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Nana Asante Bediatuo’s mother, father, sister, brother in President’s family & friends

The entire members of the nuclear family of the Executive Secretary to the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Nana Asante Bediatuo have all found space at the eating table in Akufo-Addo’s government, a report MyNewsGh.com has sighted revealed.

Mr Asante Bediatuo who is widely known as a ‘self-made rich man’ in law practice is himself directly related to the President and has allegedly created space inside government for his father, mother, sister and brother to also ‘chop’ since his cousin became president. Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says this is typical ‘family and friends’ governance.

The revelation came to light when the National Communication Officer of the NDC, Mr.Sammy Gyamfi addressed his party’s Moment of Truth series with documents to back his claims.

The opposition NDC has consistently accused the Akufo-Addo government of being the most nepotistic government in the history of Ghana, a charge government has denied.

For the Asante Bediatuo family: Kofi Darko Asante who is the father of Nana Asante Bediako is Chairman of GIMPA Council. Mrs Vida Asante, mother of Nana Asante Bediako is heading the President’s Household at the seat of government. Kwesi Kuutu Asante brother of Nana Asante Bediako is a member of the Ghana Hostel Board and Lauretta Otchere sister of Nana Asante Bediako is a Deputy Director General at SSNIT, all positions they acquired with the appointment of Nana Asante Bediatuo, NDC’s Sammy Gyamfi alleged.

MyNewsGh.com will be serializing the rest of the nuclear families fingered.

Source: mynewsgh.com

I’ll uphold Rawlings’ local government legacy – Akufo-Addo

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says one of the greatest legacies former President J.J. Rawlings left the country is the district assembly concept, which must be protected and sustained.

The President, who was speaking at the 30th Anniversary celebration of the creation of the Akatsi South District at the capital Akatsi yesterday, said he would uphold and deepen local governance by ensuring that elections at the local government level have been made partisan.

Nana Akufo-Addo noted that the time had come to move away from the so-called non-partisan nature of elections in local government administration.

According to the President, it is common knowledge that even though elections at the local government level are non-partisan, political parties still secretly support candidates.

According to him, he is ready to relinquish his power of appointing District Chief Executives (DCEs) to the people.

He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to support the referendum and vote for ‘Yes’, as a way of transferring power to the people to elect their own DCEs.

Responding to the request from the Paramount Chief of Avenor Traditional Area, Togbui Dorglo Anumah VI, to upgrade the Akatsi South District to municipal status, the President said the request was reasonable.

The Paramount Chief commended the President for granting them traditional council status.

He described the President as a man of principle who walks his talk, and that the chiefs and people of Avenor would not forget him.

Nana Akufo-Addo, who visited the HGL rice and maize farms at Adaklu Tsreife, also addressed the chiefs and people of Ketu South at Aflao.

The two days working tour of the Volta Region would take the President on the second day to North Dayi, South Dayi and Juapong in the North Tongu District, where he would tour Volta Star Textile Limited.

The Minister for National Security, Mr. Kan Dapaah, Chieftaincy Minister Mr. Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, Energy Minister Mr. John Peter Amewu, Health Minister Dr. Kweku Agyemang Manu, and the Local Government Minister, Madam Hajia Alimatu Mahama, are in the President’s entourage.

Source: thechronicle.com.gh

Akufo-Addo the ‘most nepotistic leader in the world’ – NDC

The largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of appointing over fifty (50) of his relatives in his administration including the entire nuclear family of his Executive Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo.

At the party’s Moment of Truth press conference on Tuesday, National Communications Officer of the party, Sammy Gyamfi, noted that Mr Bediatuo’s mother, father, brother and sister are all part of the Akufo-Addo government – after describing the President as the “most nepotistic leader in the world”.

The party also named Ministers such as; Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta; Roads Minister, Mr Amoako Atta and Works and Housing Minister, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea as being some of the immediate family memebers of the President who are all occupying key positions in his government.

According to Sammy Gyamfi who addressed the media, “After our meticulous investigations into appointments made by President Akufo-Addo since the year 2017, we submit that the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government is the most nepotistic government in the sixty-two-year history of Ghana and we dare say the world”.

“Even Idi Amin Dada – the Butcher of Uganda, Jean-Bedel Bokassa and Mobutu Sese Seko – the looter of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) will envy President Akufo-Addo’s unprecedented brand of nepotism and clannism,” he said.

Read Below Full Statement

A MOMENT OF TRUTH PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE UNPRECEDENTED NEPOTISM UNDER PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO, ADDRESSED BY THE NATIONAL COMMUNICATION OFFICER OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC), COMRADE SAMMY GYAMFI.

Tuesday, 5th November 2019

INTRODUCTION

Good morning to you all, distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the press. On behalf of the National Democratic Congress, I welcome you to the Sixth edition of the Moment of Truth series. As always, we thank you for honouring this invitation despite your busy schedules.

These regular engagements, afford us the opportunity to critically assess the performance of the deceptive and corrupt Akufo-Addo government in all areas of our national life – by separating truths from lies, facts from fiction, and good governance from bad governance in order to help Ghanaians demand accountability from their duty bearers.

Friends from the media, this afternoon, we shall discuss a very important subject. One that is not only critical to good governance but also fundamental to the fight against corruption. We shall talk about nepotism – The ongoing Family and Friends governance of President Akufo-Addo and its disastrous effects on Ghana.

