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Don’t sell NDC for pittance-Mahama cautions party members as he eulogises Rawlings

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Former President, John Dramani Mahama has advised members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to eschew greed and other tendencies that may cause the party to become a spent force after the passing of their Founder, Jerry John Rawlings.

According to him, every political tradition is likely to be plagued with unbridled confusion and destruction any time its founder dies. He cited the Convention People’s Party (C.P. P) as one of such traditions which is yet to recover from the death of their Founder, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Speaking at a party ceremony on Monday, 25 January in honour of the late Jerry John Rawlings, President Mahama urged party loyalist to cultivate a sense of sacrifice and singleness of purpose as prerequisite to keeping the memory and legacy of the party’s founder.

He said, NDC members have to identify what holds them together and to accentuate the things that bind them together so as to withstand all the inducements and threats from the New Patriotic Party as their opponents(NPP) attempt to destroy the NDC through fair or foul means.

“We should close our ranks to ensure the survival of our party and our tradition. The challenge that political parties face that makes the difference between success and failure is how you survive the passing of your Founder…we should exorcise the sense of selfishness and greed that makes some of us sell our party and our comrades for a pittance.” President Mahama stated.

He added that one way to honour the late President Rawlings is for the academics within the NDC to chronicle their experiences about their Founder in order that some opposition elements will not continue to twist historical antecedents.

According to him, many pro-NPP historians have tried to meddle in revisionism and in doing so, President Rawlings’ legacy has been unfairly and negatively presented to achieve a certain political effect hence members of the NDC must rise to occasion; by telling the true story of their late leader.

“Unless as progressives and members of the party we have our own historian, the story of the revolution and our period in government will be told by other people for us…in Ghana, we are seeing revisionism taking place especially of our independence era and struggle for independence. Every day we see efforts to dilute the role of the Founder of our nation, Kwame Nkrumah.” President Mahama observed.

The NDC Flagbearer used the occasion to remind members of the party on the need to adhere to the safety protocols against the marauding COVID-19 pandemic. He said, the new variant of the diseases appears to be deadlier than the first one hence utmost caution is needed to stem the tide.

“The COVID is getting very serious and each one of you is an asset to our party and so we should take it seriously, it is not easy. The new variant is more easily transmissible than the old variant, let’s be on our guard, keep your masks on and don’t go into mass gatherings when there are many people.” The NDC leader advised.

Source:Nationlistgh.com

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Contempt case against Rex Omar, 14 others adjourned to May 17

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The Accra Human Rights Court yesterday adjourned to May 17, 2021, the case in which a lawyer is seeking the court to jail musician, Rex Omar, and 14  others for contempt of court.

Mr Gabriel Awunyo, who is representing George William Dickson, veteran musician, Akosua Adjepong, and two others, was in court on Wednesday to move the contempt motion against the respondents, but was told the presiding judge, Justice Gifty Addo was indisposed.

Mr Awunyo has stated that the respondents disrespected the court by electing board members of Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) when there was a pending suit concerning the election.

His said his clients filed the instant action in their capacity as members of GHAMRO, a company Limited by guarantee and registered under the laws of Ghana.

On November 4, 2020, the applicants initiated action against the respondents, who are board members of GHAMRO, and subsequently served respondents with the process.

The applicants said they wanted the court to injunct the election of members to the GHAMRO board until the final determination of the matter.

The applicants averred that since the commencement of the action, Yaw Oxbon, a respondent, had at all material times represented the respondents in court.

In the affidavit in support of the motion to commit the respondents to prison for contempt of court, counsel for applicants, Mr Awunyo stated that the respondents had openly discussed the matter on radio, television and on social media how they were determined to go on with the election of new board members of GHAMRO regardless of the lawsuit.

He said the contempt shown by the respondents followed an entrenched pattern of behavior over the years.

The applicants said they also filed another application and served on the respondents specifically to restrain them  from holding elections to appoint a new board, and that the respondents were in court on April 15, this year, to confirm that the applicants’ interlocutory application was served on them.

However, the respondents went ahead to elect members on the April 19, 2021, the night before the motion was to be heard.

