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.

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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.

The University of Ghana in cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary to Ghana

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The University of Ghana in cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary to Ghana offers preparatory Hungarian language courses to Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians who need proficiency in this language for their studies or work. We highly recommend the course for those who would like to acquire a basic knowledge in Hungarian language and culture before beginning their studies in Hungary or for those who would like to know more about Hungary for any reason.

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1 lesson lasts: 45 minutes

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Course fee:

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Application deadline: 10 July 2017

​NADMO SHOULD PREVENT DISASTER THAN MANAGE IT. MP FOR SHAMA HON. Ato Pamford:

NADMO SHOULD PREVENT DISASTER THAN MANAGE IT: 

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.

MINORITY CALLS ON PARLIAMENT TO REVIEW THE 2.25.BILLOIN BOND AGREEMENT:

PARLIAMENT AGREES TO INVITE FINANCE MINISTER FOR FURTHER BRIEFING ON 2.25 BILLION  BOND.

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.

FINALLY, ALLEGED JB DANKWA MURDERER DISCHARGED  

*ALLEGED JB DANKWA MURDERER DISCHARGED*

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.

ARMY OFFICE STON TO DEATH. 


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.

MORE THAN 3,300 DEAD BY DEVOTING THEIR LIVES TO PEACE.

AT THE FLAG­RAISING/WREATH­LAYING CEREMONY TO COMMEMORATE THE  INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS, 29   TH MAY, 2017

It is my honour and privilege to preside over this parade and I am pleased to welcome you all. Since its inception in 1948, United Nations peacekeeping has evolved into one of the main tools used by the international community to manage complex crises that threaten international peace and security. More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as UN peacekeepers. While more than 3, 300 have died devoting their lives to peace. 
We have gathered here today to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage. We salute the peacekeepers of today who serve in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous environments and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the pursuit of peace.

The quest for peace has sometimes come at a great cost. Brave and gallant men and women have lost their lives in the pursuit of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and diseases while on peacekeeping missions. As we commemorate this Day, let me, on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana, offer our heartfelt condolences to the widows, widowers and bereaved families of our fallen heroes and those who have been permanently maimed or suffered various degrees of injuries while performing this noble duty. It is through the enormous sacrifices of these heroes that many people around the world today are living in some measure of peace and in a fairly secure and stable environment. Their valour and commitment to humanity should indeed, continue to inspire us as a nation, to strive to build and sustain peace in our dear country. 

This year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers is being commemorated under the theme: “United Nations Peacekeeping: “Investing in Peace around the World”. Since Ghana’s independence 60 years ago, we have kept faith with the tenets of our foreign policy, in line with our vision of pursuing and maintaining peaceful coexistence and cooperation with our neighbours and the world at large. This is evidenced by Ghana’s continuous steadfastness and willingness to answer the call for peacekeeping troops to serve in various conflict zones around the world. Cumulatively, Ghana has served in over 65 United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, including those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Congo, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, South Sudan and several other special missions around the world and continues to participate in such Peacekeeping Missions. Ghana’s contributions, no doubt, demonstrate her commitment to peace and a better future for those in the conflict­ridden regions of our world.

In demonstration of Ghana’s commitment to international peace and security, Ghana has always concretely and visibly participated in UN peacekeeping operations.  Indeed, for over fifty (50) years, Ghana has maintained an enviable position in the ranking of troop and Police contributing countries to UN Peacekeeping operations. 

The dynamics of conflicts have metamorphosed in our time, the main actors in today’s conflicts are non­state actors, who are now, in certain situations, becoming transnational such as Boko haram, Al­Shabab and Islamic State jihadist groups, adding a new dimension to the challenges faced by UN peacekeepers. That notwithstanding, Ghana’s investment in peace cannot be overemphasised. 

Ghanaians on peacekeeping missions have engaged in humanitarian activities to bring hope and encouragement to several populations by providing social services to some communities they serve and offering free medical treatment to residents. They also care for the less privileged and supply potable drinking water to public health institutions and communities in their areas of responsibility. These humanitarian acts in the midst of turmoil, have struck a chord in the hearts of many who have on countless occasions, commended Ghanaian peacekeepers for their discipline and dedication to the cause of peace. Ghana will continue to cooperate with the UN to assist in maintaining peace, the world over.

The traditional model of UN Peacekeeping Operations, as we all know, was developed during the Cold War era as a means of resolving conflicts between states.  However, the world, since then, has increasingly witnessed intra­state conflicts which have required a multidimensional approach in global attempts to find conclusive solutions. Such approaches have led to an expansion of the non­military component of peacekeeping operations, whose successes are largely dependent on the work of civilian experts in key areas such as human rights, rule of law, gender, child protection and elections. Women form a significant component of peacekeeping missions. The surge in the demand for complex peacekeeping operations, has placed new strains on the international system, troop contributing countries as well as the troops, who are increasingly facing grave threats.  

As a responsible member of the United Nations, Ghana has demonstrated her commitment to the Organisation, by annually organising various activities to mark the International Day for UN Peacekeepers since 2003, thereby bringing this important aspect of the  Organisation’s work close to our people. The annual celebration offers the international community in general and Ghana in particular, an opportunity to reflect and deliberate on important issues affecting the dignity of the human race.

I wish to use this occasion to emphasise the importance of the values of tolerance, unity and respect for the rule of law in our body politic here in Ghana. We can succeed in building a vibrant and stable democracy underpinned by a prosperous economy, only if we work relentlessly to maintain the peace and security that we have enjoyed for decades.