NEPOTISM

Simply defined, nepotism is the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. The practice is considered to be unethical, largely due to its conflict with the values of fairness and good governance. In governance, nepotism is even more dangerous due to its potential to compromise transparency and the fight against corruption as we have seen under this Akufo-Addo government.

Friends from the media, after our meticulous investigations into appointments made by President Akufo-Addo since the year 2017, we submit that the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government is the most nepotistic government in the sixty-two-year history of Ghana and we dare say, the world. Even Idi Amin Dada – the Butcher of Uganda, Jean-Bedel Bokassa and Mobutu Sese Seko – the looter of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) will envy President Akufo-Addo’s unprecedented brand of nepotism and clannism.

CANDIDATE AKUFO-ADDO’s FALSE ALLEGATION AGAINST PRESIDENT

MAHAMA AND HIS FAKE PROMISE IN 2016

Members of the inky fraternity, it is important at this stage to give a brief historical context to this whole discussion about nepotism.

You may recall, that at an NPP Delegates Conference in Kumasi on Saturday, 17 January, 2016, then-flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, made a solemn promise to the people of Ghana that, “I will not operate a family-and-friends’ government.” At that meeting, the NPP leader chided then-President John Mahama for running what he called “a family-and-friends’ government,” and promised that should he win power, he will not operate same.

It is instructive to note that at the time the current President was accusing former President Mahama of running a ‘family-and-friends’ government, the NDC government, then, had only one appointee with any form of familial relations with the former President. That appointee was Hon. Joyce Bawa Mogtari (former Deputy Minister of Transport and a distant cousin to the former President).

Despite this notorious fact which was known to candidate Akufo-Addo, so loud were the accusations of nepotism against the erstwhile NDC administration, that Prof. Stephen Adei (a friend of Akufo- Addo, former Rector of GIMPA and now Chairman of the NDPC) had cause to accuse former President Mahama of running a government full of what he called “northerners”.

Distinguished friends from the media, as fate will have it, the man who accused the decent NDC administration of nepotism, now occupies the highest office of the land and has a chance to keep his own vow made to Ghanaians in 2016. And what do we see? His promise not to operate a family and friends’ government now lies in tatters; trampled upon with indescribable contempt.

NEPOTISM: A DELIBERATE POLICY UNDER PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

Indeed, contrary to his campaign promise, President Akufo-Addo has normalised the culture of nepotism in his government. He has given true meaning to nepotism by surrounding himself with a plethora of family members, friends, loved ones including his former lovers all in furtherance of his state-capture agenda.

President Akufo-Addo has equated his powers conferred on him by the 1992 Constitution to hire and fire, to mean excessively and capriciously dispensing generosity to family, friends, kinsmen and loved ones. With flippant abuse of his powers and privileges as President of Ghana, he has appointed such people into various juicy positions in his government in a way never seen in the history of this country.

Similarly, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and other key government functionaries have also joined the President in this race to the bottom. Taking a cue from their boss, they have joined the nepotistic practice of abusing the power to appoint to satisfy their families and friends.

Ladies and gentlemen, our checks have revealed that there are over fifty (50) persons in the Akufo- Addo government, whose appointments can be related to their families, friends, business or close connections to Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Bawumia, their Ministers and other appointees. This unprecedented but unenviable practice injures good governance and breeds corruption.

Ladies and Gentlemen, below are but a few of the examples which demonstrate the classic and unprecedented nepotism that President Akufo-Addo is presiding over.

THE CLASSIC EXAMPLES OF NEPOTISM UNDER PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, among Akufo-Addo’s uncountable relatives in government, is Nana Asante Bediatuo, his cousin from Kyebi, who serves as his Executive Secretary. Bediatuo is not alone! He is joined in government by his father, Kofi Darko Asante, who chairs the Governing Council of GIMPA, his mother, Mrs Vida Asante, who is the head of the Presidential Household and his brother, Kwesi Kuntu Asante, who sits on the Board of Ghana Hostels. In addition, Nana Asante Bediatuo’s sister, Lauretta Asante (marital name, Otchere), is one of the three Deputy Directors-General at SSNIT who have been appointed by this government.

Other relatives of President Akufo-Addo who currently occupy various positions in his government include, Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance; Samuel Atta Akyea, Works and Housing Minister; and Kwesi Amoako Atta, Minister of Roads and Highways, all of whom are cousins of the President.

Friends from the media, in an unprecedented move, President Akufo-Addo has made his own daughter, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, a member of the Creative Arts Council.

Ladies and Gentlemen, a major striking feature of Akufo-Addo’s nepotistic governance style is the ever-present quartet made up of two appointees: Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance; and Duke Ofori Atta, brother of Ken Ofori Atta and a staffer at the office of the Chief of Staff, and also two non-appointees: The President’s younger brother, Edward ‘Akufo-Addo (Bumpty); and their nephew, Gabby Asare Okyere Darko – the de facto Prime Minister who per our sources, controls the President’s interests in government.

It must be noted that, even though ‘Bumpty’ and ‘Gabby’ do not hold formal positions in government, the two are the President’s closest advisors. Gabby, in particular, is considered as the most powerful man in the Akufo-Addo administration, second only to the President. Bumpty on the other hand, as revealed by our investigations, is the President’s main man in Ghana’s Energy sector with numerous interests.

Furthermore, the wife of Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, and in-law of the President, Nana Adjoa Hackman, is not left out of the sharing of the spoils, as she has been appointed to the Board of the GNPC – a key institution which pivots Ghana’s petroleum sector. Also, Mr. Ekow Hackman, brother of Gabby’s wife, Adjoa Hackman and hence Akufo-Addo’s son in law, has been appointed as the Board Chairman of BOST.

