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The Police in Koforidua-Effiduase have arrested 35-year-old Kwesi Boadu for allegedly threatening to set ablaze the residence of Haruna Apaw-Wiredu, the NDC parliamentary candidate for New Juaben north constituency.

The suspect, who is believed to be a member of the NPP, together with some young men reportedly pelted the house with stones at Asokore-Zongo.

A police patrol team and some young men apprehended the suspect who hid in a nearby house after they got wind of police presence there.
The other suspects are at large.

Meanwhile, the Eastern regional police command is meeting with the NDC and NPP parliamentary candidates and a few of their followers at the police headquarters to find ways to deal with the issues that led to clashes at the weekend.

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Embattled businessman and financier of the governing National Democratic Congress, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, has accused NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo of being behind vicious attacks on him by former Attorney General and citizen vigilante Martin Amidu.

Speaking on Kofi TV, Alfred Woyome said he’s convinced of a deliberate attempt by the NPP flagbearer to manipulate individuals such as Martin Amidu in order to make the NDC government unpopular with barely 2 weeks to the December polls.

He says though a similar move by the NPP flagbearer did not yield the needed results in 2012, his current attempt appears to have led a number of Ghanaians astray as far as the payment of some GHC51 million to him is concerned.

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A security analyst with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre (KAIPTC), Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning, has said rewarding people who perpetrate political violence has been solidified in the minds of political party supporters to the extent that it has become too late to talk about peace, ahead of the 7 December polls.

Many stakeholders like the National Peace Council, the Ghana Police Service, the Electoral Commission, and others have been preaching peace ahead of the polls following violent clashes between supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

But speaking on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Monday, 21 November, Mr Aning bemoaned the culture of rewarding violent supporters.

“Because violence now has financial and economic value, there is a certain subconscious acceptance that violence is good and actually does have positive pay off if your party eventually wins. …But it’s too late now talking peace and telling people that peace is what should drive our action towards the election. Right now, the position has been taken. It is solidified and if you listen to the language coming from the foot soldiers, there is a certain preparedness that were you to do this, we will retaliate and I think the CDD study shows widespread acceptability and the willingness to use violence in the election,” he stated.

Explaining why he postulates that it is too little to preach peace in this year’s election, Dr Aning said: “People are making rational thoughts. If I use violence on behalf of my party and were I even to be arrested, somebody will make a call and get me off the hook. And if my party were to win and I’m noticed as one of those who used violence as a tool on their behalf, I will get something because if you look across board, over the last 20 years, there is a direct correlation between those who use political violence or hateful speech and then those who get access to political office, and it is that history and culture of violence in our politics that triggers off or leads to some political appointments. That is why I’m saying it is too little too late.”

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Six teachers in the Eastern Region who were issued with transfer letters for allegedly demanding accountability, have sued their headmistress to explain the reasons for their transfer, which they say is an abuse of power and office.

The teachers, who are from the Methodist Girls High School at Mamfe in the Eastern Region are said to have demanded their headmistress, Ms Sylvia Isabella Laryea, ccounts for GH30,000 being outstanding balance of Teacher’s Classes Levy.

According to them, they were later on October 14 this year, served them with transfer letters by the Eastern Regional Director of Education, Ms Gertrude Mensah, to various schools within and outside the region, noting that is against their fundamental human rights and a violation of their persons.

They are thus asking the Koforidua High Court to declare the entire disciplinary proceedings leading up to their transfer as arbitrary and a violation of Article 23 of the 1992 constitution, which requires administrative bodies to act fairly and reasonably.

The teachers are again seeking an interim injunction to restrain the headmistress and the Eastern Regional Disciplinary Committee from further enquiries into the matter pending the full determination of their case.

They also want the court to award GH500,000 general damages against the defendants for violating their rights. According to the teachers, the headmistress was involved “in the malicious prosecution, arrest and false imprisonment of one of her teachers on a frivolous allegation of rape which has since been discontinued by the AG on grounds of lack of merit.

