Ghana Today - Information Gateway to Ghana - Ghana Today - Information Gateway to Ghana - Politics Ghana Today, The Information Gateway to Ghana offering the latest Ghana based news, sport, tourism, entertainments, music, dating and much more. http://www.ghanatoday.com Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:07:42 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mahama finally packs out http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3544-mahama-finally-packs-out http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3544-mahama-finally-packs-out Mahama finally packs out

 

 

 

Former President John Dramani Mahama has finally packed out of the No.3 Prestige Link residence at Cantonments, Accra, which he wanted to keep as part of his end-of-service package.

After public pressure had reached a crescendo, the former president who lost miserably to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during last year’s crucial election, said he was no longer interested in keeping the property which is the official residence of sitting vice presidents.

He was said to have packed out last Friday and former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, reportedly signed an inventory of the residence prepared by officials of the government and the Public Works Department (PWD) on Monday, February 6, to signify the official handing over of the house.

Ex-President Mahama is said to be currently residing at Airport Residential Area, near Gold House in Accra, according to the Greater Accra Regional Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Anthony Nukpenu.

The ex-president’s request to keep the facility sparked outrage and as the debate ensued, the government said it had declined the request.

Preconceived Plan

It is suggested that Mr Mahama wanted the No. 3 Prestige Link residence as part of his retirement package the moment he stepped into that facility as then vice president and that’s why he ordered the construction of a new one to house the current vice president and subsequent ones at Cantonments, with all its security risks.

According to sources, there were about 17 luxurious Toyota Avalon saloon cars, Land Cruisers and BMW, but since the ex-president packed out, only one Avalon is said to have been left for the new government as contained in the handing over notes.

The posh vehicle were all said to have been driven away to unknown locations.

Most of them at the presidency were reportedly auctioned to (presidential) staffers and other ‘powerful’ NDC gurus who allegedly changed the ownership with the help of some DVLA staff just before Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as president.

Recently, it emerged that Mahama was demanding five saloon cars and five four-wheel drive vehicles as part of the retirement package; but it is unclear if the unaccounted-for Toyota Avalons were part of the demand.

Currently, saloon cars left in the presidential pool are those reportedly left by President Kufuor’s administration when he left office in January 2009 and which the NDC administration never used, as well as aged vehicles used by the immediate past NDC administration.

A statement from Mr Mahama’s office had said that he found it important to move out of the building to avoid marring the spirit of cooperation between the two sides of the Transition Team.

Even after coming public to say he had changed his mind, it took him almost a month to pack out.

Former President Mahama’s request to keep the bungalow appeared contrary to the approved recommendations set by the Prof. Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh committee on Emoluments and Conditions of Service for Article 71 office holders.

The committee’s reportedly did not recommend a house for him but rather agreed on 40 percent of his salary in lieu of accommodation.

Apparently, the NDC government after realizing that there was no basis to appropriate the house, allegedly used its majority in parliament to secretly amend the Prof. Edu-Buandoh Committee report to include housing settlement for outgoing President Mahama.

Even after the amendment, the immediate-past NDC government did not say then President Mahama’s abode should be given to him.

Source: Dailyguideafrica.com

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:52:35 +0000
NDC defeat: GFA popped champagne – Nii Lantey Vanderpuye http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3542-ndc-defeat-gfa-popped-champagne-–-nii-lantey-vanderpuye http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3542-ndc-defeat-gfa-popped-champagne-–-nii-lantey-vanderpuye NDC defeat: GFA popped champagne – Nii Lantey Vanderpuye

 

 

 

Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, has accused officials of the Kwesi Nyantakyi-led Ghana Football Association (GFA) of rejoicing over the defeat of John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 presidential elections.

Speaking in an interview with Class91.3FM’s Moro Awudu on the Executive Breakfast Show, Mr Vanderpuye wondered why the GFA would want the NDC’s or his downfall.

Ghanasoccernet.com also quoted GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi as having made comments to the effect that Mr Vanderpuye belonged to history following the outcome of the December 7 presidential poll, which ushered in a new government, with Mr Vanderpuye handing over as Sports Minister in January.

