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  • Election 2024: Allow SDA members to join Special Voters – Bryan Acheampong

    The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong, has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to allow members of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church to join the Special voters. He argues that their faith should be respected by allowing them to vote during the Special Voting period, which is designed for security agencies and other special institutions. The upcoming general elections are scheduled for December 7th, 2024. This date, however, coincides with the Sabbath of the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church, which has raised concerns within the Adventist community about their participation in the electoral process. In a post on X on Friday, July 19, the MP stated that the SDA has a membership of over 800,000, and they will be disenfranchised because their faith does not allow them to work on Saturdays. “Let us respect their faith and allow them to vote with the security agencies. #SDA Kindly join me in calling on the EC to allow the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) to vote with the security agencies. The SDA has an 800,000+ strong Ghanaian membership that is disenfranchised because, by their faith, they do not work on Saturdays and, therefore, do not vote.” However, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, the Director of Elections and IT for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in a Facebook post said they proposed the idea but the EC ignored their suggestions. “It must be stated that we all wanted to expand the classification of people who could vote during the Special Voting period. This included political party officials who will be on duty on December 07 and people whose religious considerations may so dictate, such as Seventh Day Adventists, Savior Church among others. “However, at IPAC, the Chairperson of the EC (Jean Mensah) and her top-level staff quoting the ELECTORAL LAWS were clear that the NDC’s proposal will be against the law. We all decided to abide by the decision and work towards fixing the challenge from 2025,” Dr Omane said. Credit: Citinewsroom

  • Ghana Police Service pledges support for Minority Caucus’ planned protest against Bank of Ghana governors

    The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has assured the minority caucus in Parliament of its full cooperation and commitment to maintaining law and order during the caucus' planned public demonstration against the Governors of the Bank of Ghana (BoG). In an official statement acknowledging the receipt of the caucus' letter regarding the protest, dated July 17, 2024, the police confirmed the protest date as July 30, 2024. The GPS detailed the approved route for the demonstration: "The route of your protest shall be from Obra Spot-Adabraka Farisco-Ridge Roundabout National Theatre Traffic Light-High Court Complex, then branch to Atta Mills Highway and terminate at the Kwame Nkrumah Museum." The police also noted that the minority caucus would select 10 protestors to present their petition to the authorities. Additionally, the organizers were instructed to implement measures to prevent any breaches of peace and ensure that participants conduct themselves peacefully throughout the event. The Ghana Police Service reaffirmed its dedication to upholding public order, stating, "The GPS reaffirms its continuous cooperation and commitment to maintain law and order for the intended public protest within the mandate of the Ghana Police Service." This assurance from the GPS aims to facilitate a peaceful and orderly protest, reflecting the democratic values and rights of citizens to express their grievances while ensuring public safety. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Mahama 2024 Campaign condemns IEA's announcement of Presidential Debate

    The Mahama 2024 Campaign has issued a strong rebuke to the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) following its announcement of a presidential debate for the upcoming 2024 elections. In a statement dated Friday, July 19, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, spokesperson for the Mahama 2024 Campaign, criticized the IEA for its failure to formally invite the National Democratic Congress (NDC) before making the announcement. "The Mahama 2024 Campaign strongly condemns the recent announcement by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Ghana regarding a presidential debate for the 2024 elections. It is completely unacceptable that the IEA would make such an announcement without engaging or informing the National Democratic Congress, one of the major political parties in Ghana," the statement read. The Mahama 2024 Campaign also questioned the IEA's authority to organize election-related activities. "The Constitution of Ghana does not grant the IEA any authority to organise elections-related activities. The fact that the IEA has not shown the decency or respect to at least inform the NDC of its plans raises serious questions about its motives," Mogtari stated. Further, the campaign accused the IEA of attempting to influence the electoral process in favor of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). "The IEA is clearly acting as a front for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and seeks to manipulate the electoral process in favour of the ruling party," the statement continued. Highlighting the NDC's longstanding engagement with the public, the campaign emphasized the efforts of John Dramani Mahama and his running mate, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang. "It is important to remind the IEA and the Ghanaian public that the NDC, led by our presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama and running mate Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, has been engaging with the citizenry for many years. Mahama’s online and offline conversations have targeted a wide range of audiences and focused on addressing the needs and concerns of the people of Ghana." The Mahama 2024 Campaign's statement underscores the tension and scrutiny surrounding the organization of presidential debates and the broader electoral process as the country heads into the 2024 elections. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • Fabrizio Romano honors Legend, Samuel Eto'o for pivotal role in his Journalism career

