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Police On Rampage At Ada Luhuor

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About 800 residents of Luhuor in the West Ada District of the Greater Accra Region have fled the community after some police personnel visited brutality on them last Friday.

The police personnel, numbering about 80 beat and kicked anybody they saw in the village, except children. They also burnt six motorbikes, knocked down a couple of buildings and ruined a taxi and motorcycle.

The Assemblyman for the village, Isaac Gbenartey, told The Chronicle that in the afternoon of last week Thursday, a police pick-up, with registration number GP 4652, carrying two masked persons and two police personnel, was prevented passage through the village to a salt mining concession that the government had leased to Electrochem, a private investor.

The youth demanded the police to unmask the two persons onboard their vehicle before they are allowed to move further.

Mr Gbenartey said the reluctance by the youth to allow the police vehicle go through the village with the two masked men infuriated the police, who were disarmed after attempting to use their rifles.

During the scuffle with the police, the Assemblyman said two boxes of cartridges and a rifle in the police vehicle were carried away by the youth.

The police drove out of the village without making known the identity of the masked men, who wore an Electrochem-branded polo shirt, the Assemblyman explained.

“Late in the afternoon, when the police drew my attention to the stolen boxes of cartridges, I led them into the village, where the youth admitted taking the items. They released the two boxes to the police, but they said Nene Dadebom Anim II, Chief of Toflokpo Salom, had travelled to the National Police Headquarters in Accra to surrender the gun,” he told The Chronicle at Kasseh, after The Chronicle had visited Luhuor on Sunday to take shots of the incidents and speak to some victims.

“On Friday morning, 10 police pickups and one bus, with police personnel numbering about 80, with some in face masks, stormed Luhuor, beating anybody in sight. The young men and the elderly who could flee were not spared the brutality,” he explained.

He said some West Ada Constituency Executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by Mr Agorhum, visited Luhuor earlier on Sunday to interact with the residents and sympathise with the victims before The Chronicle arrived at the village.

The Assemblyman said the police arrested 37 people to the Tema Regional Police Command. Additionally, he said about GHc2,000 and several mobile phones have gone missing.

Accounts by some victims
Thirty-five-year-old Ahuo Agu told The Chronicle that she was drying pepper on the compound when four police personnel, two in masks, pounced on her.

“I am not married so I was surprised they (police personnel) asked me of the whereabouts of my husband. I told them I was not in a relationship, but they didn’t believe me. One used something like a wire and lashed me very well, bruising me. One struck my knees with a short black stick. As I speak, my body and knees ache,” Ahuo told The Chronicle in the Ada local dialect.

Doyoe Sarbah, 65, said just when she had arrived at the village from Accra, where she trades from Monday to Thursday, about seven police personnel broke into her compound and directed her to lead them to where her husband was hiding.

Oblivious of what had happened the previous day, Madam Doyoe said she told her guests her husband might be on the farm, though she did not meet him at home when he arrived that Friday morning.

Speaking in the local Ada dialect, she said: “Two policemen and one policewoman entered my room and later came out to whisper something into the ears of their colleagues. Immediately, one asked me to kneel down with my hands raised. The next thing I felt on my back was a cane. Two young police ladies caned me and dragged me on the ground. I requested water as I was thirsty and the sun was burning that Friday morning. My little daughter brought me water but one policeman hit the cup from my mouth. At that moment, in fact, I thought I had died because I returned from Accra that Friday morning on an empty stomach. I later found myself in a neighbour’s room where my husband and children stood by me in tears.”

Mabel Gbenartey, the only store keeper in the village, narrated that she was indoors when her little daughter came to tell her that some people were at the shop.

“When I came out and saw the heavily-built police personnel, some wearing masks, I was terrified. Then, one in a really masculine voice asked me to produce my husband. When I told him that my husband works at Kasseh so he left at dawn for work, he told me that they were looking for their missing gun. I told them I was ready to lead them into my room to search for it.

“Then, I heard one them say they should carry out their instructions and leave. Immediately, they punched into the T&J covering the frontage of my kitchen, went into the room to destroy a few items and invaded my shop to my consume three loaves of bread, two crates of soft drinks and two boxes of Voltic bottled water.

“Only one policeman, Baba, whom I know at the Kasseh Police Station, paid for his bottled water. The rest did not pay me a pesewa. On top of that, they broke all my bottles. They consumed the items I buy on credit. The bread and drinks they consumed cost GHc500. I pay my creditors after selling the items. I don’t know how much the broken bottles will cost.

They lined most of us the women in the scorching sun and ordered us to look at the sun. In fact, I bled for some time,” she narrated.

Samuel Offoe, 61, said he was on his pepper farm when the police stormed Luhuor.

“When I came home, I realised that the dashboard of my tricycle had been destroyed. They did not touch me because look at my [slim] body…maybe I was fortunate.”

Victoria Tiaki Agbashi, 70, said she was indoors taking care of her ailing son, Ebenezer Nyarko, 47, when the police broke into her mud house home and dragged her out.

“I begged them to let me know what I had done. Immediately, one landed a hefty slap on my left cheek and wanted to know the identity of the person in the room. I told them that was my sick son. Four…no, three police personnel entered the room and dragged him on the ground into a vehicle they had parked. The Assemblyman told me that my son is in the custody of the Community One Police.”

When the police were contacted for their side of the story, they declined to comment.

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m

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After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.

 

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory

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A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style

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It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

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