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Regional: Some government officials and politicians are involved in illegal mining – Asantehene

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Erastus Asare-Donkor & Asantehene

The Asantehene has accused some government officials and politicians of being complicit in the illegal mining menace, popularly known as galamsey.

According to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, certain politicians and business people not only participate in galamsey but also own earthmoving equipment like excavators that are used to destroy forests and water bodies.

The Asantehene made the revelation when a delegation from The Multimedia Group presented a copy of its latest documentary, ‘Destruction for Gold’ to him at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Wednesday.

The presentation of a copy of the ‘Destruction for Gold’ documentary to the Asantehene at the Manhyia Palace is part of the #NoToGalamsey campaign by JoyNews in the fight against illegal mining.

 

The Asantehene observed that illegal mining operations have become so complex to the extent that gold can be exported out of the country through the borders without being detected.

“Doesn’t the gold produced from galamsey pass through our airport before being sent abroad?

“Don’t we have equipment that detects them? Why all this noise about galamsey? Are we saying we don’t know those behind galamsey?

“Galamsey operations are very complex with a lot of people involved. We will never succeed in the fight if we approach it lackadaisically,” he said in Twi.

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Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
He continued, “There are some collaborators in corridors of power as well as some politicians and some businessmen involved. They own excavators used in these operations. A lot of them.

“We should approach this fight with all the seriousness it deserves. If we are not careful, a time will come that our cocoa beans would be rejected on the world market because of cyanide pollution due to galamsey.”

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Multimedia Group Ltd Team at Manhyia Palace
The Multimedia Group delegation was led by the General Manager of the Kumasi Business Unit, Jim Aglah.

It included Kofi Adu Domfeh, News Editor and Erastus Asare Donkor who produced the documentary.

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Erastus Asare-Donkor presents a copy to Asantehene through a linguist
The Asantehene promised to watch the documentary and take necessary action afterwards.

According to him, until the right people behind the illegality are targeted and dealt with, the fight against galamsey would continue to be a mirage.

“I will watch every bit of the documentary done on galamsey. I will be informed of the next action to be taken.

“We are all aware that some Ghanaians have been fronting for Chinese in the galamsey menace.

“We pretend we don’t know those behind the galamsey. Those who claim to fight the menace naively arrest poor labourers as those behind the menace. Who owns the gold? he quizzed.

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Erastus Asare-Donkor listens to Asantehene with rapt attention
Meanwhile, Erastus Asare Donkor is happy at the advocacy role played by the Asantehene in the galamsey fight.

“Otumfuo is the embodiment of power and advocacy across the world and so we felt that having done and exposed what is really happening to our river bodies, both in Ashanti region, Western region and Eastern region, across Ghana we felt that he is the custodian of all lands and water bodies.

“So we should show it to him. And if he starts advocacy in that direction, we are sure that we are going to get somewhere.”

Source: Myjoyonline

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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.

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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.

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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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