Prophet RAEL in support of President Ramaphosa’s policy of land redistribution in South Africa

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Feb. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Rael, spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (IRM), has expressed his full support to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, for his decision to redistribute land to Black South Africans.

President Ramaphosa stated, “The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans.”

In response to this statement, Rael commented: ”He is absolutely right! What was stolen by armed colonizers must be returned to Africa’s native people without any compensation.”

Rael went even further and declared: “The wealth of these white families should be seized as a compensation for centuries of pillages!”

In 2011, Rael expressed a similar support to Zimbabwe President, Mugabe, who initiated “the indigenization and empowerment policy and programs to ensure that resources are managed, controlled and exploited by Zimbabwe and that they benefit the majority of the people.”

At the time, Rael encouraged all African countries to do the same. “Africa belongs to Africans, not to ex-colonizers who continue their colonialist behavior under the guise of powerful multinational conglomerates,” he said.

Rael not only wishes African countries to take control of their lands, but he also encourages them to achieve a true independence by “rejecting all foreign structures that have been imposed on Africans by force, whether political, religious or cultural.”

He added then, “Africa must belong to the Africans, in particular the resources that continue to be plundered by the former colonial powers. Africa to Africans!!”

Government rolls out roadmap to implement TVET plan

Accra, Government has rolled out a roadmap for the implementation of a five-year strategic plan for the country’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Mrs Barbara Asher Ayisi, the Deputy Minister in-charge of Technical and Vocational Education, said government had constituted reform committees including inter-agency committee, staff rationalisation committee, legislation committee and conditions of service committee to implement the plan.

She said Cabinet had approved a five-year strategic plan for TVET with the goal of transforming the country’s labour force to create employment and enhance productivity.

Cabinet has also approved the realignment of all technical and vocational institutions to the Ministry of Education and amendment of legislation for the Council of TVET, National Vocational Training Institute and the National Board for Professional and Technical Examinations, she said.

TMrs Ayisi said this in Accra on Wednesday at a stakeholder’s workshop on the Implementation Plan for TVET Reforms.

She noted that as part of the roadmap, government had developed a scheme or condition of service for staff of TVET among other things.

Mrs Ayisi explained that the staff rationalisation was to collate data of all the staff of the institutions to realign to the TVET scheme.

She said the legislation committee was to ensure the completion of draft bills for the establishment of the TVET and amendment of the Council for TVET Act.

Mrs Ayisi expressed concern about the perception that technical education was reserved for students with little academic performance, urging teachers to re-orient that notion and encouraged students to take up vocational courses.

She said a strong technical and vocational background would enhance the skills of the country’s human resource and create job employment for the teeming youth.

Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, the Executive Director of TVET, said technical and vocational institutions had great potential for enhancing the country’s economy, but till date there was so much left to be done to make the sector viable for economic growth.

According to him, the TVET landscape in the country was fragmented with negative implications for overall system governance, development and coordination for efficiency, quality and relevance of training.

He said TVET is confronted with challenges such as poor linkage between training institutions and industry, multiplicity of standards, testing and certification systems and poor perception of the profession.

Dr Asamoah said the realignment of TVET under the Ministry of Education would ensure effective management, coordination and cohesion in training institutions in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Bottled water companies threaten shutdown over tax stamp frustration

Accra, Members of the National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers have threatened to shut down their production should the enforcement of the Tax Stamp Law impact negatively on their operations.

They said the current frustration was due to the fact that members had not been able to acquire the tax affixing machines as of the eve of the enforcement of the Tax Stamp law.

A statement issued by the Association’s National Executive Committee in Accra, on Wednesday, said it had been confirmed that none of their member companies had been able to acquire the tax affixing machines at the moment.

It said members were also not in the position to acquire the machines, and, therefore, resolved at an earlier meeting in the day, that producers could access the government tax affixing machine at the Tema Port, in the interim.

The statement said it was envisaged, however, that this would cause great inconveniences to producers, and could impact adversely on their productivity.

It said it was, therefore, agreed to reschedule a meeting for all bottled water companies on Monday, March 5, 2018, to assess the impact of the current situation on their businesses and decide on a possible shutdown if found necessary.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Minister briefs Parliament on defilement case

Accra, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister of Gender and Social Protection has informed Parliament that the four-year-old girl, who was allegedly defiled at Assin Adadietem in the Central Region is in good health.

