TTH attack: Security on high alert as NPP youth threaten mayhem over ”Ringleader” arrest

Security has been beefed up in the Tamale Metropolis in the Northern Region after youth groups affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) threatened to destroy property belonging to the party, if Baba Alhassan who’s under arrest for assaulting and unlawful entry is not released.

Baba Alhassan who claims to be the leader of the Coalition of Tamale Youth led thugs on Tuesday to forcefully throw out CEO of the Tamale Teaching Hospital from office.

That attack resulted in the total withdrawal of services by doctors, nurses and other paramedics of the hospital.

Hoeverw an hour after the strike action was called off, some youth belonging to the NPP stormed the Jubilee Park threatening to cause mayhem if Baba Alhassan who was the ring leader of the attack is not released.

“Leadership should intervene and make sure that the due process is followed. People are dying there, they should go to the hospital and find out what’s happening and give us the feedback. People are not happy with the happenings, there’s a serious internal wrangling in the TTH which needs to be solved. We are saying that life should be protected our party should also be protected. He should be brought out now, now, now,” some angry youth fumed.

Kasapafmonline.com has learnt that some senior party officials foiled the attempt by the youth to go on rampage.

 

Kwesi Botchwey C’ttee report not credible – Volta Chief

The Chief of Ho-Dome, Torgbui Adzinakle Howusu VII, has questioned the credibility of the Dr. Kwesi Botchwey report wondering if it indeed captured all the issues that led to the defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 general elections.

According to the traditional ruler, he found it so strange why Dr. Kwesi Botchwey-led Committee that was mandated to go round the country and investigate what led to the NDC’s defeat in the 2016 general elections went to the very people who created the problems and left behind those who really matter in the scheme of the umbrella family and have been on the grounds for years.

“I was asking some people that the NDC set up a Committee to go round the country to find out what happened – what was the problem. Surprisingly, they came to meet the same people who created the problem. What do you expect? They came to meet their executives and party leaders in the region and the country at large. What do you expect them to tell you? At least they should have consulted both executives and those outside. We are on the grounds. If they had met some of us we would have told them what went wrong”, he noted.

Torgbui Howusu VII made this observation, Thursday, in his welcome address when the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin who has declared his intention to contest for the vacant flagbearer position of the NDC paid a courtesy call on him together with some other Chiefs and asked for their blessings.

His comments were provoked by a brief by Hon. Bagbin who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli/Kaleo.

Neglect of traditional rulers

The longest serving lawmaker in the country had stressed the neglect of traditional rulers and opinion leaders in the local governance system of the country and how he intends to reform that institution when given the mandate to govern the country.

What was more intriguing in his submission was the failure of the NDC government that was led by the former President, John Dramani Mahama to recognize those who sacrificed all their lives to ensure the party’s victory in both 2008 and 2012 general elections.

The neglect of such party faithful, he noted, was the root cause of the umbrella family’s woeful defeat in the 2016 general elections.

The NDC then led by President John Dramani Mahama polled 4,713,277 votes against 5,716,026 votes that was garnered by then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Dwindling fortunes of NDC

Torgbui Howusu VII commenting further said it pains him to see the fortunes of the NDC dwindling, stressing that if care is not taken, the Volta Region which used to be the world bank of the umbrella family will become “rural bank”.

He said once the forum was not meant to discuss what led to the NDC’s defeat in the 2016 elections, he could only hold his brief at least for now, and wait for another day when Hon. Bagbin calls on him again.

“This is not a forum to discuss this issue but if you really want to know what went wrong, please contact those on the grounds and they will tell you. We like our mothers; we sit down for all our children to suck our breast. So, from the other side we know what is happening. People tell us. Maybe, they may not all be useful to you but it will help you to get some ideas from what has happened”, he posited.

He went ahead to bless Hon. Bagbin and prayed to God to continue to guide his path as he seeks to lead the NDC into elections 2020.

Awuku has a bright future and must work for it – Kufuor

Listeners of Starr Chat on Accra-based Starr 103.5 FM, Wednesday, August 15, 2018, had a surprise of their lives when a former President of the Republic, John Agyekum Kufuor, showered his blessings on the National Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku, and tasked him to work towards realizing his vision.

Awuku, he noted, has a bright future and expects something ‘very high’ from him in his political career.

“You are a virtual son of mine so I am blessing you on this occasion and I am expecting something very high from you. Don’t disappoint. May God bless you”, he prayed for Awuku when he called on phone to share some of his thoughts about the National Organiser of the NPP having contributed to his upbringing into the political landscape of the country.

When asked by host, Bola Ray why he (Kufuor) is expecting something very high from Awuku, he retorted “I am expecting something very high because I believe he’s got the potential and capability to realize it. We need young men like him in our present life. I believe he’s competent and has got the makings of a successful political leader but he must work for it”.

Awuku had appeared on Starr Chart as a guest to be celebrated by the national radio station for his immense contributions to the development of Ghanaian youth.

Commenting further, the former Ghanaian Leader urged Awuku to be a very good public servant while climbing the political ladder, believing that will help him get the support of all to realize his future ambition.

