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Auditor-General Chases Former Nhyiaeso NPP MP For ‘Missing’ GH₵500,000

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Former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nhyiaeso Constituency, Kennedy Kankam, has been ordered by the Auditor-General to recover GH₵ 500,000 that he oversaw disbursed to individuals as loans.

The Auditor-General’s report indicated that the monies, which amounted to the MP’s share of the District Assembly’s common fund, have not been paid since they were given to some 430 people in 2019.

Between the end of 2019 and the third quarter of 2020, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) received GH₵ 4,821,929.80, of which Kankam allegedly requested GH₵ 500, 000.

Kankam, a former accountant with the KMA, is said to have asked a former finance officer of the KMA, Daniel Kankam, and coordinating director, Samuel Donkor, to transfer the funds from a Labour Project Fund and Social Investment Fund to a Barclays (now Absa) bank account.

The Krofrom branch of Absa Bank made GH₵ 9,675.00 on the service of disbursement, having charged GH₵ 22.50 on each transfer to the 430 individuals.

The recipients were all in the former MP’s constituency and they were supposed to pay by the end of August 2020.

But investigations conducted by the Auditor-General’s office with the Absa Bank branch manager where the money was initially transferred to and a KMA lawyer, Patrick Adu-Poku, showed that none of the monies had been recovered at the end of January 2021.

The report from the office of the country’s top auditor revealed that Adu-Poku, despite his position as the chief legal counsel of the KMA, did not assent to the process. It is not clear if this means the lawyer had no knowledge of the transfer.

There was also no arrangement with the 430 individuals to have them sign an agreement that requires them to pay the loans. This would have guaranteed the right of the KMA to mount a legal challenge to retrieve the funds from the individuals.

According to the Attorney-General, in spite of the dire situation, the KMA has so far not asked Absa to help in retrieving the funds. This, therefore, puts the metropolis at the risk of losing the monies out of sheer negligence and neglect.

About Kennedy Kankam

After years of public service at the KMA, Kankam upset the odds when he beat veteran New Patriotic Party (NPP) politician and former Minister of Health, Richard Anane, in a constituency primary in 2016.

Being a safe NPP seat, Nhyiaeso was almost destined to go Kankam’s way and he was sworn in as only the second MP in the constituency’s history in 2017.

But Kankam also lost his primary in 2020 to Stephen Amoah, a former head of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) in the first government of Nana Akufo-Addo.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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We Are Sorry: You Can’t Be A President This Time: John Mahama’s 2024 Ambition In Limbo

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We Are Sorry: You Can’t Be A President This Time: John Mahama’s 2024 Ambition In Limbo

His name rings a bell. He came onto the throne as the youngest of all presidents who have governed the country Ghana post-independence.

He was first sworn in as president after the demise of Ghana’s first-ever president to have died whilst on the seat of the presidency, His Excellency professor John Fiifi Atta Mills.

John Dramani Mahama’s ascendancy to the throne was as dramatic as anything could ever be, going to work one morning as the Vice-President and returning home as a President of the Republic of Ghana the same day in June 2012.

He gave hope to the youth for the fact that once, a young person has been given the opportunity to rule, and maybe, this is a time for the young people to prove that they can also administer this country better than the old age people have done over the years.

Alas, many of his policies and programs targeted at developing this country rather led to the numerous challenges that this country witnessed during his time. There were rampant cases of corruption everywhere in the spheres of government; corruption of higher magnitude such that there were calls for deep investigation against many government officials.

One can name GYEEDA, the almighty RLG, and the Hope City amongst others. All of these projects failed to materialize. Anger grew, and people expressed serious outbursts against the once darling boy of many Ghanaians, John Dramani Mahama.

His government was characterized by mudslinging, pettiness, and bootlicking. This led to a lot of bickering within the circles of government and the NDC as a whole. There was gargantuan agitation against the government of the day led by John Dramani Mahama.

So in the lead-up to the 2016 elections, most of the polls that were conducted pointed out the fact that John Dramani Mahama will become Ghana’s first President to have lost after the first 4-year of ruling the country, and indeed it came to pass that in the 2016 elections.

Ghanaians chose the older Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo over the younger John Dramani Mahama.

