Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Orphans Cake Foundation (OCF) organises 2014 Santa At Home for orphans

Over 200 orphans were treated to a real Christmas Buffet and other socializing activities at the Tesano Baptist Church on Christmas Day.

The orphans who were drawn from various branches of the Church expressed their joy on the day of Jesus Christ's birth and they really felt at home.

Nana Kyei Manu, Media Relationa Director of OCF said this is the third in the series of annual events to share the yuletide with the under privileged.

He noted that Santa at Home is crafted to exhibit the essence of Christmas which is the hope that God gave to mankind by sending Jesus Christ to save the world.

He said Santa at Home offers the orphans, caregivers and Team OCF the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ in grand style amidst Christmas presents, poetry, choreography, mentoring, carols, buffet and a lot of fun filled acts.

Akosua Fremah Manu also hinted that Santa at Home is focused on providing Christmas presents to make the children feel wanted and appreciated during the festive season.

She said some of the beneficiaries of the programme were drawn from Rising Star Home at Dodowa and Ghana Make A Difference Home at Gomoa Dbayin.

She stressed that the media is very important in their activities and requested for a partnership with to propagate their messages and events.

Madam Rosemary Adu-Poku who was special guest of the occasion advised the children to be disciplined and obey instructions. She said the Tesana Baptist Church was very glad to be associated with OCF and will do every thing to support them in their right cause.

She appealed to other corporate bodies to come on board to make the orphans happy at Christmas time.

The children has a good time with Santa Claus before going home as he donated special gifts in boxes to the children.

Quik Medical Consult Gives Back to Society on Boxing Day

As a child my initial thoughts of a boxing day during Christmas was an international day set aside for boxing events until recently my personal research educated me on what a valuable day it meant.

And on the 26th of December 2014, I experienced what it really meant when the Quick Medical Consult, a team made up of young health professionals who decided to reach out with gifts and health screening to a remote community in Accra called Obom.

Accornig to the CEO, Mr. Benson Owusu, they were informed about the poor health status of the people which the elders confirmed as a result of inadequate medical staff to care for the large population, accident victims and pregnant women are carried on motorbikes which mostly result in complications.

The village, Obom which faces lots of developmental problems is situated on the outskirt of the major city, Accra. With a visit to the hospital that serves about 20 communities around, they can only boast of one stethoscope and other few apparatus with very few staffs.

The educational background of the young people was also not encouraging as most of the teenage girls were either pregnant or carrying a baby with most of them who can’t boast of a BECE certificate.

In a special interaction with Moses Botchway, the President he pledge the support of his organisation in mobilising funds to supply the hospital with their needed apparatus and also raise funds to purchase an ambulance to facilitate their movement of patient as to the usual use of motorbikes even to carry pregnant women.

The team is also making arrangements to enrol the indigenes onto the National Health Insurance scheme, Kofi Mensah co-founder of the social enterprise also shared with me.

But aside this end of year outreach, the Quick Medical Consult has also sponsored a child for surgery with Megacolon, a disease that makes it difficult for one to free his bowels, organised countless health screening and counselling especially in deprived areas all in 2014.

These are young people doing amazing things on their own and really deserve the support to help them reach out to more people across the country.

Akpah Prince
[email protected]

GBC launches 80th anniversary celebrations

The national broadcaster has lined up a number of activities to mark the year-long celebrations of its 80 years of operation.

The Multimedia Group and Metro TV delivered solidarity messages at the launch.

Business Development Manager at Multimedia, parent company of Joy FM, Charles Van Dyck, delivered the company's solidarity message.

"As any octogenarian would tell you, it takes a lot of living to reach that age and we [Multimedia Group] are proud to join you as you celebrate many high points that have been touched and honour the many men and women, past and present who have been part of what we know has been an exciting, if sometimes challenging journey", said Mr Van Dyck.

He adds: "For us at Multimedia Group, GBC has been an inspiration as we forge our way on our own journey like you. Perhaps we too will leave some footprints in the sands of time".

It’s Ungodly For Pastors To Give Lotto Numbers

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong has advised “pastors who give out lotto numbers” to desist from the act, describing it as ungodly.

According to him, it is unbiblical for a man of God to be giving out lotto numbers under the guise of prophesy.

“…Then now you have pastors who give out lotto numbers in the name of prophesy. If we are into betting, let’s say we are into betting, if we are into gambling, let’s say so,” he bemoaned in an interview on Morning Starr with Kafui Dey, Tuesday.

He continued: “And if you read the Bible, the Bible says freely you have received, freely you must give.

“So if I’m a pastor, I don’t expect that to happen in church. If anything must be given, it must be given freely”.

In his view, it is also wrong for pastors to ask members to line-up and make payments before they prophesy onto their lives.

Opuni-Frempong who is leading the ‘Ghana-We-Want’ campaign being waged by the Christian Council urged his colleague pastors to live a life beyond reproach.

KKD & Effe Had Sex In Two Different Positions

There were two sex positions involved in the KKD rape saga,’s investigations have revealed.’s ferrets unearthed that the 19-year-old girl â€" victim and complainant â€" first sat on the 49-year-old Accused, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah when their penetrative sexual bout started in the washroom of a suite at the African Regent Hotel on the night of Saturday December 27, 2014.

After the ‘girl-sitting-on top’ session ended, KKD then thrusted the teenage girl from behind.

Meanwhile, a motion on notice filed by KKD’s Lawyers on Wednesday December 31, 2014, of which has a copy, said: “The complainant was captured by CCTV footage in the hotel romantically kissing the accused person before the alleged non-consensual sexual incident, and most importantly, after the alleged rape was said to have occurred, the footage shows the accused and the complainant walking together from the hotel suite and through the hotel lobby in much the same manner as they entered the hotel suite.”

KKD has been in the custody of the Airport Police Command in Accra since he was arrested on Saturday December 27, 2014 after the alleged incident took place at the hotel, where according to the Prosecution, the Accused met the alleged victim and her cousin who were there to attend a fashion show that night.

The CEO of the Finest Productions insists the sexual intercourse with Awuraffe Orleans Thompson was consensual, but the alleged victim has also stuck to her grounds that the ace broadcaster forcibly had sex with her.

KKD was denied bail by a District Magistrates Court on Tuesday December 30, 2014 when he appeared in court for the first time. His Lawyers, on Wednesday filed an application at the Human rights High Court to secure bail for their client. That case is likely to be heard on January 7, 2014, just a day before KKD is billed to reappear before the Magistrates Court.

MCE Salutes Assembly Members For Cooperation

Mr. Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah Ponko, Ejisu Juaben Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) has saluted the members of the Assembly for their commitment, dedication and cooperation towards the development of the assembly during the year despite all the challenges and difficulties they went through.

The MCE said this during the assembly’s last meeting of the year 2014 at Ejisu Assembly hall.

For the first time in the history of the assembly the meeting attracted a lot of residents in the Municipality. The hall was filled to capacity.

Mr. Yamoah Ponko indicated that with the efforts and supports of the assembly members and the staff of the assembly, the assembly has achieved a lot of sanitation, health, education and developmental success during the year.

Mr. Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah Ponko, said, however, that there was still room for improvement and urged them not to be complacent in the discharge of their duty as assembly members before the next assembly elections in 2015.

He said that he hoped 2015 would be a better year than 2014 and the assembly would witness a lot of developmental projects in the coming year.

Mr. Yamoah Ponko, wished assembly members who wished to seek re-election in 2015 District Assembly Elections all the best and said they should be ready to accept the results which would come out after the election for the municipality to move forward.

Joy FM tops radio stations on social media

The Ghana Social Media Union has ranked your super station, Joy 99.7 FM, as the top Ghanaian radio station with a presence on both Facebook and Twiter.

The Ghana Social Media Union is an annual ranking to celebrate Ghanaian brands that thrive on social media specifically both on Facebook and Twitter.

Social Media is a platform that connects individuals and corporate bodies together for the purpose of sharing information.