To add to the litany of familial relations of the President in government, and the unholy firm grip that the Akufo-Addo family has on the energy sector of Ghana, another cousin of the President, Rhodaline Baafour-Gyimah has been made a member of the Board of the Ghana Oil Company (GOIL). In addition, Mrs Baafour-Gyimah’s husband – a brother-in-law of the President – Mr. Alex Baafour Gyimah has also been rewarded for his relations with the President by being appointed to chair the Board of the Gaming Commission.

Also, another cousin of President Akufo-Addo, Nana Fredua Ofori Atta has been made Chairman of the National Theatre Board.

Ladies and gentlemen, in furtherance of his legendary practice of nepotism and clannism, Nana has not left out his paternal side from his distribution of state positions. Dr Edward Kwapong, the Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the current Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Miss Gloria Akuffo are all paternal relatives of President Akufo-Addo.

Quite apart from the above-enumerated, President Akufo-Addo also has a long catalogue of relatives and friends deeply embedded at the Presidency. This was revealed after our careful perusal of the list of Presidential Staffers presented to Parliament early last year. Among them is his nephew, Michael Ofori Atta, who operates under the title of Director of ECOWAS. It is very puzzling to us what this role entails, given the fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration already has able hands to handle the affairs of the sub-regional body on behalf of the government of Ghana.

Still on the unprecedented list of Presidential staffers which has sent many tongues wagging for sometime now, is another nephew of the President, William Ofori Atta, who bears the title of an “office assistant”, while yet another relative of the President, Alice Ofori Atta, has also been drafted in as a “protocol officer” at the Presidency.

In a move to further entrench nepotism, contrary to his euphonious rhetoric whilst in opposition, a relative of the first lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who goes by the name Gabriella Arafua Reindolf, has also found space on the gargantuan list of Presidential staffers as “Deputy Director, Hospitality”.

Furthermore, both Akosua Newman and Victor Newman her husband have been appointed to the presidency. Victor Newman is another paternal relative and long-standing associate of President Akufo-Addo. Whereas he is currently a Senior Presidential Advisor, his wife serves as an “Executive Assistant” at the Presidency.

Still on the record-breaking list of staffers is Shirley Laryea, who has been appointed as an Assistant Office Administrator at the Office of the President. Her husband, Mr. Gaddy Laryea is a known long-standing friend of the President.

Ladies and gentlemen, in what comes across to us as a romantic twist to this tale of family and friends, President Akufo-Addo has made Madam Virginia Hesse, who is known to have a daughter with him, Ghana’s ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Clearly, President Akufo-Addo has shown that he is not a man of his words and cannot be trusted. Friends from the inky fraternity, several high-ranking officials in this government have taken a cue from the president in this very unenviable practice. One of such is the Finance Minister and cousin to the President, Ken Ofori Atta, who has also assembled a cast of close friends, relatives and business partners in many public financial institutions in order to have an unparalleled influence over the sector.

For example, a sister-in-law of the Finance Minister, Eno Ofori Attah, has been made Deputy Managing Director of SIC Financial Services, while another family relative by name Alice Ofori Atta, currently heads the Tema Development Corporation (TDC).

To further strengthen his hold over Ghana’s financial sector, Daniel Ogbarmey Tetteh, a known protégé of the Finance Minister, has been appointed to the position of Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It must be added, that Ogbarmey Tetteh is a former Vice President of Data Bank, co-owned by Ken Ofori Atta.

Another former staff of Databank, Deila Awo Assimeh, a Company Secretary to Data Bank, has also been rewarded as a member of the SEC Board.

There is no gainsaying that these two acolytes of the Finance Minister have been strategically placed to make it very difficult, if not impossible to hold the Finance Minister to account for any aberrations of the law regarding the SEC. Therefore, it is not surprising to the financial sector in Ghana and to us in the NDC that Databank is almost always deemed worthy transaction advisors to the Finance Minister in most of our recent issuance of sovereign bonds. To all intents and purposes, the operations of Databank, which is co-owned by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, now extends into the domain of the Finance Ministry, which he heads.

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, the despicable practice of nepotism by the Akufo-Addo government has assumed perhaps a bigger centre stage at the Finance Ministry. Our investigations have revealed that Hon. Ken Ofori Atta, who heads that Ministry, has supplanted a number of highly- qualified and seasoned technocrats, and in their stead, placed middle level cronies from Databank to occupy top roles responsible for implementing government’s economic and financial policies.

One of such persons is his nephew, Michael Asare Bediako, who has been planted as his Special Assistant at the Ministry.

Other erstwhile Databank staff who now sit comfortably at the Finance Ministry and other agencies under it include Ernest Akore, a former non-executive director at Databank, who is now a Board Member of the Ghana Revenue Authority. Another is Sampson Akligoh, who was once a Vice President at Databank in charge of Research. He now heads the Financial Sector Division of the Finance Ministry.

Others include Felicia Gyamfi Ashley, a former Human Resource manager at Databank who is now a member of the Entity Tender Committee of the Finance Ministry, and Ntiwaa Daaku Kwakye, also a former staff of Databank who has also been fixed at the Finance Ministry.

This brazen nepotism has obviously incurred the wrath of many senior staff of the Finance Ministry, who are incensed by the continuous recruitment of several Databank staff at the Ministry.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Need I add more?

