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Bagbin Didn’t Win Elections – Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu Gives Full Details Of What Transpired In Parliament(Video)

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The 7th Parliament’s Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, brought about events that resulted in Nadowli Kaleo’s former MP, Alban Bagbin, becoming the 8th Parliament’s Speaker.

Reports are rife that his contender, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, was defeated by the nominee of the National Democratic Congress caucus with 138 votes, resulting in him being sworn in as Parliament’s Speaker from 2021-2025.

However, detailing the specifics of the night of the dissolution of the 7th Parliament in an exclusive interview with GhanaWeb, the MP for Suame suggested that, contrary to the rumors, both candidates received 136 votes during the voting exercise to decide who was to be the leader of the House of Legislature.

He also clarified that two of the votes were not counted, while one was rejected because the two candidates were tainted.

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He noted that he recommended to the leadership that a re-run of the polls be carried out after the brouhaha concerning the ballot sheets involving Tema West Member of Parliament, Carlos Ahenkorah, as it appeared two of the ballots could not be accounted for after they had been recovered.

However, as the House had spent over 8 hours and was short of time before the inauguration of the President-elect later in the day, the idea was shot down by the leadership on the other side of the divide.

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He suggested that the police were called into the chamber to safeguard the ballots after three unsuccessful attempts to determine whether there should be a rerun.

After several consultations and taking into account the actions that marred the exercise, the leadership agreed to settle on the NDC candidate, Alban Sumana Bagbin, for the office of the Speaker of Parliament.

 

Listen to the complete details of the night of former Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-dissolution Bonsu’s of the 7th Parliament:

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We’re Engaged In Community Mining, Not Galamsey – Asamang Tamfoe Residents

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We’re Engaged In Community Mining, Not Galamsey – Asamang Tamfoe Residents

Nana Boakye Darkwa (right), Benkumhene of Asamang Tamfoe, addressing journalists on the shooting incident

At a press conference at Asamang Tamfoe on Monday, the Benkumhene of the town, Nana Boakye Darkwa, said the area had been licensed for a community mining programme which the government launched in June this year.

Shooting indiscriminately

On Thursday, September 29, 2022, members of the Okyeman Environmental Taskforce and the Kibi Divisional Police Command raided the town and that led to indiscriminate shootings during which some of the young men sustained gunshot wounds and had to be treated at the hospital.

Clad in red bands

Nana Darkwa, who is also the Chairman of the government’s community mining committee, clad in red band and surrounded by other members of the community, including the youth of the town all of whom were clad in red apparell, said it was unfortunate that the chief of Apapam, Osabarima Okogyeaman Apagya Ofori, should lead the Okyeman Taskforce to direct its members to shoot at innocent young men in the town who were engaged in licensed community mining but not illegal mining.

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We will face them squarely

“If they come back to the community, we will face them squarely”, the Benkumhene of Asamang Tamfoe indicated.

Nana Darkwa stressed that if the Apapamhene and the taskforce were actually clamping down on illegal miners, they should have presented themselves to the Benkumhene of the town to announce their presence and intentions, as quoted by Graphic Online.

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The Benkumhene pointed out that they failed to do so but rather started shooting indiscriminately leading to many of the youth sustaining gunshot wounds.

He also expressed displeasure with the involvement of the Kyebi Divisional Police Commander, Superintendent Magnus Reindorf Sam, who led the Okyeman Taskforce and called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, to immediately remove the commander from the area because he did not do the right thing.

Most of the youth in the town, who were engaged in government’s community mining, said they were for peace that was why they decided not to physically confront the police and the taskforce.

According to the youth, the community mining concept was the initiative of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and so the President should call the Okyeman Taskforce and the Kyebi Divisional Police Commander to order.

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Cocoa Pricing: 21% Increment Woefully In Adequate – Ato Forson

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Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson says the 21 percent increase in the producer price for cocoa which has been pegged at GH¢800 per bag is too small.

The government led by the COCOBOD made adjustments to the prices of cocoa prices after two years without increment.

Speaking in an interview with Citi News in Accra, the lawmaker said, the new prices is not enough.

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“That is way too small,” Mr. Forson when asked about the nice price as announced by COCOBOD

 

Before this increase, Ghana had last increased its farm gate price in 2020; from GH¢515 to GH¢660.

The Minority had previously called for the farm gate price to be increased to GH¢1000 per bag.

“We know in times like this, persons who should benefit most is the one whose currency has depreciated the most. Ghana’s currency has depreciated more than that of the Ivory Coast.”

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Despite the Minority’s criticism, the recent increase was in line with recommendations from some observers in the industry.

The Ghana Civil-Society Cocoa Platform, for example, had proposed a 15 percent to 20 percent increment in the farm gate price of cocoa.

The increase in prices follows COCOBOD securing a syndicated loan of $1.13 billion for the 2022/2023 crop season.

 

Source: theGhanaianvoice.com

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Kaaka’s Family Slams Govt Over Feet Dragging In Prosecution Of Suspects

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The family of the late Ibrahim Mohammed aka Kaaka has criticised the government accusing it of abandoning the prosecution of accused persons involved in the murder of the slain social advocate.

According to the family, not once has prosecutors been present in court in 16 months ever since the incident occurred on June 26, 2021, at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Accra, the spokesperson for the Kaaka Family, Nafiu Mohammed said the life of the family has been destroyed while they’ve been denied justice.

“We’ve had cause to complain severally including to the IGP that certain officials of the Ghana Police Service went to physically assault Baba Iddi who is the senior brother to Kaaka and forced him to thump print certain documents. Today, the life of our family has been destroyed, ever since Iddi was released on bail, he’s taken to drinking and has been wholly dependent on alcohol. Not a single day goes by without him trying to drown himself in sorrowness in alcohol. His own life is messed up now, he can no more work, and he has become dependent on his family to survive.

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Nafiu Mohammed added: “His mental health has terribly been affected, and the stigma that he has been publicly shunned in the community. Our son is not doing well at all and this is breaking the heart of our mother. She now feels like two sons were taken from her that day.”

He further revealed that the wife of the slain activist, Sahada Hudu, and three daughters have experienced physiological issues following the killing of their father.

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“There’s a psychological problem with Kaaka’s five children. At the crime scene on that fateful day, all the children saw the pool of blood their father was lying in. I can confidently tell you that three of the children don’t pass through that corridor where there was a pool of blood. Psychologically they are affected. She herself (Kaaka’s wife) has a psychological problem because she was part of those people who picked up her husband in a pool of blood and she’s been affected by that.”

Kaaka died on 28th June, 2021 after he was allegedly attacked in front of his house at Ejura on 26th June 2021.

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Following the death, Fuseni Alhassan and Ibrahim Issaka were arrested, and Iddi Mohammed his brother was subsequently arrested as well.

SOURCE theghanaianvoice



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