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No convictions, acquittals in Special Prosecutor’s list of corruption cases

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The Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) has published a list of corruption cases it has investigated and prosecuted so far for the second half of 2019.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor is required by section 3 (3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) as part of its functions to”on a half yearly basis, publish the following information in at least two daily newspapers of national circulation and on the website of the Office:

(a) the list of corruption cases investigated and prosecuted by the Office; and (b) the number of acquittals, convictions and cases pending in respect of the cases prosecuted under (a) and the value of proceeds recovered if any.”

No single individual has either been convicted or acquitted in the two cases being handled by the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

The two corruption cases investigated and the accused charged for court include:

1. The Republic v (1) Mahama Ayariga (2) Kenerick Akwasi Marfo – (investigated jointly with EOCO)

(2) The Republic v (1) Hajia Hawa Ninchema (2) Sumaila Ewuntomah Abudu (3) Alex Avade (4) Alhaji Abdul-Mumuni Jesewunde (5) Mary-Stella Adapesa (6) Mumuni Yakubu Nambe (7) Mahama Ayariga

The list of corruption cases of accused persons arraigned and being prosecuted by the OSP are;

(1) The Republic v Mahama Ayariga (2) Kenerick Akwasi Marfo

(2) The Republic v (1) Hajia Hawa Ninchema (2) Sumaila Ewuntomah Abudu (3) Alex Avade (4) Alhaji Abdul-Mumuni Jesewunde (5) Mary-Stella Adapesa (6) Mumuni Yakubu Nambe (7) Mahama Ayariga.

Meanwhile, progress has stalled in the corruption cases because of the stay of proceedings in the various cases, the OSP report explained.

This is pending the final determination by the Supreme Court in the case involving former Deputy Attorney General, Dominic Ayine challenging the eligibility and the appointment of the Special Prosecutor, You Martin Amidu.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

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4 Kids burnt to death as fire guts 4-bedroom house in Amasaman (PHOTOS)

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Four children were burnt to death as fire gut a four-bedroom house in Amasaman Fise in the Ga Central District of the Greater Accra Region.

The four kids were sleeping in a room in the four-bedroom house when the incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

According to an eye witness, the mother of the kids had locked them up and left for church when the incident occurred.

 

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NDC kicks against firm to print ballot papers

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has raised concerns over the printing of ballot papers by state-owned Ghana Publishing Company.

The NDC believes there is a likelihood of conflict of interest as it says the Chief Executive Officer of Company, David Asante of Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) fame, has a soft spot for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Speaking on Akoma FM‘s morning show GhanAkoma, a Deputy General Secretary for NDC, Peter Boamah Otokunor, told host Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin that “we the NDC have issues on the reason Ghana Publishing Company wins the bid to print ballot papers for the Electoral Commission because the CEO for the same firm printing ballot papers for the 2020 elections is a staunch NPP member”.

He, further, stated that “on this premise, there is the tendency that transparency and neutrality might be questionable and could dent the credibility of the election verdict”.

During the panel discussion on the show, a former Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi, Kwasi Ofori Agyemang, also described the situation as uncomfortable for the NDC.

“I will urge the NDC to deploy hard and vigilant party members to police the printing of the ballot papers to ensure zero double crossing which may whet people’s appetite to rig the elections.”

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NDC youth curse Ken Agyapong Over False Accusations Against Ato Forson – VIDEO

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Some angry members of the opposition NDC in the Ajumako Enyan Essiam Constituency in the Central Region have invoked curses on the MP for Assin Central, Ken Agyapon for accusing their MP, Ato Forson of being behind the plot to kill the MP for Agona West Constituency Cynthia Morrison.

According to the angry Youth, Hon. Ken Agyapon sat on his NET2 TV station and alleged that Hon. Ato Forson contracted the alleged suspects to assassinate Mrs Morrison who’s also the Minister of Gender, Children and Social protection when in fact Hon. Ato Forson is innocent of the crime.

To demonstrate their displeasure over the false allegation against their MP, the group led by Nana Kweku Dadze, beseeched the dreaded river god of the town to deal ruthlessly with Ken Agyapong.

Powerful deity of our land we beseech you today in the name of our MP Hon. Ato Forson. Some persons including Hon. Ken Agyapong has resorted to every means possible including making false allegations to destroy our MP and cause him to lose his seat. We summon Hon. Ken Agyapong to you (deity) deal with him mercilessly. Whenever he plots with others to come to Ajumako Enyan Essiam to cause mayhem in order for Hon. Ato Forson to be defeated may they never reach this town when they board a vehicle. Whenever he speaks evil of Ato Forson may he suffer paralysis and be numbed. We are not saying this only by way of mouth. We present to you(deity) our fowl and goat as a token for you to act on our plea to you. We ask you(deity) to summon and ask him why he’s doing this to Hon. Ato Forson.”

Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong speaking on the alleged plot to kill Hon. Cynthia Morrison on ‘The Seat Show on Net 2 TV last Monday claimed the suspects told the police during interrogations that they were contracted by Ato Forson to perpetuate the thwarted crime.

He alleged that Paul Ofori Amoah, the Agona West Parliamentary Candidate of the NDC, only signed the cheques which were found in the hotel room of the suspects but every step of the alleged operation was orchestrated by the MP for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam.

“…The boys mentioned Cassiel Ato Forson’s name to the police, why is it that the police would not like to speak the truth? Ato Forson gave the boys to the parliamentary candidate Paul Ofori Amoah. Truly speaking, the parliamentary candidate is very calm but Ato Forson did that. He should come out and challenge me.”

Agyapong, who is the MP for Assin Central, had earlier stated that some ‘powerful individuals’ within the opposition NDC had contracted the suspects who were to assassinate the gender minister.

The suspects were arrested by the police at a hotel within the Central Region where they were said to be plotting the thwarted murder.

 

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