Even Charles Adu Boahen, one of the three Deputy Ministers at the Finance Ministry, has arguably more than a mere working relationship in government with the Finance Minister. His business partnership with Ken Ofori Atta dates back to the purchase of shares in Enterprise Group previously held by Sanlam, a South African investment firm, by Black Star Holdings Limited, a company which was founded by Hon. Adu Boahen. These two men now have an opportunity to continue drinking from the same pot at the Finance Ministry.

Indeed, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta who recently infamously described innocent investors in Menzgold as “greedy”, continues to exhibit arguably the obscenest avarice ever witnessed in our political annals.

Apart from the above examples, the Finance Minister has additional sea of strategically-placed allies in key state financial institutions, with whom he shares close ties of friendship and business interests.

Among them include Keli Gadzekpo, a long-standing acolyte and co-founder of Databank and head of the Enterprise Group, and Madam Comfort Ocran, both of whom now sit comfortably on the Bank of Ghana Board – the Board which has engineered the collapse of 420 financial institutions and rendered thousands of breadwinners jobless. Keli Gadzekpo also doubles as chairman of the ECG Board of Directors.

Another associate of the Finance Minister, by name Lynn Allotey Gadzekpo, sister-in-law of Keli Gadzekpo, has also been appointed to the Bank of Ghana Board. Also, on the prestigious Board of the Bank of Ghana is Dr. Kwame Owusu Nyantakyi, a brother- in- law of the President (married to the First Lady’s sister).

Others among the Databank cohort are Yoofi Grant, current CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, who between 2009 and 2012 was an Executive Director in charge of Business Development and Private Equity Division at Databank. Yet another former Databank employee, is Michael Addotey Addo, who is now a Deputy Director-General at SSNIT.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is very instructive to note that in sharing the spoils of power to family, friends and loved ones, the Vice President Dr. Bawumia neither opposed it nor recused himself. Dr. Bawumia’s father-in-law (father of Second Lady, Samira Bawumia), Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, has been made Ghana’s envoy to the United Arab Emirates. We also must add, that Alhaji Ramadan’s son; who is Dr Bawumia’s brother in-law has also been appointed as a Deputy Director-General of NADMO. Additionally, Mumuni Abdulai Bawumia, a brother of Vice President Bawumia, has been appointed as Technical Advisor to the Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Derry.

Learning from President Akufo-Addo and Bawumia, various ministers of state in this government have also diligently followed these shameful footsteps of their bosses by also dispensing generosity to their families and friends.

Beyond Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Ken Ofori-Atta, specifically, the man who actually leads this pack is the Senior Minister, ‘friend’ and defender of Aisha Huang of China, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo. Even though Mr Osafo Marfo discouraged NPP footsoldiers and the youth of Ghana from seeking

jobs in the public sector because it is choked, his two sons are comfortably serving in the public sector.

Ladies and Gentlemen, these privileged sons are: Kwadwo Gyamfi Osafo Marfo, who now serves as Deputy Director-General and Acting Head of Cyber Security at the NCA, and Kofi Bosompem Osafo Marfo (also his son), who is now a Deputy Director-General of SSNIT.

Let’s stay a little while longer at the National Communications Authority. The Hon. Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has conveniently fixed two of her allies, namely Olivia Quartey and Prince Sefah, as Deputy Directors-General in charge of Managerial Operations and Operations respectively. It still remains a mystery as to what these two nebulous roles actually entail within the scheme of things of the NCA.

By the same token, the Director General of the NCA – Joe Anokye, has not stopped short of drafting several of his apparatchiks into various positions at the Authority. These include but not limited to: Kwame Gyan, Nathan Musah, Collinson Nii Clottey Oko, Charles Ronald Sanny, Nelly Debrah, Josephine Adu-Fowaa and Harry Mcninson.

Friends from the media, over and above these despicable nepotistic appointments, at the Party level, the wife of the National Chairman, Freddy Blay (Gina Blay), is now Ghana’s Ambassador to Germany, while the son of the speaker of Parliament, Mike Ocquaye Jnr, is Ghana’s representative to India. Our investigations also revealed that the Speaker’s daughter, Maria Edith Ocquaye, has recently been made the Head of Corporate Affairs for the National Petroleum Authority

Also, Akosua Manu, daughter in law of Peter Mac-Manu, Board Chair of the GPHA and Former

Chairman of the NPP has also been appointed as Deputy CEO of the National Youth Authority.

Last but not least, at the Fisheries Ministry sits the ever-present Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye (MP), under whose watch about GHS22 million worth of premix fuel was defalcated in a massive scandal in 2017. Indeed in 2017 alone she superintended over about 200 cases of premix fuel diversion. At the heart of these stinking scandals was her brother, Joseph Botchwey, whom she appointed as Administrator of the National Premix Secretariat. He functions alongside her nephew, Elikem Sewordor, who is the Southern Volta Coordinator of the Premix Secretariat.

NEPOTISTIC BUSINESS DEALINGS

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, a natural consequence of this unprecedented level of nepotism, is total state capture. Beyond planting his relatives and close friends in top positions, President Akufo-Addo has opened up the public purse for total scramble by these family and friends. He has

ensured their total dominance of several sectors of the Ghanaian economy to the detriment of other Ghanaians who are better qualified and in a much better position to execute government jobs.

The object of this is to enrich himself and his close relatives contrary to his claim that he did not come to power to enrich himself.

In some instances, contracts and jobs won legitimately by genuine contractors and service providers have been taken away from them and given to relatives of the President.

