WE’LL IMPEACH THE SPEAKER – NDC MPs threaten

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The conduct of the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, has come under severe criticism, with the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) threatening to initiate impeachment process against him.

In the view of the NDC MPs, the Speaker has since the inception of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic, been bias against them, cataloging a number of critical moments where the Rt. Hon. Prof. Oquaye has denied them to either voice out their displeasure or question ministers of state that appear before the legislature to answer to issues relating to their ministry.

“The day before yesterday, when we were doing the motion about the non urgency of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017 and the Zongo Development Fund, I stood up and if you noticed, for a long time he refused to call me. What I wanted to say was that the process we were using was wrong. Because the constitution under Article 106 (13) says that it has to be done by a committee but they wanted us to do was to ask the House whether they agree or not. The constitution didn’t say that the House has to decide but rather the Committee that has to do that. So, I decided to draw his attention to that.

When that failed, yesterday in the morning, I went to him and when he came I raised these things that
Mr. Speaker we are not happy about the way things are going. We argued and ended it and I thought he has taken a cue. Mine was not the first.

If you remember it is the same problem when Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader stood up for almost fifteen minutes and the Speaker will not call him. We raised this objection with him in-camera in his holding room. How many times must we remind and I remember in one instance, the Majority Leader, Hon. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had to lead the Minority to talk to the Speaker about our displeasure over the way he is handling our issues.
How many times do we have to do that? When we respect the chair and we come to you in your holding room and for the past six months we are just being frustrated. We have used all avenues to address it but it is failing. So we are left with no other option than to vent our anger on the floor.

So, you have to understand us. Just yesterday we drew his attention to it and in less than 24 hours, he is repeating it. What else does he want us to do? It is out of respect for the chair that we are not using all those avenues that we have.
But if we are pushed to the wall, we will be left with no option than to trigger all the avenues that are available to Members of Parliament – that if the Speaker is not being mindful, we will use any of them. If you look at our Standing Orders, there are many avenues and we will use it. We have the numbers to do whatever that we want to do,” Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Mohammed Mubarak-Muntaka noted.

STOP DISGRACING YOURSELF AND LEARN FROM FREDDY BLAY’ Wontumi tells Portuphy

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The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako has heavily descended on Kofi Portuphy, National chairman of the opposition NDC, describing him as weak political leader who is allowing himself to be ordered around by the ‘boys in their party to engage in trivialities in the name of politics.’

Further describing the opposition party leader as disappointing and unassertive leader, Chairman Antwi Boasiako therefore, charged Mr. Portuphy to learn from Mr. Freddy Blay, acting national chairman of the ruling NPP how to responsibly lead a party in opposition.

Speaking to newsmen after the NDC had held its press conference to counter that of the President’s media encounter, the NPP regional chairman, popularly called Wontumi, expressed sadness that the NDC chairman still allows himself to be used as a puppet by ‘these so-called babies with sharp teeth’ to advance their political ambitions at the detriment of he (Portuphy) reputation.

According to him, the hurriedly organized press conference by the NDC led by Mr. Portuphy clearly shows that he never learnt from his counterpart in the NPP, reason why he is being used ‘disgracingly’ to do the dirty works for the party, stressing “the NPP has been in opposition for eight years and the NDC saw the kind of responsible opposition leadership that we shown, however, sad to note that they did not learn from us.”

He continued: “well…they were busily stealing from Ghanaians so they did not see the kind of civilized and responsible opposition we gave them, especially, coming from Freddy Blay in the round up to the 2016 elections. If the NDC and Portuphy want to be taken seriously by the good people of Ghana, then they should be start learning from our chairman Mr. Blay.”

To Chairman Wontumi, it was difficult for the party to push Mr. Freddy Blay around into doing things that was contrary to his conviction, let alone to address something of which he was not privy to.

“This is what I call accountable, responsible and focused leadership”, the regional party chairman stated, urging Mr. Kofi Portuphy to challenge himself and lead his party well in ensuring that the country have a standard and credible opposition political party who can constructively check the government and put it on its toes.

Muntaka clashes with Majority Leader over Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill

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The Minority Chief Whip, Hon Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Wednesday clashed with the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, over the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017.