Its introduction has over the years received major patronage as thousands of brands continue to log on to various platforms.

Though its invention met a number of criticisms in terms of content by some individual users, its contribution towards the success of the Ghanaian youth and corporate bodies is imperative.

It has proven a place where global brands disseminate information that has the tendency of building upon their outlook.

These two were strategically considered based on their ability to allow for larger audience or followers.

The ranking below was compiled from available data on December 29, 2014.

On Facebook
Joy 99.7 FM                        261,306
Citi 97.3 FM                         207,536
Adom 106.3 FM                                173,025

XFM 95.1                             164,289
Y 107.9 FM Ghana            110,155
Peacefmonline                                 74,363 

Asempa 94.7 FM              68,456
Hitz 103.9 FM                     42,421
Oman FM 107.1                36,357
Radio XYZ 93.1FM            34,834
On Twitter
@joy997FM                        145,877
@y1079fm                          129,228
@citi973                               113,605
@peacefmonline             12,334
@Live919fm                       10,874
@starr1035fm                   3,167
@XFM951                           2,280
@sweetmelodiesfm       1,006
@asempa947fm               719
@omanFM                         224

SEND-Ghana Champions Policy Literate Ghanaian Campaign

SEND-Ghana, an organization with the vision to promote the idea of having a society where people’s rights and well being are guaranteed has conducted a study on how the District Assembly Common Fund is being used to the betterment of the Ghanaian.

The study according to Clara Osei Boateng, Director of Policy Advocacy programmes, SEND-Ghana was conducted in 27 District Assemblies in the Greater Accra, Northern, Upper West and Upper East Regions.

“We researched on 27 District Assemblies in the areas we are situated. In accra we studied 5 district assemblies, in the northern region we studied 10 assemblies, 7 districts in upper west and 5 Districts in the upper East”, the policy advocacy director averred

The research shows that a total of 416 projects were initiated by the 27 MMDA’s panning across energy, road and market centers with almost half (45.7) of the projects not completed in time which were likely to yield cost increase.

It is against this background that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SEND West Africa, Siapha Kamara urged the media to partner his organization to ensure that citizens become policy literates thereby having the ability to influence public policy for their own good.

Siapha Kamara said most Ghanaians are unaware of government policies and projects which is why they are unable to hold public officers accountable.

SEND-Ghana’s research indicated that the GA West District’s 42 projects initiated between 2010 and 2013 was highest compared to the other districts with Bolgatanga, West Gonja and Bunkpurugu Districts recording the lowest with 3 projects due to long bureaucratic processes, delay in inspection of projects before the authorization of payments for execution to continue and bribery.

Member of Parliament for Asunafo North, Robert Safo Mensah who was present at the research launch also sought that such reports be made available to parliament to compliment their work.

He also urged that the capacity of Assembly members be built to help improve the management of the District Assembly Common Fund to enhance its impact.

Israel And The Netherlands Fund ATMA Water Project

President John Mahama with Israeli Ambassador Sharon Barli and the General Manager  Tahal Ghana Ehud Anvy

Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, December 30, 2014: Israeli Ambassador , H.E. Sharon Bar-li together with Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Netherlands; Caecilia Wijgers, on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 joined President John Dramani Mahama and the Minister for Water Works and Housing, Collins Dauda for the Inspection of the completed Accra Tema Metropolitan Area (ATMA) Rural Rehabilitation Project.

The ATMA Rural Rehabilitation project which was jointly funded by the Israel and Netherlands with $19 million and € 41 million respectively has been designed and built by Israeli engineering, design and construction firm; TAHAL Group.

The project is expected to produce a daily supply of 46,000m³, equivalent to 9 million gallons of potable water to serve an estimated population of 250,000 inhabitants. The ATMA Rural Rehabilitation Project has been equipped with additional facilities to be able to produce 56,000m³ daily supply of water in the future should the government decide to do so.

The Ambassador of Israel, H.E. Sharon Bar-li said that “coming from Israel, a country that has scarce water resources, we know that water equals life. Therefore, we are proud to take part in a project that connects so many Ghanaians to potable water and elevating their standard of living.” The Ambassador further commented that TAHAL, the executing company, is one of the oldest Israeli companies working in Ghana â€" since Ghana gained its independence, and that they constitute an example to what Israeli companies has to offer Ghana.

On his part, the General Manager of TAHALGhana, Ehud Avny expressed satisfaction with the work done. He is delighted to have completed the work on schedule as the Tahal Group marks fifty years of work and cooperation in Ghana. According to him, the TAHAL Group will continue to offer sustainable integrated solutions in the water and agricultural sectors in Ghana that will help transform challenging situations to benefit both urban and rural populations in the country.

The Israeli and Netherlands funded ATMA Rural Rehabilitation Project has improved water supply to Michel Camp, Afienya, Kpone, Prampram, Old Ningo, New Ningo, Ayitepa, Kponguno, Omankope, Kodiabe, Doyumu, Agomeda, Adumanya, Menyum, Dodowa, Odese, Nganompian, Bawalashie, Oyibi, Amanfro, Latehman, Ashiyie, Fafraha, Abominya, Ayikuma, Abokobi, Pantang and AyiMensah areas, all in the Greater Accra Region.

The rest are Akorley, Abonse, Aperade, Adukrom, Awukugua, Dawu, Abiriw, Akropong, Mamfe, Amanokrom, Tutu, Obosomase, Ahwerase, Aburi, Gyankama, Kitase, Peduase, Berekuso, Akwamufie, Mangoasi, Atimpoku, New Senchi, Akrade, Senchi, Domeabra, Lolonyo, Agomanya, ManyaKponwono, Odumasi, Menekpo, Sra, Sawe and Ogome,all in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Joy FM turned into battleground by NPP, NDC

It was not the House of Parliament but the debate was intense, sometimes cacophonous as four political actors who took their turn on Joy FM's topsy turvy tried to outdo each other.

Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah co-hosted the Super Morning Show with Communications Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Akomea.

They received valuable support in their respective political arguments from Manhyia MP (NPP), Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Deputy Transport Minister, Joyce Bawa Mogtari.

Dr Omane Boamah teamed up with Mrs Joyce Bawa to push government's agenda. They run through endless lists of government projects and programmes which they argued were bettering the lives of Ghanaians.

The Deputy Transport Minister spoke eloquently about the Kwame Nkrumah Circle road project, the Tamale and Kumasi airports amongst others and said life was certainly getting better.

Dr. Omane Boamah will not allow any heckling. She should be allowed to make her points, he told Dr. Opoku Prempeh and Nana Akomea.

The Communications Minister regurgitated power generating projects being undertaken by the government. He said save a small project, the previous NPP government did not do much to improve the electricity supply situation in the country.

His submission brought the Manhyia MP to his feet. He said no government had initiated projects designed to increase the power generating capacity of the country more than the Kufuor led NPP government.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh, affectionately called Napo, insisted that many of the power projects being commissioned by the Mahama government, were indeed initiated by the Kufuor government.

Dr. Omane Boamah's attempts to interject were parried by Nana Akomea, co-host of the Super Morning Show.

The subject of corruption sharply divided the two political camps as is expected to do whenever and wherever the two major political parties â€" the governing National Democratic Congress and NPP discuss the subject.

Whilst the NPP panelists insisted that corruption had reached unprecedented levels with government complicity, Dr Omane Boamah and Joyce Bawa vehemently denied this. They quickly pointed to actions by government they said were dealing with the canker.

Nana Akomea read copiously from eminent citizens he said had alluded to an historic rise in, and record levels of, corruption in recent times.

Giving him tactical support, Napo said no single day passes without an act of corruption involving the government and its appointees being reported. “This is clear exaggeration,” Omane Boamah shot back.

But Napo pressed on. He said the cost of the Kumasi Airport lighting system had been padded in a scandalous manner. The money, he maintained could have been spent in more productive sectors of the economy.

The Manhyia MP insisted the value for money record of the government is alarmingly low.