For the sake of brevity, we will provide just a few examples to buttress this point.

1. HOW PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO TOOK OIL SUPPLY CONTRACTS FROM BOST AND GAVE IT TO A COMPANY ASSOCIATED WITH HIS BROTHER, BUMPTY.

When President Akufo-Addo came to office in January, 2017, Goil and other state entities in the petroleum sector were supplied finished products by BOST, a state-owned entity. As soon as President Akufo-Addo took office, a company called Stratcon Energy, was hurriedly formed in 2017 and has taken over the supply of oil products to GOIL, BOST, TOR and VRA.

If you are wondering, ladies and gentlemen, how a company formed only in 2017 can secure this lucrative contract to supply oil to all these state entities, look no further. Stracon Energy is owned by the husband of Adeline Akufo-Addo, daughter of President Akufo-Addo’s brother Edward

‘Bumpty’ Akufo-Addo. Only this familial connection with President Akufo-Addo could have guaranteed this deal.

2. HOW PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO GAVE PUBLIC FUNDS TO HIS BROTHER IN LAW TO INVEST IN A HOTEL PROJECT.

In December, 2018, President Akufo-Addo allowed the state-owned Ghana Infrastructure and Investment Fund (GIIF) to partly finance a private hotel project being undertaken by his brother in law, Dr Kwame Nyantakyi Owusu (married to the President’s wife’s sister) at the Airport City in Accra. This is one more example of the sort of nepotism and cronyism being practiced by President Akufo-Addo.

Ladies and gentlemen, the above are but a few of the monstrous levels of nepotism taking place in

the family and friend’s government of President Akufo-Addo.

The question is: where did ‘Ama’ Ghana go wrong? What sin has Ghanaians committed to be subjected to such crude governance which Idi Amin Dada – the Butcher of Uganda, Jean-Bedel Bokassa and Mobutu Sese Seko – the looter of Zaire never dreamt of?

CONCLUSION

Ladies and gentlemen, as I have already indicated, the classic and numerous examples of nepotism cited are but a few of the plethora of family, friends, loved ones and cronies’ appointments which have characterised the deceptive and corrupt Akufo-Addo government.

It is clear that, President Akufo-Addo has made nepotism a deliberate policy in his administration and we can safely say without any equivocation that, the Akufo-Addo government is the most nepotistic in the world.

These family and friends’ appointments have also exposed the hollowness and deceptive nature of the President’s infamous rhetoric in Kumasi, in 2016, when he vowed not to operate a family and friends’ government. Simply put, President Akufo-Addo has failed to translate his words into action. His style of governance continues to expose his weaknesses with each passing day.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have brought these to your attention for Ghanaians to see the extent of abuse that President Akufo-Addo has subjected the public purse to. Apart from having an extraordinarily-bloated government with 124 Ministers and over 1000 Presidential staffers, he appears to have made family connections a key pre-requisite for appointments into his government.

This has predictably spawned several conflicts of interest situations, clear acts of corruption, victimization of existing businesses, arm twisting and extortion. Indeed, the business community is on its knees and at the mercy of these family and friends’ cliques.

Thus, the festering culture of patronage and corruption ongoing in this Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government does not come as a surprise at all. The rising corruption we are witnessing today is truly and inextricably linked to the excessive practice of nepotism by President Akufo-Addo. His inability to crack the whip on his errant and corrupt officials cannot be divorced from the ties of family and friendship that binds him and his appointees together. The biggest question for us therefore is, how can our nation overcome corruption when our President practices one of its inseparable bedfellows called nepotism? Your guess is as good as mine.

It is our hope that over and above what many Ghanaians know already, these revelations will dawn on Ghanaians, that President Akufo-Addo, contrary to his lofty and dovish rhetoric in opposition, is supervising the capture of the state in furtherance of familial interest. All the desperate attempt made to shield him from public scrutiny and the sanctimonious claims of incorruptibility are but a tenuous smokescreen behind which real damage is being done to our nation.

Anti-Nepotism Law

Ladies and Gentlemen, in view of the institutionalization of nepotism by President Akufo-Addo, the enactment of an anti-nepotism legislation to help check abuse of political power in the advancement of the nepotistic agenda of President Akufo-Addo, his acolytes and any unforeseen recurrence is long overdue in Ghana.

This law, can take the form, and even be an improvement of section 3110 of title 5, of the United States Code, which forbids a public official from appointing a relative to a civilian position in the agency over which that official exercises jurisdiction or control.

To this end, we call on Civil Society Organisations and all well-meaning Ghanaians to join us, as we advocate the initiation and passage of an Anti-Nepotism Law for Ghana.

We contend that, notwithstanding the enormous constitutional powers conferred on the President to hire and fire, such powers must not be exercised in a whimsical manner in furtherance of the interest of family members, friends and cronies. And, we believe that the time has come for Ghana to enact an Anti-Nepotism law that imposes clear restrictions on the employment of close relatives, as it’s done in other jurisdictions.

Thank you for coming and may God continue to bless our homeland Ghana.

Signed.

SAMMY GYAMFI

National Communication Officer

Source: peacefmonline.com


Drivers threaten to stop paying tolls over deplorable Oyibi-Dodowa road

Drivers who ply the Oyibi-Dodowa road have threatened to boycott the payment of tolls until their road which is in a deplorable state is fixed.

The drivers say they do not understand what the tolls collected regularly are used for and thus called on the authorities to use the monies judiciously.

