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President appoints caretaker ministers

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed caretaker ministers to hold the fort pending the substantive appointments.

This follows the expiration of his first term and the commencement of his second four-year term on January 7, 2021.

The action is in accordance with the Presidential Transition Act, 2012, (Act 845), to avoid gaps in the running of state affairs.

Reliable sources from the Presidency said Mrs Akosua Frema Osei-Opare had been asked to act as the Chief of Staff, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta to act as Finance Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen as Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, as Minister of Defence, and Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, as Minister of National Security.

The rest are Mr Ambrose Dery, acting as Minister of the Interior, Hajia Alima Mahama, acting as Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, and Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as Minister of Information.

Mr Eugene Arhin is also to act as Director of Communications at the Presidency.

However, the caretaker ministers had been directed not to take decisions involving policy issues.

They have also been notified to be guided by a memo issued by the then Chief of Staff and Chairperson of the Presidential Transition Team, Madam Osei-Opare, in December 2020, which asked ministers not to sign any new loan agreements, engage financial commitments and recruitment of permanent management personnel during the transition period.

The Ghana News Agency learnt that whilst the President is composing a new government, some ministries would be scraped and others merged to reduce the size of government.

Sources say the ministers and deputy ministers in the new government are expected to be reduced from 110 to about 70.

Some party gurus of the ruling New Patriotic Party were seen around the corridors of the Jubilee House after the President’s swearing-in ceremony trying to catch his eyes for appointment into his new administration.

Source:GNA

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Supreme Court Threatens To Dismiss NDC’s Petition

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The Supreme Court has threatened to dismiss the NDC’s petition if John Mahama and his legal team continue to disregard its orders.

This comes on the back of the refusal of Mahama’s lawyers to file witness statements and other relevant materials at the Court’s registry on Thursday, January 21, 2021, as ordered.

On the day the former president was required to file the witness statements, he instead filed an application asking the Court to review its ruling after it dismissed his motion for interrogatories.

He also filed a stay of proceedings until his request for review was determined. Mahama on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, filed a petition before the apex court to challenge the outcome of the presidential race.

Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.

 

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The True Story of Rawlings’ ‘Unknown’ Daughter

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Most Ghanaians have been raising questions about the truth in the story of Abigail Mawutor [Rawlings] who was seen by many for the first time at the funeral of former President Jerry John Rawlings claiming the late president was actually her father.

MyNewsGh.com has been speaking with some persons mentioned with knowledge about the matter and we have received clarifications that can only be confirmed or negated by a DNA test which Madam Abigail has said she is ready to subject herself to.

Aside her resemblance to Mr. Rawlings, this unknown 52 year old daughter of the ex-President reportedly has a daughter who very much like a carbon-copy of Zanetor Rawlings.

Some of the family members of Rawlings from the Volta Region who spoke under strict anonymity praised 52-year old Abigail because since the family found her, she had participated in most Agbotui family events and activities at Dzelukope as a recognized daughter of Rawlings but has never made the news. She has been low-key about it. They say she has been un-intrusive and never sought to create scene about it.

They believe her coming out ito the media is a form of grief as a result of lacking a chance to mourn her father properly, although there were things that should have been done before Rawlings died that couldn’t happen which would have saved the situation.

The Story

The story goes that in 1967, Rawlings in final year secondary school, aged 20 then, allegedly impregnated Rose Agbodzi Sende, an Ewe in Accra but originally from Togo. The young Rawlings allegedly pleaded with Rose to keep the pregnancy secret because his future was at stake, which Rose agreed.

In March 1968, Abigail was born to a single mother, the same year Rawlings, 21, was settling down as an Airforce Cadet.

Rose met someone willing to marry her and left her child Abigail with an old lady at Adabraka in Accra where the child grew up, knowing she had only a mother, and not knowing her father.

MyNewsGh.com sighted an Eyewitness who was her mate in Primary school and corroborated her story.

“I know this beautiful lady back in the days, she attended St Joseph Primary School at Adabraka. The rumours was rife then that Rawlings was her father.”

