Africa

Mahama condemns tribal comments by alleged NDC group

Former President John Mahama

Former President John Mahama has disassociated himself from comments by a group calling itself Social Democratic Forum, which claims to be affiliated to him.

The group in a statement recently accused former President John Rawlings, Tobge Afede XIV and some top senior members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of conspiring to derail any attempt by Mr Mahama to lead the party as the presidential candidate ahead of elections in 2020.


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Joyce Mogtari writes...Of Ameri and matters arising

Joyce Bawah Mogtari

In the not so recent past, under the watch of former President John Dramani Mahama, Ghana suffered a crippling power production deficit that was christened Dumsor- similar to the power crisis under former President John Agyekum Kufuor.

The deficit was the result of previous years of not adding any significant megawatts of production capacity to our generating plants, as against an increase in the power demand by homes and businesses, spurred by population growth and industrial expansion.


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AMERI saga: Minority want Bediatuo sacked

The Minority want the President's Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo sacked as well.

The Minority in Parliament is demanding that the President sacks his Executive Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo, over the controversial revised AMERI deal that has led to the firing of Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko.

They have also called on the police to institute a criminal probe into the processes that led to the review of the deal that was initially signed by the previous John Mahama administration.

Parliament last month froze approval processes for the agreement following concerns the new deal will cost the country about a billion dollars more.


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Double-track removes pressure to secure GH¢1bn for infrastructure dev't – Education Minister

Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh has been busy dealing with a barrage of concerns over the double-track system

The Minister of Education, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, says the double-track system, which government intends to roll out in September this year at the Senior High School (SHS) level, will save the nation at least a billion Ghana cedis.

He suggests that although the government will eventually spend money to expand infrastructure to deal with the challenges brought on by the free SHS policy, the double-track system will, for instance, remove the pressure to rush through obtaining the funds and putting up school buildings.

Time, he said, is not on government's side.


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Dismissing Energy Minister right decision – VRA union leader

President Akufo-Addo and dismissed Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko in happier times

President Akufo-Addo’s dismissal of Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko late Monday evening over the controversial renegotiated Ameri power deal, has been hailed as an inevitable decision.

Theophilus Tetteh Ahia, Vice Chairman of the Volta River Authority (VRA) Senior Staff Association, says the decision does not surprise them given that the Energy Minister failed to engage key stakeholders including the VRA in renegotiating the deal. He also spurned all good counsel to renegotiate for a value for money deal.


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President relives energy Minister of position

Accra, Aug. 6, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has relieved, with immediate effect, the Minister of Energy, Mr Boakye Agyarko of his position.

A statement issued in Accra on Monday by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Mr Eugene Arhin, said the President has asked the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu to act temporarily until a substantive appointment was made.

The statement said the President wished Mr Agyarko well in future endeavours.


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President relives energy Minister of position

Boakye Agyarko

Accra, Aug. 6, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has relieved, with immediate effect, the Minister of Energy, Mr Boakye Agyarko of his position.

A statement issued in Accra on Monday by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Mr Eugene Arhin, said the President has asked the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu to act temporarily until a substantive appointment was made.

The statement said the President wished Mr Agyarko well in future endeavours.


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Is this Ghana? - Tilly's tears for her late husband

Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur

The late Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur deserves every tear shed by his beloved wife, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur. From all indications, he was everything that a wife wanted to see in a husband.

And as she cried for her soul mate, so also have some of us shed tears for him as a friend, affable and warm in character. Indeed, one of the most recent deaths that has moved me so close to tears is that of the former Vice President. He was someone I would describe as a distant friend in that when circumstances brought us nearer, we exchanged pleasantries.


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Zimbabwe election: President Mnangagwa calls for unity

President Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will be a leader for all Zimbabweans in a call for unity after rows broke out over his election victory.

The president appealed for peace and promised an independent investigation into the military after six people were killed in post-election violence.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has described the president’s victory as a “coup against [the people’s] will”.

This was the first election since long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted.


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