What a greedy charlatan – Blakk Rasta slams Ofori-Atta for refusing to resign

Blakk Rasta, born Abubakar Ahmed, a seasoned Ghanaian reggae singer and media personality, insists Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has no right to hold on to his post following the mass disapproval from Ghanaians.

He claimed that the under-fire minister is not medically fit and must resign amid the country’s economic hardships.

“This is Ofori Atta, and when you look at his face, this man is so sickly and so unashamed to talk about his sickness yet will not move out of the space. What a greedy charlatan!” he yelled on his “Black Pot” show on Accra-based 3FM.

The U-turn made by the finance minister to go to the IMF despite pushing the controversial E-levy he claimed was the “economic saviour” on Ghanaians, he said, is “shameless.”

“The shamelessness of a country. Before God and man, the sun, the mother, the uncle, and the Holy Spirit, you swore that you would never go to the IMF as long as the E-Levy was passed. By some political jingoisms, you were able to pass the so-called E-Levy,” he said.

“After passing the demonic E-Levy, less than a month later, you are knocking on the doors of the so-called IMF,” he added.

The controversial singer claimed that the IMF is playing on the intelligence of the Finance Minister, but he is unaware due to his ignorance.

“Now the IMF is playing politics with you. The IMF is giving you several ropes for you to hang your citizens. The IMF is dangling a carrot in front of you, and you are not seeing the ditch that is in front of you. What a country!” Blakk Rasta laments.

Meanwhile, the censure motion filed against Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta by the minority caucus has failed.

The two-thirds required to approve the motion through voting was unsuccessful as the majority staged a walkout before the censure vote commenced.

Source: Modern Ghana

How Yaw Dabo brilliantly defended his height, made nonsense of his critics

Yaw Dabo, a popular Kumawood actor and football administrator has brilliantly schooled people who are always talking down on him because of his height.

The pint-sized actor said he is happy he was born that way because he might not have been successful if he had a normal height.

“Not everything you see is as it seems. God had a reason for creating me this way; maybe if I were like you, I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now, but then, since God created me this way, I am better than you,” he stated.

He told those who spare time to speak ill of him to check themselves before talking down on his height because most of them may not match his level of achievement in life.

He emphasised while speaking to Accra-FM’s Nana Romeo that some of his naysayers may wish to serve him.

“For those who insult me, maybe I am better than you. If I were in your family and I called you to do something for me, you probably would run to get it done. I would probably send you to get chairs if a funeral came home,” he said.

“To the person insulting me, should there be a funeral in your house, the wealthiest person will make you carry the coffin. Look, I always say, before you insult someone, you need to look at yourself before rubbishing them,” he advised.

The actor said he is careful about what he says about other people because the Bible frowns on ill-speech.

“I watch my mouth when saying things about other people. The Bible advises that men lock their mouths with padlocks because it could get them in trouble. The mouth can put you in trouble, and this may lead you to say something ill about someone and later look for them to apologise but won’t find them,” he said.

Source: Modern Ghana

Kufuor@84: ‘You’re a priceless asset to NPP, Asanteman and mother Ghana’ – Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu

The Majority Leader in Parliament and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has described the former president, John Agyekum Kufuor, as a priceless asset to NPP, the Asanteman and mother Ghana.

His comment comes as the former president celebrated his 84th birthday on December 8, 2022.

In a statement signed by the MP for Suame said, “You led our great Party, NPP, to our first victory in 2000. Your stewardship for the 8 years at the helm of affairs has been a reference point for everything good that the nation must be doing.”

He added, “you are a priceless asset to NPP, the Asanteman and mother Ghana.”

Meanwhile, some social media users have also been celebrating the former president.

Read the full statement below:

You led our great Party, NPP, to our first victory in 2000. Your stewardship for the 8years at the helm of affairs has been a reference point for everything good that the nation must be doing.

You are a priceless asset to NPP, the Asanteman and mother Ghana.

Happy Birthday to you, The Gentle Giant, HE John Agyekum Kufuor!!!

Signed:

Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu (Hon MP),

Majority Leader/Minister, Parliamentary Affairs

Source: Ghana Web

Court annuls Eastern Regional NDC youth organizer election

A Koforidua High Court presided by His Lordship Nana Yaw Gyamfi Frimpong has upheld an application nullifying the Eastern Regional Youth Organizer election of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC.

The ruling of the court Thursday December 8, 2022 comes less than 48 hours before the national youth organizer conference to be held in Cape Coast in the Central Region on Saturday December 10, 2022.