    Renowned Sports Journalist, Fabrizio Romano has shared a heartfelt tribute to football legend Samuel Eto'o, crediting him for a significant turning point in his career. Romano revealed that he will never change his cover photo with Eto'o, a symbol of the profound impact the footballer had on his professional journey. Reflecting on a time when he was relatively unknown in the sports journalism world, Romano recounted how Eto'o, then at the peak of his career, graciously agreed to an interview. "When I had no name, he accepted that I grant him an interview," Romano stated. This act of kindness from Eto'o was not just a professional boost for Romano, but it also came with a memorable gift—a watch worth 3,000 euros. "The interview and the gesture changed my career," Romano continued. "Today, I’m the most celebrated sports journalist because of him." This pivotal moment, marked by Eto'o's generosity and support, propelled Romano to the forefront of sports journalism. Romano's tribute to Eto'o highlights the importance of mentorship and support in the industry, showcasing how a single act of kindness can have a lasting impact. As he continues to excel in his career, Romano remains deeply appreciative of Eto'o's influence, symbolized by the cover photo he proudly keeps. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • ‘Houseboy’ jailed for defiling his employer’s daughter

    The Gender-Based Violence Court has sentenced a 28-year-old domestic servant (house help or houseboy) to seven years imprisonment for having sex with his employer’s 12-year-old daughter. Augustine Owusu was charged with defilement. He has pleaded guilty. The court presided over by Dora Inkumsah Eshun convicted Owusu on his own plea and sentenced him accordingly. The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Opoku Aniagyei, said the complainant is a businessman who lives in Tabora, Accra, with the victim, a Junior High School pupil. The prosecution said Owusu is the complainant’s houseboy who resides in the same house as the plaintiff. It said Owusu’s main work in the complainant’s house was to take care of the victim’s grandfather. Owusu and the victim’s grandfather stayed in the same room in the house. According to the prosecution, during the day, the victim’s grandfather often sat under a tree in the house while Owusu remained in the room. Between June and November 2023, the victim frequently went to her grandfather’s room after school to check on Owusu but did not meet him sometimes. The prosecution said on one occasion, the victim’s grandfather saw her running out of his room when he (grandfather) was entering. This made the grandfather suspicious, and he informed the victim’s mother who warned Owusu to stay away from her. The prosecution said the victim’s mother “set spies” on Owusu after he warned him to stay aware of her. On March 9, 2024, at about 0900 hours, Owusu was seen carrying the victim on a bike. When the victim’s mother was informed, she caused his arrest the next day. During interrogation, it was discovered that Owusu had had sex with the victim on two occasions. Credit: Citinewsroom

  • Embattled chief of Nahinso arrested again over unauthorized wetland filling

    Nana Addo Boaman, the Chief of Nahinso, who was previously arrested for unauthorized roadworks, has been detained again, this time for allegedly filling a local wetland . The arrest, which occurred on Thursday, July 18, followed a heated confrontation between the chief and officials from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO). The Ashanti Regional NADMO has raised alarms about the environmental and legal implications of Chief Nana Addo Boaman's actions. According to NADMO, the wetland is a protected area, and any development activities within it could lead to severe ecological damage. Chief Nana Addo Boaman defended his actions, asserting that his efforts were aimed at preventing flooding and improving local infrastructure. "I inherited this problem; it wasn't created by me. I have been appealing to the assembly for over eight years to help clear the waterway. Unfortunately, the assembly member has not been cooperative," the chief stated, as reported by Citi Newsroom. Despite his defense, Ashanti Regional NADMO Director Frank Duodu ordered the chief’s arrest, emphasizing that the chief had no authority to undertake such actions. Mr. Duodu highlighted that the area is a designated wetland, and the unauthorized filling could have significant environmental repercussions. Concerns have also been raised by the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo). Officials warned that the use of laterite by the chief to fill the area posed a risk to their pylons. They suggested that the roadworks might have been a pretext for the illegal filling of the wetland. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has intervened, posting warning signs to restrict access to the area. Daniel Kofi Teye, Ashanti Regional Programmes Officer of the EPA, has called for intervention from the Asantehene to prevent local chiefs from further developing protected wetlands. This arrest marks the second confrontation between Chief Nana Addo Boaman and NADMO officials over similar issues. He has been taken to the Asokwa Police Command to assist with ongoing investigations. The situation underscores the ongoing tension between traditional authorities and regulatory bodies over land use and environmental protection in the region. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • George Britton advocates for major label support for Sarkodie to boost Ghana’s global music presence