Muntaka had called for the immediate withdrawal of the Bill from Parliament insisting that it did not follow due process before it was laid on the floor on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

According to him, per the standing orders of the House, the Bill should have been gazetted 14 days prior to its laying on the floor.

That aside, once the Bill is laid, copies should be made available to members.

However, due process was not followed in the laying of the Bill.

That aside, as at today, copies have not been made available to members.

But the majority leader argued that due process was followed and therefore no illegality was committed.

He also said as at last night he had 30 copies of the Bill in his office but due to the fire outbreak in the Job 600, he couldn’t give them out to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

Besides, now that the Job 600 has been locked, it will be impossible to give

copies of the Bill to Members.

H.E NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO. NAMES 13 FOR MINISTERIAL POSITIONS.


A comunique from the Presidency and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament has named 13 nominees for various ministerial positions in the country.

The communique  was read loudly by the Speaker to members on the floor of the house, include former finance minister, Yaw Osofo Maafo being nominated as a Senior Minister.

Other members are:

Albert Kan Dapaah – minister designate for National Security

Ken Ofori Atta – Minister designate for Finance

Dominic Nitiwul – Minister designate for Defense

Ambrose Dery – Minister designate for the Interior

Gloria Akufo – Minister designated for Justice and Attorey-General

Hajia Alima – Minister designate for Local Government and Rural Development

Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen – Minister designate for Trade and Industry

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto – Minister designate for Agriculture

Boakye Agyarko – Minister designate for Energy

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey – Minister designate for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh – Minister designate for Education

Kwaku Agyemang Many – Minister designate for Health

EXODUS 14:30-31

​Exodus 14:30 That day the Lord saved Ghana from the hands of the NDC Government, and Ghana saw the NDC lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Ghanaians saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the NDC, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo his servant.

Party Supporters in Jubilant mood. 

NEWS RELEASE: ATTACKS ON NDC SUPPORTERS. 

It has come to the attention of the Police that some people are attacking supporters of NDC in various parts of the country. 

Furthermore, there are reports of excessive jubilation by NPP supporters across the country. 

Consequently, the Police are calling on the general public, especially, supporters of the NPP to desist from engaging in any acts that will violate the rights of other people and also breach the peace prevailing in the country after the polls.

The Police are further, entreating party supporters in jubilant mood to go about their celebration in moderation. 

The Police Administration wishes to caution those who are engaging in acts of vandalism and rowdism to desist, as Police officers who have been deployed to maintain law and order will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those who break the laws of the land. 

Signed: Supt. Cephas  Arthur, Police PRO.

LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO


​Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president elect was born and raised in Ga-Maami (Accra Central) and in the Nima area of Accra.

His father’s residence, Betty House at Korle Wokon in Accra, was effectively the headquarters of the country’s first political party, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), after it was formed at Saltpond on 4 August 1947.

Three of the “Big Six” – the founding fathers of Ghana – were his relatives: J. B. Danquah (grand-uncle), William Ofori-Atta (uncle) and Edward Akufo-Addo (the third Chief Justice of Ghana and later ceremonial President of the Republic from 1969 to 1972), (his father).

Akufo-Addo received his primary education first at the Government Boys School, Adabraka, and later at the Rowe Road School (now Kimbu), both in Accra Central. He went to England to study for his O-Level and A-Level examinations at Lancing College, Sussex . He began the Philosophy, Politics and Economics course at New College, Oxford in 1962, but apparently left soon after. [2] He returned to Ghana in 1962 to teach at Accra Academy Secondary School, before going to read Economics at the University of Ghana , Legon , in 1964, earning a BSc(Econ) degree in 1967.

He subsequently studied law in the UK and was called to the English Bar (Middle Temple) in July 1971. Akufo-Addo was called to the Ghana bar in July 1975. Legal and business career Akufo-Addo stayed in France for five years as a lawyer at the now-defunct New York-based international law firm Coudert Brothers. Apart from the welcome exposure to the dynamics of international corporate transactions, his stay in France also made him fluent in French. In 1975, he returned home to Accra to continue with his legal career.