The closing argument, as if the Joy FM studio had become a courtroom, provided opportunity for the four to restate their entrenched views about the direction of the country.

Dr. Omane Boamah and Mrs Joyce Bawa remained convinced that the government was on track to transform the economy and there was evidence across the country in the form of development projects to back this.

Nana Akomea and Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh remained less optimistic and even less convinced that Ghana was headed in the right direction. They pointed to what they said were extremely high levels of corruption, government's lack of commitment to fight same and even government complicity and duplicity in corruption in some cases of corruption, government incompetence, which Napo referred to as fake leadership and dishonest leadership as conspiring to put the country on the precipice.

In the end, they had their say, and listeners had fun.

Christian Council Leads Crusade For New Ghana

Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong
The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has made a passionate call for the development of the Ghana-We-Want Agenda for the next 50 years.

According to the Christian Council, 'as a nation, we should begin to dream about the 'Ghana- We-Want' in the next 50 years and work towards achieving it. This agenda should be nationalistic in nature to serve as the development blue-print for our dear nation.'

The General Secretary of the CCG, Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, who made the call in a sermon he delivered at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Abeka, Accra, on Christmas Day, said the best way to develop our country is to have a bi-partisan and nonpartisan Ghana- We-Want Agenda which will be embraced and implemented by any political party that comes to power.

He added that it is the responsibility of government to facilitate the development of the Ghana-We-Want Agenda through effective consultation with key stakeholders such as religious bodies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), political parties, traditional leaders, student groups, academic institutions, business leaders and professional bodies.

'As a nation, we must do an evaluation of where we came from, where we are now, and where we want to go. This should guide us in developing our national dream,' he proposed.

According to him, the development of the Ghana-We-Want Agenda should be a shared vision and responsibility with adequate inputs from all sectors of our society that will awaken, coordinate and direct people's efforts, minds and national resources.

'The African Union (AU) is currently developing the Africa-We-Want Agenda 2063, and we must learn from it and also do deep thinking of the future we want as a nation to reflect that of the 2063 AU Agenda,' he asserted.

Rev Opuni-Frimpong said most of the developed countries in the world today got to where they are because they had a national dream.

The CCG chief scribe stated that 'we need to do away with politicising every national issue and begin to dream the Ghana-We-Want in the next 50 years through consensus building and a sense of patriotism.'

AirAsia bodies returned to airport

The first two bodies from the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash have arrived back in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, where relatives are waiting.

Next of kin have been asked for DNA samples to help identify the victims.

The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday and remains were located in the sea on Tuesday.

The authorities say seven bodies have been retrieved, but bad weather is hampering further salvage efforts.

A public memorial will be held in Surabaya on Wednesday evening local time, and the governor of East Java province has told the BBC that all New Year's Eve celebrations have been cancelled.

On board the plane were 137 adult passengers, 17 children and one infant, along with two pilots and five crew.

It is not yet clear what happened to the plane but its last communication was a request from air traffic control to climb to avoid bad weather. The pilot did not respond when given permission.

A three-day search culminated on Tuesday with the discovery of remains including aircraft parts, luggage and the bodies in the Karimata Strait, south-west of the town of Pangkalan Bun in the Indonesian part of Borneo.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said it had now been narrowed, with all assets involved in the search being moved to two areas where the aircraft could be.

Haidar Fauzie holds up a picture of his daughter, a flight attendant on QZ8501

A tent for taking DNA samples has been set up near the airport at Surabaya

Wind and rain
The bodies were flown to Surabaya's Juanda airport on Wednesday afternoon from a hospital in Pangkalan Bun, where they had been sent from the crash site.

Another five bodies are reported to be on board a ship on their way to a harbour near Pangkalan Bun.

Four of the seven bodies are male and three female, one of them a flight attendant.

One search and rescue agency official, Tatang Zaenudin, said one of the bodies was wearing a life jacket but this has not been confirmed.

But strong winds and 2m waves have slowed down the recovery of bodies and debris, with helicopters mostly grounded and divers prevented from searching the waters.

Ships already in place are continuing the search. Mr Fernandes said they were expecting to operate round the clock.

The weather is forecast to deteriorate further, with heavy rains until Friday.

Next of kin of passengers and crew have been asked for DNA samples to help identify the bodies when they come in.

The BBC's Alice Budisatrijo in Surabaya says concerns are growing that the remains will be too difficult to identify after more than three days in the water.

Officials in Surabaya said a public announcement would be made as soon as any remains were identified.

Relatives of victims have been regularly praying in the Surabaya crisis centre

Detailed information will be used to help with identifying victims once they are found and brought ashore

The search is now focused on the area of sea where the plane is believed to have crashed

On Tuesday Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised a "massive search by the ships and helicopters" with the focus on recovering the bodies.

The call came hours after the first debris was spotted in the sea, along with a shadow under the water.

However, Mr Fernandes described reports that a large object had been detected by sonar as speculation.

"[The searchers] feel more comfortable that they are beginning to know where it is, but there is no confirmation... no sonar... some visual identification, but nothing confirmed," he said.

The Associated Press news agency quoted one official as saying the bodies of victims could end up being washed up on beaches.

"It seems all the wreckage found has drifted more than 50km from yesterday's location," Vice Air Marshal Sunarbowo Sandi said.

Pictures of debris and bodies were shown on Indonesian TV to distraught relatives waiting at Surabaya's Juanda international airport.

Those watching the pictures were visibly shocked, with some collapsing.

The search is being led by Indonesia but is a multinational effort. Singapore has sent ships equipped with sensors to detect pings that may be emitted from the plane's black boxes.

Malaysia, Australia and Thailand are also involved, while the US destroyer USS Sampson has been sent to the zone.

AirAsia previously had an excellent safety record and there were no fatal accidents involving its aircraft.

Kofi Boakye Fetes Journalists

DCOP Kofi Boakye on the dancing floor
Journalists in Kumasi were served with sumptuous goat soup known in local parlance as 'Aponkye Nkwan' at a press soiree organised by the Ashanti Regional Police Command.

The soup was so delicious that journalists who tasted it were seen craving for more.

Some of the journalists enjoying the 'Aponkye soup
The press soiree which saw the police band performing was the Ashanti Regional Police Command's way of showing appreciation to the media for their support.

In a short address at the event, DCOP Kofi Boakye, the Regional Police Commander, said after ensuring law and order in the region, the police's target for 2015 'is to open more police posts.'

According to the police chief, the creation of more police posts is the best way to make people's accessibility to police easier.

This, he explained, would go a long way to help the police sustain its massive success in the fight against crime in the region.

DCOP Kofi Boakye therefore entreated chiefs and opinion leaders in the various communities to help in the construction of police posts in their localities.

The Regional Police Commander commended the media for their support during 2014, urging them to continue to partner the police to boost security in the region.

According to him, the police is open to constructive criticism which is geared towards making the police improve in its effort to maintain law and order.

DCOP Kofi Boakye also admonished the journalists to refrain from using their powerful medium to create false alarm which causes fear and panic.

Madam Elizabeth Kankam, Deputy Ashanti Regional GJA Chairperson, commended DCOP Kofi Boakye for helping to make the region safe.

She observed that DCO Kofi Boakye is the toast of every Ghanaian now, urging him not to rest on his oars but rather sustain his good works to boost the image of the Service.

The highlight of the programme was when DCOP Kofi Boakye took to the dancing floor to exhibit his dancing skills to the admiration of all present.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi.

Police Stop Nkonya Demo

Mohammed Alhassan, IGP
The Timely intervention of the police and military in nkonya, one of the feuding factions in a protracted land dispute in the Volta Region, prevented what was envisaged to be a mammoth demonstration against certain developments and individuals in the area.

Sources in the area hinted DAILY  GUIDE that the demonstration, which was to be spearheaded by the youth of the area, was going to result in certain serious revelations and allegations that needed urgent attention.

One of the organisers, who refused to give his name for his personal security, noted that since the demonstration was their only avenue to make known their petition and frustrations, they were not ready to divulge the details until an alternative arrangement was made.

