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Peace Council under NPP control – John Mahama Reveals

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has launched an unprovoked scathing attack on members of the National Peace Council (NPC), accusing them of being in ‘bed’ with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

Without providing any evidence to buttress his wild claims, he alleged that the ruling NPP government is clandestinely controlling the NPC, and as a result the council is clearly doing the bidding of the government.

Mr. Mahama said some innocent members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) were unjustifiably manhandled by state security apparatus during a by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency one year ago.

According to him, one year after those innocent NDC members suffered what he called ‘the condemnable atrocities’, the main actors of the crime are walking about freely and the NPC seemed unconcerned.

Virtually describing the NPC as a ‘toothless bulldog,’ he said the behaviour of the council makes him to believe that it is being ‘remote controlled’ by the NPP administration.

Mr. Mahama, who clearly is not impressed with the performance of the NPC, charged members of the august body to sit up and make sure the government tackled vigilantism effectively.

“Unfortunately, it appears the National Peace Council has been unsuccessful as handling the post Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election engagements because very little progress had been made,” he said in a post on his Facebook wall.

The NDC flag bearer for the 2020 polls then charged “we call on the members of the National Peace Council not to allow themselves to be railroaded into serving a cosmetic veneer to make the government look as though it is tackling vigilantism.”

In the post, he said he had joined other members of his political party to mark the one-year anniversary of the infamous Ayawaso attack on NDC members, who were only in a queue, waiting for their turn to vote in a by-election.

Mr. Mahama, who was virtually on an attacking spree, also chastised President Akufo-Addo and his government for promoting and shielding the main actors of the vigilantism act during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

“One year after that shameful chapter in our nation’s life, there are still many questions that remain unanswered. And there are many people who President Nana Akufo-Addo is shielding from consequential punishment,” he bemoaned.

The programme, which was held last Friday, saw several top-notch NDC members in attendance. Interestingly, all the speakers virtually took a swipe at the NPP government, with Mr. Mahama being the chief protagonist.

The former president also took a swipe at the police, lambasting them (police) for not providing enough security for the NDC members that suffered atrocities at the hands of pro-government vigilantes during the by-election.

The police hierarchy instantly came out boldly to debunk the wild allegations being made against them by the former president, who is hankering to become president again.

Interestingly, some political pundits have lambasted Mr. Mahama for trying to tag the NPP with vigilantism. According to them, the NDC has a long track record of being violent and a promoter of vigilantism.

They particularly recounted the Atiwa by-elections few years ago, where Anita Desoso, then a national officer of the NDC, ran his speeding vehicle over innocent NPP members, causing severe injuries to them in the process.
Anita went scot-free and was never made to answer for her crimes.

The political connoisseurs also recalled a period when Mr. Mahama openly admitted and boasted that the NDC has no competitor in the country, especially when it comes to causing mayhem and violence.

Source: Dailyguidenetwork.com

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Any MP who supports LGBT must be expelled – Sam George

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Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram Constituency Samuel Nartey George says no Member of Ghana’s parliament can raise a word in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

“I dare any member of Parliament to stand up and say he will vote against our motion.”

For him, “any MP who supports homosexuality has no business being a member of Parliament”.

Speaking on TV3’s Midday Live on Sunday, March 7, Sam George said the laws of Ghana clearly frowns upon homosexuality and that the practice cannot be condoned in the country.

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Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation Address time changed from 8am to 1pm

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s time to deliver the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) has been moved from 8 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, 9 March 2021.

Parliament announced the time change in a press statement.

The change, according to the statement, has been necessitated by the business of the house for the week.

The address will be the first in his second term of office.

It is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution.

Addressing the house on Tuesday, 2 March 2021 after the resumption of parliament following a 3-week shutdown due to COVID-19, Speaker Alban Bagbin indicated that the house will host the President to deliver his address on 9 March.

Mr Bagbin said: “The House will be privileged to receive the President who is obligated to deliver the State of the Nation Address. His Excellency has given an indication to me that he is ready to do the obligation on Tuesday 9th March 2021.”

The address is expected to include an outline of plans for his second term in office, health and the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, agriculture, security, education, environment among other areas of national interest.

Meanwhile, this year’s budget will be presented before Parliament on Friday, 12 March 2021.

This was also disclosed by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

Mr Bagbin stated: “In accordance with Article 179 of the constitution, his excellency has given further indication his horse is prepared to present and lay before this house the Budget 2021 on Friday 12 March for consideration and approval.”

Source: Class FM

 

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New ministers to begin work today

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Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister of Information, has announced that all new ministers appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and now approved by Parliament, will begin official work today, Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

He made this known after a three-day retreat the president had with his new ministers at the Peduase Lodge to discuss his vision for their respective ministries with them.

The first batch of ministers were sworn into office by the president last Friday, March 9, 2021, at the Jubilee House in Accra.

President Akufo-Addo swore-in 28 of his 30 sectorial ministers on the which saw all but two of the ministers take their oaths of office.

The two outstanding, Ken Ofori-Atta, the minister-nominee for Finance, and Ebenezer Kojo Kum, the nominee for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, were not present because they are both indisposed.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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