It was a resounding voice and oneness from the people of Ghana to discard corruption and to welcome what was described as a future because the NPP promised jobs and most of all free Senior high school.

So to wake up to the news that Mahama says it is likely he will contest the 2024 elections is quite interesting. The headlines have been all over the news that he is likely to come back in 2024.

Will he ever make it despite everything that is happening? From a lot of things, it may be difficult for him.

President Mahama may think he has a chance because of the current outcry of Ghanaians on the Akufo Addo government. He should know that Ghanaians have a different reaction to his recent announcement.

It is shocking, but the reality; Ghanaians may never allow John Dramani Mahama to ever ascend the throne as President of Ghana again. We are sorry, Mr. Mahama, we can’t let this happen. You cannot have our support again.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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”Say Hi To Medikal For Me” – Sam George Boldly Mocks Sister Derby On Twitter Over LGBTQ+ Bill

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''Say Hi To Medikal For Me'' – Sam George Boldly Mocks Sister Derby On Twitter Over LGBTQ+ Bill

”Say Hi To Medikal For Me” – Sam George Boldly Mocks Sister Derby On Twitter Over LGBTQ+ Bill

Musician and LGBTQ+ activist, Sister Derby, and lawmaker for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George have been exchanging words on twitter following the latter’s championing of a bill that seeks to criminalize LGBTQ+ activities in Ghana.

The bill since yesterday has got social media talking with some Ghanaians in support whule others disagree.

In a tweet, Sam George expressed contentment with the bill noting that he’s happy with the support it has received so far.

According to him, homosexuality is not a human right and cannot be entertained in Ghana.

However, Sister Derby, who is also a LGBTQ advocate, tweeted back, calling the legislator a backward thinker.

“You are only doing this to score political points forgetting the harm you are causing queer folk. Tell us what else you will personally gain from passing this bill if not political points??? Shame on you!” Sister Derby replied to Sam George’s tweet.

In another tweet, she wrote “You are rather full of perversion. So obsessed with people’s sexual orientation. Shame on you, you backward thinker!!!”

 

In a clap back, Sam George wrote: “Hopefully, when you figure out what genre of music you can succeed at, we can have a forward looking conversation. Until then, say hi to @AmgMedikal for me. Cheers,.”

Sister Derby replied saying the lawmaker is endangering the lives of Ghanaians with the bill; adding that she considers herself more successful than him.

“Just by fighting for Ghanaians whose lives YOU are endangering, I consider myself far more successful than you.”

 

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Show Him The Exit Point Now Or You Face The Consequences Allotey Jacobs Tells Akufo-Addo

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Show Him The Exit Point Now Or You Face The Consequences Allotey Jacobs Tells Akufo-Addo

Bernard Allotey Jacobs, a social commentator, has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to fire Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu.

This follows the Minister’s admission that he erred in handling the entire Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine transaction.

The Minister reached an agreement with a middleman to obtain the vaccines from Russia, but the transaction took place without parliamentary approval.

The Minister is said to have violated Article 181(5) of the 1992 Constitution with his actions.

Answering questions from a bipartisan Parliamentary Committee investigating the contract on Monday, July 19, the minister stated that he did not seek approval because he was “seriously in a situation that could not make me think properly.”

“I was in a desperate and helpless situation with the covid numbers management. In February, there were 78 deaths; by March, there were 56 deaths, and these were the figures that compelled me to act… If you were the Health Minister, I believe you would have made decisions that, in retrospect, you should not have made. The country was not in normal times…this was the environment I found myself in, full of desperation, frustration, and so many other emotions.

Following these admissions, the public has reacted in a variety of ways, with some calling for his resignation.

Mr Jacobs, who believes the Health Minister should be fired, questioned why Mr Agyeman-Manu did not notify Parliament before the transaction.

“You are a member of Parliament. When it comes to international transactions, you are well-versed in the etiquette. So, why are you unable to inform Parliament?”

According to him, the Minister has caused collateral damage to the government and thus does not deserve to remain in office.

“I know the President values friendship and relationships, but when it comes to the point where the old man says I didn’t think properly, the President can also find a way to tell him that, like him, I’m not thinking properly, so go home. “It’s as easy as ABCD,” he said on Peace FM.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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