VIDEO: Akua Donkor threatens Akufo Addo with a gun

Madam Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), who has never hidden her dislike for President Akufo Addo must have scaled up her aversion for the latter as she’s being captured in a video threatening the President to step down.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Madam Akua Donkor who has been described by many as the biggest joker in Ghanaian politics is seen holding pump action gun with rounds strapped around her shoulder asking President Akufo Addo.

“I’m very serious about what I’m saying, President Nana Akufo Addo must step down immediately. What he’s doing will not help him.” Akua Donkor threatened.

It is unclear what has triggered Akua Donkor’s threat to the President and what her next actions will be if the President does not resign as she calling for.

In June 2018, Akua Donkor filed a suit at the Supreme Court seeking the removal of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia over the exposé in football corruption by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

In her writ, Madam Donkor states that in the expose, the names of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia were mentioned by the immediate past President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, as people who could be influenced with money in the award of contracts.

She therefore wants the Supreme Court to order the Attorney-General, who was named as the defendant in the suit, to advice the two highest office holders in the country to step down.

According to her, the President and Vice President must step down to allow “fair” investigations into the claims of Mr Nyantakyi.

“An order of this honourable court directing the defendant to advise the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to step aside since their names were mentioned in the documentary video by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas,” she stated in her statement of claim.

 

Why do we allow this madness to continue? I think she should be arrested . Press 1 of you agree

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Ghana ready for business – Akufo Addo to UK Investment Community

President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo says Ghana is “ready for business”, urging the United Kingdom business community to partner with Ghana and be part of the new, exciting and profitable phase of the West African nation’s quest to transform her economy into an industrialized one.

Speaking at the turn of the 2018 UK- Ghana Investment Summit at the Kempinski Hotel with focus on building an investment case for Ghana, President Akufo Addo said, “The prospects for Ghana’s and indeed, Africa’s development in the 21st century are immense. British participation in that development would be very welcome.”

Ghana, the President said, is the first sub-Saharan African nation to break free from colonial rule. The country, he said, is therefore poised to play a vanguard role in the new struggle for economic development for Africa’s 1.2 billion people.

“Ghana is ready for business. Join us. Be part of this new, exciting and profitable phase,” the President said.

Business Climate

On the state of the business climate in Ghana, the President said, “It is an exciting time to be in Ghana and to do business in the country. Already, global car manufacturing giants, Volkswagen of Germany and Sinotruk of China; energy giants, ExxonMobil of the United States of America and Noway’s Aker Energy, as well as tech giant, Google, have signaled their intentions of establishing bases in Ghana, and I believe it is for good reason.”

President Akufo Addo therefore urged the UK business delegation visiting Ghana to take advantage of the growing business-friendly climate in the country to invest in Ghana.

“You must now be familiar with government’s flagship policies of ‘One District, One Factory’, ‘One Village, One Dam’, and the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which I commend to you, as I do areas in water, health, housing, road and rail infrastructure, transport, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, petroleum and gas, the exploitation of our mineral wealth of bauxite, iron ore and gold, renewable energy and ICT growth,” the President stated.

British High Commissioner to Ghana

British High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker, in his opening address said, “Ghana is currently the United Kingdom’s fourth biggest export market in sub Saharan Africa, but is potential for both Ghana and the UK to do much more together”.

He expressed confidence in the fact that the best of the UK private sector is ready and waiting to accelerate President Akufo Addo’s agenda of moving ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’.

Akufo Addo’s dismissal of fmr. GEPA Boss illegal – AG

The Auditor General has described as ”irregular” and ”improper” the manner in which President Akufo Addo dismissed the Executive Secretary of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, (GEPA) Gifty Klenam.

The Auditor General reached that conclusion after a special audit at the Authority.

A memo from the Auditor General to the Ghana Export Promotion Authority warns that President Akufo Addo’s dismissal of Madam Klenam amounted to an illegality and could lead to judgment debt against the state should she decide to take up the matter in court.

