the event ground.
Among other things, the initiative would also include the deployment of City Response Team, evacuation of accumulated refuse at sanitary sites and other locations, transfer stations in MMDAS, daily sweeping of streets, curbs, walkways, and open spaces and picking of litter from walkways, road medians and open spaces, which would be executed by Zoomlion Ghana Ltd and other partners.
The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, indicated that the campaign would ensure the citizenry clean their surroundings while service providers would take care of domestic waste collection, street cleansing and other public areas.
Since the beginning of its operations in 2006, he said the company had been making tireless efforts at educating the public as well several other initiatives to get people to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing through safe and sound environmental practices.
Through such an effort, Mr Agyepong said the company discovered that attitudinal change and enforcement of bye-laws were the two key challenges inhibiting a sustainable clean and healthy environment.
“I would like to encourage all Ghanaians to take advantage of this laudable initiative to clean their frontage to ensure that we, in our own small ways, also play our part in making Ghana a clean and health country,” Mr Agyepong said.
The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of State, Secretary of State, Retired General and National security Adviser Colin Powell, died due to complications from Covid-19. Despite being fully vaccinated. He was 84.
He was the first Republican to back Joe Biden during Trumps Democratic rival. He said President Trump has “drifted away” from the U.S. Constitution and “lies about things.”
The cause was complications of Covid-19, his family said in a statement, adding that he had been vaccinated and was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., when he died there.
A spokeswoman said his immune system had been compromised by multiple myeloma, for which he had been undergoing treatment. He had been due to receive a booster shot for his vaccine last week, she said, but had to postpone it when he fell ill. He had also been treated for early stages of Parkinson’s disease, she said.