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Anlo Traditional Area To Organise Funeral For Rawlings Without Body



The Anlo Traditional area is expected to hold traditional funeral rites for the late former President Jerry John Rawlings even though it has lost its fight to have the body of the former president handed over to it.

Speaking to Citi News, the Secretary to the local funeral planning committee of Anlo Traditional area, Agbotadua Kumasah said, the absence of a body will not prevent them from honouring one of their own, who was also properly installed chief.

Mr. Rawlings was instead given a state funeral at the Black Star Square ahead of burial at the military cemetery.

“Until his burial today, we were expecting his body to be released to us so now that they are going to bury him in Accra, we as Anlos will organise our own traditional burial for him,” Agbotadua Kumasah said.

He noted that in Anlos’ history, there had been precedent for such an occurrence necessitating a funeral without a body.

“We have had some chiefs who were captured in war. We have had chiefs who drowned and the bodies were not recovered. We had chiefs who were burned to ashes and chiefs who were lost who we didn’t know whether they were alive or not.”

“But there are procedures for burying those people so with or without the body, we have our own way of organising funerals for such people,” Agbotadua Kumasah said.

The Anlo traditional area has been opposed to the state’s handling of the funeral arrangements since Mr. Rawlings’ death on November 12, 2020.

The Council said the arrangements made at the time were not in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Anlo people.

The people of Anlo even petitioned Torgbui Agbesi Awusu II, the Awadada of Anlo to demand that the body of former President.

Source: Citinews


Supreme Court Affirmed My Victory In 2020 Polls – Akufo-Addo Reacts



President Akufo-Addo has reacted to the Supreme Court ruling on the 2020 election petition.

“On Thursday, 4th March 2021, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous ruling, affirmed my victory in the presidential election of 7th December 2020,” Nana Akufo-Addo who watched the live ruling in his office with his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia posted on Facebook.

The 7-member panel of the Court presided by the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah unanimously dismissed the petition brought before it by NDC candidate for the 2020 election, John Mahama.

In an extensive verdict read by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, the court was of the opinion that the petitioner failed to disclose how the so-called errors by the EC chair materially affected the declaration.


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Petition Verdict: John Mahama Lost, Not NDC – Koku Anyidoho



Koku Anyidoho, a former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has in a series of tweets urged Ghanaians to dissociate the NDC from John Dramani Mahama’s defeat at the Supreme Court after the 2020 election petition final verdict.

Mr Anyidoho, who is currently serving suspension from the NDC noted that former president John Dramani Mahama contested the results of the 2020 polls as an individual and not on behalf of the entire party.

“People should please remember that it is not the NDC which is in court ooo: it is an individual who is in court!”

“John Manama is NOT the President of the Republic of Ghana. His Excellency President Akufo-Addo is the President of the Republic of Ghana.”

“Let John Mahama fight his own battles and leave the NDC alone to exist,” he wrote.

The 7-member panel of the Court presided by the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah unanimously dismissed the petition brought before it by NDC candidate for the 2020 election, John Mahama.

In an extensive verdict read by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, the court was of the opinion that the petitioner failed to disclose how the so-called errors by the EC chair materially affected the declaration.


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‘Star Witness’ Asiedu Nketia Was The Only One Whose Testimony Was Relevant To Mahama’s Case – Supreme Court



The Supreme Court in its final verdict on the 2020 election petition indicated that witnesses of the petitioner failed to provide substantive testimonies which were relevant to the petitioner’s case except for Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

The court adjudged the NDC General Secretary as star witness whose contribution was “emphatic” and “relevant” as compared to the second and third witnesses.

Reading the judgment on Thursday, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said “Out of the three witnesses [the petitioner called], the one whose testimony appeared to have relevance to the issue as stake was Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia (PW1). He was in fact the star witness of the petitioner. His testimony vividly explained the reason the petitioner is in court.

“As for the other two witnesses, that is, (PW2 and 3), Dr Kpessa Whyte and Mr Robert Mettle-Nunoo, the little said about their testimony related to the issue at stake, the better,” Justice Anin-Yeboah stated.

Moreover, the panel described the testimonies of Dr Michael Kpessa Whyte and Robert Mettle-Nunoo as a “fanciful tale”.

“While the testimony of PW1 [Johnson Asiedu Nketia] was emphatic, that the petitioner is not in court to challenge or compare the figures or data presented by the 1st Respondent with any other figures.

“The testimonies of PW2 [Dr Kpessa Whyte] and 3 [Rojo Nunoo] were in respect of alleged irregularities in the figures or data on some of the collation forms that they sighted in the strong room but after which they ultimately signed or certified.

“Notwithstanding all these allegations of misunderstandings with staff of the 1st Respondent in the strong room and the fact that they were absent during the declaration they did not give any indication as to how these happenings and their absence affected the final results announced by the 1st Respondent,” Justice Anin-Yeboah read.

He continued, “Having signed or certified these forms, the witnesses, particularly, PW3, cannot turn round to talk of irregularities in the said forms. Their testimonies would have carried weight if the purpose of the petition was to challenge entries made by on the collation form or summary sheets but that is not the case.

“Their testimonies were, therefore, of no relevance to the issues set down for determination and we find them unworthy whatsoever in the settlement of the issues.”

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