He said they had notified the police on December 19 and that there was no opposition from the police until Monday morning when they were getting ready to hit the streets.

The combined police and military team, led by the Hohoe Police Commander, prevailed on them to halt the demonstration since they lacked adequate personnel to provide security for the exercise.

In the end, residents who had moved from all the 17 towns of the traditional area to converge at the melting point had to be asked to go home and await a new arrangement.

That notwithstanding, residents wore their red attires and bands the entire day.

They hinted DAILY GUIDE that after several discussions with the police, they agreed on a press conference to be held on a yet to be agreed date within next week.

Defiance of Curfew
This latest twist to the Nkonya and Alavanyo land dispute comes after some residents in the two areas had defied the 14-hour curfew imposed on them, despite strong police and military presence.

According to the residents, the extended curfew was taking its toll on them. They complained that it was preventing them from joining the rest of the country and the world to fully engage in the Christmas and New year festivities.

They stressed that this harsh intervention was still inadequate to secure their lives since under the cover of darkness people were still being killed.

Some residents who spoke on condition of anonymity said the area was still experiencing attacks and counterattacks between the feuding communities.

To this end, they did not see the need for the extended curfew and security in the area. They therefore vowed to resist any attempt to make them observe the curfew.

They preferred protecting themselves to leaving their safety entirely in the hands of security agents. This report came to the attention of  DAILY GUIDE after some residents were reported to have gone on rampage, destroying some military tents in the area as they defied the curfew hours.

The Hohoe Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Joseph Antwi-Gyawu, who confirmed the incident to the media, admitted that there seemed to be some simmering tension in the area, but assured that the police, with support from the military, were seriously strategising to stabilise the situation.

The feuding parties almost went on a collision course when a man sustained several gunshot injuries a week ago after some assailants opened fire on him in Nkonya-Asakyere. But for the timely intervention of the security agencies, there could have been renewed clashes.

The Deputy Minister of the Interior, James Agalga, had expressed disappointment in the conduct of residents of the two traditional areas. According to him, government was unhappy with the developments in the area, especially after the leaders had recently written a joint letter to apologise to the President and the people of Ghana.

FROM Fred Duodu, Ho
([email protected])

President to deliver New Year Message at 7pm

President John Dramani Mahama will today deliver his New Year Message to the people of Ghana at 7pm on Ghana Television (GTV).

Shortly after the New Year Message, the President will at 10pm join Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare and his Perez Chapel Congregation at the Dzorwulu Junction in Accra for a watch night service to usher in the New Year, 2015. 

Wishing you all a Happy & Transformative New Year. 

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ethics clash with law over leaked disclosure of alleged KKD victim's identity

While prominent lawyer, Samson Lardy Anyenini, sees nothing wrong with the disclosure of the identity of the lady alleging she was raped by KKD,  Communications Professor Audrey Gadzekpo thinks otherwise.

Mr Anyenini argued on JoyFm's NEWSNITE that if the identity of an accused person in a rape case can be paraded in the media then there is nothing wrong with doing same for a complainant in the same matter.

"In any case the complainant walked to the police station. The police station is a public space", he argued.

According to him there is no legal provision that bars the disclosure of the identity of an adult complainant in any rape case.

Referring to the case in which former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of rape by a hotel maid, he said he did not have to struggle to learn the identity of the victim.

"The point is that if we want to speak the principles or the ethics of the game then let us not disclose the identity of the accused and the complainant until a trial is over", he suggested.

The identity of a 19-year-old lady who is claiming showbiz icon, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) forcibly had sex with her was revealed Tuesday after the charge sheet detailing the facts of the case was leaked.

Police had been tight-lipped about the alleged rape victim's identity even though she was an adult.

The alleged victim was identified on the leaked charge sheet as Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson a student living with her parents at Katamanso.

According to the leaked document, Ms Thompson claims KKD had sex with her in a suite at the African Regent Hotel on December 27, 2014 when the KKD invited her to help him powder his face.

Head of the School of Communications Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, says it is unfortunate the identity of the lady is out in the open.

She also disagreed with Mr Anyenini that there was nothing wrong with the disclosure of the identity of the alleged victim.

According to her, the code of ethics of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and that of most international journalists' associations is explicit about the non-disclosure of the identity of alleged victims of rape.

"Journalists are under obligations to respect their codes. If they disagree with the tenets of the codes then they [journalists] have to go to the drawing table and argue out the reasons why they disagree with the code", said the Communications Professor.

So far as she is concerned, the GJA code of ethics explicitly bars the disclosure of identities of victims of rape.

According to her the fact that the code has been broken many times does not make it right.

"Sometimes, [when] victims themselves choose to have their identities disclosed, then it is okay for the news media to pick it up", she said.

Listen to the full debate between Professor Gadzekpo and Mr Anyenini on the attached audio Story by Ghana | | George Nyavor | [email protected]

NPA Must Reduce Fuel Prices - AFAG

Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) is asking for a significant reduction in the price of petroleum products after the petroleum price review by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).

The group has also charged the President to listen to the cries of Ghanaians 'and press forward for a significant reduction of fuel prices.'

The NPA is currently meeting to review the prices of petroleum products.

Ghanaians have been demanding a drastic reduction in petroleum prices following the continuous decline in the price of crude oil on the world market.

The NPA refused saying it needed to raise funds to settle its debts to the Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs).

So far, an amount of GHC 200 million has been accrued and paid to the BDCs but the NPA is left with about GHC 212 million to pay.

The NPA's Director of Public Affairs, Yaro Kasambata in an earlier interview with Citi News said the review is 'is just normal, it's routine, it's just part of our daily operations, there is nothing so peculiar about it.'

However, a statement signed by the leadership of AFAG said it will be unthinkable if the petroleum prices are not reviewed downwards considering the 'present precarious economic circumstances to stay the prices same.'

AFAG warned the NPA to strictly adhere to its pricing formula by adjusting the prices accordingly to reflect the price of crude on the world market.


Police Took KKD To Wrong Court – Samson Anyenini

Samson Anyenini
Police prosecutors may have just taken showbiz personality Kwasi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) to a court without proper jurisdiction to hear the rape charge brought against him.

Kwasi Kyei Darkwah was Tuesday brought before a Kaneshie District Magistrates' Court which remanded into police custody for allegedly raping a 19-year-old lady.

But private legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini says, “ Rape attracts between 5 to 25 years (prison sentence on conviction). A District Court has jurisdiction in criminal matters only to the extent that the punishment for the offence does not exceed 2 years.”

It is, therefore, his contention that the Kaneshie District Magistrates' Court was the wrong forum for the police to have sent the entertainment icon.

Mr. Anyenini believes lawyers of KKD ought to have gotten the case thrown out, even if temporarily, on account of that blunder by the police.

One of the lawyers, Nana Asante Bediatuo, however, believes the forum was not wrong.

The renowned radio personality and entertainment icon was remanded in police custody over a charge of rape brought against him by the police.

KKD, as he is popularly called, is alleged to have raped a 19-year-old lady in the washroom of a hotel in Accra.

The Ghanaian celebrity was arrested by the police on Saturday, December 27, for the allege crime.

He was detained by the airport police over the allegation but his lawyer, Nana Asante Bediatuo who visited him, expressed confidence he would be granted bail.

The showbiz personality later admitted he had sex with the lady but denied it was without her consent.

KDD said he actually had a drink with the lady after the act but was picked up shortly after two gentlemen, whom he suspects have a relationship with the lady, lodged a complaint against him alleging he raped the lady.

Sunday, the police made things murkier by publicly announcing that KKD was being investigated for sexual assault, an unknown offence in Ghana's criminal justice system.

KKD was expected to be taken to court on Monday, but the police failed to do so.

The entertainment icon appeared in court Tuesday with his lawyers hopeful that he would be granted bail.

The Magistrates' Court had other ideas; it remanded the iconic entertainer, compounding his magnificent fall in a matter of days.

