Special Prosecutor employed lawyers from his own law firm, he must be jailed – Ken Agyapong reveals

Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has alleged that the Special Prosecutor has employed lawyers from his own law firm to work at his office.

According to the outspoken MP, the action by Kissi Agyebeng to employ his own lawyers to work at the Office of the Special Prosecutor is a conflict of interest which can eventually affect the fight against corruption in the country.

He wants the Special Prosecutor jailed.

“If we are to jail someone for corruption, a Special Prosecutor must be jailed first. Because the moment he was appointed, he employed his own lawyers to work at the Office of the Special Prosecutor,” the NPP flagbearer hopeful told South Africa-based Press Radio.

Kennedy Agyapong further explained that “A lawyer came to court during Anas and I case. When the lawyer saw one of the boys (lawyer) of the Special Prosecutor, he told the Judge that ‘my lord, this lawyer does not fit to be here because he works at the office of the special prosecutor.’ When the guy was questioned he said as of 8th February, 2021 he was not employed by his boss (Kissi Agyebeng).

“So who is supposed to be jailed first when we are talking about corruption,” he quizzed.

The legislator’s exposure came after the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng criticised Akufo-Addo’s government lack of political will to fight corruption.

Asking some rhetorical questions during a presentation on Newsfile, the Special Prosecutor quizzes. “Are we ready for the fight against corruption? From where I sit, I don’t think we are.

“We expect so much from the institutions fighting corruption, but collectively, are we ready?”

But Kennedy Agyapong believes the Special Prosecutor has no moral right to talk about corruption.

Source: Modern Ghana

A/R: New district court commissioned in Pakyi No-2

The Judicial Service of Ghana has commissioned the District Court complex for the Amansie West District to aid in bringing justice delivery to the doorstep of the assembly.

The facility, which comprises Boreholes, Solar Power, Generator Sets, and other facilities is funded from the District Assembly Common Fund, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development.

The Chief Justice of Ghana his Lordship, Justice Annin Yeboah stated that the state of court buildings in the country continue to adversely affect the effective and timely delivery of justice.

“Over the years, several factors have militated against the effective operation of the courts generally and rendered our services to the people of Ghana sometimes ineffective. Key amongst these is the deplorable state of our physical infrastructure from which the justice needs of the people of this country are served,” he stated.

According to him, a needs assessment conducted nationwide by the judiciary in 2018-2019 revealed that a significant number of court buildings are unfit for purpose, a situation the Chief Justice described as disconcerting.

Justice Anim Yeboah is however happy with the efforts and commitment of the government to address the challenge.

“Several meetings with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development culminated in a bold declaration by the President two years ago, that government will construct 100 courthouses with bungalows for judges and magistrates across the country. Even though this may have been deemed as over-ambitious, today we have gathered to inaugurate this courthouse.”

On behalf of the Judicial Service, the Chief Justice, His Lordship Kwasi Annin thanked the President and all stakeholders, including UNICEF for their contributions to addressing the challenges of the judicial system.

Speaking to the media during the commissioning ceremony, the District Chief Executive for the Amansie West, Hon. Nii Larteh Ollenu added that the distance and cost of traveling unnerve the residents to search for quality Justice.

He added that the availability of the court would alleviate the problems in the Pakyi community. “This would go a long way toward changing the public perception of the Justice delivery system in the country,” he stated.

Hon Nii Larteh assured the Judicial Service that the District Security Committee (DISEC) would provide needed security for the staff.

The DCE thanked the Chief of Staff and further appealed for a District circuit court in the Amansie West District.

Source: Modern Ghana

‘Very Deplorable Act’: Football Federation Chief Slams Deprival of U23 Team from Participating in CHAN

Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) President Fouzi Lekjaa said Friday that depriving the Moroccan U-23 team of taking part in the African Nations Championship (CHAN), organised in Algeria, is “a very deplorable act.”

“It is really deplorable to deprive young players who have prepared for a month to participate in this African sports competition,” said Lekjaa to the press.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the reception of FIFA and CAF Presidents Gianni Infantino and Patrice Motsepe, who arrived Friday at the Rabat-Salé Airport to attend the 2022 Club World Cup draw ceremony.