“In our view, the termination of appointment by the President and not the Minister of Trade and Industry was irregular and improper since the termination was contrary to Section 3 (2) of the Ghana Export Promotion Act 1969 as quoted above. This anomaly borders on matters of legality and the associated implications thereof. This could therefore result in legal suit by the former Executive Secretary against the State which could lead to judgement debt being awarded against the state.

“We therefore urge the office of the President to ensure that the termination of the appointment of officers is done in accordance with applicable laws and regulations to ensure good corporate governance,” the memo read in part

Accra Mall incident: Let’s improve maintenance culture – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has said he’s “disturbed” about the incident that occurred at the Accra Mall Thursday, 11 October 2018.

Shopper ran helter skelter after the ceiling at the mall caved.

Three people reportedly sustained minor injuries with the Police and fire service officers being on hand to ensure order.

The caved roof at the GAME shop | Source: Josephine Asabea Akonor

President Akufo Addo who’s is currently in the US on official working visit in a tweet denounced the poor maintenance culture in the country, urging facility managers to “improve our maintenance culture.”

 

Akufo-Addo to grace this year’s Agotime Kente Festival

All is set for this year’s Kente Festival of the chiefs and people of Agotime Traditional Area in the Volta Region.

It is under the theme “Attitudinal Change: the Panacea to Our Future Development”.

At the launch of the festival, the chairman of the 2018 planning committee, Mr. Eddie Akotey said the festivalhas been packaged specifically for domestic and foreign tourists with over 100 tourists from the United States who confirmed their participation.

Expected to grace the grand durbar on Saturday 20th October 2018 is the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Other dignitaries who have confirmed their participation include the US Ambassador to Ghana, the Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts, Catherine Afeku, the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa among others.

The people of Agotime instituted the Kente festival in 1995 as part of measures to preserve the uniqueness of the Kente cloth which has for long remained the identity of the African and for that matter the Ghanaian.

This unique festival by all standards offers the opportunity for the display of quality woven Kente from arguably the original home.

The organisers intoned that all is set to ensure that this year’s edition exceeds the expectations of all guests and indigenes from the traditional area.

The festival aims to preserve the cultural and aesthetic values of the Kente cloth and project its various uses; expose new techniques and innovations in the Kente industry; attract tourists to Ghana and the Agotime and above all unite the people for the socio-economic development.

The festival has a history of high patronage from international and domestic tourists, politicians, researchers, students and indigenes from the 37 towns and villages of the Agotime Traditional Area.

It always offers an opportunity to put Ghana on the world tourism map.

This year’s edition has a lot of cultural and social activities that give a wholesome package to tourists apart from the quality and wide range of Kente fabrics.

By showcasing the local culture, visitors are given an insight into the creative community spirit of the people of Agotime, inspiring everyone to join the Kente magic trail.

According to the week-long programme, Sunday October 14 marks the start of the festival with an inter-denominational church service to be followed by a brass band procession in selected towns and villages in the evening.

Traditional prayers, clean-up exercise and inter-schools quiz competition for JHS students are scheduled for Monday. Tuesday is devoted for health walk and health screening exercise across major towns and villages in the traditional area.

Women and children’s day takes center stage on Wednesday.

Godigbe, Asialetorme (Maidens water fetching), and Borborbor competition would take place on Thursday.

Friday is packed with the firing of musketry, clans feast or Totokpakpa Bazaar, Kente weaving competition, beauty pageant and street jams.

Saturday is the climax of the celebration with a grand durbar of the chiefs and people of Agotime.

In attendance will be the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the special guest of honor. The grand durbar is a moment rich with symbolism and pomp. Symbolism in the fact that Kente’s story of diversity in unity will be on display. Later in the evening, there will be dinner dance and street jams that would run concurrently.

Sunday crowns the week-long celebration with an inter-denominational thanksgiving service in the morning and the finals of the football match in the afternoon. All roads lead to Agotime, the home of quality and authentic Kente. Aza looo, Aza seeee…

“Ghana now a net exporter of electricity” – Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his government, over the last 21 months, has ensured stability and adequate supply of power in the country, in the place of the erratic power situation that it inherited.

