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President Akufo- Addo Condemned For His Bias Enforcement Of Covid Laws By Builsa MP, Dr. Apaak

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Many Ghanaians have condemned the New Patriotic Party and the current government for not setting leadership by example in the recent Parliamentary Primaries Elections, where most delegates and party members were seen jubilating without their nose mask on, no social distancing and other Covid protocols being adhered to.

Apparently, people had expected the president to sanction the law breakers especially as others had already been jailed for same offenses.

However, when the president reacted to the issue, all he did was to scold the party members’ for breaking the Covid protocols during the primaries.

This was what the president had to say on Saturday, June 27, during his acclamation event, “This past weekend, our party came to the end of the processes that we have to go through to prepare for the elections in December to prepare for the primaries in Constituencies where we have sitting MPs. Unfortunately, in our enthusiasm and sheer unbridled joy, we broke some of the COVID-19 safety protocols. It should not happen again.”

Dr. Clement Abas Apaak, the Member of Parliament for Builsa South in an open letter , condemned the presidents partial way of enforcing the Covid  laws especially when all he could do was to scold the  party members who broke the law during the primaries.

Dr. Abas Apaak said that, “To close churches and order citizens about in a certain manner without same applying to his party members, smacks of hypocrisy, divisiveness, and is detrimental to national unity.”

Below is the statement released by D. Abas to that effect:

STATEMENT – YOUR SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW (Your COID 19 CIs) IS DETRIMENTAL TO NATIONAL UNITY MR. PRESIDENT.

I issue this statement on the back of comments made by Akufo-Addo at his acclamation as the flagbearer of the NPP among many issues. President Akufo-Addo pretended to be disgusted by the blatant disregard for COVID 19 protocols by the rank and file of his outgoing party during its recent primaries, which saw the unprecedented outster of some forty-two sitting members of his party in Parliament.

Ordinarily, I would have allowed this to pass without comment, but as a human rights and social justice advocate, I’m obligated by my principles to point out the hypocrisy, duplicity, divisive and selective application of the law by Mr. President. I shall illuminate and illusidate.

For the past few days, videos have circulated widely of pastors condemning the open flouting of the orders by President Akufo-Addo by members of his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) contained in Executive Instrument 64 (EI64) during the recent primaries of the party held on Saturday 20th June, 2020. Ghanaians were concerned over the total disregard for COVID-19 protocols, which have been criminalised with regards to the wearing of nose/face masks. Before the date of the NPP primaries, the law was in full force, which had prompted Ghanaians that it would be applied no matter what as the President had ensured was done to others in the past.

Ghanaians would recall that under similar EIs, pastors and ordinary citizens have been punished for failing to adhere to the directives contained in the laws developed to help the government and the nation fight Coronavirus.

Having the opportunity to address the nation a day after the NPP primaries on 21st June, the President failed to mention the unfortunate show of impunity by his party folks. Indeed, many videos and pictures that were circulated, showed identifiable faces, which should be of no difficulty by law enforcement to identify, culprits, if the President wished to apply the law.

But, as expected, a week on, the President, having grabbed another opportunity to address the issue, after a week of open criticism from a cross section of Ghanaians, to the effect of discriminating against some class of Ghanaians, President Akufo-Addo shamefully pardoned his party members for openly offending his own law. Mr. Akufo-Addo stated during his acceptance speech as flagbearer of the NPP that “this past weekend, our party came to the end of the process that we have to go through to prepare for the elections in December with the primaries in the constituencies where we have sitting MPs. Unfortunately, in our enthusiasm and sheer, unbridled joy, we broke some of the COVID-19 safety protocols. It should not happen again”

By this statement, the President sees no wrongdoing in the conduct of his party members, and by default has placed their actions above those that were punished for similar unlawful conducts.

The law is expected to be applied fairly without discrimination. If for nothing at all, the fact that some have long been punished for similar actions, should inform the President that subsequent offenders could not just be left off the hook, regardless of which party they belong to.