But Mr. Anyenini is arguing that the court that remanded KKD had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

According to him, the patently flawed process can be quashed at the high court.


Paragliding festival launched in Volta Region

The first ever paragliding festival in the Volta Region has been launched at Likpe Todome. This makes the Volta region the second region after the Eastern region to host the sport which promises to be a major boost of tourism in the highly mountainous communities of Likpe within the Hohoe Municipality.

The Likpe mountains and the Likpe Ancestral caves have remained one of eco-tourism sites in the Volta region but have not attracted so much attention.

The event drew people from different parts of the country and the world together to a great spectacle of flying moments of excitement by patrons. The mountains which serve as a border between Ghana and Togo was a centre of attraction as people of both countries converged to celebrate the yuletide in grand style amidst borborbor and brass band music.

Tourists from different parts of the world trooped to the Likpe mountains on boxing day to participate in the sport hailed by many as the beginning of a dawn of tourism in the area.

The paragliding festival was a local initiative championed by former National Security Coordinator Col (rtd) Larry Gbevlo Lartey who hails from the area.

The event was honoured by the presence of the Volta Regional Minister Helen Adjoa Ntosso and her family, Former Attorney General Obed Asamoah and many other dignitaries.

Helen Adjoa Ntosso promised to partner the developers to fix the road leading to the site up the Likpe mountains, which makes it difficult for ordinary cars to climb the mountains. Even 4×4 cars had to be assisted by drivers who are very conversant with the terrain.

She said, "This is the first time and what we want to do is to partner the developers to work on the roads so that more people can get access to this place".

Comparing the Likpe Paragliding festival in the Volta region with that of the Eastern region, Helen Ntosso said “even with this it is better than what I know is at Kwahu Atibie. I know how that looks like and I think this is perfect".

The site has three take-off points and three landing sites.

According to Col. Larry Gbevlo Lartey (rtd), plans are far advanced to install cable cars between the mountains. “We already have an arrangement with some guys to come and put up cable cars from down there to the top of that hill there.  We know that that is going to help. They have given a bill of about three million dollars. The local organizing committee is looking at that, and you know that is going to require some bank financing and what not; so it's been discussed. We have those arrangements. They have brought all the drawing. But I know that any bank that sponsors that thing will not regret it," said Larry Gbevlo- Lartey.

The proximity of the Likpe mountains to the Wli waterfalls and the Mount Afadja, the highest mountain in Ghana, makes it an ideal location for further eco-tourism potentials.

Inauguration Of Beposo Yonko Kroyekuo

Beposon (Ash) Dec 30--Mr Daniel Boamah,chairman of Beposo Yonko Kroyekuo,has appealed to Ghanaians especially the youth to pay regular visit to their home towns and share ideas with the people on their hopes and aspiration.

Mr Boamah said this during the inauguration of the Beposo Yonko Kroyekuo ,a voluntary association at Beposo in the Sekyere Central district in Ashanti region on last Monday

He said poor road network and environmental sanitation are the two major problems at Beposo which has estimated population of 7,800 and appealed to the government and the district Assembly to take the necessary steps to address the situation.

He expressed dismay and indignation for the abandoned of the five kilometer Beposoâ€"Wioso road linking Effiduase-Nsuta trunk road which was awarded by the previous government to Asabea Construction company for tarring in 2007 but was abandoned immediately after the 2008 elections and appealed to the Ministry of Roads and Highways to rectify it.

Alhaji Mohammed Alhassa, Nsuta â€"Kwamang-Beposo constituency NDC chairman, who chaired the function urged Ghanaians not to allow partisan politics to divide them when it comes to developments in their towns and districts.

The association which was formed in 2006 with 18 people to undertake communal labour at Beposo and to render welfare services to its members now has 62 memberships.

‘Needless’ High Tensions During Elections Must Stop

General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has expressed concerns over the “unnecessary” political tensions that engulf the nation during elections.

Dr Opuni-Frimpong who is leading the Council’s campaign dubbed ‘Ghana-We-Want’ says politicians and the Electoral Commission must strive to create a peaceful atmosphere during the 2016 elections.

“Anytime we are getting closer to elections, it’s like the country is about to break; please that must stop,” he bellowed in an interview on the Morning Starr with Kafui Dey, Tuesday.

He added: “You go to some countries; they are also having elections and there is nothing to show. You get to the airport, you get to the cities and there is nothing to show that they are having elections until somebody tells you”.

He bemoaned the scenarios in some African countries where citizens have to relocate from their usual places of abode during elections.

“When we are close to elections, people save water, food, some withdraw money and some even relocate. How long can we do this to ourselves?” he wondered.

He appealed to the EC to try and implement all the necessary electoral reforms in 2015 in order to reduce potential tensions ahead of the 2016 elections.

New Voter Register Not Panacea To Over-Voting

No matter how many new voter registration exercises the Electoral Commission undertakes, the problems of a bloated register and over-voting in elections will not be solved, General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah has said.

“We did a new register after the 2008 general elections, leading to the 2012 general elections. If today we are still complaining about bloated voters register, then what it means is that it’s not a new register that solves the problem of over-voting.

“It means there is something that we as active participants in the processes leading to registration ought to take into account,” Mr Mornah told Paa Kwesi Asare on Starr Today. His comments follow calls by the 2016 Flag-bearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo Addo for a new voter register ahead of the 2016 general elections, since, according to him the current register is bloated.

Addressing party supporters in the UK, Akufo-Addo said: “The present voters register that we have in Ghana is bloated and anomalous and there is an urgent need to make sure we get a new voters register before the next election.”

Speaking on the same issue, Mr Mornah said: “In the past when we have had these speculations of bloated register, we have not done anything on our part, to overcome the over-bloating, so why is it that today we think that the solution to the over-bloating is to embark on an entirely new register when new registers have not solved the problems of bloated register?”

“It has never solved it. Because even after every other new registration that we have done, there is still complaints of bloated register so that certainly cannot be the problem,” he stressed.

Northern Region under review: A happy and sad 2014 it has been

The year 2014 will remain indelible in the minds of many people in the Northern Region for the good and bad reasons.

The year will remain refreshing for many of the inhabitants who witnessed the sod cutting for work to commence on the expansion and upgrade of the Tamale Airport to an international standard by President John Dramani Mahama.

The first phase of the project consists of the extension of the runway from the current 2,480 metres to about 3,940 metres and the installation of a complete lighting system to accommodate bigger aircrafts.

Work is still in progress and the contractors are expected to complete the project in September 2015.

In the roads and health sector the region also witnessed significant progress: the Damongo- Fulfuso road which is nearing completion has reduced the travelling hours of users of that road to the Upper West Region.

Work is also in progress on the Eastern Corridor roads contracted to Messrs G.S. International Developer GH Ltd and the China Jiangxi International Corp.

The Eastern Corridor road starts from the Tema Motorway Roundabout in the Greater Accra Region and ends at Kulungugu in the Upper East Region on the north-eastern border with Burkina Faso.

Moving in to 2015 it is the expectations of many inhabitants of the region to see roads such as  Walewale-Gambaga, Tamale-Salaga, Nalerigu-Bunkrugu/Yunyo, Tamale-Kumbungu, and Tamale-Karaga-Gushegu among others be given a facelift like others areas.

The commissioning of the first phase of the GH¢40million Tamale Teaching hospital by President Mahama to improve healthcare delivery in the Savannah ecological Regions of the North was also the biggest project to have hit the Northern Region.

The 40 million Ghana cedis facility comprises accident and emergency center, CCT scan center, maternity ward and a 400-bed accommodation.

Work on the second phase of that same project is in progress, it is however the expectations of many visitors to the facility that authorities of the health center will work hard to reduce  incidents of petty theft, fraud and extortion in that facility in the new year.

Construction of the abandoned Tamale Aboabo Supermarket project is also on course. When completed it will consist of a two-storey block with 92 stores for cereal traders and a supermarket area with 120 shops.

