Politics News Summaries for May 15, 2021
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Arrest any Chief involved in galamsey
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Arrest any Chief involved in galamsey


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'Any chief who is aware that it is illegal to do galamsey and still gives out land for such purpose must be arrested,'' Nana Kwame Osei Adade exclusively told Reynold Agyemang on 'Pae Mu Mu Ka' on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7.

Nana Kwame Osei Adade expressed regret as to how the illegal miners are even digging tarred roads for their illegal activities.

Recently, there have been complaints that the water bodies that were regaining their natural state at the height of the fight against galamsey are becoming polluted again due to the increasing activities of illegal miners in various parts of the country.


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Kwesi Pratt asks Ghanaian leaders over religious tolerance


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Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. Wesley Girls' High School has aroused religious debates after its management refused a Muslim student to mark Ramadan on campus.

Speaking on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' programme, Kwesi Pratt questioned why there should be religious conflicts in Ghana.

To him, all this seeming religious fight is due to the lack of respect that leaders in the country including many Ghanaians have for the laws of Ghana.


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Bawumia's campaign team 'fires' back at Rev Owusu-Bempah
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Bawumia's campaign team 'fires' back at Rev Owusu-Bempah


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Owusu Bempah in a recent video, said although God revealed that to him in 2015 that there was a hindrance to Dr. Bawumia becoming President of Ghana, the same God also showed him what to do to prevent what loomed ahead of Dr. Bawumia.

Abocipala Adongo Thomas, said the National Bawumia Movement for 2024, will campaign for Bawumia until he himself comes out to say he is not interested in the presidential race.

Barely a day after the video went viral, the preacher says it's an old video and should be disregarded Founder of Glorious Word and Power Ministries, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah has in a radio interview on Okay 101.7 FM yesterday, asked the general public to treat with contempt a prophetic video about Dr. Bawumia from him in 2015.


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Government must address crisis of impunity, lawlessness by security operatives
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Government must address crisis of impunity, lawlessness by security operatives


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A former director of the School of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo says there is an urgent need for the government to address the growing incidents of assault and torture of individuals including journalists carried out by national security operatives.

Prof. Gadzekpo's comment was in reaction to the arrest and assault of Citi FM's Caleb Kudah by armed national security operatives as well as their invasion of the media house's premises to arrest another journalist, Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo last Tuesday.

According to her, Ghanaians must be concerned about the kind of treatments meted out to people by national security operatives in the country, adding that the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, must take full responsibility for the problematic behaviour and tasked to ensure that it is addressed.


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Galamsey fight: Burning excavators a reckless approach
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Galamsey fight: Burning excavators a reckless approach


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A leading member of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Sylvester Mensah, has described as lazy and reckless the burning of excavators used for illegal mining in various parts of the country.

According to Sylvester Mensah, the government must rethink the approach of burning the excavators.

He said a future NDC government will not burn seized galamsey excavators.


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Akufo-Addo's corruption claim on CNN never false but utmost truth
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Akufo-Addo's corruption claim on CNN never false but utmost truth


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A publication by ''The Fourth Estate'' website indicates that the Corruption Perception Indexes by Civil Society Organizations like the Transparency International, Afrobarometer and according to the Global Corruption Index, all point to the fact that rate of corruption under the Akufo-Addo regime has increased.

Granting an exclusive interview with Peacefmonline.com, the Information Minister debunked the claims that the President lied on CNN. According to him, the President has proven to be on top in resolving corruption.

When asked why there has been a delay in prosecuting and sentencing some persons who have been cited in corruption scandals if indeed the President is doing well in figting corruption, the Minister advised Ghanaians to monitor the work of the anti-corruption agencies but not to jump on the bandwagon accusing the government of failing to address corruption.


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Sam George condemns assault on Caleb; says National Security acted unlawfully
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Sam George condemns assault on Caleb; says National Security acted unlawfully


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The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartety George, has taken on the National Security for the assault on Caleb Kudah stating that the actions of the personnel broke several laws.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. George stated that Caleb Kudah did not break any laws when he filmed at the National Security Car park especially because it does not qualify as a prohibited place according to the State Secret Act.