The Moroccan players, two-time CHAN title holders, had arrived Friday morning at Rabat-Salé airport in anticipation of flying to Constantine to play in the tournament, Lekjaa said.

In a statement released Thursday, the FRMF said that the Moroccan team was not able to travel to Constantine in Algeria to play the 7th edition of the CHAN and defend its title, as the final authorization of its Royal Air Maroc flight, the official carrier of Moroccan soccer teams, from Rabat to Constantine has not been confirmed.

Following its request for authorization of a RAM flight from Rabat to Constantine, the FRMF was informed on December 22, 2022, by CAF, as the body in charge of organizing the CHAN 2022, that authorisation in principle had been obtained, notes the same source.

Based on this authorization in principle, the FRMF has communicated the details of the plan and flight coordinates of the Moroccan selection in order to obtain the final authorisation and continued the preparation of the flight and of the Moroccan squad in the CHAN.

This included the preparation course at the Mohammed VI Complex of Football in Salé from January 6 to 10 during which two friendly matches against Ethiopia were played, adds the statement.

While the travel of the Moroccan selection from Rabat to Constantine is organised by the FRMF and the kick-off of the CHAN is scheduled for January 13, the FRMF “notes with regret that the obtaining of the final authorization of the RAM flight from Rabat to Constantine has unfortunately not yet been confirmed by CAF,” concludes the statement.

Source: Modern Ghana

CHAN 2022: Libya’s Mutaz Ibrahim appointed to handle Ghana vs Madagascar clash

Referee Mutaz Ibrahim has been appointed to officiate Ghana’s opening games at the 2022 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) on Sunday, January 15.

The Black Galaxies will be facing Madagascar at Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine with kick-off scheduled at 19:00GMT.

Centre referee Mutaz from Libya has been a Fifa international since 2019.

He will have Gambian Abdul Aziz Bollel JAWO and Modibo SAMAKE from Mali as Assistant referees 1 and 2.

The Fourth Official will be Egyptian Mohamed ADEL ELSAID HUSSIEN while experienced referee Bamlak TESSEMA WEYESA leads VAR duties.

Full appointment:

Referee: Mutaz A IBRAHIM (Libya)

Assistant Referee 1: Abdul Aziz Bollel JAWO (Gambia)

Assistant Referee 2: Modibo SAMAKE (Mali)

Fourth Official: Mohamed ADEL ELSAID HUSSIEN (Egypt)

Match Commissioner: Pedro Alogo Ondo Abeku (Equatorial Guinea)

Referee Assessor: Raphael Evehe Divine (Cameroon)

General Coordinator: Helly Zafinimanga (Madagascar)

Technical Study Group: Chafik Ameur (Algeria)

Technical Study Group: Raymond Kalla (Cameroon)

Security Officer: Almoustapha Mamane Idi (Niger)

Security Officer: Mahmoud Taher (Egypt)

Video Assistant Referee: Bamlak TESSEMA WEYESA (Ethiopia)

Assistant VAR: Mohammed Abdallah IBRAHIM (Sudan)

Doping Control: Yasser Hosny Ahmed Abdelrahman (Egypt)

Assistant General Coordinator: Eric Otogo Castane (Gabon)

Source: Modern Ghana

2023 CHAN: Skipper Gladson Awako declared fit ahead of opener with Madagascar

Black Galaxies skipper, Gladson Awako has been confirmed fit ahead of Ghana’s Group C opening game against Madagascar in the 2023 African Nations Championship [CHAN] tournament.

The Hearts of Oak midfielder sustained a minor injury in the friendly match against tournament hosts Algeria and has not been actively taking part of the team’s training sessions.

He was unavailable for the friendly against Mozambique which ended abruptly and was having light training sessions as part of his recovery.

However, Awako was back in training on Friday evening when the team held its first session at the Stade Chahid Hamlaoui Annex training grounds in Constantine.