A December 14, 2016 story also quoted Mr Nyantakyi as saying on Accra-based Starr FM: “The sports minister was antagonistic to us but we were not and I don't know why he did that, but now he belongs to history let’s just forget about him and think ahead."

But Mr Vanderpuye, who has been at loggerheads with the Nyantakyi-led GFA, was not enthused and replied, stating: “I should be history because NDC is no more in power but I am not history in parliament. Yesterday [Tuesday, February 8], his minister appeared before me. [As long as] I continue to be a Member of Parliament)…I could summon him to appear before parliament. So me being history is his word; he knows, if he understands the relevance and the strength in the power of parliament, he will not say an MP is history.”

He continued: “Is that why they were praying that I lose my seat in Odododiodioo? Is that why some people from the football fraternity came and they were financing my opponent for me to lose?

“Is that why they popped champagne at the GFA Secretariat when NDC lost the elections? …They popped champagne and played music. I have the evidence on video, I have the video. They saw me as a problem but I am not a problem. I was fighting in the interest of mother Ghana”.

He raised concerns about the huge amounts of money that have been spent on the Black Stars within the past 12 years without any visible results.

For him, if all those “monies were saved, we would not have to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)”.

“Do you know how much money has come from, which is a state institution, to the GFA and the Black Stars? Do you know how much money they have received from FIFA on behalf of Ghana? If you put all that together, you will be amazed about the amount of money that have been invested into football without any reasons,” he complained.

Source: classfmonline.com

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:41:02 +0000
I don’t feel sorry for Mahama – Kwesi Pratt http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3527-i-don’t-feel-sorry-for-mahama-–-kwesi-pratt http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3527-i-don’t-feel-sorry-for-mahama-–-kwesi-pratt I don’t feel sorry for Mahama – Kwesi Pratt

 

 

 

Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has revealed that he does not feel saddened for former president John Dramani Mahama for losing the December polls.

According to the veteran journalist, there exists no great leader who was accounted to be able to accomplish all his desired goals, aims or objectives before passing away from earth.

“There is no need to feel sorry for Mahama. I should feel sorry for myself. No matter what happens he will be on salary for the rest of his life. He will be comfortable and well protected unlike ordinary citizens. So why should I feel sorry for him...?” he quizzed.

“No one can finish his work. Even Dr Kwame Nkrumah and Jesus Christ didn’t finish their work. You can’t finish your work on this earth” he said on Accra based Kasapa fm.

He further stated that, President Akufo Addo can only be tagged a good president if he is able to adhere to his promises; to some point adding that some of the promises cannot be kept.

“You can only build a dam where a stream or river exists. Man-made lakes like that of Gaddafis can also help. But with some of Nana Addo’s promises, on face value, can’t be kept. Lack of the capacity to create rivers will be a problem…,”He said.

The veteran journalist urged the citizenry to help the current president to succeed by criticizing correctly where necessary.

To help President Nana Addo to succeed, he said, was not about singing praises all the time but rather “we should open severe criticisms to boost the government in power to win for all of us”.

Source: Adomonline

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:41:33 +0000
Nana Addo Won With 984k Not 1.5m – EC Results http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3526-nana-addo-won-with-984k-not-15m-–-ec-results http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3526-nana-addo-won-with-984k-not-15m-–-ec-results Nana Addo Won With 984k Not 1.5m – EC Results

 

 

 

The margin between President Nana Akufo-Addo and former president John Mahama in the 2016 elections now stands at 984,570 votes.

The difference stood at 1.5 million when the Electoral Commission declared the presidential results based on results from 271 out of 275 constituencies.

According to latest statistics obtained by the Daily Dispatch newspaper, the margin has reduced to 984,570 after the Electoral Management body obtained results from all 275 constituencies.

Per the results available, the total valid votes stand at 10, 713,734 while rejected ballots were 167,349, making the total votes cast 10,881,083.