Many communities in the Region have also been connected to the national grid under the rural electrification project initiated by government.

The decision of the Ghana Football Association to move football matches of the national team the Black Stars to the Tamale Sports Stadium for the first time will remain an unforgettable experience.

In the political arena the New Patriotic Party (NPP) rewarded the people of the North Region and the family of the late former vice president, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, when it held its national conference in Tamale to elect national officers to lead the party.

This decision by the council of elders of the party brought immeasurable benefit to the region, the hospitality industry and other businesses profited from that conference.

At the Regional level both the ruling party the National Democratic congress and the NPP both elected executives to steer the affairs of the party in the region.

While the NPP elected Daniel Bugre Naabu as their new Regional chairman, the NDC overwhelmingly voted for Chief Awudu Sofo Azorka who until that election was the acting Regional chairman of the party, in an election that the Electoral Commission decided to abstain itself from.

The EC decided to abstain from conducting the election due to an injunction served on the NDC by two members of the party on grounds that they were unjustifiable disqualified in their bids to serve at various positions of the party.

There were also certain developments that impacted negatively on the lives of the inhabitants of the Region.

In June, 2014, the barbaric act that led to the murder of the Paramount Chief of the Nanumba Traditional Area, Naa Dasana Andani, along with three other family members by some unknown assailants at his palace in Bimbilla, is etched forever in the minds and heart of the people of the Northern Region.

The attack also inflicted severe injuries on some five persons including a five-month-old baby, who were subsequently admitted at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

Police took KKD to wrong court - Samson Anyenini

Police prosecutors may have just taken showbiz personality Kwasi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) to a court without proper jurisdiction to hear the rape charge brought against him.

Kwasi Kyei Darkwah was Tuesday brought before a Kaneshie District Magistrates' Court which remanded into police custody for allegedly raping a 19-year-old lady.

But private legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini says, " Rape attracts between 5 to 25 years (prison sentence on conviction). A District Court has jurisdiction in criminal matters only to the extent that the punishment for the offence does not exceed 2 years."

It is, therefore, his contention that the Kaneshie District Magistrates' Court was the wrong forum for the police to have sent the entertainment icon.

Mr. Anyenini believes lawyers of KKD ought to have gotten the case thrown out, even if temporarily, on account of that blunder by the police.

One of the lawyers, Nana Asante Bediatuo, however, believes the forum was not wrong.

The renowned radio personality and entertainment icon was remanded in police custody over a charge of rape brought against him by the police.

KKD, as he is popularly called, is alleged to have raped a 19-year-old lady in the washroom of a hotel in Accra.

The Ghanaian celebrity was arrested by the police on Saturday, December 27, for the allege crime.

He was detained by the airport police over the allegation but his lawyer, Nana Asante Bediatuo who visited him, expressed confidence he would be granted bail.

The showbiz personality later admitted he had sex with the lady but denied it was without her consent.

KDD said he actually had a drink with the lady after the act but was picked up shortly after two gentlemen, whom he suspects have a relationship with the lady, lodged a complaint against him alleging he raped the lady.

Sunday, the police made things murkier by publicly announcing that KKD was being investigated for sexual assault, an unknown offence in Ghana's criminal justice system.

KKD was expected to be taken to court on Monday, but the police failed to do so.

The entertainment icon appeared in court Tuesday with his lawyers hopeful that he would be granted bail.

The Magistrates' Court had other ideas; it remanded the iconic entertainer, compounding his magnificent fall in a matter of days.

But Mr. Anyenini is arguing that the court that remanded KKD had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

According to him, the patently flawed process can be quashed at the high court.

Ghanaian Doctor Receives Honorary PhD From Great Achievers University Spain

The Founder and President of the Blood and Genotype Awareness Foundation-Ghana and Chief Executive Officer of the Holy Covenant Health Center, Dr. Brown Osei Konadu has been conferred upon, a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Christian Clinical Psychology and Therapist.

The Great Achievers University College & Theological Seminary (GAUCTS) based in Spain, is an affiliate Campus of Team Impact Christian University U.S. The administrative board of GAUCTS is unshakably determined to help elevate Africans and other people globally, professionally and spiritually for their contributions to economic, social, religious and political growth of their nations and that of others.

Thereto, the Great Achievers University College & Theological Seminary awards Dr. Brown Osei Konadu the doctorate degree “For his total commitment to the growth of Business Development and Service to Humanity with Rights and Privileges Appertaining”.

Dr. Osei owns and works at the Holy Covenant Health Center in Kumasi-Bomso, which is a Physiotherapy and naturopathy outfit providing a wide range of invaluable services to people in physical fitness/gym, preventive measures, treatment of cardiopulmonary conditions, weight loss/gain management, stress management, beauty therapy, sex therapy and several other treatment options.

The God-centered (natural) ways of preventing and treating diseases and other conditions attracts many people from within and outside Ghana to the center for their wellness. According to Dr Brown Osei, “I do not do any radio or television advertisement but people troop in day in, day out and after they have realized positive results, tell others about it…people prefer natural treatment to the conventional approach because as you know, human knowledge cannot compete that of his creator, God”.

He is the Founder and President of the Blood and Genotype Awareness Foundation-Ghana(BGAFG), a group of health workers and non-health workers who are dedicated to ensuring that the general public get to know their Blood Groups and Genotype by the end of the year 2015.And the group has been pursuing this agenda through massive public education programmes.

The Doctor Osei Konadu-led BGAFG has so far visited over five hundred communities and religious organizations, teaching their audience the need to know their Blood Groups, Genotype and how all can help reduce the incidence of Sickle Cell patients in the world.

The Great Achievers University College & Theological Seminary (GAUCTS) awardee has explained that the Foundation’s aim is to create a health conscious society in which the people will admit that most of diseases that come their way are from the wrong handling of their blood. That one can only handle his or her blood healthily when they are aware of the kind of blood they have and the characteristics of such bloods.

For Dr. Brown Osei Konadu, people are supposed to eat and drink according to their blood types, and that in choosing partners for marriage, the genotype of the prospective couples should be critically ascertained in order to eschew giving birth to children with conditions such as Sickle Cell. He cited that people should know the major groups of Genotype and their corresponding sickle cell relationships. For example AA(Normal), AS(Carrier), SS(Sickler) etc.

Speaking to pressmen on the award, Dr. Brown Osei Konadu said he had received several awards from various organizations, locally and foreign including the 2009 West Africa’s best Physiotherapist award and in 2013,the “Nkyinkyim award in Health Care”. He expressed much joy over such a huge reward from GAUCTS, which he had never dreamt of and that he was thankful to the Great Achievers University College & Theological Seminary (GAUCTS) for acknowledging true hard work.

He seized the opportunity to advice his fellow health workers in Ghana to see their work as for humanity and not solely for money. That receiving a PhD degree from such a reputable University tells him that the effects of his work do not only rest in Ghana but travels across the globe. He has therefore pledged to work harder to save more lives but has appealed to donors to support the Know Your Blood Group, Genotype and the Sickle Cell Outreach programmes.

Kotoka Airport risks international ban due to high cases of stray animals

Kotoka International Airport (KIA) could be decertified as a safe airport if steps are not taken to stop the high incidents of animals wandering onto the runways, a senior officer of the Ghana Airports Company Limited has told TV3.

Charles Kwame Asare, who is the Managing Director of the Company, said the incident of stray animals has increased by 100% since he took over office last year.

“…and the reason is that human habitation has moved closer to the Airport,” he told TV3's Odelia Ofori in an interview on Monday, December 29.

He said the stray animals are obstructing operations at the country's only airport.

“Our airport could be decertified as a safe airport to fly in.”

Ideally, an airport is expected to have undeveloped lands 30 miles away from it.

However, Ghana's international airport has seen a recent upsurge in encroachment, a situation that forced the National Security Council to recently declare the airport lands as security zones. A re-demarcation exercise is also in the offing.