Speaking at the Financial Times Africa Summit, in London, on Monday, 8th October, 2018, President Akufo-Addo indicated that his government, over the same period, has also ensured a reduction in tariff rates, with domestic consumers enjoying tariff reductions of up to 17.5%, and a 30% reduction for industry to stimulate industrial activity.

“In addition, a review of 24 power purchase agreements, which has led to the termination of 11 power deals and the rescheduling of 8 others, has enabled us to save the government treasury about $7 billion in excess capacity charges over a 13-year contract period,” the President said.

His government, he told the forum, has issued 7-year and 10-year cedi-denominated bonds, totaling GH¢4.7 billion, which have halved the $2.4 billion energy debt it inherited.

“Ghana, as a result, is today a net exporter of electricity. I was in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, last Friday, for the inauguration, with the President of Faso, His Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kabore, of the Bolgatanga (capital of Ghana’s Upper East Region) to Ouagadougou Power Interconnection Project, which will see, daily, up to 100 megawatts of power supplied directly to Burkina Faso from Ghana,” he added.

Time for economic transformation

After 25 years of a stable and free, democratic nation, with a strengthening market economy, President Akufo-Addo indicated that Ghana, today, has the best opportunity, since independence, to undertake a deliberate and meaningful transformation of her economic structure, and set it on the road to modern development.

As a relatively new entrant in the league of oil-producing countries, President Akufo-Addo indicated that Ghana has the perfect occasion to transform the structure of her economy through industrial and value-added commercial activities.

“We are determined to use our oil revenues to create assets, not waste it on consumption and accumulate debt,” he said.
Additionally, President Akufo-Addo told the forum of his government’s desire to developing strategic industries out of Ghana’s abundant natural resources of bauxite and iron ore.

“We have established, by statute two months ago, a public commercial corporation, the Ghana Integrated Bauxite/Aluminium Development Corporation, to assemble the relevant financial resources for the full exploitation and development of the entire value chain, in Ghana, of our large bauxite deposits,” he said.

By the same token, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “we have decided to exploit our substantial iron ore and manganese deposits, situated in the Western and Northern regions of our country, to build an integrated steel industry to serve the needs of our country and region. We are seeking suitable partners for both ventures.”

His Government, the President assured, will ensure that businesses are up and running, having access to the capital, and, at the same time, maintain macro-economic stability, an efficient bureaucracy, a strong adherence to the rule of law, and a fair and equitable social system in health and education provision.

Akamba’s video: Police hunt for another NDC exec after arresting one

Police in Garu in the Upper East Region are on the heels of an NDC executive known as Roger for unlawfully entering the premises of the Garu-Tempani Senioh High School to campaign.

This after the arrest of one Emmanuel Issaka by the Police.

The two together with the aspiring National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Joshua Akamba have all been declared wanted after a viral video captured them inciting students of the school against President Akufo Addo and the MP for the area, Hon. Kpenka Dindiok who’s also a Deputy Attorney General.

Joshua Akamba on his campaign tour subjected the students to what some have described as very reprehensible brainwashing them to attack President Akufo-Addo as well as Joseph Dindiock Kpemka, the MP for the area who is also a Deputy Attorney General.

This NDC guru in a video is seen leading the students to hoot at President Akufo Addo and the NPP MP and urged the students to vote against them in the 2020 general elections because of some challenges they’re facing in the school.

Some have condemned Joshua Akamba for exposing these innocent students to partisan politics and such vile propaganda with his indoctrination.

But commenting on the issue, Joshua Akamba told Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM Friday that he has absolutely no regrets for his action and still stands by what he did.