Some of the drivers expressed their frustrations in a Citi News interview.

“We pay a lot of tolls but the road is not in a good shape. The portion close to the toll is not even in good condition. If you move forward, there is a big pothole there which is very serious. If they don’t fix the road for us we will stop paying the toll. Why should we continue paying tolls? Even where you are paying the tolls, the road is not good.”

The poor nature of roads has led to the agitation among residents and road users in the country.

Some threatened that they will not vote in the 2020 elections until their roads are fixed.

In the Ga South municipality, residents of Broadcasting had earlier called on government to as a matter of urgency fix their bad road or they will boycott the 2020 general elections.

The road is in a deplorable state thus making mobility difficult and affecting business activities.

Other people in different places have also made a similar call to the government.

Source: citinewsroom.com

Teacher found hanging dead on a tree

Kwesikum, a village near Agona Duakwa in the Agona East District in the Central Region was thrown into shock Tuesday when a 55- year- old teacher at the A.E.D.A Basic School was found hanging dead on his farm in an apparent suicide.

The deceased, Mr Isaac Kofi Yeboah was found hanging on one of the trees on his farm with his tongue sticking out at about 1:30pm Tuesday.

He had left home the previous day around 6am to work on his farm located at Albert village near Kwesikum but did not return as at 10:30pm the same day.

His neighbours who became worried combed around till late in the evening but were unable to trace his whereabouts and decided to retire to their bed to continue the following day.

According to information gathered by Graphic Online, his neighbours – Messrs Kwabena Adew, Kwabena Annan and Francis Arthur in their desperate search for hum decided to visit the deceased’s farm.

Unfortunately, when they got to the farm, they saw the lifeless body of Yeboah with a rope around the neck hanging on a tree on his farm.

Confirming the incident, the Agona Nyakrom District Police Commander, Superintendent Frederick Lumur said that Yeboah’s neighbours subsequently lodged a complaint with the police who quickly proceeded to the scene.

He noted that the deceased’s body has since been deposited at the Agona Swedru Government Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Roads in Benin, Mali better than roads in Ghana – World Economic Forum

According to the latest ranking on the quality of roads in Africa released by the globaleconomy.com sourced from the World Economic Forum, roads in Benin and Mali are of a higher quality than those in Ghana.

The report reveals that the best quality of roads are found in Namibia while the worst ones are found in Chad. Ghana’s score is 3.00 below the average of 3.43 out of a total score of 7.00.

According to theglobaleconomy.com, “road quality indicator is one of the components of the Global Competitiveness Index published annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

It represents an assessment of the quality of roads in a given country based on data from the WEF( World Economic Forum) Executive Opinion Survey, a long-running and extensive survey tapping the opinions of over 14,000 business leaders in 144 countries.

The road quality indicator score is based on only one question. The respondents are asked to rate the roads in their country of operation on a scale from 1 (underdeveloped) to 7 (extensive and efficient by international standards). The individual responses are aggregated to produce a country score,”

Review the ranking below:

Roads quality in Africa: The average for 2019 was 3.43 points.The highest value was in Namibia: 5.3 points and the lowest value was in Chad: 1.9 points. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Quality of roads, 1(low) – 7(high), 2019

(points, Source: World Economic Forum, TheGlobalEconomy.com)

Namibia

Egypt

Rwanda

Mauritius

Morocco

South Africa

Kenya

Senegal

Tanzania

Algeria

Cape Verde

Seychelles

Swaziland

Burundi

Botswana

Gambia

Guinea

Uganda

Ivory Coast

Tunisia

Zambia

Benin

Mali

Ethiopia

Ghana

Burkina Faso

Malawi

Zimbabwe

Lesotho

Gabon

Nigeria

Cameroon

Mozambique

Angola

DR Congo

Madagascar

Mauritania

Chad

Source: mynewsgh.com

I used 3 meetings to convince Mahama in 2005 to accept presidency – Bagbin

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has revealed he played a significant role in John Mahama’s ascent to the Jubilee House.

According to the Nadowli Kaleo MP, he convinced the former President of his chances at the top job at a time when he [Mahama] himself wasn’t keen.

“I invited him [Mahama] in 2005 and discussed it with him,” he told Evans Mensah on JoyNews’ PM Express programme on Tuesday, adding that, “it took three meetings before Mahama finally accepted.

“Mahama’s close relatives are aware” of this development, according to Bagbin.

He said in his preparations of Mr. Mahama for the task, he organised a series of programmes that would bring him to the limelight.

He would have Mahama deliver speeches on his behalf, all in a bid to market him, and “all that brought him up.”

Bagbin said, however, he may not be the only one responsible for the former president’s rise.

Mahama partnered the late John Atta Mills to run for the Jubilee House and when Mr Mills died in 2012, took over and served one term as President.

Bagbin said his revelation is important because some party folk who are not aware of his contribution to Mahama’s rise to the presidency couldn’t appreciate his criticism of him.

He explained since he played a role in his rise to office, the onus lay on him to offer criticisms when needed.

“Besides, it is in my nature to criticise,” he added.

What about now?

Bagbin says his criticisms have influenced Mahama.

According to him, John Mahama of 2014 is different from the Mahama of 2019.

His comments come as Mahama has been elected to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) into the 2020 general elections.

“There is a great improvement and he is really a better Mahama than before,” Bagbin said.

