Radio and television personality, Kwame Dzokoto has described as “insults”, a remark by Dr Amoako Baah, a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology which suggested that he should not go to parliament to joke if he is elected to represent the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency.
Dr Amoako Baah in an interview with Class FM stated that Dzokoto’s popularity made him win the National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries and suggested he should not go to the law making house and joke as he is known to be a comedian.
“Some of the winners are just a bit worrying you know…when you have someone like Dzokoto, I mean what did he campaign on, ‘Edziban’ or something? I don’t understand it.”
“It becomes almost like a popularity contest because the candidates don’t actually debate each other for the voters to actually see what they are leaned towards….which is not good, and, so, in the end it becomes a popularity contest and Dzokoto is well-known, Edziban, and I’m sure it has a lot to do with why he won.
“I mean look, once you are a comedian, always a comedian. And you go to Parliament and people will see you from that perspective. You start saying something…important and they start laughing [at you] and it’s not a laughing matter in Parliament.
“I’m not saying ‘Edziban’ will not do well…I want him to educate himself and go and do the work he has submitted himself to do, not to go over there and engage in jokes or something,” Dr Amoako-Baah noted.
But speaking to Happy FM, Kwame Dzokoto who is also a voice over artiste expressed disappointment in the statement. According to him, the comments by the lecturer is an insult to the creative arts industry.
“I’m very disappointed in what the Dr said because he is a scientist and is expected to speak based on a research report. You should speak with a lot of facts. I don’t know if he has heard I joked with my responsibilities… so I was surprised for such comments because he is grown, he is a lecturer and a scientist. His comments shocked me because he portrayed me as someone who doesn’t know his left from right. It is an insult to my personality and profession. Some prominent people should advise him on what to say,”Dzokoto said.
The renowned presenter won with 1,450 votes to beat his contender Thomas Okyere, who managed just 398 votes.
A Ranking Member on the Legal and Constitutional Affairs of Parliament is accusing the Board of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) of causing financial loss to the state in the payment of ex-gratia to four ex-employees of the Corporation.
Joe Osei Owusu avers there was no basis for the over 3 million cedis payment made to the four ex-employees including two former Chief Executives Tsatsu Tsikata and Nana Asafo Agyei.
His damnation of the Board of the GNPC is a new sting in the tale of allegations, confirmations and denials of payments made to former heads of the GNPC.
MP for Adansi Asokwa KT Hammond set the scandal off with an allegation that GNPC had ordered the payment of various sums of monies to Tsatsu Tsikata, Nana Asafo Agyei, Esther Cobbah and Mr Benjamin Dagadu who used to be the Field Evaluation and Development Manager of the Corporation.
According to the Asokwa MP, Tsikata and Asafo Agyei were each paid one million cedis whilst the wife of Tsikata, Esther Cobbah who was then the Public Affairs Manager at GNPC was paid 600,000 cedis.
He described the payment as criminal and illegal and demanded an investigation into the payment.
On Monday, the GNPC issued a statement confirming the Board's decision to make the payment to the four. While it will not disclose the exact amount paid to them, the Board stated the four employees had acquitted themselves well during their period of employment and that it was a "valid obligation" on the part of the Corpration to pay them their ex-gratia.
However, on Tuesday, Esther Cobbah issued a statement saying she was yet to receive any payment from the GNPC.
She claimed she was owed huge sums of monies in entitlements after she was removed rather unceremoniously in 2001 by the then Energy Minister.
She accused KT Hammond of plotting to deny her what is rightfully hers, professing "no weapon fashioned against me by the making of such unjustifiable attacks will prosper."
But it appears she may have to widen her scope of defence against what she described as unjustifiable attacks.
This is because Joe Osei Owusu is wondering how Madam Cobbah of all persons will be making ex-gratia demands on the state and the GNPC.
"In the case of Madam Esther Cobbah we learned that she actually abandoned her post. She was transferred to the Gas Company and never stepped there (GNPC). Is such a person entitled to make any claims?" he questioned.
He said the payment by the Board is not only baseless but he had received information, lawyers of GNPC had written a legal opinion against the payment of the ex-gratia.
He said the Board must be held for causing financial loss to the state for approving payments to the four.
NPP Second Vice-Chairman Sammy Crabbe has rejected an invitation to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee after two party members petitioned for his expulsion from the opposition party.
Sammy Crabbe has questioned the locus of the committee to hear him after he refused to recognise Freddie Blay's appointment as acting National Chairman. The elected chairman had been suspended indefinitely.
NPP members Boye Laryea and Gladys Tsotso Mann-Deddey in their petition say Mr. Crabbe "failed, neglected and abandoned his duties as a member of the party, and has fallen short of the standard required of national officers".
However, according to the former Greater Accra NPP Chairman, the National Council is the only and proper party organ that can hear a complaint against a member of the party’s National Executive Committee.