    Renowned Talent Manager, George Britton has voiced his desire for Ghanaian rap icon Sarkodie to secure the backing of a major record label, emphasizing the significant benefits this could bring to both the artist and Ghana’s international image. In a recent interview with Prince Benjamin on Class 91.3 FM’s Class Morning Show, the CEO of GB Records highlighted the global acclaim of artists like Burna Boy and expressed his wish for similar recognition for Ghanaian talents. "I wish Sarkodie had a major label backing him. Yes, Sarkodie is a big artiste, he’s gone out there and won BETs and all these things, but is his name a household name like Burna Boy’s?" Britton questioned. With 15 years of experience in talent management, Britton underscored the importance of Ghanaian artists collaborating with international record labels to gain access to larger platforms and media outlets worldwide. He urged artists to venture beyond their comfort zones and engage in discussions with record labels to explore potential opportunities. Britton pointed out that such collaborations could enhance the international presence of Ghanaian artists, opening doors to greater revenue streams and boosting music tourism. "I want our people to step out of their comfort zones and say, ‘Hey, listen, let’s have a conversation. What will you do for me if I sign on?’" he added. As the GB Records boss, Britton is passionate about advancing the careers of Ghanaian musicians and believes that partnering with major labels could significantly elevate their global status. His call to action is a reminder of the untapped potential within the Ghanaian music industry and the need for strategic moves to capitalize on international opportunities. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • "A vote for Mahama will take the country backwards" – Akufo-Addo to Ghanaians

    President Akufo-Addo has urged the youth employed by the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to participate in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) activities for the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections. Addressing a forum of beneficiaries in Kumasi, President Akufo-Addo expressed his disapproval of former President John Dramani Mahama’s leadership, describing him as an “unsuccessful” and “rejected” president after serving only one term. “Mahama is the only president who was not honoured by Ghanaians. All the other presidents, Rawlings, Kufuor, including myself, have been honoured with a second term in office." "Mahama is the only one who was voted out of office after just one term. Today, Mahama says he wants a return to power. Do we want to go backwards as a country? I believe not. So I implore you to be active in the upcoming campaign activities and give your all to support Dr. Bawumia, the NPP flagbearer." “Which one do you prefer, an unsuccessful president or a successful vice president? The vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has demonstrated that he’ll move this country further in development when he becomes president. Let no one deceive you, the one who is competent is the one who is given the job. Mahama failed to deliver as president, so he should not be elected back to power.” The President expressed confidence that Dr. Bawumia has the potential to lead Ghana with effective policies and transform the country. Relatedly, Reverend Isaac Owusu-Bempah, founder and leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministry, has praised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his Free SHS policy. Addressing his congregation, the outspoken pastor acknowledged that despite his disagreements with President Akufo-Addo, he recognises the president's achievements, particularly the implementation of the Free SHS policy. “Honestly, Nana Akufo-Addo has done a great job. Although I have a grudge against him, I must admit that he has performed well in his role. Do you remember when God spoke through me to him, mentioning something about fruits? It has come to pass. Some prominent people even pointed this out to me and I think that the Free SHS initiative he introduced is one of those fruits, and it has been a tremendous help to many.” He stated that this initiative was one of the many things he had a revelation about concerning the president, which he believes demonstrates his superior performance. Credit: Pulse GH

