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President Akufo-Addo Nominates Omane Aboagye As Juaben MCE



The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has nominated Omane Aboagye as Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Juaben Municipal Assembly of the Ashanti Region.

The regional minister Simon Osei-Mensah disclosed this at a regional coordinating council meeting on Tuesday.

The position has been vacant for the past six months after elected assembly members rejected a previous nominee Alexander Sarfo-Kantanka on two occasions.

He is facing the high court after the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) charged him for bribery.

Some assemblymen who have since been pushing for a new nominee are elated about Aboagye’s nomination, tasking him to unite the assembly, if he is given the nod, to spearhead development.
Juaben MCE-nominee Sarfo-Kantanka pleads not guilty

The beleaguered nominee for the position of chief executive of the Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region, Alexander Kwabena Sarfo-Kantanka, has been granted bail in the sum of GHC 90,000.00, with two sureties.

The sureties, according to the Kumasi High Court presided by her ladyship, Justice Priscilla Odikro Ofori, must be Ghanaians, be credible and must be holders of Ghana Card. Additionally, the sureties must be justified with landed property.

In court

At his first appearance in court on 1 June, the 26 charges of the accused person as well as the facts of the case were read to him, to which, he pleaded not guilty.

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His lawyer, Kwame Adom Appiah, in his application for bail for his client indicated to the court that his client “denied every allegation of facts when he appeared before the Special Prosecutor.”

“My lord it is strange to us that the last but one paragraph of the charge sheet contains an admission of guilt on the part of the accused person because on all two occasions when my client appeared before the Special Prosecutor, he denied the allegations of corruption,” Appiah said in open court.

“We pray to this honourable court that the accused is admitted to bail. He has a fixed place of abode in the Juaben municipality and will avail himself to stand trial,” he added.

By court

Justice Priscilla Odikro Ofori’s court in its ruling granting the accused person bail, further ruled that the Office of the Special Prosecutor should serve all documents and evidence it intends to rely on for the trial on the accused person by 22 June 2022.

The court subsequently adjourned sitting to the 29 June 2022, for the parties to hold case management conference (CMC), to set the ground rules for the trial.
The facts of the case

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The facts of the case as presented by the OSP are that “in July 2021, the President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, nominated the Accused, Alexander Kwabena Sarfo-Kantanka, a farmer and the Chairman of the New Patriotic Party for Juaben Constituency, for the position of Chief Executive of the Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region.

The evidence will establish that, in September 2021, before the confirmation or otherwise of the Accused by a public election, the Accused visited the members of the Juaben Municipal Assembly in Juaben; and he gifted the elected members of the Assembly Five Thousand cedis (GHC5,000.00) each and he also gifted the Government appointed members Two Thousand Five Hundred cedis (GHC2,500.00) each to influence their conduct in the performance of their duty as voters in respect of the election in his favour.

The election was conducted on 29 September 2021 and the Accused failed to secure the required number of votes for confirmation as Municipal Chief Executive. The Accused was renominated for the same position by the President of the Republic on 12 October 2021.

A subsequent election for the same purpose was conducted on 1 November 2021 and the Accused again tailed to secure the required number of votes.

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Whereupon, the Accused, utterly disappointed at the turn of events that his gifting of valuable consideration to the members of the Assembly to influence their vote in his favour had gone awry, went berserk and vented his wrath on the members of the Assembly and he angrily demanded a refund of the amounts of money he had gifted to them.

The irate conduct of the Accused was audio-visually recorded; and the recording went viral on Social Media platforms.

The Accused admitted gifting the indicated sums of money to the respective categories of the members of the Assembly to influence the outcome of the elections in his favour. After investigations, the Accused was duly charged with the offences on the charge sheet.



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





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.

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“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.

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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.

Source: Myjoyonline


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




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.

Source: Myjoyonline


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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




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.

Source: Myjoyonline


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