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Abuga Pele hospitalised

Abuga Pele hospitalised
Mr.Abuga Pele

The former National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), Mr Abuga Pele, who is currently in jail for causing financial loss to the state has been admitted to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, formerly Ridge Hospital, for some health challenges.

A source at hospital confirmed to Graphic Online that Mr Pele was currently in critical condition at the High Dependency Unit (HDU) of the hospital after he was taken there from the Nsawam Maximum Security Prison last week.

It is not clear what the hospital is treating the incarcerated politician for.

“He is currently on level two so that is a critical condition, “the source told Graphic Online’s Kester Aburam Korankye.

Mr Pele and a businessman, Mr Philip Akpeena Assibit, were sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison on February 23, 2018 for their involvement in the GH¢4.1 million
GYEEDA scandal.

The two were put before in 2014.

The court concluded that Mr Pele entered into an unlawful agreement with Mr Assibit, prevailing on the state to make payments when no work had been done.

He has since served about three years at the Nsawam Maximum Security Prison from where he was rushed to the hospital on health grounds last week.

False claims

Mr Assibit on his part made false claims for payments to the tune of GH¢ 3.3 million as services provided to the erstwhile National Youth Employment Programme.

The said amount included developing an exit programme and securing a grant of GH¢65 million from the World Bank.

Pele, who is also a former Member of Parliament for Chiana-Paga in the Upper East Region, is serving six years, while Assibit is serving 12 years in prison.

Lower sentence

The former MP was slapped with a lower sentence because the court held that there “was no evidence that he benefited from the proceeds of the crime.”

Before sentencing, the lawyers pleaded with the presiding judge, Justice Afia Serwaah Asare Botwe, for lenient sentences.

He has since served about three years at the Nsawam Maximum Security Prison from where he was rushed to the hospital on health grounds.

Source:Graphiconline

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Unexplained wealth must be criminalised if it doesn’t match lawful income – Kissi Agyebeng

All you need to know about Kissi Agyebeng, Ghana's Special Prosecutor  nominee

The Special Prosecutor-nominee, Kissi Agyebeng, says he is committed to dealing with unexplained wealth accrued by government officials if he’s confirmed.

Appearing before Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Mr. Agyebeng said he expects all the wealth of government officials to come from lawful sources.

“I will be looking out in respect of the sources of that income… whatever the source of the income is; should be lawful,” he said.

Asked if Ghana should criminalise unexplained wealth by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, he surmised that it would depend on the defence of the person in question.

“If we are to place unexplained wealth in proper context, I will say that if the person cannot reasonably explain as matched against his lawful income the amount of money in question, then that aspect, in my opinion, should be criminalised. But if you can reasonably explain how you came by that amount of money, then that should be acceptable.

“If I were to place the burden on you; matched against your lawful income, and you cannot reasonably explain the shortfall as to how your lawful income falls short of your wealth, then I will be asking you questions and calling you in.”

As a general strategy for fighting corruption, Mr. Agyebeng said he would make graft a high-risk endeavour.

“I am going to make corruption very costly to engage in terms of conflict of interest,” he stated.

“My conscience and my learning of the law are going to be my guide,” the nominee also assured.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, nominated Mr. Agyebeng, a law lecturer and private legal practitioner, as a replacement for Martin Amidu, who resigned from the position in November 2020 under very controversial circumstances.

Kissi Agyebeng was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, as well as, Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada, and Cornell Law School, USA.

He has, since 2006, been teaching Criminal Law at the University of Ghana, whilst engaging in private law practice.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has the mandate to investigate and prosecute all suspected corruption and corruption-related offenses as pertaining to public officers, politically exposed persons, and persons in the private sector alleged to have been involved in any corruption and corruption-related offenses.

Apart from initiating investigations on its own, Act 959 gives the Office of the Special Prosecutor the power to receive and investigate complaints of alleged corruption from the public or investigate suspected corruption or corruption-related offenses upon referral from public bodies such as the Attorney General’s Department, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

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‘I need help’-Mother of triplets

Mrs Leticia Attiakpo (left) with  Mrs Theresa Anim, her mother, and the triplets

A mother of a set of triplets is appealing for help to cater for her children and also seek medical attention. She suffered a mild stroke after giving birth.

Mrs Leticia Attiakpo, 36, told the Daily Graphic that apart from her condition, the triplets were also born prematurely and, therefore, required constant medical care.

“I am asking for help to be able to treat myself, treat my children. I have mild stroke which is preventing me from working but I hope to get well in order to work and take good care of my children. I have an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management so if I get money I will start my own business by making pastries and other food items for sale,” she told the Daily Graphic.

No help

Mrs Attiakpo said she met her husband, a Togolese, five years ago at Asokore in the Eastern Region and they got married not long afterwards .

According to her, her husband was initially helping her to take care of the babies, but he vanished into thin air due to the expensive medical care for her treatment and that of the children.

“He was helping at the initial stages, but later vanished and I have not heard from him since. All efforts to locate him has proved futile,” she said.

She said taking the children to the hospital monthly for weighing was entirely her business until one Pastor Joseph Appiah offered to support her.

Mrs Attiakpo is currently at a spiritual centre in Koforidua seeking treatment for her predicament, while the children are with her mother, Mrs Theresa Anim, at Asokore.

Complications

Narrating the ordeal she went through during childbirth, she said she delivered after eight months of pregnancy through Caesarian Section at the Koforidua Regional Hospital and the babies would have died if the medical team had not put in much effort.

According to her, the first two babies fared better, but the third born was kept in an incubator for much longer due to complications.

“When the first two babies were discharged, they also started developing complications such as changes in the colour of their eyes, fingers,” she said.

In view of that she said they had to be put him back in an incubator.

“We moved from the pre-heat to light and that was back and forth with the two because as soon they were taken away from the light, you see them dying slowly, with their colour changing,” she added.

She said it took almost a year for the children to get well, but added that “they still suffered from lots of ailments and needed constant care.”

The children, who are currently three years, have started school, but their mother can neither pay their fees nor buy them the prescribed school uniforms.

The children go to school with their house attires, hoping that they will get their uniforms soon.

Source:Graphiconline

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The honeymoon is over – Speaker Bagbin declares

Mr.Alban S.K Bagbin

The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin on Wednesday complained of errant behaviour of some Members of Parliament, which has affected their reputation and urged them to restore the dignity, majesty, the mighty and aura of parliament.

The Speaker complained about un-parliamentary behaviours and conduct of some of the legislators in the chamber touching on dressing, lateness and absenteeism, and tasked the Second Deputy Speaker to monitor the attendance of the members.

He referred to events of the dawn of 7th January 2021, and said it would require a conscious effort to remodel to profile of the Ghanaian MP.

In an address to the House on Wednesday afternoon, the Speaker took note of some behaviours unbecoming of some MPs, and urged, that they stopped forthwith to restore the dignity of the House.

The Speaker declared to them that, “the honeymoon is over,’ and asked the MPs to let the Ghanaian electorate continue to have good reason for voting them to represent them in the august House.

“We need to give the citizens enough reason to keep addressing us as MPs.” Speaker Bagbin urged.

Source: GNA

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