“We are again of the strongest believe that, Ms Isabella Laryea is using the current Eastern Regional Director of Education, Ms. Gertrude Mensah to carry out her malice” they claim.

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has re-echoed its will deliver an undisputed election come December 7, 2016.

Contrary to what many say will be a challenging polls this year due to the multiple lawsuit brought against the Election Management Body (EMB), the Chairperson of the Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei who remained upbeat to deliver to Ghanaians a successful and peaceful elections said it is the priority of the EC to superintend over an incident-free and undisputed elections this year.

Speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in the UK, Madam Charlotte Osei said: “The sum total of democracy for all is so much bigger than the individual price of political victory, so we win or lose together. And we do not need to look far to see the devastating consequences of when individual ambition of sectional interest is put before the greater good.

For her, the great pride of the West African nation is its cherished democracy being nurtured and Ghana will again have “peaceful, undisputed, transparent, credible and inclusive elections” come December 7.

“How we’re going to do this is what the processes will focus on,” she added.

According to her, even though the political stakeholders are raising the political temperature in this year’s election as election inches closer, she believes the atmosphere will to a large extent see peace and quiet during and after the December 7 polls.

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The nomination period for all candidates has now been extended to Tuesday, November 8

The Supreme Court has ordered the Electoral Commission to extend the nomination periods for all parties to Tuesday, November 8.

The highest court of the land made the pronouncement Monday morning after the Electoral Commission deferred to it to contest a high court ruling ordering it (EC) to allow the Progressive Peoples’ candidate, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom make corrections to anomalies identified on his nomination forms.

The Electoral Commission has been hit with a number of court suits following its decision to disqualify some 13 aspirants from contesting in this year’s presidential election.

Prior to the Supreme Court ruling today, two presidential hopefuls had been given the all clear by the High Court to correct errors identified on their nomination forms – reasons for which they were disqualified from the race.

But the Supreme Court has now ordered the Electoral Commission to give all candidates the opportunity to make the necessary corrections, extending further the nomination period to November 8, 2016.

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TV and Radio Personality, Afia Schwarzenegger, has cut our dear men of God some slack for dubious activities they have been doing all in the name of Jesus Christ.

According to Afia Schwarzenegger, some men of God need to put a stop to the nonsense of turning the house of God into Kumasi zoo, selling of solution water.

She further adviced on her Instagram post that, “they should stop sleeping with church members and brag about the power of the blood of Jesus.”

Read below her exact words:

“Dear men of God The son of God has risen…can u all put a stop to the nonsense of turning the house of God into kumasi zoo, selling solution water instead of bragging about the power of the blood of Jesus, fake prophecies, sleeping with church members and calling yourselves stupid names so there will be peace???You can call it a warning cos we won’t tolerate any Imbecility on the name of Jesus Christ.”Capture

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The only man to reverse the curse invoked on Ghana is founder of Perez Chapel International, Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare.

According to Prophet Amehe Atsu, the Bishop must as a matter of urgency bury a bible with a bowl of local salt to revoke Ghana’s curse.

The founder and leader of Joy of Healing Miracle Centre at Morboleh near Afienya in the Greater Accra region revealed this in an interview with Adom News’ Kwame Yankah.

He said, there are so many big Bishops in Ghana but Bishop Agyin Asare is the key to Ghana’s problems.

Prophet Amehe Atsu noted that, the Perez Chapel leader must lead a seven day fasting and prayer session in the country to stop the curse on Ghana from causing more havoc.

“For God to listen to our prayers, Bishop Agyin-Asare must bury a bowl of local salt and a bible in the centre of Accra to avert the mysterious deaths in the country”.

Citing the incessant road accidents, deaths of prominent people to buttress his point, he said it could be worst if his directive is ignored. “God has revealed to me that we are going to loose a very ‘big man’ in Ghana if we don’t pray. There are so many evil spirits operating in Ghana” he said.