Mr. George himself was a victim of brutalities by National Security operatives during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in 2020, where he was slapped by a security officer who was not punished despite recommendations by the Commission that sat on the events of that election.


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In all humility Bawumia is the next NPP leader
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In all humility Bawumia is the next NPP leader


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Supporters of the NPP are currently divided over who will lead the party in the next general elections.

While some are in favour of Dr. Bawumia, others also feel Alan Kyerematen is best suited to be their presidential candidate.

In his view, the NPP can only win the 2024 election if the President performs to the satisfaction of all Ghanaians.


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IMF commends Ghana for effectively managing COVID-19 pandemic
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IMF commends Ghana for effectively managing COVID-19 pandemic


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The International Monetary Fund, says Ghana has effectively managed the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IMF team noted that despite the economic challenges caused by the pandemic, the several policies put in place by the government are helping the Ghanaian economy to rebound.

Despite the economy growing steadily, the team advised that deeper, and more equitable, fiscal efforts are needed to address the debt vulnerabilities exacerbated by the pandemic.


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Thoroughly probe assault on Caleb Kudah and other journalists
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Thoroughly probe assault on Caleb Kudah and other journalists


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The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, has called on the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, to investigate the assault on Citi News' reporter, Caleb Kudah by some National Security operatives.

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Citi News' Caleb Kudah, was detained by operatives of the National Security Ministry for filming and taking pictures of MASLOC vehicles procured with state funds but abandoned for a long period of time, and parked within the premises of the National Security Ministry.

On the same day, armed operatives of the National Security Ministry stormed the premises of Citi FM in an attempt to arrest another reporter, Ms. Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, for allegedly receiving the said pictures and videos electronically from Mr. Kudah.


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Reporters Without Borders to monitor probe into assault on Citi News journalist
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Reporters Without Borders to monitor probe into assault on Citi News journalist


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An international non-profit and non-governmental organisation, Reporters Without Borders, has pledged to ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out into claims by Citi FM and Citi TV Journalist, Caleb Kudah, that he was assaulted by some National Security operatives.

Caleb Kudah, who is also the host of BackPage, a satirical news show on Citi TV, was assaulted by some National Security operatives who detained him for filming some grounded MASLOC vehicles parked at the premises last Tuesday.

Another Citi FM Journalist, Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, was also picked up later at the premises of Citi FM for receiving the videos from Caleb Kudah.


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Petition National Security over assault on your journalist
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Petition National Security over assault on your journalist


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Private legal practitioner, Sammy Darko, has asked management of Citi FM/Citi TV to formally petition the National Security over the recent manhandling of one of its journalists, Caleb Kudah.

Not only did the operatives assault broadcast journalist, Caleb Kudah during interrogation for filming at the Blue Gate of the National Security Ministry, they also besieged the premises of Citi FM/ Citi TV in Adabraka to ostensibly arrest another journalist, Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, for electronically receiving videos from her colleague.

The lawyer and journalist also slammed the operatives of the National Security who used a phone belonging to Citi News reporter, Caleb Kudah to try to lure his colleague, Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, describing it as utterly absurd.


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Petition National Security over assault on your journalist
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Petition National Security over assault on your journalist


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Private legal practitioner, Sammy Darko, has asked management of Citi FM/Citi TV to formally petition the National Security over the recent manhandling of one of its journalists, Caleb Kudah.

Not only did the operatives assault broadcast journalist, Caleb Kudah during interrogation for filming at the Blue Gate of the National Security Ministry, they also besieged the premises of Citi FM/ Citi TV in Adabraka to ostensibly arrest another journalist, Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, for electronically receiving videos from her colleague.

The lawyer and journalist also slammed the operatives of the National Security who used a phone belonging to Citi News reporter, Caleb Kudah to try to lure his colleague, Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, describing it as utterly absurd.


