You can be political only in your discussions, and not partisan since you are students

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu has sounded word of caution to the students Parliament of the Koforidua Technical University to be political only in their discussions, and not partisan since the students Parliament is not an elected Parliament and does represent any constituency.

He, however, urged them to strive and be loyal to their country, but should ensure that integrity precedes everything they do.

“Strive to be loyal to your country, be smart, intelligence, and above all, you need integrity, let your integrity be your guide, let me also sound a caution; you are allowed to be political in your discussions and not partisan, since this is not an elected Parliament, you don’t represent anybody, you have voluntarily offered to participate in the process, you don’t represent any halls, houses or constituencies.

“Yes, you can be political which means looking at things from different sides, but not to be TESCON, TAIN or any other. You are just students who desire to debate national issues or offer solutions from the students point of view”. He advised.

The 1st Deputy Speaker made this passionate appeal during the inauguration ceremony of the Koforidua Technical University Parliament on Saturday.

Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu also advised the students to find the formation of the Students’ Parliament, as a call for them to get on board and join the various efforts in national development.

“All of us have a responsibility to protect our Parliamentary democracy and we owe it to posterity to discharge this duty faithfully and conscientiously”. He indicated.

He also encouraged the students to take their education seriously as they prepare to assume the mantle of leadership.

According to him, it is important for the students to adequately prepare themselves in readiness for future roles.

He urged the student Parliamentarians to master their mock on Parliament process which is a preparation ground for greater responsibilities in future, adding that, Twenty five (25) years of uninterrupted Parliamentary democracy, Ghana’s democracy has come of age.

Mr. Kwame Ansah, the Principal Public Relations Officer of the Parliament of Ghana, also indicated that, the establishment of these students parliament will help influence governance in these universities.

He also explained that, views that are expressed out of these students’ parliamentary sittings can be put together in a memorandum that can be submitted to Parliament or the Committee of Education, which can also form part of legislation.

Mr. Ansah also encouraged the students to support the initiative and join the association in their numbers for it to be vibrant.

The Parliament of Ghana has over the years established Students’ Parliament in the various tertiary institutions, both public and private across the country to strengthen Parliamentary process, as well as deepen democratic processes.

Following the launch of the Students’ Parliament, there was a mock Parliament displayed by the students who debated on the theme; ‘National Insecurity in the country’.

Story: Richmond Adu Dwamena




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.



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


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.

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The mp for shama constituency Hon.Ato Pamford has said it’s time the govt.takes keen interest to equip NADMO such that it can prevent disaster than manage it.Hon Ato was contributing to a statement read by the MP for Ashiaman that NADMO falls short to prevent
Hon. Eernest Norgbey said it is sad to note that the public confidence in NADMO has faded completely which calls for attention.

He gave an example that it took Hon. Zenator Rawlings-MP for Klortey-Korley and some individuals to assist victims in a disaster though NADMO was the best to do so.



The minority caucus lead by former deputy finance minister Hon. Kaseley Ato Forson has said that it will be necessary for Ghanaians to know the details of the 2.25billoin bond secured in a manner that fraud is suspected. The minority is of the view that if no details are provided it will mean woeful financial laws to the state and  should be probed.
The parliament has today agreed to invite the Finance Minister Hon Ken Ofori Atta for further briefing on the 2.25 billion dollar bond recently secured.The minority is of the view that the bond was secured in a manner intransparent to parliament as raised by minority leader Hon.Haruna Iddrisu.

The majority through the leader Hon.Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu seconded the matter for the appearance of Hon. Ken Ofori Atta though he is out of the country at the moment but the majority is optimistic the minister will answer the call as the house  is demanding.

The Allege murder of Hon.  JB Dankwa . Is discharged but not acquited, Joseph Osei Owusu MP for Bekwai.  

Hon.  Joseph Osei Owusu first deputy speaker and member of parliament for Bekwai  constituency. Today after sitting of parliament has disclosed to the Boss FM parliamentary correspondent that the alleged murder of the Abuakwa north former MP Hon.  Joseph Boakye  Dwakwa Adu, has not been set free as being speculated. But rather new investigations to be conducted. He continued that Daniel Asiadu is discharged but not acquired. He advised the public to excise patience  for the judiciary to do the necessary investigations before judgment. 

It is recalled that on the 9th of February 2016 the sitting MP was murdered in cold-blood at his own residence at shiashie in Accra. Which led to the arrest of Daniel Asiadu as Prime suspect, the case has been pending till date  that the suspect is discharged today at Accra high court by the sitting judge LL Mensah. Asiedu together with Vincent Bosso have been discharged by the High Court after the Attorney General filed a Nolle Prosequi to terminate proceedings.

A senior state attorney Sefakor Batcha informed the court Tuesday the State can no longer pursue the case which has been in court for over a year.



Daniel Asiedu, the prime suspect at the centre of the murder of the Abuakwa North MP JB Danquah has been discharged by an Accra High Court.

Asiedu together with Vincent Bosso have been discharged by the High Court presided by Justice LL Mensah after the Attorney General filed a Nolle Prosequi to terminate proceedings.

A senior state attorney Sefakor Batcha informed the court Tuesday the State can no longer pursue the case which has been in court for over a year.

Asiedu was arrested in 2016 after he was alleged to have stabbed the late MP with a knife leading to his death at his residence in Accra. Bosso was standing trial for abetment of robbery.

The lawmaker was killed on February 9, 2016 in his room at his Shiashie residence.


A high powered Ghana Army delegation led by the Chief of Army Staff, will Tuesday morning (today) storm Denkyira Boase in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central, following the killing of a military officer with the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra, but on detachment duties in the area on Monday dawn.

According to the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces, Col. Aggrey Quarshie, the move by the Army heirarchy is to urge the soldiers on the ground to remain calm and also call on residents not to be scared but cooperate with the fact-finding team to unravel those behind the dastardly act in order to nab them.

Captain Maxwell Mahama who is Commander of a Military Detachment in the area on Monday dawn went jogging along the main road, but as he stopped running and started walking, two women saw a pistol on him.

Due to an armed robbery incident that had occured in the area the previous day (Sunday), the said women suspected the Soldier who was not dressed in military uniform at the time of being one of the armed robbers and reportedly raised alarm, called the assembly man who organized the youth of the town to lynch him.

According to reports even though Captain Maxwell Mahama pleaded several times that he was not a criminal, the angry residents kept hitting him with cement blocks until he died.

His subordinates who became anxious as their commander had delayed, tried to follow up on the route he took and later got to hear of the sad news and visited the scene.

Captain Maxwell Mahama’s body was subsequently conveyed to a health facility in the area.

Residents especially the youth are said to be fleeing the town for fear of soldiers storming the area to avenge their colleague’s death.