Below is the final results of the 2016 Presidential elections:

Nana Akufo-Addo (NPP) – 5,755,758 representing 53.72%

John Dramani Mahama (NDC) – 4,771,188 representing 44.53%

Papa Kwesi Nduom (PPP) – 106,092 representing 0.99%

Ivor Kobina Greenstreet (CPP) – 25,552 representing 0.24%

Edward Mahama (PNC) – 22,298 representing 0.21%

Nana Konadu Rawlings (NDP) – 16,935 representing 0.16%

Jacob Osei Yeboah (IND) – 15, 911 representing 0.15%
 
Source: starrfmonline.com

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:34:09 +0000
NPP’s attempts to ridicule Mahama will fail – Lordina http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3524-npp’s-attempts-to-ridicule-mahama-will-fail-–-lordina http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3524-npp’s-attempts-to-ridicule-mahama-will-fail-–-lordina NPP’s attempts to ridicule Mahama will fail – Lordina

 

 

 

The former First Lady, Lordina Mahama says attempts to ridicule her husband John Mahama over his request to keep the Cantonments bungalow will fail.

The former President has come under intense pressure after he requested to keep his state bungalow as part of his retirement package.

The request by the former president was contrary to the approved recommendations set by the Prof. Dora Francisca Edu- Buandoh committee on Emoluments and Conditions of Service for Article 71 office holders, which only prescribes the payment of 40% of the retiring President’s salary to him to cater for his rent.

The former President on Wednesday withdrew his request in a letter to President Akufo-Addo stating that his decision is motivated by the will to maintain the cordial relationship that had existed during and after the transition.

However, in a Twitter post Wednesday, the former first lady said her husband was a man of integrity and principle and attempts to denigrate him will fail.

“This too shall pass.Their efforts shall fall flat because you are a man of integrity & principle.They shall be put to shame by #MahamaLegacy,” she tweeted.

Source: Starrfmonline.com

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:22:15 +0000
Prez Akufo-Addo Explains Reasons For New Ministries http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3522-prez-akufo-addo-explains-reasons-for-new-ministries http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3522-prez-akufo-addo-explains-reasons-for-new-ministries Prez Akufo-Addo Explains Reasons For New Ministries

 

 

 

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has explained why new ministerial portfolios have been created under his administration.

The President has so far nominated 25 people to man various ministerial portfolios, out of which six are new creations.

The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing has been split into two as Sanitation and Water Resources, and then Works and Housing. They are to be manned by Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, Member of Parliament (MP) for Navrongo and Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, MP for Abuakwa South respectively.

The other new creation is Monitoring and Evaluation to be manned by Dr Anthony Akoto Osei; MP for Tafo Pankrono in Kumasi.

Others are Railway Development which is to be handled by Mr Joe Ghartey, MP for Esikado-Ketan in the Western Region and Regional Reorganization and Development to be managed by Mr Dan Kweku Botwe, MP for Okere in the Eastern Region.

On Tuesday, the President also announced the creation of the Senior Minister's portfolio to be handled by Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo and National Security to be handled by Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah.

At a press conference at the Flagstaff House Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo gave explanations for the creation of the new portfolios.

Regional Reorganization and Development

As part of its manifesto, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised the creation of new regions and election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.

It is for this reason that the president explained that the creation of the portfolio was ensure the restructuring of the governance system in the country.

“We believe that the nearer a government comes to the doorsteps of our people, the more efficient and more satisfactory its outcome. That is why we are insisting on competitive politics in local government and we are going to create the conditions that will allow district chief executives, mayors, metropolitan chief executives, municipal chief executives now to be directly elected by the people they are going to govern.”

“It is by the same token, the process of devolution of power, will require that we look again at the regional structures of our country all in the aim of trying to promote rapid development in Ghana,” he explained.

According to him, the Minister-designate would work to ensure the creation of four new regions from the Western, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Volta Regions respectively.

“For us to be successful I think that it is important for the more efficient governance that we are seeking for Ghana that we succeed for these efforts of creating these regions. And for me it means that the NPP, we have to find amongst ourselves a heavy hitter, a major political hitter within ourselves who has the extensive experience and capacity in mass mobilisation,” he added.

Railways Development

According to President Akufo-Addo, the development of the railway infrastructure in the country would go a long way to improve the economy by opening up the country for trade.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the way the railway system had been abandoned following independence, the President pledged “to do everything possible to find the money and rebuild our railway system in Ghana”, adding that it would be one of the important capstones for determining the success or failure of his government.

