The “General Mosquito” had no chance to bite when he entered the witness box in the Supreme Court today and was put under interrogation by NPP’s legal team member Lawyer Akoto Ampaw.
Aseidu Nketiah, the General Secretary of the NDC was in court today to serve as one of the witnesses in the 2020 election petition case as submitted by former President John Dramani Mahama.
The witnesses per the Supreme Court orders are to provide empirical evidence to the case presented by the petitioner and to clear all doubts in the minds of the judges, lawyers and the public.
When Aseidu Nketiah was called upon, everybody expected him to be at his usual best where he is able to wittily respond to questions with so much tact and accuracy. But perhaps the heat in the courtroom which was worsened by the questions from Lawyer Akoto Ampaw put him under unsolicited duress.
There was a back and forth as Lawyer Akoto Ampaw was trying to put questions to Aseidu Nketiah and present counter-questions based on his answers. Questions surrounding the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election results gave Aseidu Nketiah a hell of a time in the Supreme Court.
Lawyer Akoto Ampaw wanted to find out how Aseidu Nketiah is testifying against election results he claims are false but the same numbers were presented in the petition.
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22-Year Old Man Beheads Grandfather And Stepmother After Consuming ‘Weed Candy’
A 22-year-old man known as Alex Tengeh has been arrested by the police in Koforidua after beheading his grandfather and stepmother at Okorase, a community in the Abuakwa North Municipality in the Eastern Region.
Tengeh’s motives for the crimes are unclear but residents of the community say he has no mental health issues but was recently introduced to ‘weed candy’.
According to eyewitnesses, the 22-year-old was seen strangling a young lady with his bare hands around 9 pm on Thursday, a few meters from their home.
The father of the young lady Kofi Amponsah who heard the screams of her daughter hurriedly came to her rescue and moved her to lodge a complaint with the police.
Tengeh upon fleeing the scene moved to his own home in the absence of his father, attacked his grandfather and beheaded him in bed. He later chased his stepmother who was coming to the rescue of his grandfather and subsequently butchered her to death.
A neighbour, Madam Comfort Ofori, narrowly escaped death after refusing to open the door for Alex when she heard screams of his grandfather shouting for help.
The residents are terrified and want the police to intensify their visibility day and night in communities to avoid similar occurrences.
Manhyia Hospital Nurses Call Off Strike After MoH, GHS Intervention
The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has asked its members at the Manhyia District Hospital to resume full duties today, December 3, 2022; ending a strike that last one day.
The strike was in relation to an incident where a nurse was abused by the father of a young doctor at the facility.
The father happened to be the Ashanti Regional director of the National Service Secretariat (NSS), Alex Opoku-Mensah.
The GRNMA ordered the strike after a 72-hour ultimatum calling for the sacking of Opoku-Mensah elapsed with the NSS only suspending him pending a probe.
The strike brought activities at the hospital to a halt as multiple media outlets reported that some patients were referred to other facilities whiles others nearing recovery were discharged to continue treatment at home.
The latest development was occasioned by an intervention on the part of the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.
In a statement confirming that they had called off the strike, the Association said: “it has called off its strike in Manhyia District Hospital and the intended road map for a full scale industrial action to allow the committee set by the National Service Secretariat to carry out its mandate and to ensure that our patients and clients do not suffer unduly.”
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‘This has never been my style’ – Ashanti Regional NSS director issues apology for ‘mishap’
Alex Opoku-Mensah, who has been caught in the middle of an altercation that he had with a nurse issued an apology after the almost 10-minute exchange went viral on social media.
In the audio recording of the incident, Mr. Alex Poku-Mensah is heard hurling insults and threats at the nurse for allegedly intimidating his daughter, who is a house officer at the hospital.
But in an apology shared on his Facebook page, Alex Poku-Mensah stated that what happened was not his style.
“I understand the disappointment and appreciate the inconvenience my action has caused the general public as well as the nursing fraternity and Manhyia Hospital.
“This has never been my style but for a genuine reason to mediate a persistent issue between my daughter (doctor) and a colleague nurse who I as well consider my daughter,” he wrote.
He described what happened as a ‘mishap’ and asked for forgiveness.
“I do apologize for any mishap and assure all, there shall not be a repetition of such. I look forward to maintaining a cordial relationship between any affected person,” he added.
Akufo-Addo Outlines Key Public Expenditure Measures In 2023 Budget To Address Economic Challenges
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has outlined key measures introduced by government in the 2023 budget which would address Ghana’s current economic difficulties.
Speaking at the 38th Farmers’ Day Celebration in Koforidua, the president said it was important for the government to adopt some austere measures as well as ramp up efforts in domestic revenue mobilization amid the challenges confronting the country.
“The 2023 Budget presented to Parliament by the Minister for Finance seeks to address these economic challenges through a number of very difficult, but necessary measures. These measures include a debt operation to address our fiscal and debt sustainability concerns,” Akufo-Addo said.
“Debt operations alone will not be enough to address the debt sustainability concerns. It is for this reason that we are complementing the debt operations with fiscal adjustments, through improvement in revenue collection and expenditure rationalisation measures, to promote debt and fiscal sustainability. This is why the Minister for Finance outlined a number of revenue and expenditure measures for the consideration and approval of Parliament.”
The president also highlighted the government’s self-imposed cost-cutting measures that he said will help reduce spending towards fiscal sustainability as the country navigates through its challenges.
“Government is proposing significant expenditure rationalisation measures, including a lowering of the cap on transfers to earmarked funds from 25 per cent to 17.5 per cent; review of Government flagship programmes to reflect relevance, promote efficiency, and ensure value for money; continue with the 30 per cent cut in the salaries of the President, Vice President, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MMDCEs, and political office holders including those in state-owned enterprises; manage public sector wage negotiations and hiring within budgetary constraints, and integrate the public procurement approval processes with GIFMIS and budget allocation.
“There are other key public expenditure measures which seek to demonstrate the government’s burden sharing in addressing the economic challenges facing us. These measures, which range from reducing fuel allocation, the size of convoys, the suspension of the creation of new government agencies, to a ban on the use of V8 vehicles, are expected to reduce spending towards fiscal sustainability.
“I am optimistic that all these fiscal measures, together with the debt operations and the implementation of key structural reforms to eliminate the structural bottlenecks in the economy outlined in the 2023 Budget, will go a long way to address the economic challenges,” the president assured.
Ghana’s economy has been on a downturn, with the government returning to the International Monetary Fund in July this year to secure a bailout.
The government is looking at securing a $3 billion loan facility, which will be spread over a three-year period.
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