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A Guide To Corruption (4). President Mills Cannot and Will Not Do This!

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 28, 2009

You can read all about the Mabey and Johnson judgment from the leading websites on Ghana. Each carries the story and details what I said in an earlier breaking news alert of August 7th. At the time, I wrote about the impending implosion and chronicled the history of the Mabey and Johnson bribery of NDC executives in another Guide to Corruption. Since then we have waited patiently for September 25th and this is just the beginning. I will dare to suggest that President Mills will make a show of investigating the issues involved and former President JJ Rawlings will pretend that all this happened under his nose and he knew nothing of it, even though his senior cabinet ministers were in the thick of it, and so was his wife.

President Mills has allegedly asked the Attorney General Betty Mould Iddrissu to investigate the Mabey and Johnson case in Ghana and spare no one found guilty of the offences established by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office.

Sydney Casely-Hayford

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Ayariga Exposed over Mills Jet

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2009

The information dissemination wing of the Atta Mills Administration has once again demonstrated yet another palpable inefficiency, following its woeful handling of reports that government was on the verge of procuring four new jet planes for the Ghana Air Force.  While Mahama Ayariga, Presidential Spokesperson, and Samuel Okudzeto, a deputy Information Minister, aggressively denied the media reports about the Spartan aircraft government intends to purchase, Defence Minister Major-General (Rtd) Joseph Henry Smith, deputy Chief of Staff Alex Segbefia and Chief of Defence Staff General Peter Augustine Blay, said there were indeed efforts to purchase the planes, and that President Mills had been personally informed of developments so far.

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Police close down Aliu Mahama radio station

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2009

The police in Tamale have closed down a local radio station owned by the former vice-president Alhaji Aliu Mahama for broadcasting a press conference held by the regent of Dagbon.  The North Star Radio was closed down by armed policemen immediately after it aired live, the press conference. Panelists, security persons and other staff of the station were also arrested. Manager of the radio station, Mr Sule Salifu told Joy News he received a call saying the Northern Regional Police Commander, ACP John A. Awuni had instructed that the station be closed down.

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Zita vows to produce audio evidence in Asabee case

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2009

Two former officials of the Information Ministry are challenging claims by sector minister Zita Okaikwoi that they opposed a contract awarded by her predecessor for the renovation of the ministry.  The ministry’s former Acting Chief Director, Mr Dominic Aloysius Yaw Sampong, and its former Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Kwabena Denkyira, said the minister’s assertions were untrue. But at her second appearance in court on Thursday as a prosecution witness, Mrs. Okaikwoi insisted she would provide proof to back her claims.

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Yeah, Yeah, Mr. President, More of Such Public Declarations!

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 20, 2009

In those days when succession to the throne could be very acrimonious, there existed a tacit understanding among all the contestants and their supporters anytime the throne became vacant. This unwritten law or convention was strictly adhered to because as soon as a new occupant to the throne emerges, all dissension ceased and every unsuccessful claimant pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the new ruler.

Declaration of Dr Nkrumah’s Birthday as a Public Holiday: My write-up today has to do with the intention of President Mills’ administration to declare Dr Nkrumah’s birthday a public holiday. This issue needs to be looked at critically. Though people hold divergent views on the role played by Dr Nkrumah towards the granting of independence to mother Ghana, we all are agreed on one thing. Nkrumah deserves to be honoured for the yeoman role he played in the struggle towards Ghana’s independence and the emancipation of the black man in Africa and the rest of the world.

Daniel Danquah Damptey

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US Pedophile General was framed?

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 20, 2009

Joe Aboagye Debrah of 1st Law Legal Practitioners, counsel for the retired American Two Star General of the United States Air Force, James Kellim, has said that the attempt by the Police Intelligence Professional Standards (PIPS) Unit of the Ghana Police Service to portray his client as a criminal was a ploy to truncate a criminal case pending against a Ghanaian hotel operator, Patience Boateng.  The lady, who is believed to be in her mid-40s, is alleged to have taken advantage of the friendliness of the General to steal various sums of money amounting to $57,000 from his accounts with his visa card which Kellim gave her while he was in Ghana for a visit.

The General was therefore released unconditionally on the very day he was arrested- September 15, 2009.

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Nkrumah in Retrospect

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 20, 2009

Next week, it will be a hundred years since Nkrumah was born. So many years after his birth, the Osagyefo excites more passion and disagreement, by far, than any of his contemporaries. Some say he is the Greatest Ghanaian— maybe African ever. Others see him as a wicked tyrant who blew our nation’s opportunity to be the first truly successful African country and was therefore justly overthrown. Before looking at the great man and his legacy, let me dispose of a few myths and inconsistencies out there.

First, it is ironic that some in our country condemn in strong terms the overthrow of Nkrumah and the CPP in 1966 while they staged and or support the 31st December coup that overthrew the CPP’s successor, the PNP. While people of goodwill may disagree on whether the 1966 coup was justified or not, it defies imagination for one to be against the 1966 coup while being for the 1981 coup.

Arthur Kobina Kennedy

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Are we practicing Democracy or Thuggery?

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 16, 2009

Democracy in Ghana, over the years, has been touted as one of the best in the world. Most political pundits and analysts, as well as influential leaders, e.g., Barack Obama have all concluded that Ghana is a democratic icon on the continent. I have also held that view, but after a sober and careful reflection on developments in the country during elections, I am afraid, we are not yet there. If we define democracy as the orderly transfer of power from one regime to the other, I would agree that democracy is gaining grounds in the country. But we all know that democracy is not all about the transference of power from one party to the other. We would be living under serious illusions if we were to go by this definition. If we would be honest to ourselves, you would agree with me that we have a lot of work on our hands to execute if we want to deepen our democratic culture.

Kingsley Nyarko

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Founder’s Day – A View

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 16, 2009

“A country that does not celebrate its heroes is not worth dying for.” It is in this vein that one calls for a more sober interrogation of our history. In fact, it is high time we examined the narrow perspective of the “founding” of Ghana and who the founder/founders was/were.  This has been necessitated by the continuous relegation of other individuals and groups of people who were instrumental in the creation and independence of our country. More often than not credit for the “founding” of this country has been given to a group, “Big Six” (Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah, Dr. Ebenezer Ako Adjei, Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi- Lamptey, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Edward Akuffo Addo and William Ofori Atta) or an individual, Kwame Nkrumah. This is evident in the maiden State of the Nation address delivered the President, His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills on Thursday, February 19, 2009 in which he said, “we intend to honour Dr. Nkrumah’s memory with a national holiday to be known as Founder’s Day” and the images of the “Big Six” on our currencies.

Edem Adotey

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Police quiz judges on Keegan fraud

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 14, 2009

Two lawyers, Ekow Amua Sekyi and Kwame Owusu Asamani, who allegedly forged judicial documents and reportedly succeeded in defrauding a mining company of over USD 850,000 were expected to appear in an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday 31st July 2009. However, a hurried intervention by Mrs Betty Mould Iddrissu, the Attorney General, truncated the appearance of the two before court on the day, but the case has taken an explosive turn as the next hearing is to come on by late next week. Chronicle gathers that lawyers for one of the complainants have moved to the Supreme Court to demand a show down, considering the fact that intercepted text from the Attorney General herself, urging lawyers to drop the case.

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