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Minority heads to Supreme Court over salaries to presidential spouses

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The Minority in Parliament has served notice it will head to the Supreme Court on Thursday, July 8 to demand interpretation on the payments to Article 71 office holders, which now include wives of the first two gentlemen of the land.

Announcing this to journalists on Wednesday, July 7, Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi Constituency Rockson Nelson Etse Dafeamekpor said the committee tasked to review the salaries acted ultra vires.

Professor Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu led a committee tasked to make recommendations on the salaries of Article 71 office holders for parliamentary approval.

Quite recently, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, indicated that the last Parliament approved the recommendations by the Prof Ntiamoah-Baidu-led committee.

Among the recommendations is payment of monthly salaries to spouses of the President and Vice President same as cabinet ministers.

“The committee had no mandate to make the kind of recommendation they did,” Mr Dafeamekpor told journalists.

“They acted utterly ultra vires their powers because the terms of reference for the committee was to review emoluments of Article 71 office holders. They didn’t tell them to go and review conditions of persons who do not fall within the bracket of Article 71 office holders.”

He said they will seek interpretation from the apex court of the country with a writ to be filed on Thursday.

Already, the Youth Wing of his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has declared a nationwide #NoSalariesUprising to demand complete abrogation of the move.

“The terms of reference of the Prof Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu Committee gave out the President as the chief architect of the decision to pay his wife, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and wife of Vice President, Mrs Samira Bawumia,” a press release issued by NDC’s National Youth Organiser George Opare Addo accused.

“For want of a better expression, the decision to further drain the Consolidated Fund with needless expenditure is a pet project of President Akufo-Addo.”

It later added: “By this circular, we announce the #NoSalaryUprising across the nation by the young people of this country until this obnoxious development is reversed.”

Source:3 News

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MMDCEs Appointment: Police arrest ringleaders in Odododiodoo protest

No Sowah, No NPP' – Concerned Odododiodio youth chant against Adjei Sowah  replacement

The Police Service has arrested four residents in Odododiodoo for leading a protest in the constituency over the alleged removal of Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah from office.

The four; Salaami Bukari, 36, Daniel Opare Oman, 43, Edward Holm, 38, and Daniel Clottey, 41, according to a press statement signed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kwesi Ofori, blocked a section of the road in Jamestown by burning tyres on Saturday.

Their actions, the police said, created fear and disorder in the constituency. The four were apprehended few hours after the protest.

MMDCEs Appointment: Police arrest ringleaders in Odododiodoo protest

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Nat’l Security issues nationwide alert over MMDCEs announcement

The National Security Coordinator has issued security alerts to all security councils across the nation ahead of the announcement of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs).

The alert, captured in the form of a memo, has the subject: ‘ANTICIPATING OF POSSIBLE VIOLENCE AHEAD OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF MMDCES’.

It was issued on Thursday, September 16 to chairs of regional security councils (REGSECs), municipal security councils (MUSECs) and district security councils (DISECs).

“There are indications of possible clashes ahead of the announcement of MMDCEs in parts of the country,” it stated.

“REGSEC, MUSEC and DISEC are hereby urged to be on high alert to pre-empt breach of peace in the respective areas.”

The announcement of the list is expected to be made on Sunday, September 19 by the Minister of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Daniel Botwe.

Already, pockets of violence have been recorded in some areas.

In Accra, for instance, some youth on Saturday, September 18 burnt tyres to protest the yet-to-be-known nominee of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

However, Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah has called for calm and support for whoever the president nominates.

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I support the President’s nomination – Adjei Sowah reacts to Odododiodoo MMDCE protests

The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah

The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah has condemned protests against the reported nomination of a new Mayor.

In a statement denouncing any form of protest in his name, Mr Sowah urged all well-meaning Ghanaians to support the President’s nominations.

“I unequivocally denounce any form of disturbances in my name. As responsible citizens, we should recognise the president’s authority to nominate individuals of his choice to promote his agenda and it’s our duty to support the appointees to succeed,” the statement said.

He added: “I totally support all the president’s nominations and commit to continue to work towards the development of the country. I take this opportunity to call on all well-meaning Ghanaians, especially the NPP party faithful, to support His Excellency the President’s nominations.”

News of replacement

Multiple reports on news portals last Friday suggested that Mr Sowah was to be replaced by Madam Elizabeth Sackey, a former deputy regional minister for the Greater Accra region.

In reaction to those reports and the expected announcement of the Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) tomorrow, some youth in the Odododiodio Constituency embarked on a protest today.

“As a true grass root [sic] and a loyalist of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah delivered Greater Accra against all odds by winning 21 seats as regional secretary in the 2016 elections, a portfolio he had held for two terms running. His appointment and having received a 100% confirmation on 24 March 2017 didn’t come as a fluke,” a statement issued by the youth said.

“Adjei Sowah has always prioritised sanitation which has long been an issue in Accra, at the nexus of public safety, public health, the informal economy (which employs about 75% of Accra’s residents) and emissions contributing to climate change. He’s constantly emphasised inclusivity and equity, which remains as his core work.

“He has been aligned to Accra’s development and [has aligned the city’s] budget framework to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [which] has helped to maintain principles amid this COVID-19 pandemic. Under his tenure, Accra has committed to publishing a Voluntary Local Review (VLR) to report on the progress towards equity and sustainability, which is a first of its kind,” the statement said.

Arrests

Meanwhile, the Police have arrested four persons for allegedly causing public disorder at Jamestown during the “unlawful” protest.

The Police in a statement said: “The four, Salaami Abubakari, 36; Daniel Opare Oman,43; Edward Holm, 38 and Daniel Clottey, 41 years the ringleaders, led scores of people to allegedly block a road at Jamestown by burning car tyres, further creating a sense of fear and disorder”.

“Preliminary investigations suggest the unlawful protest was in response to the widely circulated list of potential Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCES).

“The Police Administration strongly cautions any individual or group of persons who intend to unlawfully assemble and cause mayhem over the publication of the prospective MMDCEs list or any other matter, to immediately abandon such plans or face the law”.

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