He quoted Article 4(3) (d)
A Member aggrieved by or dissatisfied with the conduct of any member of the Constituency Executive Committee shall file a complaint in writing to the Regional Executive Committee. A complaint against a member of the Regional Executive Committee shall be made to the National Executive Committee and in the case of the National Executive Committee to the National Council.
NDC’s Kweku Afrifa Yamoah Ponko has said that – President John Dramani Mahama is working harder to end Ghana’s frustrating power crisis which has left many worried.
Yamoah Ponko who has been nominated by President Mahama for the Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Assembly Chief Executive in the Ashanti region after losing the NDC MP primaries has maintained that – the power crisis will be solved soon.
Ghana’s power-crisis is yet to resolve after almost five years – the Mahama-led administration is expecting a Power Barge in the country from Turkey to help curb the unbearable situation.
Speaking on NEAT FM’s morning show 'Ghana Montie', Yamoah Ponko was very optimistic that, President Mahama’s efforts to curb the power crisis will surely win him the presidency in 2016.
“The Power Barge is now in Ghana. This shows how serious the president is. The president's dream is to end 'Dumsor' and he has demonstrated that he is capable of solving that problem,” he said.
One time presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) but now estranged for his non-conformist stance on issues affecting the party, Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy, believes if he had spoken in favour of "all-die-be-die”-- the removal of Afoko and Agyapong-- the insults of Kufuor and others -- the opening of secret bank accounts and other assaults on our constitution and traditions," no qualms would have been raised over his party membership.
According to him, at the height of his vilification last year, he considered quitting altogether came to the conclusion that the NPP rather needs to be saved from "extremists" so that "it can save Ghana from the NDC".
In the latest of his regular writings titled “The NPP must learn from history” in which he counsels wisdom in the party, Dr Kennedy expressed disappointment in one-time National Chairman of the party, Harona Esseku, who was suspended during his tenure for "adding his name to the charade" of purging the party of anyone not loyal to the Flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo
"He is a better man than the person portrayed by his involvement in this farce," Dr Arthur Kennedy stated.
He wrote; "Over the last year, in the face of the invectives and calumnies heaped upon me for my positions on the NPP and the counsel of well-meaning friends and family, I have thought long and hard about quitting the NPP. And I have prayed. I have concluded that it would be wrong to quit. The NPP needs to be saved from its extremists so that united; it can save Ghana from the NDC. My place, as a Ghanaian patriot and a true member of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition—is in the frontlines of that fight, on the side of principle, commonsense, courtesy, tolerance and the rule of law."
Below is his article in full
THE NPP MUST LEARN FROM HISTORY
The NPP appears bent on repeating its unhappy history. In 1979, with victory in plain sight, it divided into the PFP and the UNC and gave away victory to the Nkrumahist PNP, led by Dr. Hilla Limann. As Akenten Appiah-Menka told me, “That division could have been avoided by a more conciliatory tone. Those who stayed in the PFP thought those leaving to form the UNC did not matter and it cost us dearly.”
Currently, with 2016 approaching and another Nkrumahist party on the other side, we seem poised, once again, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We are on a strange mission, to purge our ranks and demoralize ourselves through suspensions, expulsions and designation of good members as traitors and/or agents of the NDC--- based on dissent. Those who disagree with the flag-bearer are called names and have their loyalty questioned. Former President Kufuor, Kwadwo Mpiani, Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong, Wereko Brobbey, Nyaho Tamakloe and yours truly, to mention only a few have all been targeted.
Personally, in the last couple of weeks, I have been disowned by the NPP-USA, NPP of my home constituency, Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese and the venerable former National Chairman, Haruna Esseku, who felt compelled, while sticking the knife in me to state that he is, like me, a Fanti! The chances that these denunciations of me are coincidental are just as much as the chances of a Fanti seeing kenkey, pepper and fish on his breakfast plate and thinking the three items got on his plate by chance. For a man who has been pronounced politically dead repeatedly, this pathological obsession with me, while flattering, is puzzling.
My standing in the NPP, to put it humbly, is self-evident.
I was in good standing when we were in opposition before the 2000 election.
I was in good standing while we were in government. Indeed, in 2007, I was vetted and found fit to contest the Presidency of Ghana on the NPP’s ticket. In fact, if the delegates at Legon had picked me number one instead of giving me one vote, I might have gone on to win the 2008 presidential elections and would be preparing to hand over next January.
I have been in good standing since we returned to opposition.
I have known and worked with every one of our Presidential candidates starting with Victor Owusu, as well as every General Secretary beginning with Agyenim Boateng. I have worked with activists ranging from Azorka through the Idris brothers to Alhaji Gibrine.
Throughout all these phases, I have poured my blood, my sweat and my treasure into the NPP.
My money and ideas were welcome whether I was in Accra or Milwaukee or Asebu. My membership card, like all others, has no expiration date. The NPP has never believed that a person’s contribution to party or country should be limited by where he lives. That is why we championed ROPAL.
