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€5m Airbus bribe pops up at Attorney General Conference

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The Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has said that once former government officials, who have been cited in the stinking Airbus scandal, swore an oath to abide by the Constitution, they owe it a duty to come clear on the issues before asking the people to vote them back to power.

According to him, the Airbus scandal, in which officials of the disgraced European aircraft manufacturing giant admitted paying about 5 million Euros in bribes to past National Democratic Congress (NDC) government officials, is so serious that Ghanaians have to demand accountability from those being accused before they are allowed to seek the people’s mandate.

Main Scandal

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in documents sent to court quoted at least 5 million Euros as payment of kickbacks to a top Ghanaian official through an intermediary who is a close relative of “a high-ranking elected Ghanaian government official” during the Mahama administration.

Key Actors

There are six key actors involved in the corruption-infested case regarding Ghana and the UK investigators from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have lined them up as Government Official 1 (high ranking and elected), Intermediary 5 (British national and close relative of Government Official 1), Company D (corporate vehicle for Intermediary 5 – shareholder), Intermediary 6 (British national and associate of Intermediary 5), Intermediary 7 (British national and associate of Intermediary 5), as well as Intermediary 8 (Spanish company and front for Intermediary 5).

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has categorically stated that the Government Official 1 is former President Mahama and has asked him to ‘clear’ himself on the findings of the UK court.

Dame Angle

Addressing the 2nd Attorney General Alliance – Africa (AGA-Africa) Conference and the Attorneys General Visit to Ghana during 2020: Beyond the Return yesterday, Mr. Dame said, “It is remarkable that in spite of the clear uncontroverted facts of the case, the key government officials in Ghana, who negotiated the illicitly procured three aircraft for Ghana, have maintained utter silence about same, as if there was no such transaction or the principal actors do not exist.”

“Many of the senior government officials involved in the illicit procurement of the aircraft are still around but continue to maintain a deafening silence or reprehensible indifference to the explicit findings of the Crown Court in England,” he added.

Government Official 1

He said, “At least, there was a Vice-President who transformed into a President during the period in question. Whilst maintaining his silence, contrary to the tenets of accountability to the people, probity and integrity, he is, rather remarkably, campaigning for votes from the same people he does not want to open up to on the Airbus scandal.”

“There was a Minister for Defence in the period in question. There was an Attorney General at all material times. I am not mindful of the opportunity for mutual legal assistance to be exploited in gathering information by the Government of Ghana from the relevant countries, and indeed, I am aware the Attorney General is taking action in that regard,” he added.

He said he was ‘respectfully’ suggesting that “in the spirit of accountability to the people, probity, integrity and transparency, one would have expected those key government officials who negotiated and/or were involved in the impugned transaction to self-report and voluntarily cooperate with the investigations directed by the President of Ghana.”

Constitution Preamble

“From the Preamble to our Constitution, probity and accountability are the bedrock for the democratic principles on which the affairs of state are run. Having previously sworn an oath to defend the Constitution and its principles, it is ironic that the past government officials in question will not open up to the people on the role they played in a transaction the subject matter of a criminal matter in a British cout

AG’s Letter

He said, “Since the actors are unwilling to explain themselves, a letter has been written by the AG to the UK Serious Fraud Office requesting the information. So the processes have been triggered for such information to be given.”

“The key actors involved clearly are around and the purchase of the aircraft for the military in Ghana could not have taken place without the knowledge of the President at that time I am saying at that time, Mr. Mahama was the Vice-President who later transformed into a President so during the period in question, he was the Vice-President and went on to become President and definitely he cannot say that he was not aware,” he added.

“There is a referral by the President to the Office of the Special Prosecutor and the Special Prosecutor will unravel the full circumstances; if the key actors involve will not come out to explain their role or circumstances before the people, the legal process will be pursued to ensure that they are held to account,” he stated.

AGA-Africa

The AGA-Africa has country coordinators in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia and has facilitated programmes in the member countries, as well as in Zimbabwe, Egypt, Mauritius and Mozambique.

They have been working with Ministries of Justice, Attorneys General, Solicitors General, Public Prosecution Authorities, the police, and security agencies to facilitate the sharing of practical knowledge on crimes including, but not limited to, Trafficking In Persons, Anti-Wildlife Trafficking, Cybercrime; Money Laundering; Counterfeit Food and Drugs; and Gender-Based Violence.

Source: dailyguidenetwork.com

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Kpone Chief Finally Details Why He ‘Disrespected’ Nana Addo And Walked Out On Him At A Durbar Ground

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The Paramount Chief of Kpone, Nii Tetteh Otu II, the chief who allegedly walked out on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during a durbar at Kpone has finally spoken up.