“I don’t feel sorry for what I did, my reaction in the school came from what I saw and I’m sure that every other person with such emotion would have done worse than what I did. The scene at the school and what the students are going through is so despicable that I never want to see the video recording again My reaction was totally out of shock. Did you see the skins of the students? It’s such a shame. Even animals are not treated the way these students are being treated. Some of the students were chasing me and crying asking for just GHC1 to buy food. This is so bad. 

“I don’t see anything wrong with urging the students to shame the President, what did the NPP not say and do to ex President Mahama calling him all sorts of names.”

I owe Akufo Addo no apology – NDC’s Akamba

Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Joshua Akamba has said under no circumstance will he ever render an apology to President Akufo Addo for inciting innocent students of a school in Tempani in the Upper East Region against him.

Joshua Akamba on his campaign tour in his bid to be elected as the substantive National Organizer of the party subjected the students to what some have described as very reprehensible brainwashing them to attack President Akufo-Addo as well as Joseph Dindiock Kpemka, the MP for the area who is also a Deputy Attorney General.

This NDC guru in a video is seen leading the students to hoot at President Akufo Addo and the NPP MP and urged the students to vote against them in the 2020 general elections because of some challenges they’re facing in the school.

Some have condemned Joshua Akamba for exposing these innocent students to partisan politics and such vile propaganda with his indoctrination.

But commenting on the issue, Joshua Akamba told Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM Friday that he has absolutely no regrets for his action and still stands by what he did.

“I don’t feel sorry for what I did, my reaction in the school came from what I saw and I’m sure that every other person with such emotion would have done worse than what I did. The scene at the school and what the students are going through is so despicable that I never want to see the video recording again My reaction was totally out of shock. Did you see the skins of the students? It’s such a shame. Even animals are not treated the way these students are being treated. Some of the students were chasing me and crying asking for just GHC1 to buy food. This is so bad. 

“I don’t see anything wrong with urging the students to shame the President, what did the NPP not say and do to ex President Mahama calling him all sorts of names.”

JOSHUA AKAMBA INCITES STUDENTS AGAINST DEPUTY AG, URGES THEM TO INSULT PREZ. AKUFO-ADDO.Joshua Akamba’s derelict campaign to climb up to the National Organizer position of the NDC is having a telling effect on him, leading him to incite innocent but unsuspecting students to attack President Akufo-Addo as well as Joseph Dindiock Kpemka, the MP for the area who is also a Deputy Attorney General.On his campaign tour in the Tempane Constituency of the Upper East Region, Akamba visited a school and what he subjected the students to was very reprehensible if not abominable. This NDC guru is seen brainwashing the students and inciting them against the MP of the area, Joseph Dindiock and His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Akamba was urging the students to vote against the NPP MP as well as President Akufo-Addo in the next elections because of some challenges being faced by the them in the school. Not only would Akamba ask for the event to be captured on video, he has also ensured that the videotaped event goes viral.How he could expose these innocent students to partisan politics with this attempted indoctrination is very shocking.The authorities of the school who allowed Akamba access to the students must also be sanctioned for exposing them to such a vile agenda by the aspiring National Organizer of the NDC.Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education must not allow this senseless enterprise by the school’s authorities to slide. Those who allowed this in the school must not go scot free.Akamba, by this abhorrent behavior, has confirmed how desperate the opposition NDC is in its bid to come back to power. They are hell-bent to see the back of the ruling New Patriotic Party if even they would sacrifice the education of innocent Ghanaian kids.

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Be merciless with Galamseyers – Akufo-Addo to Judges

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the “concept of deterrence must be an important part of sentencing policy, especially in areas of great social concern, such as the fight against galamsey and vigilantism.”

Whilst recognizing the dictates of due process and the protection of human rights, President Akufo-Addo indicated that even though sentences are meted out in accordance with the Criminal Offences Act, there are discretionary powers that are given a the judge within a certain band.

“It continues to be a source of worry that persons, for instance, caught in the act of destroying our environment and polluting our water bodies, the very inheritance of our future generations, because of the phenomenon of illegal mining, popularly referred to as galamsey, get away with lenient sentences,” the President said.