  • Transport fare set to rise by 15% effective July 22

    The Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana has announced a 15% increase in transport fares, effective Monday , July 22. This decision, driven by the rising cost of fuel, was communicated by David Agboado, the association's Public Relations Officer, in an interview with Citi FM on Wednesday, July 17. Mr. Agboado expressed deep concerns about the financial strain the escalating fuel prices are placing on drivers. "We cannot continue to absorb the escalating fuel prices, which are significantly impacting our earnings," he stated. The fare increase, he emphasized, is a necessary measure to ensure the sustainability of operations amidst these rising costs. “We will be increasing transport fares on Monday. The reason is that fuel prices have gone high. All that we use in our vehicles has gone high,” Mr. Agboado explained. He further clarified that the decision was made independently of the Transport Ministry, stating, “We don’t need to sit with the Transport Ministry before we increase our transport fares.” The fare hike reflects the ongoing economic pressures faced by the transport sector, as fuel prices continue to climb, affecting the cost of vehicle maintenance and operations. This move is aimed at mitigating the adverse effects on drivers' earnings and ensuring the continued viability of their services. Passengers are advised to prepare for the increased transport costs starting next Monday. Story by: Sarah-Joyce Komenan

  • President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19

    President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 while traveling on Wednesday, July 18, 2024 in Las Vegas and is experiencing “mild symptoms” including “general malaise” from the infection, the White House said. Press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden will fly to his home in Delaware, where he will “self-isolate and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time.” The news had first been shared by UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, who told guests at the group’s convention in Las Vegas that president had sent his regrets and could not appear because he tested positive for the virus. Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, said in a note that Biden, 81, “presented this afternoon with upper respiratory symptoms, to include rhinorhea (runny nose) and non-productive cough, with general malaise.” After the positive COVID-19 test, Biden was prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid and has taken his first dose, O’Connor said. Biden was slated to speak at the UnidosUS event in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon as part of an effort to rally Hispanic voters ahead of the November election. Instead, he departed for the airport to fly to Delaware, where he had already been planning to spend a long weekend at his home in Rehoboth Beach. Source: AP News

  • "Come forward with proof of ownership to claim your vehicles or face forfeiture" - EOCO urges owners of impounded vehicles

    The Economic and Organized Finance Office (EOCO) has issued an urgent call for owners of several high-value vehicles, impounded over the years, to come forward and claim their property . The announcement was made via a press release on Thursday. The press release highlighted that owners must provide proof of ownership within twenty-one days or risk permanent forfeiture of their vehicles to the state. EOCO's list of impounded vehicles includes eight notable models: Porsche Cayenne, Honda Accord, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Solara, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Elantra, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Tucson. These vehicles were seized during a series of targeted operations aimed at curbing illegal activities and ensuring compliance with financial regulations. The deadline imposed by EOCO is critical. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

  • IGP Dampare Congratulates Tetteh Yohuno on Promotion to Deputy IGP

    The Inspector-General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, along with the Police Management Board and the entire Police Service, extend their heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Christian Tetteh Yohuno on his recent promotion to the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police. In an official statement, Dr. Dampare praised Mr. Yohuno for his exemplary service and dedication to the Ghana Police Service. “Mr. Christian Tetteh Yohuno has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the values of our institution. His promotion to Deputy Inspector-General of Police is a testament to his hard work, integrity, and professionalism,” Dr. Dampare remarked. Mr. Yohuno's elevation to this prestigious role comes as a recognition of his extensive experience and contributions to the force. Over the years, he has held various key positions within the Police Service, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues and the public alike. The Police Management Board also echoed Dr. Dampare's sentiments, highlighting Mr. Yohuno's unwavering dedication to maintaining law and order in Ghana. “ We are confident that Mr. Yohuno will continue to uphold the highest standards of the Police Service in his new role,” the Board stated. Mr. Yohuno's promotion is seen as a significant step in strengthening the leadership of the Ghana Police Service. His new position will involve overseeing critical aspects of the police operations, ensuring the safety and security of citizens across the nation. As Mr. Christian Tetteh Yohuno assumes his duties as Deputy Inspector-General of Police, the entire Police Service stands in support, ready to work collaboratively under his guidance to further enhance the effectiveness and reputation of the force. This promotion marks a new chapter in Mr. Yohuno's distinguished career, and his colleagues and the public look forward to his continued contributions to the Ghana Police Service. Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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