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Brother of deposed Algerian leader sentenced to 15 years

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Brother of deposed Algerian leader sentenced to 15 years

The brother of Algeria’s deposed former president has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring against the state and undermining the military.

Said Bouteflika was widely seen as the real power behind the presidency after his brother, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, suffered a stroke in 2013.

Two former secret service chiefs and a political party head were also sentenced after the two-day trial.

President Bouteflika was ousted in April following pro-democracy protests.

The defendants were detained in May during a wave of arrests targeting the former president’s inner circle.

The ailing ex-leader is in a residence west of Algiers, and is not expected to face trial.

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The current authorities in Algeria have promised to crack down on what the call “the gang” that used to surround President Bouteflika and bring them to justice, the BBC’s Ahmed Rouaba says.

This trial is designed to show that the government is serious about fighting what it says is corruption at the highest level of the state, our reporter adds.

What were the allegations?

The charges related to an alleged meeting between Said Bouteflika and his co-defendants in March.

He was accused of conspiring with two secret service leaders, Gen Mohamed Mediene and Gen Athmane Tartag, and the head of The Workers’ Party, Louisa Hanoune.

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They were said to be considering declaring a state of emergency and firing the army chief, Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah, as protests against the president were mounting.

Who is now in charge?

Gen Salah remains the head of the armed forces and is considered to be the most powerful man in the country, but the speaker of parliament’s upper house, Abdelkader Bensalah, is the interim president.

Both men are tainted by an association with the former government.

Nevertheless, they say they are committed to dealing with alleged corruption under President Bouteflika.

Several former cabinet ministers, political leaders and businessmen linked to the ousted leader have also been detained.

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Despite this crackdown, the authorities have not been able to hold a presidential election that would pave the way to the return of constitutional rule.

Protesters, who are still taking to the streets every Friday, have rejected elections under the current government, and are calling for the removal of all officials associated with the Bouteflika regime.

Source: bbc.com

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GWCL staff urged to develop a new mindset to improve performance

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GWCL staff urged to develop a new mindset to improve performance

Dr Clifford Braimah, the Managing Director of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), has called on staff of the Company to develop a new mindset that falls in line with the new path of the Company, to ensure success.

He said the GWCL has set itself on a new trajectory and there is the need for each worker to join hands in concerted efforts to achieve the desired results of not only improving the fortunes of the Company, but also provide sustainable water supply to Ghanaians.

Addressing the 30th-anniversary celebration of the Ghana Water Company Limited Ladies’ Association in Kumasi, Dr Braimah commended the members for their continued support in revenue mobilization for the Company, and philanthropic gestures towards the marginalized in the society.

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The ceremony was held under the theme: “Inclusiveness in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Leaving no one behind.”

He called on the workers to continue to work hard to improve the performance and image of GWCL.

Mrs Juliana Konama Amponsah-Asiamah, President of the Association, said their objective is to promote the welfare of members and support management to achieve the overall aims and objectives of the Company.

She said some of the projects embarked on by the Association include the construction of 10 household toilet facilities at Chorkor in Accra, the drilling of two mechanized boreholes at Hwiabaa in the Ahafo Ano North District and the provision of 21 standpipes in Ahwiam in the Tema Metropolis.

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In addition to these, she said, the Association has also adopted Vodzakpo Primary School in the Agortime Kportoe District, under its “you and your community” programme.

Mrs Amponsah-Asiamah said the Association was not going to be complacent with its achievement, but would continue to work hard to uphold the image of the GWCL whiles maintaining unity and singleness of purpose among members.

She appealed to management of the GWCL to consider the development of modern offices with the kind of ambience that would be appreciated by their numerous customers.

Source: Ghananewsagency.org

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Take us to ICC – Togolanders to Ghana govt

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Take us to ICC – Togolanders to Ghana govt

A group of Voltarians known as the Concerned Citizens of Western Togoland has said the government of Ghana must send its secessionist leaders to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if they arrest them for declaring the Volta Region an independent autonomous state.

“The moment they arrest the people, they shouldn’t send them to the Ghana jurisdiction, they should send them directly to the International Criminal Court because the people have declared themselves non-Ghanaians”, the First Vice-President of the Concerned Citizens of Western Togoland Daniel Yevugah told Gemma Appiah on Class91.3FM’s 12 Live on Tuesday, 19 November 2019.

His comment comes on the back of a statement issued by the government of Ghana which said the country remains intact despite the declaration of independence for the Volta Region by separatist group Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) on Saturday, 16 November 2019.

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The group’s independence declaration of the region as Western Togoland, was made by its 85-year-old leader, Mr Charles Kudzordzi also known as Papavi Hogbedetor, at a public gathering of its adherents at the premises of the former Unity Rural Bank which is a few metres away from the Ho Police Training school.