It is, of course obvious that if I was celebrating “all-die-be-die”-- the removal of Afoko and Agyapong-- the insults of Kufuor and others -- the opening of secret bank accounts and other assaults on our constitution and traditions, no one would be questioning my membership. And that is a shame.
I am disappointed that Mr. Esseku would add his name to this charade. He is a better man than the person portrayed by his involvement in this farce.
Over the last year, in the face of the invectives and calumnies heaped upon me for my positions on the NPP and the counsel of well-meaning friends and family, I have thought long and hard about quitting the NPP. And I have prayed. I have concluded that it would be wrong to quit. The NPP needs to be saved from its extremists so that united; it can save Ghana from the NDC. My place, as a Ghanaian patriot and a true member of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition—is in the frontlines of that fight, on the side of principle, commonsense, courtesy, tolerance and the rule of law.
Respectfully, I urge Mr. Esseku and other elders to return to being true elders and to help unite our party for victory in 2016. They should stop being Nana Addo’s men and be once again, NPP men. Our party, if divided, cannot win.
To my party, I urge that we go into 2016 conscious of the eternal truth that we must attract numbers and votes to win. Let us heed Proverbs 24:6 “For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in the multitude of counselors there is safety”. Let us be wise, my fellow elephants, let us be wise.
MAY God bless NPP and Ghana.
Arthur Kobina Kennedy
Irmo, South Carolina
26th November, 2015
The Minister for Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, Madam Hanna Tetteh has asked people who may be lobbying President Mahama to nominate her to be his Running Mate for the 2016 elections to cease their actions.
“I would like to request those persons ostensibly lobbying His Excellency President Mahama to consider me as his running mate to cease doing so at once,” she wrote on a social media platform following a press statement making the rounds on same media platforms calling on the president to elect her his Running Mate.
While asking those behind the press statement to put a stop steer the affairs of the country. This, she said, makes the lobbying going on needless.
“I have great respect for His Excellency the president, and his right to make the choices he considers appropriate for any political office in his administration. I do not wish anyone to attempt to exert any form public pressure on His Excellency on my behalf. I believe His Excellency the Vice President has done his best to give our president the support that he needs, and there is no need for this kind of public lobbying.
The Foreign Minister who is also the MP for Senya Awutu West expressed gratitude to president Mahama for giving him the privilege to serve as Ghana’s Foreign Minister and pledged to do her best in that capacity.
“I appreciate the opportunity his Excellency President Mahama has given me to serve in his Government, it is indeed a privilege and I will continue to do my best in the role of Minister of Foreign Affairs & Regional integration in his Government and in the service of Ghana” The press statement to which the Foreign Minister has reacted to reads (note that it is published unedited);
H.E. John Dramani Mahama
President Of Republic Of Ghana
Petition To Choose Hannah Tetteh As Vice Presidential Candidate For One Touch Victory In 2016
We the Concerned Youth For Mahama; A grassroots campaign team for JM in 2016 are calling on President H.E John Dramani Mahama to select Hon. Hannah Tetteh as the Vice Presidential Candidate for the 2016 election.
We believe Hannah Tetteh is the most ideal candidate to win us more votes in 2016 due to the following reasons;
1. Amissah Arthur is hardly been noticed in Ghana and doesn't have enough public appeal as he is not liked by many as compared to Hannah Tetteh.
2. The people of Central Region are so much in love with Hannah Tetteh as she won her parliamentary primaries with overwhelming 97% in her constituency.
3. Hannah Tetteh has proven to have a very fantastic working relationship with President Mahama.
4. We will get a good political capital for selecting a woman as vice president which is something our opponents the NPP have never dreamt of. Hannah Tetteh has a nice public appeal and a very intelligent woman who has performed creditably in her ministerial appointments and helped in the campaign. Let's not forget her efforts towards 2008 & 2012 elections.
It is time to get a woman who will increase our votes in central region and win women activists who are floating voters.
5.His Excellency, if you could remember, one of our own members closely related to your office (Hon.Halidu) spewed vitriols on some section of women in our country. Per our research findings, virtually 60% of women have vowed to register their displeasure at that particular invective by voting against us. To deflate that mess caused, we kindly request of you to deservedly appoint HON. Hannah Tetteh as the vice presidential candidate for the party in the lead up to the 2016 elections.
6. We have gathered some of our brothers from the volta region calling for Speaker Doe Adjaho. We want to state that their tribal politics will not win us any votes. Besides the people of volta region have been awarded by the NDC government than any other region in terms of projects and influential appointments. The central which contributes significantly to NDC votes can only boast of a Vice President. Any attempt by the party to take this seat from the region will be of great harm to the party.
By these we therefore call on you as a listening president to nominate immediately Hon Hannah Tetteh as the VICE Presidential Candidate who our grassroots researches have proved to be a better candidate than Amissah Arthur and Doe Adjaho and your victory in 2016 will be a "cool chop".
Any attempt to maintain Amissah Arthur will compel us and many well-meaning Ghanaians inclusive to withdraw our efforts in the 2016 election.