“If we are going to be serious about the economic development of our country, we have to open it up. And it’s a railway system that is efficient to connect us to the Sahel and hopefully will one day connect us to the larger West African project that is in view,” he said.

Sanitation and Water Resources

According to President Akufo-Addo, the decision to split water and sanitation from the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing stemmed from the neglect of that zone.

“A major challenge facing our country is access to water to our people. Indeed, ‘water for all’ is one of our slogans for our 2016 manifesto. As much as that is a challenge, equal is the challenge of our environment,” he explained.

He said one of the slogans for the NPP during its campaign was to provide “toilets for all” and for that matter he saw it necessary to create a portfolio that would concentrate solely in ensuring that the country was clean and that each household was provided with a toilet facility.

“The structures we have for sanitation are not the best and that they require significant enhancement. We also made a slogan ‘a toilet for all’ and these are matters we take very seriously and as a result I have decided that I need a steady hand, an experienced hand it think that it is better standing with sanitation.”

Monitoring and Evaluation

It will be in the Office of the President and the Minister responsible will have the right to talk to everybody in all the Ministries to monitor and evaluate their performance.

The other two creations are National Security and Senior Minister.
 
Source: Daily Graphic

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:17:02 +0000
NPP won 2016 polls on bloated register - Mac Manu http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3520-npp-won-2016-polls-on-bloated-register-mac-manu http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3520-npp-won-2016-polls-on-bloated-register-mac-manu NPP won 2016 polls on bloated register - Mac Manu

 

 

 

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) won the 2016 polls on bloated register, the party’s campaign manager, Peter Mac Manu has said.

The NPP in August last year claimed that following a painstaking investigations it had conducted it discovered that the 2015 Togolese voters’ register has 76,286 “potential matches” on that of Ghana’s.

This led to the purging of about 50,000 names from the 2016 voters’ register ahead of the conduct of last week’s polls that saw the election of the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo as Ghana’s president-elect.

“…There’s been a lot of issues that post elections analysis would have to bring out. There’s been issues of bloated register and I still maintain that Ghana’s voters register is bloated,” said Mac Manu on Monday in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM.

The NPP over the years, he said had complained about the register that it cannot understand why out-going president, John Mahama garnered a whopping 400,000 more votes “over his parliamentary candidates” in the 2012 elections.

When asked by Kojo Yankson, host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show that he [Mac Manu] thought the NPP won the 2016 polls on a bloated register, Mac Manu replied that “of course the register is bloated and I won’t deny that.”

“But we prevented the excesses from being played out on voting day,” he added.

That notwithstanding, he stated that the NPP won the elections as a result of the need for change that percolates every sphere of the country.

He said in “…2008 and 2012 elections were quite different and different from the 2016 election. If you look at the political environment; the electoral environment, the economic environment, the security environment - they’re different."

“…So you have to update yourself and measure up to the current environment to be able to take advantage because it is a competition… a competition of ideas and the key person in this whole saga of elections is the voter. So you have to measure up to the concerns and needs of the voter and you are going to meet it and that’s exactly what the New Patriotic Party did for the 2016 elections,” he added.

Source: StarrFMonline

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Mon, 12 Dec 2016 12:26:21 +0000
Call your supporters to order – Mahama to NPP http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3517-call-your-supporters-to-order-–-mahama-to-npp http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3517-call-your-supporters-to-order-–-mahama-to-npp Call your supporters to order – Mahama to NPP

 

 

 

President John Dramani Mahama has reiterated his appeal to leaders of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to call their members to order, following reports of attacks on some citizens and state properties.

The Police earlier said they had received reports nationwide that some NPP supporters “are attacking supporters of NDC in various parts of the country.” The President on Sunday subsequently directed the security agencies to deploy and arrest any person caught in such acts.


Though he has also commended the NPP’s intervention on the issue, the President further impressed on the party’s leadership to be firmer in its decision. He believes the development is likely to affect the country’s security if unchecked.