But, as expected, the long silence was aimed at taking no action. However, the constant criticisms have forced a comment from Mr Akufo-Addo, which did not retroactively pardon all who have suffered the iron-feet application of the law, but only graced his party members.

Actions like these only go further to divide the country. It is unfortunate for a President to be engaged in such open discrimination and divisiveness. One set of laws cannot he applied to a section of people and another to a different section living in the same country, especially when that inaction benefits people from his political party.

As it stands now, churches have began calls on the President to pardon their members who were punished for crimes that have become “unpunishable” all of a sudden. These calls are in order, and must be adhered to in the name . The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, must not place some Ghanaians above others. Ghanaians are equal citizens, and are under the same laws. Actions of the President must seek to unite the nation rather than to divide it. His comments to let go his party members, only goes to strengthen suspicions that he assumed political office to serve the singular interest of his party and its members, while disregarding the rights and liberties of those not found within his party.

To close churches and order citizens about in a certain manner without same applying to his party members, smacks of hypocrisy, divisiveness, and is detrimental to national unity.

Signed:
Dr. Clement Apaak

Source: GHANAFEED.COM

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You Can Run But You Cannot Hide – COP Kofi Boakye Warns Jamestown Bullion Van Robbers

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Head of Legal and Prosecutions at the Ghana Police Service headquarters Nathan Kofi Boakye, a Commissioner of Police (COP), has warned perpetrators of last Monday’s robbery at Adedenkpo near Jamestown that their time will be up “very very very soon”.

“I want to emphasise to the nation that very, very, very soon all those involved in this bullion robbery and especially those who committed it, they will be arrested very soon,” the former Ashanti Regional Police Commander stated.

“They can run and run and run but they cannot hide.”

COP Kofi Boakye gave this assurance on Friday, June 18 when 320 new recruits of the Service passed out in the Ashanti Region at the Regional Police Training School in Kumasi.

He said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, has put in “innovative” strategies to help combat the menace that currently confronts the nation.

He also called on the new recruits to start nosing around for information that will help in arresting Monday’s criminals.

“It is incumbent on all of us including you – the new recruits – to help us achieve this objective, starting from now and you have a duty of arresting these criminals who killed one of us.

“This is non-negotiable and we cannot compromise on the need to arrest these criminals.”

Monday’s attack on a bullion van left the police officer on escort duty, Lance Corporal Emmanuel Osei, dead and a by-stander, Efia Badu, also hit by a stray bullet.

Source: 3News

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Mahama’s Aide Gives Birth To Triplets

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Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Special aide to former President John Mahama, has reportedly delivered a set of triplets.

The lawyer has been outside public scrutiny for a while now, after the conclusion of the 2020 Election Petition.

Madam Mogtari is married to Hudu Mogtari, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

This set of triplets brings her number of children to 4, having already birthed a son.

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Kufuor And Akufo-Addo Wanted To Jail Me At All Cost – Tsatsu Tsikata

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Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has revealed that former president John Agyekum Kufuor and then Attorney General in 2002, Akufo-Addo were determined to put him behind bars at all cost.

In an interview on TV3, Mr Tsikata said the trial judge, Justice Henrietta Abban “had been adjourning because she had said if she didn’t do that there will be a mistrial.

“She did indicate that if she did not wait for the Supreme Court and the Court of appeal there will be a mistrial. In spite of all that she still went ahead to pronounce judgement on that day. You can’t really make head and tail of that in purely legal terms. The lesson I am trying to draw is this, we will want to have confidence in the judicial system. We want to have confidence that when you go to court the decisions will be based on law and the facts.

“But we also have to recognize that unfortunately that does not always happen. There are other factors that influence the course of justice including the factors political pressure being brought to bear on judges to come to a certain decision at all cost.

“In my case there was no question about the fact that the political pressure from right up to the president level, the Attorney General at that time now President Akufo-Addo, President Kufuor. They were determined that I would have to go to jail.

“That determination seemed to be based on the wish to demonstrate that certain things had not been done right under President Rawlings in the past.”

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