“Let me tell you that you have a bright future and must work to realize this future. Be principled; be visionary and be a very good public servant. Whatever you are doing, never forget that you should be a servant leader for the good of not only the party but for the nation. I am sure you can do it because I’ve known you for quite some time”.

Akufo-Addo chases gov’t vehicles sold to solders under Mahama

The Seat of Government, Jubilee House, has began an exercise to retrieve all government vehicles sold to solders or Service Personnel who served in various capacities at the Presidency during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Administration which was headed by His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama.

They have in effect, served notice to all Service Personnel through the Chief of Defense Staff that benefitted from the sale of the government vehicles at the instance of then Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, to surrender the vehicles to the Military High Command for same to be returned to the Presidency on or before September 7, 2018.

The notice dated August 6, 2018, further directed that all documents relating to the sale/purchase of the vehicle should be provided to enable refund to be effected.

The move, kasapafmonline.com understands, was spurred by the fact that the said vehicles are on the list of vehicles that was handed over to the incoming NPP Administration led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2018.

Below is the notice and list of Service Personnel who bought the government vehicles:

NPP terribly poor at Info management – Communications Dir.

Director of Communications of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Yaw Adomako Baafi has slammed the party for being terribly poor at managing information.

According to him, the party has done a bad job at putting out factual information about the dismissal of the former Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko by President Akufo Addo, and have rather shamefully joined the opposition NDC party to speculate on the reasons for the President’s decision.

Mr Boakye Agyarko was sacked from office on Monday and was directed by President Akufo-Addo to hand over to the Lands and Natural Resources Minister John Peter Amewu.

His dismissal comes after the President was allegedly misled into approving the new AMERI deal which had been rejected by Parliament through an Executive Order.

The novation and amendment agreement was seeking to buy out the deal Ameri Energy had with the government of Ghana under President John Mahama and handed over to a third party Mytilineos for 15 years. Ghana would have ended up paying over Ghc1 billion under the new arrangement.

The joint committee on Finance and Energy of Parliament rejected the new deal because it had no signatures from the Attorney General and Finance minister.

Commenting on the fallout of the dismissal on Oman FM’s Boiling Point programme Tuesday, Yaw Adomako Baafi urged members of the party to learn to apply wisdom when making public commentaries on such matters.

“One thing that has caused me much pain about this Boakye Agyarko dismissal is that NPP doesn’t know information management. President Akufo Addo hasn’t given any reason why he sacked the former Minister for Energy, he’s not been accused of doing anything wrong. But instead of the NPP leaving the opposition NDC to speculate on reasons for his dismissal, members of the NPP are rather assigning reasons when nothing official has been put out by the Presidency. People are saying its due to his role in the renegotiated AMERI deal. I beg the NPP, we need to apply wisdom in our public commentary, why do we rush into making conclusions when we don’t have the facts to back that. The President has not said he sacked Hon. Boakye Agyarko because of the AMERI deal nor has he said he was misled. We the NPP should be very careful and not create problems for ourselves. The NDC that is chasing us has not stopped running, so why should we rest. We risk digging our own graves. We should be very careful.”

State burial for J. H. Mensah slated for Aug 17

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that Government will honour the late John Henry Mensah with a state burial, which will be held on Friday, 17th August, 2018.

This announcement was made on Tuesday, 7th August, 2018, when the family of the late J.H. Mensah paid a courtesy call on the President at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s presidency.

In his brief remarks, President Akufo-Addo noted that J.H Mensah mentored him and many members of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, as well as many of the Members of Parliament who entered the House in 1996.

“From the days of Presidents Nkrumah through to Busia, and eventually Rawlings and J.A Kufuor, if there be anyone worthy of mention to have served his country well, then,” the President said.

He, thus, described J.H. Mensah’s passing as “a huge loss to this nation”, and assured the family, therefore, that a befitting burial ceremony will be given to him.

J.H Mensah, until his death, was a founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party. He served the country from 1953, till his passing on 12 August 2018, at the ripe old age of 89. His last official appointment was in 2005, when he was appointed Senior Minister by the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor.

Don’t panic over Mahama’s return – Obiri Boahene to NPP

A former deputy General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Yeboah has urged his fellow party members and government appointees not to lose focus on the good work they are doing to better the lot of the people that elected them into office.

The party, he said, should not be distracted at all following criticisms from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a cross section of Ghanaians over some of the policies the government has introduced.

Interacting with Accra-based Okay FM, Monday, August 6, 2018, Nana Boahene said the NPP should remain committed to the work of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and cautioned against fear and panic, especially, with the return of the former John Dramani Mahama as he seeks for re-election to lead the umbrella family into the 2020 general elections.

“Now that Mahama is coming as NDC flag bearer or Sylvester Mensah or Prof. Joshua Alabi or Dr. Spio Ekow Garbrah, I don’t think that the NPP should be distracted at all. They shouldn’t panic or shake at all. The NPP as a party with Nana Addo are doing well, honestly. There may be one or two mistakes somewhere because it is a human institution.