“Across the nation, we have witnessed incidents of innocent people being attacked, vandalization of state property and unruly behavior arising out of these celebrations. Supporters of opposing parties have been assaulted and threatened and some government properties have been attacked and destroyed. I must also say add that some of the NPP supporters have also been victims of this excessive jubilation.

I had to subsequently direct security agencies to deploy across the country and ensure safety and security of all our citizens. “I stated in my congratulatory call to President elect Nana Addo that we would have to collaborate in this transition period to ensure the security and safety of our people. I therefore urge the President elect to act firmer in calling their supporters to order and halt immediately the harassment and attacks on innocent citizens. I’m happy to note that a statement to that effect has been issued.”

Stop attacking NDC supporters – Police warn NPP

The Police had earlier cautioned supporters of the NPP to desist from such actions. According to the Police perpetrators of such acts risk arrest and prosecution if they go ahead with such acts of vandalism.

The Police in a statement signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Superintendent Cephas Arthur said “it has come to the attention of the Police that some people are attacking supporters of NDC in various parts of the country.”

“The Police Administration wishes to caution those who are engaging in acts of vandalism and rowdyism to desist, as Police officers who have been deployed to maintain law and order will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those who break the laws of the land,” the statement added.

Source: citifmonline / Marian Ansah

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:54:53 +0000
Allow EC To Work; We Will Respect Outcome Of Elections – Mahama http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3515-allow-ec-to-work-we-will-respect-outcome-of-elections-–-mahama http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3515-allow-ec-to-work-we-will-respect-outcome-of-elections-–-mahama Allow EC To Work; We Will Respect Outcome Of Elections – Mahama

 

 

 

President John Mahama has appealed to supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to desist from acts that might affect the stability of the country.

He said the Electoral Commission (EC) should be given the opportunity to collate and declare the winner of the presidential election as constitutionally mandated.

Addressing scores of NDC supporters who massed up at his Cantonment residence following rife rumours of New Patriotic Party (NPP) victory Friday, the President said he will respect the outcome of the election being it good or bad.

“Let us respect the Constitution. The EC is doing its work,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:44:51 +0000
Ghana polls ‘generally peaceful’ - AU Mission http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3514-ghana-polls-‘generally-peaceful’-au-mission http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/politics/item/3514-ghana-polls-‘generally-peaceful’-au-mission Ghana polls ‘generally peaceful’ - AU Mission

 

 

 

The African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) has urged stakeholders in Ghana’s electioneering process to ensure a peaceful post-election environment after the results have been declared.

The regional body observed that Ghana’s election was generally peaceful and commended the efforts of the Electoral Commission to ensure a transparent poll.

Speaking at a press conference about their observation during and after Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections on December 7, the head of the mission, who is also a former president of Namibia, Lucas Hifikepunye Pohamba said: “The AU mission takes note of the effort by the Electoral Commission to ensure transparent and credible elections in the 2016 elections through its implementation of necessary reforms and engagement with stakeholders throughout the process.

The mission observes that the EC was adequately prepared for the 2016 polls and adhered to the electoral calendar. Despite delays in some regions, the mission notes the timely delivery of electoral materials to various polling stations and to some polling stations ahead of the election.”

The mission however raised concerns with the accuracy of the voters’ register which, according to them, include names of deceased persons, minors, and some foreigners. Mr Pohamba noted that despite the mission observing that Ghana’s constitution and the legislative framework largely comply with regional and international norms for democratic elections, the legal framework did not adequately regulate campaign processes, as some politicians used intemperate language in their campaigns.

Namibia’s second post-independence leader said although the mission observed that among the presidential candidates there was a woman, “which was encouraging”, as a maturing democracy and in line with the regional and continental norms, Ghana is expected to provide an enabling environment for more women’s participation in key decision-making quarters and in particular as leaders of political parties.

“The AU commends Ghana as a strong and independent institution for dealing with disputes, especially the judiciary for adjudicating electoral disputes, and the National Peace Council for creating an enabling environment for a generally peaceful 2016 election. While the mission notes that the electoral process is yet to be completed, it calls on leaders of these institutions to continue playing positive role in ensuring a peaceful post-election environment,” Mr Pohamba added.

Source: classfmonline.com

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Politics Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:32:56 +0000