According to the Minister, the victim and the family have also been relocated to a safe environment with the support of the Member of Parliament for the area.

Ms Otiko Djaba was invited to the House to brief Parliament on the matter following a question filed by Laadi Ayamba, Member of Parliament (MP) for Pusiga on the progress the Ministry has made on the case.

The four-year-old girl was allegedly defiled by a 16-year-old Junior High School (JHS) pupil at Assin Nyamebekyere, near Assin Adadietem, in the absence of the girl’s parents.

Ms Otiko Djaba also stated that the abused girl was initially rushed to Assin Manso clinic but was referred to St Francis Xavier hospital where she was admitted for six days and discharged.

She explained that the Ministry gave some money and food items to the family of the victim for their upkeep.

She said the child was also sent to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital for further medical examination at the request of the Police at Assin Fosu.

Ms Otiko Djaba also announced that the report has been released to the Police to aid in the prosecution.

She stated that the case has been sent to court twice and is scheduled to be heard on March 1, 2018, adding that, the Ministry is still pushing for the suspect to hand himself over to the Police.

Ms Otiko Djaba said she would soon be seeking cabinet’s approval for a policy to make it mandatory for community meetings to be organised on proper parenting.

She explained that there were concerns that the mother of the victim was negligent and as a result the suspect took advantage of the situation to defile the victim.

In his remarks, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Ocquaye charged the Minister to ensure she is “personally” following the case to set an example from the impunity over defilement.

There should be “no private, personal, official or whatever intervention to kill the case or settle it behind closed doors…no priest or chief can intervene,” he said.

The Speaker asked the Minister to brief the House on the progress of the prosecution in two weeks’ time.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Case of alleged rape by Lebanese adjourned to March 29

Accra, The case of Rabih Haddad, the 39-year-old Lebanese businessman allegedly accused of raping his 19-year-old domestic help, was on Wednesday adjourned to March 29 by an Accra District Court.

When sitting resumed today, Inspector George Akumiah who held the brief for Superintendent of Police Kweku Bempah said that the Police are waiting for the Attorney General’s Advice on the case.

The matter was therefore adjourned, by Ms Gloria Laryea, the relieving Judge.

An Accra High Court admitted Haddad who was being held on a charge of rape to bail in the sum of GH 500,000.00 with two sureties.

The facts, as narrated by the Prosecution at the District Court, were that the victim was a 19-year-old Togolese, who was engaged as a domestic house help at the residence of Haddad.

Haddad resides at Airport Hills, Accra.

The Prosecution said in November, last year, the alleged victim was employed by the accused as a house help and she shared the boys’ quarters of the house with another house help.

The Prosecution said ever since the alleged victim moved to the house the accused had persistently harassed her and insisted on having sexual intercourse with her anytime other occupants of the house, including Haddad’s wife, were out of the premises.

The Prosecution said in the afternoon of November 30, last year, Haddad lured the victim into one of the rooms upstairs in the house and had sex with her.

It said the victim reported the incident to a co-worker in the house but they both kept the incident to themselves for the fear of losing their jobs.

On December 2, last year between 16:00 and 17:00 hours when Haddad’s wife and kids had gone out, Haddad reportedly requested for coffee from the alleged victim.

She then proceeded to the kitchen to prepare the coffee when Haddad then approached her and demanded sex from her.

The Prosecution said the victim resisted and this infuriated Haddad, who slapped her on the face and held her neck and dragged her into the master bedroom.

According to the Prosecution, Haddad stripped her naked and had sex with her.

The prosecution said after the act, the accused warned her not to inform anyone and then took his bath and left the house in his car.

The Prosecution said the victim, for the second time, reported her ordeal to a co-worker, who in turn passed the information to a Police Officer on duty nearby.

The matter was reported to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) at the Airport, upon which Haddad was arrested.

The Prosecution said the victim was issued with a medical report form to seek treatment while a DNA test was to be conducted to confirm true or otherwise the allegation of rape.

Haddad has however denied the offence, the Prosecution said.

Source: Ghana News Agency