“He has learnt to run with the people and now he consults the elders of the party on his decisions than before,” he added.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

2 suspects arrested for leading mob to lynch alleged thief

Two suspects in a mob attack that led to the death of an alleged motorbike thief have been arrested at Sawaba in the Northen Region.

Darku Alhassan Abukari aka Nakorah, 36, and Seidu Adam, 55, were arrested Tuesday dawn at their residences at Sawaba for their role in the death of Osumanu Amidu, 35.

On Monday, the police took into custody the immediate past Assemblyman for Sagnarigu, Haruna Mumuni, to assist them in investigations into the murder of Mr Amidu.

According to the Northern Regional Crime Officer, Otua Acheampong, Mr Mumuni led his team to effect the arrest of the two whom he described as ring leaders of the mob.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

EOCO busts Chinese woman for US$313 million money laundering deal

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has arrested a Chinese woman for allegedly transferring $313.59 million out of the country illegally, otherwise known as money laundering, the Daily Graphic has gathered.

The suspect, Chen Jianhua, was arrested and placed in police custody in Accra after EOCO found that large amounts of money in dollars, some of them linked to non-existent companies, moved through multiple bank accounts from Ghana to China between 2011 and 2019.

She is also being investigated for tax evasion and using forged bank accounts and a fake driver’s licence, the Daily Graphic has gathered.

EOCO said they were finalising investigations and would file charges against her and her collaborators by the middle of next month.

A source at EOCO told the Daily Graphic in Accra that “we are at the concluding stages of investigations and this will pass as one of the biggest money laundering cases in the history of the country.”

Suspicious transactions

EOCO, according to the source, began investigating Chen after identifying suspicious transactions through some bank accounts.

Ms Chen was consequently picked up last week and placed in police custody.

According to the source, on May 30, 2011, Jianhua opened a personal bank account (local and foreign) in Ghana.

The total credit transactions on the account as of March 20, 2019 was GH¢154.06 million for the local account and $12.36 million for the foreign account.

The corresponding debit was GH¢154.05 million and $12.36 million.

“She could not explain the source of the funds. Our investigations, however, revealed that those transactions were from companies including Synergy Global Consult Limited, Venturome Ventures, Kings Royal Real Estates and other Chinese nationals in Ghana.”

“The cedis on the bank account were mainly converted into dollars, and in connivance with the bank, she sent the funds outside the country without proper documentation,” the source said.

Residence permit

Chen, the EOCO source said, held a residence permit Number RP0255003 issued in 2010, and tenable with Country Garden Limited, a restaurant.

“The entity ceased operating in 2012, which means the residence permit was not tenable, but she re-registered on March 13, 2019 while the investigations were ongoing,” it stated.

EOCO further found that there was no evidence of the operation of Country Garden as a restaurant.

Currencies

Expatiating on the alleged deals, the source said EOCO established on the bank account that Chen was taking both local and foreign currencies from mainly Chinese individuals in Ghana for onward transfer to China, when she had not registered any transfer business in the country to warrant such huge dollar transfers to China.

“We also noted from available documents that Chen Jianhua was operating the bank accounts of other firms and individual persons,” the source revealed.

It mentioned the firms as Venturome Ventures, Synergy Global Consult Limited and Kings Royal Real Estates. All the three accounts were operated at one bank, while another bank operated the account of Alliqwabs Enterprise and the personal account of one Christopher King.

The source said both Synergy Consult and Kings Royal Real Estates were owned by King.

Explaining further, it said King claimed that somewhere in 2015, Chen, whom he had known in the past, requested to use his personal bank account in all currencies (cedis, dollars and euros).

The EOCO source said King explained during interrogation that he did not know the source of the funds and the work Chen was doing, hence would not know the basis of any of her transactions with Venturome, Alliqwabs and other companies.

“Again, he would not explain why millions of cedis had been changed into dollars and subsequently transferred to China and for what reason. His assertion was supported by Chen that King had not been part of the account since 2015,” the source said.

It mentioned that the total credit balances from various sources into the Synergy Consult account as of June 17, 2019 amounted to GH¢104.89 million with debit balances of GH¢105.056 million, while that of Kings Royal Real Estates had credit of GH¢3.72 million and $3.364 million.

“All these funds were transferred from these two accounts and other accounts before it was finally converted into dollars and transferred to China without any documents,” the source said.

Venturome Ventures account

Touching on the Venturome Ventures account, which Chen also operated, the EOCO source said Chen operated the accounts as a third person.

“Most of the funds on this account were transferred to Kings Royal, Alliqwabs and Synergy Consult and converted into dollars for onward transfer to China with the narration of payment of goods but there were no supporting documents for the so-called goods imported as per Bank of Ghana directive.

“As of February 17, 2019, total credit was GH¢33.25 million and total debit of GH¢23.25 million, while the dollar account had a total credit transaction of $1.52 million and a debit of $1.52 million.

Fake driver’s licence

In one of the banks, EOCO said, Chen had an account with the name Esther Chen, which was different from her official name which is on her passport.

According to the source, it was established that she used a fake driver’s licence and an identity card to open the bank account.

“Total credit transactions in this account from October 16, 2006 to July 16, 2019 was GH¢484.49 million and debit was GH¢484.49 million, meaning the balance was zero,” the source stated.

“Her modus operandi was that these large inflows, once deposited into any of the accounts mentioned, are spread through the remaining accounts before finally transferred outside to their destination, mostly China, with narrations of payment for goods,” it explained.

The source said at an average exchange rate of GH¢3 to a dollar, the total amount that had been transferred from Ghana to China by Chen amounted to $313.59 million.