A video circulating on social media indicates that on Sunday, October 25, 2020, he walked out on the president.

According to Nii Tetteh Otu II has revealed that the video circulating on social media about the incident that occurred at the durbar ground has been taken out of context,

In a news item on TV3s news 360, the Kpone paramount chief revealed that under no circumstances will he ever disrespect the president of Ghana.

When questioned as to what caused him to raise his hands and speak on top of his voice to the hearing of other, the chief said some council members were saying something he didn’t agree with.

He explained that he got furious at the durbar because he felt the ground breaking and sod-cutting in the town was becoming too much.

Nii Tetteh Otu II said what he wanted to see were the completed projects in his town which shows that the government is truly undertaking developmental projects and has the people in mind.

He however, urged people to disregard the video circulating with a commentary stating that the video has been wrongly interpreted.

 

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AritaGlobe Foundation Takes Breast Cancer Education To Markets In Accra

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As part of efforts to fight against breast cancer, AritaGlobe Foundation Saturday, October 24, 2020 held it’s maiden Breast Cancer Market Education to create awareness about the existence of the disease and the need to prevent it.

Moving the campaign to the market, hundreds of market women from the tema station and Makola markets, both in the capital were educated and informed about the deadly disease and the need for them to take steps to prevent cancer of the breasts.

Speaking in an interview with Radjtv, Founder of AritaGlobe Foundation, Princess Arita Anim explained that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year and it is  the most common and the second most fatal cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries, we therefore decided to bring our campaign to our mothers in the markets, specifically Tema station and Makola markets because of the inability of most of them to have access to their television sets as a result of the nature of their work and those who even come along with radio may not necessarily listen to it but moy be focused  on calling customers to purchase their products.

“We do not want to leave our mothers out of the game that’s why we are here to educate and inform them about the existence of breast cancer and the need to have for breast health” she stressed.

Some of the market women who spoke to Radjtv, expressed their gratitude to the Foundation for the education. One market woman, Madam Nelsa Appiah said “I am very excited about the education from AritaGlobe foundation, although I have heard about the disease, I haven’t had time to find out the effects of the disease because I’m always busy selling but I am happy the AritaGlobe foundation took time off their schedules to educate me. I am grateful to them”.

The education was on the theme, “knowing it exists is not enough: Get informed. Pass it on.

Meanwhile, the foundation will on October 31, collaborate with the P.K Breast Cancer foundation to organize a free breast screening exercise at the Glowlamp International School, located at Spintex.

Story by Selasi Agbagba

 

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PK Breast Cancer Foundation Partners AritaGlobe Foundation on Free Breast Screening

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P.K Breast Cancer Foundation in collaboration with AritaGlobe Foundation will on Saturday, October 31, 2020 hold a free breast screening and guidance at the Glow lamp Pentecost Church located at Spintex, Accra from 10 am – 6pm.

The free breast screening exercise, forms part of the foundation’s vision to help breast cancer victims both in Ghana and abroad overcome their fears. The month of October has been known for breast cancer awareness month and it is a yearly campaign that intend to educate people about the importance of early screening, test and more. The month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the disease and also offers information and support to those affected by the disease. The campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 yearly.

According to the founder of PK Breast Cancer foundation, Madam Perpetual Konadu Oduro-Agyei, while serving as the breast cancer awareness ambassador, her passion for breast cancer victims grew much stronger hence her decision to make it a lifetime job.

Speaking to Radjtv News ahead of the breast screening exercise, Mrs Oduro- Agyei urged all and sundry especially women to come for the check up because early detection always saves lives.

“This year, we are in a collaboration with the  AritaGlobe Foundation to do a free breast screening and guidance. We believe it is going to be a double success program because, AritaGlobe Foundation is also doing massively well in terms of education and publicity. They are using the internet, outdoor programs on the streets, in the markets to reach out to more people in and around the world which will really go far to help in the fight to eradicate breast cancer from Ghana and beyond. And we expect that 31st exercise shall be live changing – early detection saves lives” she said.

*About PK Breast Cancer foundation*

PK Breast Cancer Foundation was founded by Miss Perpetual Konadu Oduro-Agyei on September 28th, 2016 after winning the Miss Pink Ghana 2016 pageant. Since 2016, PK Breast Cancer Foundation has been able to pay for surgery for six (6) breast cancer victims, and have traveled to more than 10 towns in Ghana to organize free breast screening exercise.

Also, their source of funding and support are mostly from Members of Parliament, Chiefs, philanthropists, and well-meaning individuals who also share the same interest with the foundation.

However, PK breast cancer foundation  believe everyday should  be an opportunity to create awareness about breast cancer, because the more the education, the less cases will be recorded yearly or even no more.

Story by:Selasi Agbagba

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