At one corner, you hear that the President said I was misled yes, it is a human institution. At another point you will hear …When you are doing politics, you should eliminate ourselves from a certain position. They [NPP] should just allow the opposition to continue to air their views but they shouldn’t get distracted at all. They should stay focused on the good work they are doing”, he stressed.

Commenting further, he said while the NDC may be thinking about the next election, it is important for the NPP as a governing party to think about the welfare of the next generation.

To this end, he said the double-track system the government is seeking to introduce to curb some challenges associated with the enrollment of students into the Senior High School (SHS) is the best way to go, stressing that is the best option to addressing enrollment challenges into the SHS.

I’ve great confidence in current NPP Youth Wing leadership – Sammi Awuku

The National Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku has expressed confidence in the competence of the current leadership of the NPP National Youth Wing to help realize the quest of the party to stay in power for long in order to deliver prosperity to Ghanaians.

The celebrated former Youth Leader made this assertion at the maiden NPP National Youth Wing Meeting organized by the National Youth Organizer, Henry Nana Boakye (Nana B) purposely to strategize on building and strengthening the Youth Wing to deliver victory to the party in 2020 and beyond.

According to Sammi Awuku, his absolute confidence is premised on the fact that the current Youth Leader, Nana B has risen through the ranks and over the years, has developed relevant skills set and competences needed to excel on the job.

He added that the youth wing is also gifted with astute, diligent and results oriented Regional Youth Organizers who have, over the years, contributed immensely in the building of the Youth Wing at the Regional and Constituency levels.

As the National Officer with oversight responsibility over all the wings of the party including the Youth Wing, Sammi Awuku gave the assurance of his unflinching and timely support to the Youth Wing whenever the need arises.

Mr Sammi Awuku was accompanied by Aziz Futa, the National Nasara Coodinator of the NPP.

Attendance key to determining retention of NPP MPs – Majority Leader

The Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has revealed that the retention of incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) in the legislature will largely depend on their attendance to Parliamentary work.

This decision, he noted, has been affirmed by the leadership of the elephant family and will be implemented henceforth.

Addressing members of the Parliamentary Press Corps at the Meet-the-Press series facilitated by the Public Affairs Department, Parliament of Ghana, on Wednesday, Mr. Osei-Kyei-Bonsu said the move is geared towards mitigating the high attrition rate that has hit Parliament in recent times.

The measure is also meant to ensure the general improvement of attendance while also improving on the understanding of lawmakers on Parliamentary practices.

“Lately attendance is improving. It is improving because my own party has decided that attendance in the House should be something that we factor in the retention or otherwise of a Member of Parliament. And today, we have a keeper of who keeps the records. Every week we are submitting a report to the Headquarters of the party and the President who is the leader of our party. I have always insisted that Parliamentary business is such that the longer you stay, the better you become. Ordinarily, there are many of us who have stayed for two or three terms, yet they are very unfamiliar with the turf of Parliament. This explains the reason why when it comes to the crafting of bills, arguably, you see very few people in the chamber and that cannot be good”, he explained.

With the decision affirmed by the party, he said there is someone on their side who has been appointed to keep an eye on attendance of their Members to the House.

“A report on weekly attendance of Members is sent to the leadership of the party for action and this will be used to determining who should be retained or not”, he noted.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, who lauded the initiative being embarked on by the Majority Caucus, assured that his side will also take a cue and do same.

He noted that once the data is collated, they could then make a strong case to the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the political party they belong to, to make a final decision on it.

A great curse upon NPP if they increase taxes – Allotey Jacobs

Central Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Mr. Bernard Allotey Jacobs has said that, if the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government increases taxes, it will be a great curse to them as the same party once protested against tax increase some years back.

According to Allotey Jacobs, the Kume Preko demonstration organized in Ghana in 1995 against the Jerry John Rawlings government’s introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) was led by Nana Akufo-Addo, now incumbent President with other colleagues including as Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Dr. Wereko Brobbey, Akoto Ampaw and Napoleon Abdulai.

He holds the view that after Nana Akufo Addo vehemently opposing VAT, it will be unconscionable to see an increase in taxes under his regime as President at a time that Ghanaians are reeling under economic hardship.

The demonstration was initially billed as a peaceful protest but quickly became violent when unidentified assailants shot live bullets into the crowd resulting in the deaths of six protesters.

“If the NPP led government increases VAT, it’ll be a great curse upon them. You can’t spit and take it back. I want the President to know that Ghanaians are suffering. People are complaining at the market, in trotro, on the streets, everywhere. Common staple foods have become extremely expensive. The people of Ghana did not ask the government to introduce Free SHS, the President himself made that promise so we thought money for that project was set aside already, little did we know that taxes will have to be increased to support such project.” He said on Peace FM.

This issue came about as a result of government seeking to implement an increase in Value Added Tax tomorrow, 19th July, 2018 which has been frowned on by many people claiming that the country is already in financial crisis.

By: Elikem Prince Akoenyenu