Politics

Kidnappers of Canadian girls had a bomb

File photo: A grenade is an explosive weapon typically thrown by hand

It has emerged that an explosive weapon was found among the arsenal of the kidnappers of the two Canadian ladies rescued on Wednesday.

Pro-government newspaper, Daily Guide, reports on Friday, June 14 that besides the grenade, the kidnappers had an assortment of firearms “which were kept for defensive and offensive purposes.”


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Ayariga challenges Amidu's capacity to prosecute him

Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga, says the Special Prosecutor cannot prosecute him because he is above statutory retirement age of 60.

On Monday, the MP’s lawyers argued that Mr. Martin Amidu was above 65-years as of the time he was nominated and approved as Special Prosecutor and, therefore, per Article 199 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, he is not qualified to hold a public office.


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A-G to protect 'privileges' of charged MPs

Mahama Ayariga, MP and former Minister of state

Deputy Attorney-General, Joseph Kpemka, says henceforth his outfit will ensure Parliamentarians are not impelled to appear in court on days that the House is sitting.

This is after Tuesday’s clash between two arms of government -Parliament and the Judiciary- following an order by an Accra High Court forcing Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga, to abandon Parliamentary duties and appear to defend corruption charges brought against him by the Office of the Special Prosecutor.


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Borrowing not bad if you can pay back - Finance minister

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta

The Finance Minister has stated emphatically that the Akufo-Addo administration will continue to borrow, despite concerns about the country’s debt.

This is after the public debt went up by ¢22 billion in the last four months to bring the total to ¢198 billion which is 57% of GDP.

But as government prepares to start the process of rolling out an ambitious 38-year developmental programme, Ken Ofori Atta believes it is not out of place for the Akufo-Addo administration to continue borrowing.


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Ghana Beyond Aid Committee apologises to Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo

The Ghana Beyond Aid Committee has rendered an unqualified apology to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the entire nation for using a photograph from Kenya on the cover page of its strategy document which was launched on 1 May 2019 during the May Day celebration by Mr Akufo-Addo.

This error has attracted widespread criticism and also made mockery of the Ghanaian president.


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Emulate “incorruptible” Kwabena Adjei – Speaker

Dr Kwabena Adjei, former National Chairman of the NDC

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has chided corrupt politicians in the country and urged them to follow the footsteps of the late Majority Leader of Parliament Dr Kwabena Adjei who was the National Chairman of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) before his death.

Dr Adjei will be buried on Saturday, 1 June 2019.

His remains were laid in state in parliament on Friday, 31 May 2019, ahead of his burial.

In a eulogy, Prof Oquaye said Dr Adjei “was honest”, adding that: “He was not corrupt”.


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Charlotte Osei appointed UN Int’l Elections C’ssioner

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, International Elections Commissioner to Afghanistan.

The United Nations has appointed former chairperson of the Electoral commission (EC) Mrs. Charlotte Osei as an International Elections Commissioner to Afghanistan.

Mrs Osei’s appointment was confirmed by a Presidential Decree issued by the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.


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The Odumase bill that has led to a kill

Odumase resident demonstrate against high electricity bills

The life of Thomas Partey snuffed out of him in stray-bullet style. Too quickly to afford him the luxury of screaming or writhing in pain, eyewitnesses say.

It would seem as quick as power is snuffed out of homes by the Power Distribution Service (PDS) officials on a mass disconnection exercise in the Eastern region.

The 14-year-old has died over a 3-year old problem – “extremely outrageous” electricity bills in the Lower Manya Krobo area.


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Church leaders must ensure security on church premises - Opuni-Frimpong

Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, lecturer, Department of Religious Studies of KNUST

The current threats and attacks on some churches, especially in neighbouring Burkina Faso, is a wakeup call to church leaders in Ghana to ensure tight security at their places of worship.

Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, a lecturer at the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said the safety of church members on church premises had been taken for granted over the years and there was the need to re-consider those safety issues.


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