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Special Prosecutor Catches Akufo-Addo’s Top Appointee Involved In 26 Counts of Corruption; Shocking Details Drop

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Special Prosecutor Catches Akufo-Addo’s Top Appointee Involved In 26 Counts of Corruption; Shocking Details Drop

The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, has charged one of the Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs) nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his second term of office with corruption.

The MCE nominee, Alexander Kwabena Sarfo-Kantanka, who was nominated by the president for the Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region, is being charged with 26 counts of corruption.

In a statement issued on May 24, 2024, the Special Prosecutor indicated that the charges against Sarfo-Kantanka are for corruption allegations regarding elections for his confirmation as MCE.

“The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has charged the nominee for the position of Chief Executive of Juaben Municipal Assembly, Alexander Kwabena Sarfo-Kantanka with Twenty Six (26) counts of corruption in respect of a public election – arising out of two public elections conducted in September and November 2021 for the confirmation or otherwise of his nomination,” portion of the statement read.

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The statement added that “Mr. Sarfo-Kantanka will be arraigned before the High Court (Criminal Division), Kumasi on Wednesday 1 June 2022.”

Sarfo-Kantanka case is part of the 3 cases the Office of the Special Prosecutor indicated it will be concluding out of the 45 cases it was investigating in February 2022.

The others are LaBianca Company Limited and Adjenim Boateng Adjei cases.

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Labianca Company Limited is being investigated in respect of alleged corruption and corruption-related offences in the context of evasion and valuation of duties on frozen and processed food products imported into Ghana between 2017-2021 involving the company and some high-ranking officials of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

In the case of Mr. Adjenim Boatneg Adjei, he is being investigated with respect to alleged corruption-related offences in the context of public procurement and abuse of office.

He was alleged to have diverted government contracts to a company established shortly after assuming office as CEO of PPA.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Until You Sack Wontumi, You Can Never Fight Galamsey – Captain Smart To Akufo-Addo

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Until You Sack Wontumi, You Can Never Fight Galamsey – Captain Smart Boldly Tells Akufo-Addo

Host of Maakye on Onua TV/FM, Blessed Godsbrain Captain Smart has said until President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sacks Chairman Wontumi, his fight against galamsey would forever be a figment of his imagination.

Captain Smart was commenting on the President’s visit to the Ashanti Region over the increasing galamsey and other projects halted in the garden city after Onua TV/Akoma FM jointly held a Peoples’ Assembly which brought to bear several issues confronting the residents.

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Captain Smart, who has mentioned Bernard Antwi Bosiako, a.k.a. Wontumi, a regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, as a kingpin in the illegal mining business said the President’s visit to discuss among other things, the increasing galamsey in the region would yield no result until Wontumi is ousted.

“There is only one media house in this country that can go to the Ashanti region and in less than a week, the president has to go there. Because the issues popping up are many. But Nana Addo, sack Wontumi before you can fight galamsey. Until you sack him, you can never fight galamsey,” he said.

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On roads and infrastructure, whilst Onua TV and Akoma FM reporters relayed that some roads, specifically Santasi Apire, was in bad shape, some residents who are believed to be party faithful debunked the reports saying the road was under  contruction.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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NDC Name Top Officials Involved In Galamsey In Ashanti Region

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NDC Name Top Officials Involved In Galamsey In Ashanti Region

The Ashanti Region Communications Bureau of the major opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is alleging top executives of their archrivals are neck-deep in the growing galamsey menace.

The NDC specifically pointed fingers at New Patriotic Party (NPP) Ashanti Region Communication Director Dennis Kwakwa as “deeply involved in the galamsey menace including other top executives in the region”.

When probed by host of Akoma FM‘s GhanAkoma Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin to withdraw his comment because his platform has no evidence to his claims, Director of Communication for NDC in Ashanti Region Abass Nurudeen insisted that “I know what I’m saying Kofi. You can disassociate yourself from what I’m saying but it’s not mere allegation”.

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Mr Nurudeen while speaking on the show Tuesday, October 4, explained that he is aware and has reliable information that almost all the national and regional executives of the NPP have concessions and are assiduously digging into the Earth’s belly for the precious metal at the expense of the ecology.

Reacting to the NDC allegations was member of the NPP communication team, Baafour Asaase Gyimah.

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He explained that “though Mr Nurudeen is just making empty allegations, I will advise him to be careful because such insinuations can really cost you your political career but I can categorically say none of the NPP executives I know are legitimately involved in small-scale mining but galamsey I doubt any of my executives will have himself involved”.

The issue of galamsey has been topical in recent times especially when the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II waded into the topic and quizzed why government’s numerous fights on galamsey have proven futile.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Ghanaians Are Suffering Everyday Under Our Economic Situation Worse – John Mahama

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Ghanaians Are Suffering Everyday Under Our Economic Situation Worse – John Mahama

Former President, John Dramani Mahama who also doubles as the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has once again lamented the country’s economic woes.

Mr. Mahama in a Twitter post on Tuesday noted that the economic situation is “distressing” and getting worse by the day.

The NDC flagbearer for the 2020 elections called on the government to, promptly and with eagerness, secure a programme from the IMF to stabilize the country’s economy.

“Distressing! Every passing day makes our economic situation worse. Gov’t must work with greater alacrity to lock in a programme with the Fund in order to create a more predictable economic outlook,” John Mahama tweeted on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, Rating agency, Moody’s has downgraded Ghana’s long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings to CAA2 from CAA1 and placed the ratings on review for downgrade.

The rating downgrade to CAA2, it said, reflects the recent macroeconomic deterioration, further heightening the government’s liquidity and debt sustainability difficulties and increasing the risk of default.

This follows the recent downgrade of Ghana’s credit rating to ‘CC’ from ‘CCC’ by Fitch.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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