The former Regional Youth Organizer Emmanuel Okai Minta challenged the legality of the Regional youth organizer election held on November 11, 2022 at Nsawam which saw his then deputy Regional youth organizer Richard Etornam Nyarko defeat him with 55 votes as against 52 votes he obtained which also saw Fohad Abgenyadzi had 51 whiles Tetteh Nathaniel polled 23 to secure two deputy Regional youth organizer positions.

According to the plaintiff, the Constituency youth organizers their deputies and other youth executives making a total of six(6) delegates from Afram Plains South and Atewa West were not eligible to take part in the election because the Functional Executives committee of the party had nullified the elections in the said constituencies in a press release.

That, they ought not to have taken part in the election.

The plaintiff prayed the court to place a perpetual injunction restraining Richard Etornam Nyarko from holding himself as Regional Youth Organizer or any other executive within the Regional executive committee until a fresh election is conducted.

A declaration that Atiwa West and Afram Plains South illegally voted at the youth wing elections held on November 11, 2022, and an order to annul the Eastern Regional Youth wing election by virtue of the aforesaid infractions.

However, the defence counsel Lawyer Edudzi Tamakloe in an affidavit in opposition filed a subsequent press release issued by the Acting Director of Election at the NDC headquarters, Daniel Amartey, withdrawing their earlier decision and upholding the legitimacy of the election and the six delegates herein.

But the Judge, in his ruling, stated that the subsequent press release purportedly issued by Daniel Amartey is invalid since it lacks originality.

He also said the applicant stated he wrote a petition dated 14th November 2022 to the General Secretary of the NDC in which he raised the issues in his action and the application herein, three days after the elections as a means of using the internal mechanism for the issue to be addressed.

The petition was copied to all the appropriate structures of the party but was ignored.

The judge said “the situation where people in authority with the power to manipulate the conduct of elections has become a canker in our democratic dispensation which must be stopped. The conduct of elections is a human institution and therefore cannot be free from all the imperfections of human organization. But where some people deliberately prevent other candidates from picking or purchasing forms so as to prevent them from participating in elections, manipulating the electoral register, allowing delegates who are otherwise unqualified to take part in elections doing so to give an advantage to opposing candidates, massaging figures or simply employing such diabolical tactics do not lighten our burden on this journey to mature Democratic country” the judge said

He, therefore, upheld the application of the plaintiff and nullified the regional youth organizer election but said the court cannot direct the NDC to hold a fresh election since it is subject to the internal arrangement of the party.

“In the circumstances, it is declared that the 6 delegates from Atiwa West and Afram Plains South constituencies who participated and voted in the youth wing elections held on 11th November, 2022 were not entitled to have taken part which made their votes illegal. The said election is therefore declared null and void.

“Accordingly, respondents are restrained from upholding the youth wing elections of the 1st Respondent (NDC) held on 11th November, 2022. The 5th Respondent (Richard Etornam Nyarko) in particular is restrained from holding himself as a duly elected Eastern Regional youth organizer of the 1st Respondent or participating in any national or Regional executive committee or taking part in any elections in his capacity as or by virtue of having been elected as Youth organizer until fresh you wing elections are held”.

The judge concluded the ruling that “I cannot however grant relief 3 by ordering the 1st Respondent to liaise with the 4the respondent to organize a fresh Youth wing elections in the Eastern region since the party has the right to change its internal organisation and structures for elections and may put in place different structures for the effective and credible elections “.

Edudzi Tamakloe told the media that, he will consult his client for the next line of action. He said the ruling by the judge suggests he has made a determination on the substantive case.

However, Lawyer Isaac Larbi Esq, a member of the defence team said they may file a certiorari application against the ruling on grounds that the court proceeded to grant the reliefs on the writ in an injunction application when the merits of the case are yet to be determined.

Source: Ghana Web

My aim is to empower NDC women – Dep National Women Organiser hopeful Hajia Alijata

Aspiring Deputy Women Organiser for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hajia Alijata Sulemana Gbentie, has stressed her vision to help build and empower the women’s front of the party.

According to the former Member of Parliament for Sissala East, she aims to use the platform of deputy women’s organiser to empower females within the NDC to contribute to national growth.

She believes this will be possible by leveraging her experience and connections acquired through her history as a former Assemblywoman, former District Chief Executive (DCE) as well as a former Member of Parliament (MP).

“For example, I am an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), I have gone for their programmes and sometimes they ask me to nominate young men and women to participate in their programmes. Every year they come out with new programmes. They have alumni funding and if I am elected, I can access the funds to support women in my party.

“I also belong to the Israelis Shalom Club which also has women empowerment programmes such as entrepreneurship, and women in agri-business and sometimes I get asked to nominate people. So when I am elected, I will connect the women in our party to go and take part in the programme so they will be well established and support the citizenry in Ghana upon their return,” she told Kwabena Owusu Agyemang, host of Top FM’s Final Point programme during an interview.