The conduct of the respondents, the lawyer argued was likely to prejudice a fair hearing of the motion.

He said the respondents were doing this with the full knowledge that there was a pending suit for injunction application which had been served on them seeking to restrain them from electing a new board, but continued unjustly enrich themselves at the expense of the members.

Mr Awunyo contends that the only intent of the respondents was to bring the authority and administration of the law into disrespect and interfere with the pending litigation.

Source: GhanaianTimes

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Government commissions secretariat to receive complaints on media harassment

 Government has commissioned a secretariat to receive and validate complaints of attacks on media practitioners in Ghana and advocate their rights and freedoms.

The Secretariat, known as: the National Coordinated Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists, would be a centre for media practitioners to report issues of intimidation and harassments in their line of duty for investigation.

It is located at the former offices of the National Media Commission (NMC) in Accra.

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister of Information, who cut the tape to officially open the Secretariat, said it formed part of government’s commitment towards ensuring the safety of journalists in the country.

He said discussions on establishing a secretariat to promote media safety started about two years ago, which allowed stakeholders to make meaningful inputs.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the office would primarily receive and validate complaints of intimidation and harassment of journalists, as well as advocate media freedoms and rights as enshrined in Chapter 12 of the 1992 Constitution.

“Two years ago, we began this conversation on what we can see today. I must say that this is an additional layer of government’s commitment to a free media,” he said.

“This adds up to the existing layers such as the Right to Information Act, establishment of the Right to Information Commission, and the repeal of the Criminal Libel law to strengthen media practice, as opposed to the claims of media silence in Ghana, which I disagree with,” the Minister said.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah entreated the staff and leadership who would work at the Secretariat to treat complaints with absolute professionalism and dispatch and help deepen collaborations between the media and its stakeholders.

Mr George Sarpong, the Executive Secretary of the NMC, said the opening of the office reinforced stakeholders’ commitment to the safety of the media.

He said the office would support media practice and freedom, adding: “This will serve as a ‘go-to-complain centre’ on the safety of practitioners.”

Mr Sarpong assured the media that the office would seek their welfare and safety, and deal with matters expeditiously.

However, he advised them to be professional in their practice and not necessarily court troubles for themselves in their line of duty.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ms Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman, the Director of Public Affairs, Ghana Police Service, said the security services would collaborate with the Secretariat to provide safety for journalists in the country.

She said the Police Administration would do its part in ensuring that the media went about their duties safely.

DSP Abayie-Buckman said the country’s media were testaments of the thriving democracy and needed to be empowered to play their role effectively in nation building.

Mrs Linda Asante Agyei, the Vice President, Ghana Journalists Association, advised journalists to report to the secretariat whenever they were attacked and not restrict them to the airwaves.

She said the Centre would help stakeholders to get accurate data on attacks on the media and pursue them for the safety of journalists.
Source:GNA

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Akufo-Addo accepts Kissi Agyebeng’s nomination as Special Prosecutor

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has accepted the nomination of Mr.  Kissi Agyebeng as the Special Prosecutor.

This was made known in a statement issued by the presidency today, Thursday, May 6, 2021.

The statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin, said a letter has been sent to the Speaker of Parliament to that effect to seek parliamentary approval in accordance with law.

“It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo accepted the resignation from office of Mr. Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor on November 16, 2020, and in accordance with section 13 (8) of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), is required to appoint a replacement within six months of the position becoming vacant.”

“To this end, the Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, on 16th April 2021, nominated Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, under section 13 (3) of Act 959, to the President for consideration as the second occupant of the Office of the Special Prosecutor,” the statement added.

The Presidency in the statement said it “is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the confirmation process of Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, so he can assume the position without delay.”

About Kissi Agyebeng’s nomination

The Attorney-General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, nominated the law lecturer and private legal practitioner as the replacement for Martin Amidu, who resigned from the position in November 2020.

Section 13 (8) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) requires the President to appoint a person qualified for appointment as Special Prosecutor within six months of the Office becoming vacant.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has the mandate to investigate and prosecute all suspected corruption and corruption-related offences 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 offences.

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 offences 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).

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.

Source:citinewsroom

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