He joined the chambers of U. V. Campbell from 1975 to 1979, and in 1979 co-founded the law firm Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co., which has become one of the prominent law firms in Ghana. Some Ghanaian lawyers who passed through his law firm are among the most outstanding lawyers at the Ghanaian bar today. They include Sophia Akuffo , Justice of the Supreme Court; Joyce Darko; Daniel Afari Yeboah; Philip Addison; Joe Ghartey , a former Attorney General and Minister for Justice; Alex Quaynor; Frank Davies; Kweku Paintsil; Ursula Owusu; Atta Akyea, Akufo-Addo’s successor as MP for Abuakwa South constituency; Akoto Ampaw; Yoni Kulendi; Kwame Akuffo; Kwaku Asirifi; and Godfred Dame. Like the “Doyen of Gold Coast politics”, J. B. Danquah, and others before him, Akufo-Addo used his law practice to champion the cause of human rights, rule of law, justice, freedom, and democracy.

He was well known for giving free legal assistance to the poor and fought for the rights and liberties of the Ghanaian people. Indeed, many of the important constitutional cases of the modern era, which, inter alia, protected the independence of the judiciary, the right of the citizen to demonstrate without police permit, and the right of equal access of all political parties to the State-owned media, were undertaken by him. Akufo-Addo has served on the boards and committees of a number of political, legal, commercial, and social organizations in the country.

He was the first Chairperson of DHL (GH) Ltd; Chairperson, Kinesec Communications (Co) Ltd, publishers of The Statesman; and the first Chairperson of the Ghana Committee on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He was responsible, through his association with the US company, Millicom, for introducing mobile telephony into the country. Political career In his early thirties, Akufo-Addo was the General Secretary of the broad-based People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice (PMFJ), which was composed of political stalwarts such as Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa, William Ofori-Atta, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah , Albert Adu Boahen , Sam Okudzeto , Obed Asamoah , Godfrey Agama, K. S. P. Jantuah, Jones Ofori-Atta, Johnny Hanson and Nii Amaah Amartefio (“Mr. No”). This group led the “NO” campaign in the UNIGOV referendum of 1978, designed to solicit popular support for a one-party military-led State.

The “No” campaign ultimately brought about the downfall of the Acheampong military government on 5 July 1978, and the restoration of multiparty democratic rule to the country in 1979. Akufo-Addo had to go briefly into exile after the referendum, when his life was in danger. But, from Europe, he could be heard constantly on the BBC World Service , vigorously criticising the military rulers back in Ghana and calling for a return to democracy. He is acknowledged as one of the leaders of the pro-democracy movement in Ghana. In 1991, Akufo-Addo was the chairman of the Organising Committee of the Danquah-Busia Memorial Club, a club dedicated to the preservation of the memory and ideals of the two great advocates of Ghanaian democracy, J. B. Danquah and K. A. Busia , Prime Minister of the Progress Party government of the 2nd Republic of Ghana. Akufo-Addo travelled throughout Ghana to establish branches of the Club all over the country in the grassroots style for which he is known.

These branches eventually transformed into local organs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) prior to the elections of 1992, which heralded the reintroduction of democratic governance under the 4th Republic. In 1992, he was the first national organiser of the NPP and, later that year, campaign manager of the party’s first presidential candidate, Prof. Albert Adu Boahen, the man of courage who broke the “culture of silence” in Ghana, and played such a crucial role in the reintroduction of democracy.

In 1992, Akufo-Addo set up and financed The Statesman newspaper, which has become the unofficial mouthpiece of the NPP. In 1995, he led the famous “Kume Preko” demonstrations of the Alliance For Change (AFC), a broad-based political pressure group, which mobilised millions of people onto the streets of Ghana to protest the harsh economic conditions of the Rawlings era. Some pundits in Ghana believe that this was instrumental in re-establishing the NPP as a more formidable force after Professor Adu Boahen. Akufo-Addo was elected three times between 1996 and 2008 as Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South constituency in the Eastern region of Ghana.

From 2001 to 2007, as Cabinet Minister, first as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice for two years, and later as Foreign Minister for five years, Akufo-Addo served in the government of President John Kufuor with distinction. As Attorney-General, he was responsible for the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law, which, hitherto, had been used to intimidate the media and criminalise free speech.

