Month: July 2017

Too early to ask EC Chair, Deputies to step aside – Peace Council

Chairman of the National Peace Council Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante has said calls for the commissioners of the Electoral Commission to step aside following mud-slinging among themselves are premature. The Chairman of the Council said stepping aside is “jumping the gun”. There is a leadership crisis at the electoral management body. What began as a petition from some staff demanding the impeachment of the chair Charlotte Osei has blown out into a full media war. Photo: Commissioners, Amadu Sulley in charge of Operations, Chairperson Charlotte Osei and Georgina Amankwah The unprecedented fracas at the commission has prompted calls for the commissioners to step aside to allow for full-scale investigations into […]

I’ll beat GHAMRO leaders who attempt to collect royalties from me – Kumchacha

Leader of Heaven’s Gate Ministry Nicholas Osei popularly called Prophet ‘Kumchacha’ has issued a stern warning to the leadership of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) not to step foot in his church to collect royalties. He warned that he and his congregation will ‘beat’ to pulp any GHAMRO executives who dares enter his church to collect royalties. GHAMRO has disclosed its readiness to collect royalties from the various churches in the country. But speaking on Abusua Drive hosted by Ike-da-Unpredictable, Prophet ‘Kumchacha’ said he will not ‘spare’ any GHAMRO leaders who will demand royalties from him. According to him, he pays musicians who perform in his church during programmes […]

President Akufo-Addo under pressure to probe EC chaos

President Akufo-Addo is under intense pressure to initiate a thorough probe into the unfolding scandal at the Electoral Commission (EC). Joy News’ has learnt, forces within the New Patriotic Party, other political parties and civil society groups want the President to take steps to restore public confidence in the EC following ongoing media war between Chairperson, Charlotte Osei and two of her deputies – Georgina Opoku Amankwaah and Amadu Sulley. The media has become battle turf, where the three Commissioners have been throwing jabs at each other in a string of serious allegations. First, some nameless staff at the EC petitioned the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, to remove their Chair, claiming she lacks […]

Cabinet approves Fiscal Responsibility Law to cap fiscal deficit to 3-5% of GDP

Days after the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, hinted of Government’s desire to place a cap on Ghana’s fiscal deficit as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Cabinet has given its approval for the submission of the appropriate legislation to Parliament to amend the relevant law. The proposed amendment to the Public Financial Management Act is expected to limit the fiscal deficit to between 3% and 5% of GDP from the year 2018, to ensure greater fiscal discipline. Fiscal deficit is the difference between the government’s expenditures and its revenues, excluding the money it borrowed. A country’s fiscal deficit is usually communicated as a percentage of its gross domestic […]

I really miss Afari Gyan – Ayariga

The 2016 flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga has described the former chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan as a ‘shining example’ in Africa. According to him, Dr Afari-Gyan was far better in handling election matters in the country than the current chair, Madam Charlotte Osei. “I miss Afari so much because his performance as far as election matters is concerned was superb and beyond imagination. He was dedicated to his work and makes sure nothing or no one interferes in his affairs and so I find it hard to understand why this woman has failed to learn from her predecessor” he said. Mr. […]

Pressure mounts on EC for full-scale investigation into chaos

Pressure has been mounted on the Electoral Commission to be “comprehensively audited” following full-blown media battle between the chairperson, deputies and staff. Vice-President at IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil said for years the EC has used its constitutional protection of its independence, to do “whatever they want”. Charlotte Osei, the second chair person of the 25-year-old commission is facing a mutiny from her staff who accuse her of managerial incompetence, doubtful political neutrality, and breaches of contracts and the Public Procurement Act. Her detailed response rejecting the accusations has also roped in two other deputies, commissioner in charge of Operations, Amadu Sulley and Commissioner in charge of Corporate Services, Georgina Opoku […]

NPP needs minimum of 20 years to bring development – Chairman

Upper West Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Abdul Rahman Abubakar has revealed that the NPP needs to be in power for at least 20 years to develop Ghana to the fullest. Addressing supporters of the party at the Upper West Regional delegates’ conference, Alhaji Abubakar was emphatic stating that 8 years is too short for any meaningful development to take place in a country plagued with litany of challenges. “I have always said it anywhere I go that the good policies that have been brought by President Nana Akuffo-Addo and his team; we will not let them go after 8 years”. He added that the party must […]

I’m thinking about contesting NDC presidential primaries – Amissah-Arthur

President John Mahama’s 2016 running mate Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has revealed he could be in the race for National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primaries for the 2020 general elections. “I am not considering it.  But people have come to me and I am thinking about it”, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur told Joy News’ Beatrice Adu at a ceremony to mark the 5th anniversary of the passing of President John Mills. He however stressed, the party’s immediate concern is repairing the electoral machine so that it is “coherent and cohesive” enough to win power in 2020. Who leads the party is a sub-plot in a party that lost the 2016 elections […]

Akufo-Addo commissions 3rd FPSO

President Nana Akufo-Addo has commissioned Ghana’s third oil Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel named after former President John Agyekum Kufuor. Watched on by a line-up of top government officials and Italian managers of the vessel, the President turned the valve wearing a smile that meant – let the cash flow. The gas which will feed thermal power plants in the Western region can bring on another 1,100 megawatts. This project has been thought through much better than the last FPSO Atta Mills. There is a dedicated gas pipeline to connect to the onshore gas receiving facilities near Sanzule, a village in the Western region. In a tale of […]

OccupyGhana kritisiert den “mangelhaften” BNI-Bericht über die BOST-Saga

Druckgruppe, OccupyGhana, hat das Energieministerium für die Einrichtung eines Ausschusses zur Intensivierung der Ermittlungen in der wütenden Bulk Oil Storage und Transport Company (BOST) verunreinigten Kraftstoff Saga empfohlen. Nach der Gruppe ist ein Bericht in die Kontroverse durch das Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) nicht umfassend. “Wir sagen diese, weil dieser BNI-Bericht ist so mangelhaft in mehreren, materiellen Weisen und Blätter so viele Fragen unbeantwortet, dass es schwierig ist, mit einigen seiner Meinungen und Schlussfolgerungen zu vereinbaren”, sagte OccupyGhana in einer Presseerklärung. Enthüllte: BOST verkaufte kontaminierten Treibstoff auf über 30 nicht lizenzierte Unternehmen Es ist letzte Woche aufgetaucht, dass BOST fünf Millionen Off-Spec-Öl an Movenpiina verkaufte, ein Unternehmen, das nicht […]