Hajia Alijata is in the race for the NDC’s deputy national women’s organiser position for the party’s national executives election slated for December 17, 2022.

She has to her credit years of accumulated political experience having served as the for Tumu Zongo Electoral Area. DCE for Sissala East District Assembly as well as MP for Sissala East on the ticket of the NDC between 2013 and 2016.

She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of a Non-Governmental Organization, SODES Foundation.

Hajia Alijata is hopeful of clinching victory in the upcoming election.

Source: Ghana Web

You’ll meet a hostile Chamber if you still keep Ofori-Atta – Minority to govt

Deputy minority whip Ahmed Ibrahim says finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta will meet hostilities in parliament from his side If he remains in Office despite the agitation from Ghanaians.

“If he’s the one that they’re going to maintain then they’re going to be meeting a hostile Chamber everyday and that should explain why they should change him,” the deputy minority whip told Starr News.

He stated that government ought to take a cue from the happenings in parliament and change the Finance Minister if they want a smooth transaction in the business of the House.

“..they must learn lessons before we get to the appropriation and this is a signal” he added.

The Minority in Parliament’s Censure motion seeking to remove the embattled Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, failed on Thursday as less than 183 MPs voted to remove the Minister.

A total of 136 National Democratic Congress MPs voted on Thursday calling for the removal of Mr Ofori-Atta but the number did not meet the two-thirds constitutional requirement for the motion to succeed.

New Patriotic Party Members of Parliament who were not in support of the motion from the Minority earlier walked out of the Chamber.

The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Mensah, who led the walkout stated that the Majority caucus will not support the censure motion describing it as baseless and politically motivated.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu speaking on the floor noted that the censure motion by the NDC side was intended to embarrass the Finance Minister.

“You (the Minority) want us to follow you on this misadventure. Mr. Speaker, like Pontius Pilate did, we will wash our hands of this”, he stated.

Source: Ghana Web

Censure motion failure shows NDC will lose 2024 elections – Owusu-Bempah

A Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said that the failure of the vote of censure motion against Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is a precursor of the NDC’s defeat in the 2024 elections.

According to Ernest Owusu-Bempah, the opposition NDC (National Democratic Congress) is engaging in all formers of propaganda to win the favour of Ghanaians before the 2024 election but it will not work, 3news.com has reported.

He added that Ghana’s economy is rebounding due to the hard work of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government and Ghanaians will, for an unprecedented 3rd term, retain the NPP in power.

“The defeat of the censure motion in Parliament by the Minority is a signal of the defeat in 2024 by the NDC,” he said.

“This is a sign written on the wall, telling the entire nation. Right now, the Cedi is doing well against the Dollar, petrol prices are coming down at the pump, economic conditions are moving on despite all the global hardships and everything going on. It means that the Akufo-Addo government is working.

“We are a listening government; we believe in the people of Ghana who gave us the mandate and we are going to work. Come 2024, Insha Allah, we will break the 8,” he is quoted to have said at a press conference in Accra on Friday, December 9, 2022.

The vote of censure motion filed by the members of the minority side in Parliament against the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, failed.

The motion failed as the votes in favour of it were less than the two-thirds of the House (183 votes) needed for it to be passed.

Only 136 National Democratic Congress Members of Parliament who were present in the House voted in favour of the motion as their colleague MPs from the majority caucus staged a walkout before voting started.

Source: Ghana Web

NPP grassroots mob Alan Kyerematen at party headquarters

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, set the National Headquarters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) agog at his maiden official meting with the newly-elected executives of the party at their Asylum Down office.

The industrialization expert was mobbed by swarming numbers of supporters who thronged the party office.

A lot more excited party sympathizers living in the environs of the party office were seen trooping there to catch a glimpse of Alan Kyerematen when word got round that he was visiting.

With chants of ‘Alan our only hope for 2024,’ scores of the party sympathizers could not hide their joys on seeing their colleague patriot interacting heartily at close quarters.

The minister’s visit was part of new efforts to strengthen cohesion between the government and party officials.

He was accompanied to the party office by Sylvester Tetteh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ngleshie Amanfrom; Carlos Ahenkorah, MP for Tema West; Catherine Afeku, Minister of Tourism; Yaw Buaben Asamoa, former MP for Adenta; Dr Alhassan Samira, former Upper East Regional Minister and Board chairman of GNPA; Alhaji Mumuni COP, aka Jack Sparrow, a senior NPP member in the Northern Region.

Source: Ghana Web