The repeal has enabled the Ghanaian media become one of the most vibrant and freest in Africa. Under his chairmanship of the Legal Sector Reform Committee, the implementation of the court automation programme was initiated. As Foreign Minister, he was fully involved in the successful Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peace efforts in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Guinea Bissau, and was chairman of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council in 2003. In 2004, Ghana was elected one of the 15 pioneer members of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, a mandate that was renewed at the AU Summit in Khartoum in January 2006.

Akufo-Addo was chosen by his peers on the AU Executive Council to chair the Ministerial Committee of 15 that fashioned the Ezulwini Consensus, which defined the African Union’s common position on UN Reforms. He negotiated for the 2007 AU Summit to be held in Accra as part of Ghana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, and chaired the AU Executive Council in 2007. Ghana was elected by her peers to take the non-permanent West African seat on the UN Security Council for 2006-07.

In August 2006, Akufo-Addo chaired the meeting of the Security Council which took the decision that halted Israel’s massive incursions into Lebanon. Again, Ghana was elected to the new UN body, the Human Rights Council, with the highest number of votes—183 out of 191—of any country, and as a pioneer member of another UN body, the Peacebuilding Commission. Presidential bids In October 1998, Nana Akufo-Addo competed for the presidential candidacy of the NPP and lost to John Kufuor, the man who eventually won the December 2000 presidential election and assumed office as President of Ghana in January 2001. Akufo-Addo was the chief campaigner for candidate Kufuor in the 2000 election and became the first Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Kufuor era.

Akufo-Addo resigned from the Kufuor government in July 2007 to contest for the position of presidential candidate of his party, the NPP, for the 2008 elections. Competing against 16 others, he won 48% of the votes in the first round of that election, but was given a unanimous endorsement in the second round, making him the party’s presidential candidate.

In the 7 December 2008 presidential race, he received, in the first round, more votes than John Atta Mills, the eventual winner. In the first round, Akufo-Addo received 4,159,439 votes, representing 49.13% of the votes cast, placing him first, but not enough for the 50% needed for an outright victory.

It was the best-ever performance for a first-time presidential candidate in the Fourth Republic. In the run-off, Mills received 4,521,032 votes, representing 50.23%, thus beating Akufo-Addo by the smallest margin in Ghana’s, and, indeed, in Africa’s political history. Akufo-Addo accepted the results without calling even for a recount, thereby helping to preserve the peace, freedom and stability of Ghana. Akufo-Addo again contested in the 2012 national elections against the NDC candidate, the late Mills’ successor as President, John Mahama , and lost.

That election generated considerable controversy, and was finally decided by the Supreme Court in a narrow 5/4 decision in favour of John Mahama. Akufo-Addo is credited with helping to preserve the peace of the country by the statesmanlike manner in which he accepted the adverse verdict of the Court, at a time of high tension in the country. In March 2014, Akufo-Addo announced his decision to seek his party’s nomination for the third time ahead of the 2016 election.

He secured an unprecedented, landslide victory of 94.35% of the votes in the party’s presidential primary in October 2014, in a contest with seven competitors. Akufo-Addo also served as Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the South African elections in 2014.

On November 30, Addo received the endorsement of the All People Congress in the North region. [3] Personal life He is from Kyebi in the Eastern Region.

He is married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo (née Griffiths-Randolph). They have five daughters and five grandchildren.

DONT LET GHANAIANS DOWN JOHN DUMELO. 

​Don’t Let Ghana Down- John Dumelo to Nana Addo. When the sun comes up in the morning, it changes the Colour of the sky.

Fellow Ghanaians, our democracy was tested a few days ago and we became victorious as a nation. We have come out stronger and hopefully it will make us better. At the end of the day, Ghana has won and we will continue to be the beacon of hope in Africa. To my president HE John Mahama, it was an honour joining you on your campaign trails, you have done a lot in the last 4 years and your legacy will forever live on. You are a great man. To our president elect Nana Akuffo Addo, Ghanaians have spoken and it’s you they want. Ghana is already on the path of great economic transformation: please don’t let those who voted for you down. Don’t let Ghana down and don’t let Africa down. Congratulations Sir.Ghanaians Decided.🇬🇭🇬🇭