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Prof. Naana Agyeman Pays Courtesy Call On Accra Chiefs

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) running mate, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, as part of her tour of the Greater Accra Region has paid a visit to the region’s House of Chiefs in Dodowa to officially introduce herself to them.

She was thankful to the chiefs for the leadership in their communities, assuring them that, “our MPs and Parliamentary Candidates will continue to engage in a politics of ideas, promote national unity and development” while emphasizing the need for Ghanaians to be patriotic citizens.

Prof. Naana Agyeman also expressed gratitude to the chiefs for their wise counsel and asked for their guidance and prayers throughout the campaign.

Speaking on behalf of the rulers, President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, thanked the NDC running mate for making time to visit and expressed the willingness of the House to partner the NDC administration for development.

“May God and our ancestors bless you for recognizing the need to see your landlords. Our collective desire is to see a prosperous nation. Ghana must win”, he said.

John Manama’s running mate then paid a courtesy call on the Shai-Osudoku Traditional Council. She called for continuous partnership between the Council and her party, and also introduced NDC parliamentary candidate, Linda Akweley Ocloo, to the chiefs and people.

In a short address, the Chief of Dodowa, Nene Tei Kwesi Agyemang V said the NDC has always been concerned about the plight of his people, noting that “the District assembly, hospitals, roads, streetlights have always been the handiwork of the NDC”.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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World Bank Declares Ghana HIPC Under Nana Addo

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Latest information from the World Bank sees Ghana ranked as one of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) globally.

By this, Ghana joins a group of other developing countries with high levels of poverty and debt overhang which are eligible for special assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

A total of 39 countries which heavily features African nations make up the list of HIPC.

Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Haiti and Sierra Leone are some of the countries on the list.

See full list of HIPC nations below:

Source: World Bank

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Justice Wuni Was Bias Towards ‘Innocent’ Kennedy Agyapong – Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has cited bias as reason for taking High Court judge, Justice Wuni off from Presiding over a contempt case against Assin Central legislator, Kennedy Agyapong.

The Supreme Court explained that Justice Wuni by the use of the phrase ‘severely punished’ in a contempt summons to Mr Agyapong exhibited bias and an already formed opinion on the deserved punishment for the legislator who remains innocent until proven guilty.

“It demonstrates prejudice, bias and in fact amounts to grave judicial indiscretion for a judge to form an opinion on the severity or leniency of punishment to impose on a person who is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” the court stated.

This was contained in a 31-page judgement detailing the reasons why a five-member panel of the apex court prohibited Justice Wuni from presiding over the MP’s contempt trial.

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Gov’t Sued Over Forced Domelevo Leave Directive

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Some Civil Society groups have sued the Government of Ghana over President Akufo-Addo’s directive to force Auditor General Daniel Domelevo on leave.

In a statement, the CSOs had expressed hope that the President would have rescinded his decision after their earlier petition however that has not materialised therefore they have no option than to go to the Supreme Court.

See excerpts of the statement below:

“The undersigned Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), represented by our lawyers, have, today, Monday, 26th October 2020, filed a writ at the Supreme Court, challenging the June 29, 2020 directive of the President that has sent the Auditor-General, Mr. Daniel Domelevo, on involuntary leave since Wednesday, 1st July 2020. The President has appointed Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, an officer of the Audit Service, to act as Auditor-General during the 167 working days that the Auditor-General is supposed to be away on forced leave.

“It will be recalled that on 7th July 2020, a coalition of CSOs called a press conference in response to the President’s action and issued an appeal to the President to rescind his directive to the Auditor-General. The coalition of CSOs, which included the undersigned organizations, expressed grave concern over the constitutional and governance implications of the President’s action.

Both the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and the English-Speaking section of the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) also implored the President to reconsider his decision. We indicated at the July 7 press conference that we would consider recourse to legal action to defend the Constitution and the independence of the Auditor-General should it become necessary.”

Below is the list of CSOs involved in the court action

1. Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)

2. Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII)

3. Citizen Ghana Movement

4. Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP)

5. Parliamentary Network Africa

6. Penplusbytes

7. Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

8. SEND Ghana

9. One Ghana Movement

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