The secessionist declaration was broadcast live on Facebook.

The group, which has had several brushes with the law on the matter in the past, rode on the recent omission of the Volta Region from the list of critical roads to be constructed in 2020 when the Finance Minister presented next year’s budget to Parliament, in declaring the region independent.

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Speaking in his native Ewe language in reference to the gaffe, which was corrected by Mr Ken Ofori-Atta on Friday, which the government has subsequently described as a “genuine inadvertent mistake” which resulted from a “printing error”, Papa Hogbedetor wondered if it was ever possible for parents to forget their children.

“They forgot about us because we’re not their children”, he said, declaring to cheers from his followers: “From the midnight of 16 November 2019 entering into Sunday, 17 November 2019, we’re now Western Togoland state”.

The government of Ghana, in its statement signed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, however, said it “takes note of the activities” of the foundation, adding: “Ghana remains a sovereign state which has not ceded any part of its territory to any person or group of persons.”

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“While admonishing the public to disregard the claims by the group, the general public is hereby informed that state security agencies are taking the necessary measures to ensure that persons involved with the illegal act, are dealt with in accordance with the law.

“Ghana’s security agencies remain in firm charge of Ghana’s territory and encourage all persons to continue with their daily activities normally”, the statement said.

Source: classfmonline.com

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Vice President Bawumia visits victims of Upper East rainfall disaster

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Vice President Bawumia visits victims of Upper East rainfall disaster

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Sunday, October 20, led a government delegation to visit victims and some affected areas of the September rainfall related disasters in the Upper East region.

The disasters occurred as a result of torrential downpour of rains starting from the early parts of September. The rainfall affected areas such as Bolgatanga, Navrongo, Bawku, Kasena Nankana West, Builsa North, Binduri, Garu, and Bongo.

According to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the rainfall led to 19 deaths and 19 injuries with several hundreds of people and households displaced. The nature of the effects ranged from lightening, collapse buildings, flooding and others. Two of the deaths occurred as a result of flooding.

At Manyoro in the Kasena Nankana Municipal Assembly, the delegation met Chiefs, families of deceased, affected persons and community members.

Addressing the gathering, Vice President Bawumia expressed his deepest condolences and commiserated with the bereaved families and victims of the rains.

“On behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana I extend our sincerest condolences for the loss of lives and properties. Government is indeed concerned about the casualties,” Dr Bawumia said.

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The Vice President announced plans by government to assist victims and the affected communities with several relief items ranging from rice, cooking oil, sugar, blankets, mosquito coils and nets, soaps, bails of used clothing, plastic buckets, cups, plates and basins, polymats, body bags, mattresses, roofing sheets, maize, water purification tablets, and many others. A cash donation of ¢50,000 was also donated to the victims.

 

Dr. Bawumia further bemoaned the use of low-quality materials in the building and construction of shelters, particularly in the Northern parts of the country.

He, therefore, appealed to the people to ensure there is adequate amount of cement in their building materials to make their houses stronger enough to withstand harsh weather conditions.

On his part, the Chief of Manyoro who is also a law lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Peter Atupaare III expressed gratitude to the government and the Vice President for the gesture done them.

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According to him, the Vice President coming around to comfort the victims after an unanticipated natural disaster is remarkable and commendable.

He stated, “a person who stands by you in times of difficulty is a good person and must be remembered in the future when he also comes to you for help. We have noticed what the government and the Vice President have done and we shall remember them in due time”.

“I am a native of Manyoro and throughout my father’s reign as the chief of this community till date I never saw a Vice President come to us like what this current Vice President has done. We are grateful to Dr Bawumia.”

The Vice President later visited the Tono irrigation dam to inspect how the torrential rains have affected the dam leading to some spillovers. Dr Bawumia inspected some current structural defects developed in the dam and pledged the government’s commitment to fixing it.

 

“As you already know, the government is taking giant steps to address the perennial flooding that occurs in the Northern regions as a result of the spillage from the Bagre dam. We will soon commence works on the Pwalugu multi-purpose dam to provide irrigation for about 860 hectares of farmlands, drinking water and also check flooding.”

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“With this and the Tono dam, we will be able to cover large tracts of land for farming in the north and so we will do everything to ensure the Tono dam is in good shape to serves its purposes,” Dr Bawumia indicated.

In the delegation were Minister for Aviation and MP for Navrongo Central, Joseph Kofi Ada, Minister for Interior and MP for Nandom, Ambrose Dery, Northern Regional Minister and acting Upper East Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, Director-General and Regional Director of NADMO, as well as MMDCEs of all the affected areas.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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