“You require additional space for the navigation aids that Civil Aviation needs to direct aeroplanes into the airport safely,” Mr Asare pointed out.

Kwaw Kese's Lawyer angry over Multimedia coverage of case

Lawyer for hiplife artiste Kwaw Kese says Multimedia Group's reportage of the arrest and detention of his client by police for smoking cannabis in public is malicious.

Kwasi Boaitey says he would no more grant interviews to Multimedia Group and its affiliate news outlets, vowing to advise his client to do same.

Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor, who has been following the case since November, says Mr Boaitey told him the radio station's reportage has been largely detrimental to his attempts in defending his client.

"He [Mr Boaitey] says I have been reporting with malice on this particular matter", Erastus reported Tuesday.

The stern comments from Mr Boaitey come in the wake of the granting of bail to the hiplife artiste on Tuesday after several failed attempts.

The controversial rapper was arrested by the police in Kumasi on November 22, 2014, for allegedly smoking cannabis in public and was remanded in prison.

He was whisked away into a police van and sent to the Kumasi Central Prison which served as his new home until today, when the court granted him bail on health grounds.

The court presided over by Judge William Boampong granted him 80,000 Ghana cedis bail with one surety to be justified.

Kwaw Kese, born Emmanuel Botchwey, was in Kumasi at the invitation of Luv FM -- one of the Multimedia Group's radio outlets -- to perform at the annual Old Skuulz Reunion in Kumasi.

Mr Boaitey's comments suggest because the hiplife artiste was in Kumasi at the behest of Luv FM, the station could have limited certain details in its reports on the case.

He has vowed therefore to sue the Multimedia Group if any of its news outlets as much as report a cough from him or his client. Story by Ghana | | George Nyavor | [email protected]

UCC student stabs colleague

A First year student of the University Of Cape Coast (UCC), who stabbed his colleague in the armpit with a broken bottle for mocking him, was on Monday granted bail by a Cape Coast Circuit Court.

Jeffery Obeng, a 24-year-old Mathematics and Business student, was granted bail in the sum of GH¢ 5, 000.00 with two sureties.

He pleaded not guilty to intentionally and unlawfully causing harm and would reappear before the court on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Police Chief Inspector Charles Anku, prosecuting, told the court presided over Mr. Kofi Seshie Ametewee, that Obeng was a resident of the University's Student Representative Council Hostel, and on Tuesday December 23, he stole a laptop computer belonging to Richard Opoku, a colleague student.

He said Obeng hid the computer with another colleague but it was retrieved by the Campus Security Guards after the owner had made a complaint to them.

Chief Inspector Anku said on that same day at about 1600hrs, some of Obeng's colleagues saw him and started teasing him over the theft case but this infuriated him and as a result he stabbed one of them, Vincent Opoku Agyeman, in the left armpit with a broken bottle.

He said the victim who sustained a severe injury, was initially rushed to the UCC Hospital, but was later referred to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital where he was admitted and was responding to treatment.

He said investigations were ongoing.

Joy FM topsy-turvy: Old music binds politicians, issues divide them

Though of modern blood, they have passion for oldies music that topped the charts in the 70s. On Tuesday's Joy FM's topsy-turvy, three young brainy politicians and a lawyer slugged it out in a bid to outdo each other with vestiges of songs from Ampofo Adjei, Nana Ampadu, Maxi Priest, Bob Marley etc.

Legal practitioner Egbert Faibille, Deputy Education Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, NPP Deputy Communications Director Sammy Awuku and former Member of Parliament Kojo Adu Asare were united and in one accord doffed their hats to celebrate oldies music.

Sit-in-host of Joy FM's Super Morning Show, Egbert Faibille kept himself, his guests and listeners entertained with his selection of old sounds.

Egbert's choice of songs provoked Okudzeto Ablakwa to exhibit slight jealousy to the extent of comparing and contrasting Egbert's age and taste in music.  

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
“I am a fan of old school. That was when Ghana produced scintillating, soothing music good for the soul, except that unlike you I don't pretend I was alive when it was composed...this morning you are posing as an old man,” he told Egbert.

But Egbert debunked his perception outright and asserted, “I was alive”.

“Now you've seen that most of our songs we have westernized them, I am a fan of the old school as well. The likes of Amakye Dede, Ewura Ama Badu and all those people. It is good we get to hear some of these songs especially on a relaxed day,” Sammy Awuku chipped in.

Kojo Adu Asare capped it with a damning verdict: “To be honest we have lost out on those days where we had the guitar band music which could hold you consistently for two hours…the Thomas Frimpongs, the Yamoahs…good old days to be honest with you, these days people don't sing…the musicians we have today, very few of them are really singing.”

However, when the show progressed and the politicians had to discuss issues, they were sharply divided.

Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa conceded that as a nation we had a “challenging year” in 2014 with difficulty in stabilizing the economy. Government still has a challenge in the energy sector, he acknowledged.

However “a lot was also achieved in 2014,” he claimed and asked Ghanaians to acknowledge some of these developments in the areas of transportation, water and other infrastructure.

He said the last time he checked, the national access to water ranges between 60 to 70 percent.

Sammy Awuku
But Sammy Awuku pooh-poohed on those achievements. He zeroed in on the much touted additional twenty million gallons of water being produced daily to supply communities such as Adenta which have not had pipe borne water for years.

Aside from a few areas in Adenta, most areas within the municipality are still without water supply. As a resident of the Adenta Municipal Assembly, he challenged the government to come clean on places the twenty million production is going.

“We are not enjoying the water”, he asserted.
Egbert stepped in as the host to find out if it is the usual politicking which is at play with one seeing the glass as half full and the other viewing it as half empty. But Awuku insisted that the taps would expose him if he plays politics with water, stressing “the glass is empty”.

Egbert Faibille
In his assessment, the NDC government has mismanaged almost everything, hence the challenges being faced by the country and he was certain the government would not take Ghanaians anywhere.

With world crude prices falling at a record rate, Sammy Awuku wants the automatic adjustment formula to work as he demands a drastic reduction in fuel prices.

Ablakwa to some extent agreed with him but raised issues with debt owed to the bulk oil distribution companies at the same time distancing government from fuel pricing. About 50% of the debt has been cleared though, he said.

Nonetheless, he hoped the National Petroleum Authority would, after a scheduled meeting today, announce a reduction in petroleum prices.

Kojo Adu Asare
This was backed by Kojo Adu Asare who early on made a strong case for the reasons why some people are not receiving water in some parts of Adenta.

As a former MP of the area, he said some unpatriotic persons have made it a habit to cut pipelines and divert water flowing to homes. Residents who are not getting water may have to check their lines, he suggested. Story by Ghana || Isaac Essel | [email protected] | twitter @isaacessel

Killer Father In Court Â

The Elmina district court in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region on Monday remanded a 20-year-old father, Ernest Annan, into prison custody for allegedly stabbing his seven-month-old baby to death on Christmas day.

Suspect Annan is expected to appear before the same court on January 29, 2015; his plea was not taken.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Gabriel Hiamade said the incident happened around 2am on Christmas day.

Chief Inspector Hiamade stated that the suspect, who was sleeping in a room together with the wife and the child, said the room was too hot and needed some fresh air outside and so took the baby along.

Prosecution told the court, presided over by Mrs. Rosemond Vero Ayitey Oklu, that the suspect used a knife to stab the baby on the chest, strangled him to death and later put him in a sack and was about to dispose of the corpse when the wife saw him.

Chief Inspector Hiamade added that Maame Esi, the wife, who was waiting anxiously for the return of her son and his father, decided to step out only to see her husband carrying a sack.

Prosecution said Maame Esi, upon sensing danger, shouted at her husband, asking the whereabouts of her son.

The prosecutor noted that Annan, who looked frightened after the act, dropped the sack and took to his heels when some residents chased him up but were not able to apprehend him.

Prosecution said it took the intervention of a taxi driver to apprehend him and handed him over to the police.

Hundreds of people, including friends and family members from the area, trooped to the court to catch glimpses of Annan.