It added that the various movements of funds to all sorts of accounts, including call accounts, amounted to an act of concealing the monies to make tracking difficult.

Tax payment

Another revelation from the EOCO investigations was that when EOCO computed the provisional tax liability base on the inflows that had the individual bank accounts of

Synergy Global Consulting, Venturome Ventures, Kings Royal Estate, Christopher King and Chen, none of the companies had registered for tax or had tax identification numbers.

The source said since the firms had not been able to provide any evidence of tax payments, EOCO had referred the matter to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for its expert view.

Nonetheless, provisional tax assessments of $5 million and GH¢88 million on Chen’s inflows were on her bank statement.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Akufo-Addo rewards ‘Kalypo Soldier’ with top military rank

The seat of government, the Jubilee House, has handsomely rewarded the Military Police personnel, who joined the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kalypo fever, ahead of the 2016 General Elections, with enlistment into the Ghana Military Academy, to become a commissioned officer of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

Corporal Osei Owusu, now Lieutenant Osei Owusu, was among the list of 132 military officers, who graduated and were commissioned recently by President Akufo-Addo at the Ghana Military Academy’s 2019 Graduation Parade for Regular Career Course 59 and Short Service Commission and Special Duties Course 57 at the Adico Square in Teshie.

Pictures of then Corporal Osei Owusu in military uniform went viral during the 2016 general elections. He was seen sipping Kalypo, a popular fruit juice in solidarity with the NPP-Akufo-Addo 2016 campaign, an action which from all indication, offended the military’s code of conduct on politics.

The kalipo fever was sparked by the then opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, who was seen in a car with his friend; Yaw Osafo-Marfo, sipping the popular fruit juice.

Attempts by the then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to mock him, backfired with the NPP, declaring the Kalypo Challenge, which saw many bigwigs of the part, captured drinking the juice which largely held to be for kids.

The NPP went on to win the Presidential election, and the soldier,who at the time was just a corporal with the Military Police (MP), immediately relocated to the Jubilee House, after President Akufo-Addo was sworn into office, having gotten the needed recognition and political acceptance, and years on he got sent to the Military Academy in an apparent protocol arrangement to become an officer.

At the time, many on social media called on the military to crack its whip on the soldier, but no punishment was meted out to him.

He currently bears the title Lieutenant. It is not clear at what age Lt. Osei Owusu got into the military academy, as the GAF has set age limit of 25 for admission as cadet. It is again, not clear, if he sat for the entrance examination required.

An NPP footsoldier, Amega Awadzi, who shared two pictures of Lieutenant Osei Owusu sipping the fruit juice and receiving a handshake with President Akufo-Addo during the passing out ceremony happily, remarked that the officer’s commitment to the party’s campaign has paid off.

Amega Awadzi, who could not hide his joy said, lessons need to be drawn from Osei Owusu’s involvement and sacrifice to the NPP, as there is a reward for such people in the NPP.

“Today, the Kalypso soldier, Osei Owusu who was a corporal graduated successfully. He is now Lt Osei Owusu. Lessons must be learned in motivating people who sacrifice for the party”, he posted with the pictures.

Meanwhile, in July this year, a Lance Corporal Lincoln Isaac Wassah of 2 Recce Squadron in Sunyani, in a similar fashion was seen in a military uniform in a viral video, supporting the social media campaign to force parliamentarians to discard a proposal to build a new chamber for their comfort.

This time, the Military for political expediency, said his action was against the rules of engagement, which forbids soldiers from engaging or involving themselves in such public campaigns.

#DropThatChamber

The “#DropThatChamber” campaign was initiated on social media with the aim of mounting pressure on Parliament to discontinue a proposal to build a new chamber that could accommodate about 450 Members of Parliament (MPs) at a cost of US$200 million.

Many people joined the social media campaign that was also intended to mobilise about two million people to march on the streets to register their displeasure.

People from all walks of life, including celebrities, made posts on various social media platforms against the proposed new chamber.

Following public pressure, the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB) subsequently suspended the project.

It was during the social media campaign period that L/Cpl Wassah Lincoln Isaac, also made a video to draw the attention of President Akufo-Addo, not to buy into the idea of supporting the construction of the new Parliamentary chamber, since there were many other pressing issues facing the country.

Following the release of the video, L/Cpl Wassah was arrested by the Military High Command for interrogation.

A board of inquiry was set up by the Commanding Officer of the Recce Regiment Gondar Barracks Burma camp, from highly placed sources.

The board, was chaired by the Commanding Officer of the Unit, Lt Colonel W.A.K. Ackah. Other members included; Captain V. Bempong, WO1 Dafliso V, Sgt Attor R and Lance Corporal Okumtey J.O.

L/Cpl Wassah, was said to have shown no sign of remorse during his interrogations, Graphic Online gathered.

After questions and answers, the board came out with their judgement and concluded that L/Cpl Wassah , should be stripped of his rank, and sentenced to 90 days imprisonment with hard labour at the guardroom.

The Amnesty International (AI) at the time, described the action by the army as harsh.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr, the country director for AI, Robert Akoto Amoafo, said a warning could have been enough punishment for the offense, since it is not a regular occurrence within the security agencies in Ghana

“The extent to which this punishment has gone is too far. A warning could have be given but to punish the person to this extent puts fear in officers to express themselves. The fact that one joins security agency does not take their citizenship rights from them. A warning would have been the best”.

Source: theheraldghana.com