Breaking News in Ghana This Morning, Today being Thursday, 25th of June 2020
1. Supreme Court ruling on amicus brief strange, disappointing - IMANI, ASEPA View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Policy Think Tank, IMANI Africa has openly expressed disappointment at the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss an amicus brief filed by together with three others to provide key information to the panel of Judges adjudicating the consolidated case in which the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a Ghanaian citizen Mark Takyi Banson challenging the Electoral Commission (EC)’s decision to exclude the existing voters ID card as a valid prove of identity for the registration of a new voters register.
Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil, in a series of facebook posts is questioned the reasoning of the Apex court, presided over by Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah, who is also the Chief Justice.
In one of such protests, Mr Bentil, whose think tank has publicly challengd the EC’s justifications cutting across, procurement breaches, efficiency of the Biometric Verification Devices, EC’s data base among others over the past six months, said ”For the record, The Supreme Court Justices are the supervisors of this realm. No one may disrespect them, but they can be criticized.”
It further state :”As a lawyer, a believer in democracy, I am prepared to give my life in obedience of Judges because they can guarantee my freedom to live free. They are the bulwark in defense of our freedoms. I will however respectfully disagree with them, they understand my right to do so.
2. My client’s pronouncements were prophecies – Lawyer of Apostle Owusu Agyei View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Counsel for the pastor who was arrested for allegedly making threats on the life of the EC Chairperson has said his client's statements were prophecies.
According to Victor Kwadjoga Adawudu, his client was only professing what God revealed to him in the spiritual realm and that his statements meant no harm.
In an interview with Kwame Nkrumah Tikese, monitored by GhanaWeb, Mr. Adawudu said the only thing that was not right was the mode in which the prophecies were communicated.
“The statements the Apostle made were prophecies. The only thing that didn’t go on well was how he communicated them. He should’ve added a little sense to it” he indicated.
He added, the court based on a series of investigations even realized that the Apostle is a kind-hearted person who has embarked on a series of charitable events.
“The police after investigations even found out that Apostle is a good person who has donated heavily to charity,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Apostle Kwabena Owusu Adjei has been granted a GH¢100, 000 bail by the Accra Circuit Court.
3. We’re disappointed, the court would’ve benefited from our amicus brief – Franklin Cudjoe View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
President of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss an amicus brief filed by them and three other policy think tanks to join a consolidated case in which the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a Ghanaian citizen Mark Takyi Banson is asking the apex court to prevent the Electoral Commission (EC) from prohibiting the existing voters ID card as a valid prove of identity for the registration of a new voters register.
According to the bench, the amicus brief filed by the think tanks did not necessarily bring anything new to the case and previous utterances in the media landscape by the CSOs suggests that they are supportive of one party in the case and hence cannot be a neutral party.
The bench also wondered why the think tanks had not shown interest in the first writ regarding the NDC vs Attorney General and EC which also sought similar reliefs.
4. 2016 Elections: Mahama lost because people were not satisfied with his performance - Sammy Gyamfi View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
National Communications Officer of the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, believes this year's general elections is about an "honest person" Ghanaians can "entrust their future with"; and President Akufo-Addo, unfortunately, falls short of both attributes.
He is, therefore, asking the electorate to vote massively against the Akufo-Addo administration for its shoddy performance in government just as they did to his predecessor; former President John Dramani Mahama.
He professed that the huge number of Ghanaians -close to 1 million - who voted against former President John Dramani Mahama meant that he performed poorly at that time.
Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, Sammy Gyamfi, however noted that having tasted the incompetence administration of the Akufo Addo-led NPP government, majority of Ghanaians can now clearly see the difference between the two.
“Ghanaians close to 1 million who voted against Mahama meant that they were not satisfied with his performance as at that time but note that majority of them will have a change of mind because they can compare the performance of former President Mahama to that President Akufo-Addo and attest to it that he (Mahama) is better than the current president.
" . . Akufo-Addo to be just someone who speaks but fails to act out his words as evidenced in the fulfillment of just 14 percent of his 631 promises to Ghanaians.
“Ghanaians have seen that Mahama performed better because Akufo-Addo is using the facilities put up by the Mahama administration to treat COVID-19 patients. Mahama initiated several projects including the construction of health facilities and it shows that he is a visionary leader . . . and one that can be trusted because he is honest,” he analyzed.
To him, the December 2020 polls will be a referendum on the performance of President Akufo-Addo; thus, Ghanaians will ask him whether he has fulfilled all the promises he made to them or not.
If he has not achieved that but underperformed, then we will vote him out and if he has fulfilled them to our satisfaction we will vote for him but we all know that he has disappointed us. President Akufo-Addo has shown that he is not an honest person and so we cannot continue to entrust our future and destiny into his hands. The 2020 general election is about who we can trust,” Sammy Gyamfi emphasised.
5. 90% of NPP’s polling station executives are useless to the party – Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Majority Leader in Parliament and MP for Suame, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has described the majority of the polling station executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party as useless to the political fortune of the party when it comes to mobilization at the grassroots level, MyNewsGh.com reports.
According to the lawmaker who has been expressing concern about the voting out of experienced legislators saying it impedes effective parliamentary works, the NPP must retake a look at its delegates system as it doesn’t bode well for the party going forward.
The just-ended NPP parliamentary primaries saw 40 incumbent MPs lose their seats, including some who chaired the various parliamentary committees. Many more would have lost had they not gone unopposed.
Speaking on Oman FM via phone-in observed by MyNewsGh.com, Kyei Mensah Bonsu said: “only 5% of the NPP’s polling station executives do the actual work they are supposed to do.”
“You don’t expect John Boadu or Sammi Awuku or Wontumi and Sam Pyne to come and go house to house… It is the polling station executives who are supposed to do that but they don’t do it. […] Even me Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu if I am doing house to house, how many houses can I enter? It is the polling station executives who must enter every house with the work of the party. But I can say 90 per cent don’t do anything. They don’t add anything to the party... They don’t help us in anyway… They only milk aspirants. It will not help us… Going forward”.. he said.
6. Supreme Court stops Woyome from commencing fresh action at High Court View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday put on hold a fresh writ filed at the General Jurisdiction (High Court Division) in which Woyome is contending that his fundamental human rights was being breached.
It noted that Woyome could not initiate a fresh action at the trial court (High Court) when the matter was before an SC which is an “execution court.”
“The application is hereby struck out as withdrawn. Suit number HR/0047/2020, Agbesi Woyome verses the Registrar, General Jurisdiction, the Auctioneer, Citi Max Accra, be stayed completely.”
It directed Mr. Osafo Buabeng, counsel who represented Woyome in Court to take steps to have the action stayed.
The five member panel presided over by Chief Justice Anin Yeboah’s action came after it had struck out the Attorney General application for leave for acquisition of Woyome’s properties.
The Attorney General came under the High Court Civil Procedure Code (CI 47) to acquire Woyome’s properties, but the SC said that it was unnecessary to come under that rule.
According to the Court, the state could mobilize funds and buy Woyome’s properties before handing them over to any state institution.