Suspect Annan was spotted in his white T-shirt holding his white handkerchief to wipe some sweat on the face as most of the people around lambasted him.

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Tigo Brightens Christmas For Over 3,000 Children And Head Porters

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive, mobile network operator, Tigo Ghana has climax its Christmas party for less privilege children and female head porters in Accra.

The party, which was also held in other regional capitals including Koforidua, Kumasi, Takoradi and Wa attracted over 3,000 children.

At the Efua Sutherland Children's Park to climax the initiative, head porters known locally as ‘Kayayei’ were treated to an afternoon of food and entertainment.

The excited girls danced to gospel and hiplife tunes, participated in dancing competitions and interacted with staff of Tigo Ghana.

“We are so happy that we have been able to continue providing a free and fun filled party for the beautiful less privilege children and female head porters in society,” according to the company.

The company explained that it will continue to invest in deprived communities through its various CSR activities including education and health to improve the lives of people.

The telecom operator has been holding this annual event on different forms; last year the company celebrated the festive season with children in hospitals across the country.

KKD remanded over rape charges

Radio personality and entertainment icon Kwesi Kyei Darkwah has been remanded in prison custody over a charge of rape brought against him by the police.

He was remanded by the Kaneshie District Magistrates' Court to reappear on January 8, 2015.

KKD, as he is popularly called, is alleged to have raped a 19-year-old lady in the washroom of a hotel in Accra.

more soon.

Kwaw Kese granted bail

At last, controversial hiplife musician, Kwaw Kese, has regained his freedom albeit temporarily.

The Kumasi Circuit Court which had denied him bail on previous occasions, eventually granted a fourth bail application Tuesday, filed by his lawyer.

Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor, who was in court. reported a visibly relieved Kwaw Kese managed a wry smile when the court announced its decision to grant him bail.

More soon.

Kwaw Kesse Gets Bail On Health Grounds

Embattled Hip-life artiste Emmanuel Botwe known in showbiz as Kwaw Kese has just been granted bail by the KMA Circuit Court on health grounds.

According to the lawyer, Kwasi Boaitey who confirmed the news to in a phone interview, a new plea was upheld by the court and they were processing papers to get him out.

Kwaw Kese was admitted at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where he has been responding to treatment over stomach aches.

Kwaw Kese will however reappear in court on January 5 2015 for the commencement of trial.

Christian Council launches campaign to fast track Ghana's development

The Christian Council of Ghana has begun a new campaign aimed at fast-tracking Ghana's development over the next 50 years.

The council is unhappy that politicization of development goals is slowing the pace of development.

It wants politics detached from the development of what the council calls the Ghana-We-Want Agenda for the next 50 years.

General Secretary of the Christian Council, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong told Joy FM's Fred Smith Ghanaians from all walks of life - traditional rulers, politicians, academicians, religious leaders, business owners, young people - are all expressing some interests and expectations in their discourse.

“Now what we should do as a people is to put all these interests together into short term, long term planning and move the nation towards a non-partisan direction.”

He underscored: “If we don't do that, development efforts become firefighting. So we think with all the interest being expressed as a country, we should be able to pause, do deep thinking and reflection and answer question like what is the Ghana we want the next 50 years for our children and the young people.”

Rev. Dr. Opuni-Frimpong maintained that if the nation is able to plan ahead, “we will save ourselves from a situation where political parties impose partisan manifesto upon the nation”.

When the nation decides on the kind of Ghana it wants, he said, “the various political parties would only come in to tell us how they will get us there.”

The call by the Christian Council, he said, is in line with the Africa-We-Want Agenda 2063 being developed by the African Union.

Listen to Dr. Opuni-Frimpong

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mad Rush For Condoms At Xmas Holidays

Toys aren’t the only things that enjoy a boost in sales during Christmas. It turns out that at Christmas, sale of condoms also hit a yearly high.

Owners of pharmacy shops in the country say this Christmas Eve has seen the biggest sale of condoms.

According to them, most of the customers were men, but the number of teenagers and women who bought condoms also went up drastically this year.

They believe the high condom sales are because people are becoming aware of the need to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

Legon Police arrest 8 for stealing water

Police in Legon have arrested eight persons who prevented residents of Agjiringano and surrounding areas from enjoying water from Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).

Residents have had to rely on the services of the suspects for water as their pipelines have been dry for months.

The Legon District Police Commander, DSP Emmanuel Basintale informed Joy News that the exercise was carried out after a request for assistance by the GWCL.

The exercise, according to him, spanned two days and saw to the arrest of the eight suspects and seizure of some trucks involved in the illegal tapping of GWCL lines without the knowledge of the company.

He further revealed that some of the suspects were found to have constructed underground tanks for storing their ill-gotten water and that they had been selling the water to the unsuspecting residents at a higher fee.

DSP Basintale assured the public that the suspects, despite already being granted bail, would certainly face the full rigors of the law.

Meanwhile Government has asked that residents of Adenta and its environs who are still not receiving water get plumbers to fix leakages on pipelines to their homes which have been rendered weak as a result of years of non-utilisation.

Last week President Mahama turned on the valves at the Kpong Headworks to resume supply of 20 million gallons of water to residents of Adenta and surrounding areas after more than a decade.

Yet days after the valves were turned on, some residents still complain they do not have access to water, prompting a government fact-finding team to visit the area.

Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing Jonny Osei Kofi who led the team, insisted that the water flowing in the area is consistent but suggested that faults had developed in the pipes laid in residences because “they have not seen water in decades”.

The deputy minister in addressing the problem suggested that domestic pipelines which have been damaged be repaired by local plumbers at the discretion of residents, while affirming Government's commitment to making the necessary repairs on faulty mainlines. 

Bawumia admonishes Muslims in leadership to be more accountable

Running-mate to the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, has urged Muslims in political leadership to be accountable in managing state resources.

Speaking at the 56th National Conference of the Ghana Muslim Mission in Kumasi, Dr. Bawumia said the conduct of adherents of Islam who find themselves in leadership positions should reflect the teachings of the religion.

Dr. Bawumia admonished his fellow Muslims to “make sure that whenever we find ourselves in leadership positions, we take care of those missions for the benefit of this country”.

Insisting that corruption in various forms is killing the country, he specifically made mention of the SADA and GYEEDA scandals, among others, which have deprived the country of much-needed development.

Everywhere you look, he lamented, there is stealing, stealing and more stealing and “this has got a direct bearing on the welfare of the people”.

Speaking on the same platform, the Chairman of the Ghana Muslim Mission, Sheikh Dr. Amin Bonsu emphasized good personal hygiene and proper waste disposal practices.

According to him, Islam is built on strong principles of personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.

He, therefore, decried the absence of urban planning and bad environmental practices in many communities which in his opinion have contributed to poor sanitation and resulting in health problems. This, he said is highly indecent.

Sheikh Bonsu thus called on adherents of the religion to make environmental cleanliness a priority.

Kwaw Kese Still On Admission

Embattled hiplife artiste, Kwaw Kese is still on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

Kwaw Kese was rushed to the hospital on December 24 after complaining of severe stomach ache.

This is the second time the hiplife musician has sought medical attention for stomach ache since his arrest on November 22.

Kwaw Kese, born Emmanuel Botchway was arrested for allegedly smoking a substance suspected to be Indian hemp in public, at a drinking spot close to the popular '+2 Pub' in Nhyiaeso in Kumasi.

All his four attempts at securing bail were refused and he is scheduled to re-appear in court on January 5, 2015.

The Senior Administrative Director at KATH's Public Relations Unit, Ernest Abban told Citi News, his checks on Monday indicated that Kwaw Kese was still on admission.

'He was still on admission this morning when I asked the nurses in charge,' adding that it is unclear when he will be discharged although he is responding to treatment.

Mr. Abban also stated that the original security arrangements are still in place 'because usually, that is what is done. Whenever the Prisons Service brings a patient, they stay around until the person is discharged but I was told he is still on admission.'



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