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Archive for June 21st, 2009

NPP, NDC is the Value the same?

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

…are these politicians taking us for a ride?

I have noted with great dismay the subtle typology that exists between our politicians from the major political divides. They preach one message to come into power and do a completely different thing all together. The mistakes they criticise their opponents for are the same mistakes they commit and even worse.  Take a quick look at the June 4 philosophy. The reason was apparently was to rid the nation of corrupt leaders and institutional heads. A lot of people were killed in the process including some innocent hard working Ghanaian business men and women. People had their hard earned reputation and asset damaged and frozen. It was a crime to own some amount of money in your bank account, heads had to roll because the regime had the 50 cedi note in circulation but what happened from then? During the Rawlings era we saw corruption at a level which was unprecedented. 10,000 cedi note was issued. Some of the guys who jumped on the bandwagon of ‘let the blood flow’ whilst they were still students now became government functionaries straight after university. They had nothing before joining the government of the day, but left office as millionaires and billionaires if not more. Take Totobi Quakyi for instance. Where is the probity and accountability that was the underlining reason for June 4? To be honest with you sometimes you can’t help but to sympathise with those whose families were torched and harassed for owning businesses.

Kweku Objective

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NPP Gurus face arrest

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

THE GOVERNMENT of Ghana has frozen the constitutional rights of New Patriotic Party (NPP) gurus and former government officials to have legal representation when they are invited to national security facilities for interrogation.  Lawyers who followed, Frank Agyekum, former deputy Minister of Information and Sammy Crabbe, Greater Accra NPP chairman, ordered to report to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for interrogation yesterday on separate cases were kicked out of the interrogation hall with an excuse that it was an ‘instruction from above’.  DAILY GUIDE gathered that Sammy Crabbe, who was invited through a phone call on Tuesday to report at the BNI, was threatened with arrest and detention because he insisted that he wanted to have his lawyer present during his interrogation.

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BNI stops “Asabee” from Travelling

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

Ex-Information Minister, Stephen Asamoah Boateng was Sunday evening prevented from boarding a British Airways flight to the United States of America by National Security operatives.  He was going through final departure formalities when he was told he has a date on Monday with the Bureau of National Investigations, (BNI), which requires him to help with ongoing investigations into affairs of the Kufuor administration in which he served so he could not travel.  He was travelling to the US with his family – his wife and two children aged two and four years – where JoyFM sources say he planned a two-week vacation. The former Mfantsiman West Member of Parliament thus had to return home with the family.

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Energy Minister Runs Away

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

THE MINISTER for Energy, Dr. Oteng Adjei, yesterday showed a clean pair of heels and fled from Parliament to avoid further prodding by members of the Minority on the controversial issue of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) debt.

After being subjected to diligent scrutiny by the MPs on the matter, the minister was virtually caught in a political quagmire, struggling to simultaneously preserve his integrity on the TOR debt, compelling members from the ruling party to plead on his behalf to the Speaker, yelling “It is okay; it is okay”.  With incessant pressure from the Majority side, the Speaker, Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo, tried to save the embarrassing situation by saying, “I think the Minister has done enough and there are other questions to be answered”.

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Homosexuality is an abomination – Rev. Frimpong-Manso

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso, has condemned homosexualism which is gradually creeping into the society and gaining a degree of acceptability.  Dr. Frimpong-Manso said the practice was an abomination under Ghanaian culture and norms and “therefore our men should eschew the temptation of accepting this practice which has gained currency in the western world”.  He said though the west-brought Christianity to Africa, they preached the virtues of same sex marriages in our churches, to take us away from the spiritual relevance of the Home Bible.  Preaching at the commissioning of Ministerial Probationers on Sunday at the Immanue1 Congregation, Madina in Accra, Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso urged Christians to “stand firm against the powers of the dark and spiritual forces of evil.”

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Joshua Clottey loses on points

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

Miguel Cotto defended his WBO welterweight title with a split points victory over Joshua Clottey.

The Puerto Rican 28-year-old overcame a cut from an accidental headbutt in the third round to defeat Ghanaian Clottey 116-111, 115-112, 113-114.  Cotto had Clottey down in the first with a neat left hook before a clash of heads in the third left the champion with a nasty cut along his left brow.  But despite blood pouring down his face Cotto held on to retain his title.

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Kinnyi, the Gonjaland Unsung Hero

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

Nkpana:

This might be late coming, but still needs to come out. I have been on the move to Oakland, California and it has taken me some time to get through my computer crashes and getting online. Any way, I am now in Oakland, CA, permanently. However, this is not about me; it’s about our nephew, son, brother and fellow Gonjalander, Kinnyi Oaud, son of Salamatu Adama. Sala is/was our first Secretary and one of the Founding members of GANA.

Kinnyi, the lone voice representing Gonjaland and Ghana “at large” (note that Kinnyi was not a member of the Ghana Team) was not only sensationally entertaining, but stole the show and captured the admiration of all attending, the audience, and all America.

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Lawyer Okudzeto’’s argument is flawed

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

Ghanaian legislators, criminal and constitutional lawyers may be scratching and pouring their heads over dusty law books and court rulings following the challenge to the authority of the Bureau of National Investigation, BNI by lawyer Sam Okudzeto.  In citing instances of legal precedence, Mr. Okudzeto invoked the 1996 – 97 ruling of Edusei v. Attorney General – SCGLR at 1-62 and questioned the powers of the BNI or any state security agency to revoke a Ghanaian passport or question a suspect in the absence of their attorney.  Interestingly, it is clearly stated in page one of Republic of Ghana passport that a Ghanaian passport “is the property of the government of Ghana and must be surrendered on demand by an authorised representative of the Ghana government.

Ras Mubarak, NDC Publicist

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Asamoah Boateng’s Mother collapses, dies

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2009

“They have killed my mother; she died out of shock this morning when she was listening to news on radio about how her two grandchildren and I were harassed at the Airport on Sunday night. I hear she had shock and died; they have killed her”: Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, former Minister for Information told DAILY GUIDE yesterday.

Ekua Awotwe, aged 81, gave up the ghost in the Mfantseman Constituency of the Central Region yesterday morning and reports say youth of the constituency are incensed over the development.

This happened a day after agents from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) ambushed Mr. Asamoah-Boateng, aka Asabee, together with his wife and kids aged four and two, at the Kotoka International Airport, engaged them in a scuffle and eventually succeeded in preventing the former minister and his family from boarding a British Airways flight to London.

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