Prophet Atsu added that he is just a messenger but Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare must obey God’s word and perform the rites to free Ghana from an eminent collapse.

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Ghana’s biggest Easter gathering last night into the early hours of Saturday morning got served a heavy dose of entertainment with a mega street jam powered by media group EIB Network.

Some of Ghana’s most sought after mainstream musicians played a night’s concert to the satisfaction of patrons in Obomeng, Kwahu.

Artiste after other, the thousands of patrons partied all night living up to the event’s promise of delivering the biggest Easter Jam of the last decade.

Kwaw Kese, 4X4, Eazzy, Atom, Wisa, Yaa Pono, and Rudebwoy Ranking among a host of other acts took to the stage for a show of a lifetime.

EIB is dominating this year’s celebrations with an impressive line up of events that kicked off late Thursday at Starrboat, Nkawkaw.

A complete takeover of Ghana’s event landscape this Easter, they are being led by some of EIB’s leading brands including Kasapa FM, Agoo FM, GH One TV, and Starr FM.

A major Fitness Walk will be held on Saturday March 26 with Ghana’s king of highlife music Amakye Dede playing a live concert later in the evening at the Nyarkoaba Nyarko Hotel.

Nyarkoaba Nyarko will get to host another highlife concert headed by BET nominee Kojo Antwi on Sunday.

And to crown what is expected to be a good week of an exciting EIB dose of fun, Kasapa FM’s popular Sunday afternoon show ‘Kasapa Kitchen’ will broadcast live from Nkawkaw on Easter Monday.

Organizers are optimistic of pulling a successful calendar of events.

EIB has assured sponsors and patrons of an excellent experience that is tied to its resolve of making this year’s Easter worth the buzz.

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The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the re-arrest of Nana Akufo-Addo’s head of security by the BNI is all part of an orchestrated plan by the government to project their presidential candidate as a man of violence.

Deputy Communication Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, confirmed Captain (rtd) Edmund Koda’s re-arrest by the BNI on JoyFm’s news analysis programme Newsfile.

The arrest was effected by officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) at the early hours of Friday, March 25, Mr. Ofosu said.

It was revealed by the leadership of the NPP that the three South African ex-police men, who are reported to be in Ghana to train the security people of Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, were invited by Captain Koda resulted in his first arrest for questioning.

The men, Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (Rtd.) 54, WO/Denver Dwayhe Naidu (Rtd.) 39, and Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd.) 45 were picked up at the El Capitano Hotel at Agona Duakwa Sunday, March 20 by BNI officials in the Agona East of the Central region.

They were charged with engaging in activities which threaten the security and safety of the country.

However, Mr. Ofosu revealed that the Danquah Institute and a shipping company invited the three South Africans ex-cops to Ghana and not Captain Koda and Captain (rtd) Acquah as reported.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern region, the feud between the NPP and the BNI has become a subject of protest by a pro-NDC group calling themselves Concerned Youth Group of Kwahu.

They have been displaying placards questioning the alleged violent nature of the NPP’s presidential candidate.

The acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddy Blay says the protest and the re-arrest of Nana Addo’s heard of security are all part of a government-orchestrated plan.

“It should be obvious to every discerning individual in this country that it’s all orchestrated. That is exactly what they wanted to do. The whole idea of accusing the three South Africans of coming to train mercenaries or they being mercenaries and so forth and refusing to release Captain Koda and the other people that have been put before the court is all part of well thought out political propaganda,” said Freddie Blay.

According to Mr. Blay, these are attempts to portray the party and its presidential candidate as doing something untoward.

Meanwhile, Government today accused the three South African ex-security men detained by the BNI of espionage.

It also says, at least, one of the men has travelled on a number of occasions to Iraq, a country infested with terrorists.

The South Africans were arrested earlier this week in the Central Region for training the security detail of NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo.

The NPP has criticized the detention as alarmist.

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