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Reporters Without Borders to monitor probe into assault on Citi News journalist
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Reporters Without Borders to monitor probe into assault on Citi News journalist


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An international non-profit and non-governmental organisation, Reporters Without Borders, has pledged to ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out into claims by Citi FM and Citi TV Journalist, Caleb Kudah, that he was assaulted by some National Security operatives.

Caleb Kudah, who is also the host of BackPage, a satirical news show on Citi TV, was assaulted by some National Security operatives who detained him for filming some grounded MASLOC vehicles parked at the premises last Tuesday.

Another Citi FM Journalist, Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, was also picked up later at the premises of Citi FM for receiving the videos from Caleb Kudah.


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Name, shame persons caught engaging in illegal mining
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Name, shame persons caught engaging in illegal mining


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The General Secretary of the Small Scale Miners Association, Godwin Armah, has urged the government to consider the option of naming and shaming in the fight against illegal mining.

His call follows the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II's statement at a Regional Consultative Dialogue on small-scale mining in the Ashanti Region on Wednesday, where he challenged the stakeholders to be truthful in the fight against the menace and call out persons involved in the act since they are known.

Currently, the Ghana Armed Forces has commenced the second phase of an operation to fight illegal small-scale mining.


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Somali National Salvation Forum declares support for Mahama as AU envoy
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Somali National Salvation Forum declares support for Mahama as AU envoy


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The newly formed Somali National Salvation Forum has declared its support for the African Union's choice of John Mahama as its High Representative to Somalia.

The Somali National Salvation Forum said it is surprised by the unilateral decision taken by the Somali government especially as the government is even yet to see how well Mahama will serve his duties in Somali.

The Forum said it is of the view that the government's opposition to the choice of Mahama is because it is not committed to having a credible electoral process in Somalia.


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GJA President backtracks; apologizes for his comment over assault on Caleb Kudah
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GJA President backtracks; apologizes for his comment over assault on Caleb Kudah


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Affail Monney has come under public backlash for stating that Caleb Kudah breached the Association's code of ethics when he filmed some grounded MASLOC vehicles at the National Security premises, which may have warranted the subsequent assault on him.

The GJA General Secretary, Kofi Yeboah, disagreed with the GJA President by saying Caleb Kudah did not breach any code as long as he acted in the interest of the public.

This press conference is principally to set the records straight and share a few comments on the raging storm over the molestation of two Citi FM reporters, Caleb Kuda and Zoe Abu Baidoo Addo.


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High court to give judgement on rasta student's suit on May 31
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High court to give judgement on rasta student's suit on May 31


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The Human Rights Court 1 of the High court has set May 31, 2021, for judgment in the lawsuit between Tyrone Marhguy and the Achimota School.

The court is preparing to hear another suit between Rastafarian Oheneba Nkrabea against the Achimota School, Attorney General, Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service.

Though the Ghana Education Student initially directed Achimota School to admit the students, it backtracked after pushback from the school's stakeholders and further engagements.


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Purge National Security of untrained party boys
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Purge National Security of untrained party boys


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The Volta Regional Vice-Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Mr. George Loh, has warned that the actions of the National Security if unchecked could result in revenge attacks when there is a change of government.

In a yet-to-be-aired interview on Citi TV's The Chamber Show, the former MP for North Dayi called on the government to purge the National Security of party elements.

Mr. Kudah, also a broadcast journalist and Host of BackPage on Citi TV, had been accused of filming some abandoned cars at the Ministry of National Security, a supposed restricted security zone on Tuesday, and had sent the videos to Zoe via WhatsApp.


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Oppong Nkrumah calls on Citi FM; says Government is committed to safety of journalists
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Oppong Nkrumah calls on Citi FM; says Government is committed to safety of journalists


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The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has assured of thorough investigations into the manhandling of a Citi FM journalist and the conduct of operatives of the National Security on the premises of the media house.

The Minister, who visited Citi FM and Citi TV on Friday, May 14, 2021, following the incident, said the government is committed to guaranteeing the safety of journalists.

During the courtesy call, Oppong Nkrumah engaged the news leadership and journalists of Citi FM..


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