He continued, “The media landscape is replete with accounts of persons who steal goats, for example, receiving sentences of not less than two years in prison. Yes, the sentences. I suggest that, in certain cases, the discretion must be exercised for the upper end of the band, i.e. for the maximum.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 2018, when he swore into office four new Supreme Court Judges, at a ceremony held at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s presidency.

Congratulatory Charge

Congratulating the newly sworn Justices, President Akufo-Addo indicated that they have met the stringent requirements of Article 128(4) of the Constitution, adding that “you have the independence of spirit, proven integrity, high moral character, and impartiality of mind to hold this high office. Your appointments are truly well-deserved and merited.”

With the Constitution decreeing the final judicial power of the State rests with the Judiciary, and not in any other arm of Government or agency of State, the President noted that central to the execution of the functions of the Judiciary is the Supreme Court.

He bemoaned the situation where judges proffer judgements on the basis of decisions from lower courts and cite them as law, describing them as unacceptable.

“Judges, more so Justices of the Supreme Court, must be learned, know their case law and ensure their decisions and judgements are properly motivated,” he added.

Broad Outlook on Appointments to the Bench

President Akufo-Addo noted that, as Attorney General, from 2001 to 2003, under the Government of His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, 2nd President of the 4th Republic, he had the honour of nominating for appointment onto the Supreme Court, with the approval of the President, distinguished jurists and academics.

These persons, he said, were Professor Samuel Kofi Date-Bah, the late Professor Tawia Modibo Ocran, and the late Professor A.K.P Kludze, three judges whose works made such a significant impact on the growth of the Court’s constitutional jurisprudence.

“I have continued in this tradition as President of the Republic, and, today, the immediate past President of the Ghana Bar Association, a distinguished practitioner, Nene Amegatcher, and the former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Professor Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey, have been appointed from the Bar directly onto the Supreme Court, together with two respected Judges of the Court of Appeal.,” he added

This blend of persons on the Supreme Court, in his view, “will strengthen the development of our nation’s constitutional and other jurisprudence.”

Akufo Addo needs new Presidential Jet – Security Analyst

Security analyst, Emmanuel Kotin has called on government to purchase a new presidential jet after the President and his team escaped a near fatal accident on Saturday.

The President and the delegation that travelled with him to the United States were returning to Ghana, when the incident happened in Washington.

Reports suggested that the incident occurred after one of the engines of the aircraft went off 30 minutes after takeoff.

This was however confirmed by information Minister designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press briefing in Accra.

“After about 20 minutes into the flight from Washington to Accra, the aircraft developed a challenge with one of its engines. And the pilot informed the passengers including the President accordingly. A decision was made to land the aircraft in Washington Dulles airport, but they first required about one hour of flight to dispose of some of the fuel that was on board”, he said.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah also added that “subsequently, the flight landed safely at Dulles Airport in Washington and the President and his delegation got onto a commercial flight, a South African Airways flight and arrived in Accra at 8:00 am this [Sunday] morning. The trip was successful all in all”.

However, Speaking on Accra based 3 Fm, Mr. Kotin underscored the need for a second aircraft, he insisted the current Presidential jet in its form and considering the experience with former President Mahama needs to be changed.

“The debate about a Presidential jet will always be with us as a people but am speaking from the security point of view because if you look at this current presidential jet, the former president had a near miss with it and the current president has also had a similar experience” he said.

“Are we going to wait until a calamity befall us before we act? We know times are hard but more often than not, when these things happen, politicians are quick to rush to the media for political expediency.
One would have thought that after this incident, there should have been something we call evaluation of the presidential aircraft to see whether it is fit for the president to use or otherwise” he added.

Mr Kotin also urged the public and most especially, politicians to desist from politicising the need for a second presidential aircraft.

“The challenge is that, last two years when NDC was in power and a proposal was made for a second presidential jet, the NPP kicked against it. Now they are in power and it’s staring at them and they are quick to say that it is not the president’s decision to have another one” he said.

By: Alex Semordzi