The Black Galaxies will hold their final training session on Saturday evening ahead of Sunday’s Group stage opener against Madagascar.

The game has been scheduled to kick off at 19:00GMT at the Stade Chahid Hamlaoui.

Source: Modern Ghana

2023 CHAN: We will make Ghanaians proud in Algeria – Black Galaxies midfielder David Abagna

Black Galaxies midfielder, David Abagna Sanda says they are well prepared ahead of the 202 African Nations Championship [CHAN] tournament.

The locally based national team of Ghana has been housed in a tough Group C to face title holders Morocco, Madagascar and Sudan.

Ghana will open their campaign against Madagascar on Sunday at the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine.

Having played some good preparatory games, the Real Tamale United star says they will make Ghanaians proud.

“We started with our preparations gradually in Ghana and increased the intensity when we got here. We played a few low-profile matches and progressed to playing tougher sides from Ghana which also included a few international friendlies,” Abagna told Cafonline in an interview.

“So, I think our preparations have been good but there is still quite a bit of work to do.

“We were in Algiers for a few days and also played a couple of friendly matches which gave us a taste of the weather but now that we are here in Constantine, we have to re-adjust a bit because it is much colder.

“First is to always stick to the general goal, which is to make our country proud. Everyone back at home is paying attention to what we are doing here, and we are all here to make our country proud.

“I think if the team does well, it will automatically rub off onto the players because you cannot do well by yourself while the team suffers”, he concluded

The Black Galaxies will play their second match on Thursday, 19 January against Sudan before wrapping up their Group C assignment against title holders Morocco on Monday, 23 January.

Source: Modern Ghana

Suspect in Budumburam MoMo robbery incident shot dead by Police after attempt to escape handcuffed

One of the suspects in the attack on a mobile money vendor near a public toilet in the Budumburam camp has been gunned down by the Police.

Information gathered by Citi News suggests the deceased resisted arrest and attempted to bolt even after he was handcuffed which resulted in him being shot dead by the police.

Citi News’ Central Regional Correspondent Calvis Tetteh narrated that the deceased suspect who has been identified as Kwame was on the police wanted list over a dawn robbery attack on the mobile money vendor at Buduburam in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region.

During an operation by personnel from the Central Regional Police Command to effect his arrest on Friday night, the suspect vehemently resisted and physically wounded a police officer.

He was overpowered and handcuffed but he still attempted to flee causing the police to shoot him which resulted in his death.

Michael Anderson, the 28-year-old Mobile Money vendor was shot by the robbers on December 30, 2022, at a public toilet facility in Buduburam.

The dawn robbery attack also saw the operator of the public toilet facility robbed at gunpoint.

Michael died on January 5, 2023, whilst on admission at the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital.

Source: Modern Ghana

Saturday power outage caused by “systems disturbance” – GRIDCo

The Ghana GRID Company (GRIDCo) says its 330kV Aboadze – Anwomaso line Saturday tripped leading to power outage in most parts of the country.

In a statement, the Company said a “system disturbance” occurred on Saturday, January 14 at 11:57 hours.

“The outage occurred after GRIDCo’s 330kV Aboadze – Anwomaso line tripped followed by a number of lines in the western corridor of the grid triggering a system disturbance causing all thermal plants and Bui generators and customer loads to trip,” it said.

The statement said a raging bush fire under GRIDCo’s high voltage lines near Tarkwa had been identified as the cause of the power lines’ trips.

It said a fire tender from Tarkwa Goldfields was on site working to bring the fire under control.

The statement also said: “Meanwhile, restoration of the grid commenced immediately and efforts are ongoing to restore power to all affected areas and customers.”

It apologised for the inconvenience caused by the incident.

Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) was incorporated in December 2006 to carry out the economic dispatching and transmission of electricity from facilities of wholesale suppliers (Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to bulk customers and distribution of utilities in Ghana and West Africa.

GRIDCo operates the National Interconnected Transmission System (NITS). The Utilities are from eleven (11) Wholesale Suppliers, including the Volta River Authority (VRA).

Source: Modern Ghana