This will not be surprising because by the time Abigail would have turned 12, her “father’s” face and name was known nationwide, especially in the Adabraka areas where she lived with an old woman caretaker.

While it was rumoured her father was Rawlings, some of her caretaker’s neighbours spread rumours that she was a “fatherless bastard”.

Finding Her Father

In an effort to find her father as an adult, Abigail confronted her mother, Rose A. Sende about who her father was, whereupon she was told the whole story about what happened in 1967 and how Rawlings was her father.

Abigail has said in an interview that before her mother opened up about Rawlings, she had had numerous dreams involving Jerry Rawlings as head of state.

The young daughter started looking for Rawlings after her mother’s confession and found her way to Rawlingsfamily home in 2002 where she was accepted. A member of the family who spoke on strict condition of anonymity said prior to her appearance, they had heard from some travelers from Togo saying there was a lady at Lome claiming Rawlings was her father, hence meeting her was bound to happen somehow.

It must be stated that contrary to reports, no one in the family remembers any photograph Rawlings ordered circulated to find the girl. Several attempts to reach Grace Omaboe (Maame Dokono) for some additional facts was futile.

According to sources, when Rawlings was informed of her sudden appearance and claim, he neither denied nor confirmed it. However at various times, he enquired about her and on a number of occasions since 2002, he acknowledged her by sending her money for upkeep and to start a business.

It is not clear whether Rawlings gathered courage to inform his wife and her children about the existence of Abigail as a long lost but found daughter, if he accepted her.

We can therefore say that the story of the 52 year old Rawlings daughter could be true but has been a well-guarded open secret, unknown only to Rawlings nuclear family in Accra, if he didn’t inform them before his death. However, the Volta side of the family knew of her existence.

The facts summary

The basic facts as gathered by MyNewsGh.com are that Rawlings, born June 1947 completed Achimota O’Level in 1967 and joined the military academy at Teshie same year, before moving on to the air force the following year. Rose Agbodzi Sende allegedly got pregnant for him in 1967 and gave birth to Abigail Mawutor [Rawlings] in March, 1968.

Rose got married and left her child behind in the care of an old relative at Adabraka where the child grew up before later making efforts to reach out to the family in 2002 and has been with them until the larger public heard about her yesterday.

Source: MyNewsGh.com

 

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Photos: Another beautiful daughter of Rawlings pops up

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Even before the dust could settle on the drama of a lady claiming she is the daughter of departed former President, Jerry John Rawlings, another 50-year-old woman has popped with similar.

This time, it is one Kate Yeboah who has exclusively revealed in a telephone conversation that she is a Rawlings the world doesn’t know about.

Her Story

According to Kate, her mother met the late former President at Breman Asikuma where she resided, leading to a relationship that will later produce her.

Kate said she subsequently lived under the guardianship of an aunt and her husband who was a military officerbecause her biological mother struggled to take care of her as she was single.

Her guardians, she said, referred to her as Zanator, arousing her curiosity and subsequent decision to probe further.

Her probes, she said, led to her guardians confessing to her that she was fathered by the man Jerry John Rawlings.

According to her, her mother once collapsed on hearing of Mr Rawlings’ name, an incidence that further heightened her curiosity, making her draw confessions from her mother that indeed, Mr Rawlings was her father.

Kate said it was after the confessions that she connected and developed a father-daughter bond with the late former president.

Private Conversation

According to Kate, she has, on several occasions, had private conversations with Mr Rawlings during visits she paid him with her children.

She has also alluded to text messages she has exchanged with the late statesman as evidence of their relationship and conversations, messages she said she will forever keep and cherish.

On why she has waited until Rawlings’ death before surfacing with her story, Kate said she had to keep her relationship with her ‘farther’ secrete because she wasn’t sure of how his immediate family will take the news.

Secrete Financing

The self-acclaimed daughter who has also sent exclusive photos of herself  on social media and said the late former president adequately compensated her for their lost time by paying her children’s fees as well as taking care of their upkeep till his death in November last year.

Kate is the second woman to have laid claim to being daughter to the late Rawlings as one Abigail Mawutor Rawlings, 52 also made similar claims a few hours before her.

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