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Let’s boldly deal with lawlessness to avert violence in 2020 – Asantehene



Let’s boldly deal with lawlessness to avert violence in 2020 – Asantehene

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has warned of imminent political disturbances in the 2020 general elections if existing laws are not enforced to deal with vigilantism and other related crimes.

He has therefore admonished national leaders to adopt bold and honest attitudes to speak against issues that have the tendency of affecting the peace and stability of the country.

The Asantehene raise these concerns when a delegation from the National Peace Council paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace.

He bemoaned the fact that unhealthy politics has taken over the Ghanaian society and citizens have been divided along political lines.

Asantehene who did not mince words said political parties must take the blame for the increasing menace of vigilantism in Ghana’s political landscape.

He indicated that anyone who has the intention to commit crime joins a political party so they can hide under the parties to perpetrate such crimes.

He expressed concerns over why existing laws that frown on vigilantism and other related crimes are not enforced and discussions were still ongoing to make new laws to deal with the menace.

The disturbances that characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections and the killing of a young man at the NDC party’s office in Kumasi by persons suspected to be members of a pro-NDC vigilante group, The Hawks, have raised concerns of the possibility of violence in the 2020 general elections.

These disturbances have been widely condemned and a bill has been sent to Parliament to deal with political party vigilantism and related offences.

Although the National Peace Council is still working on a roadmap with the leadership of political parties to ensure the total disbandment of vigilante groups, the Asantehene says the activities of may arise if there is no truth and honesty when dealing with such matters.

“Is it not possible to identify those who caused the disturbances during the Ayawaso Wuogon by-elections or those who engaged in the shooting at the NDC party’s office? We are all in this country and those people also live with us, so why can we talk the truth on those matters too? Even with all these, we still say we are making laws. Is there not already an existing law in the criminal code that if someone should either shoot another person with a gun or use a machete on another they are arrested and taken to court? If we are discussing such issues, we need to approach them with the truth.

The Asantehene added that “we are all afraid of name-calling and being tagged. So if we are living in a nation where things are going wrong and no one can boldly say it, I don’t think it will help us all. I will only plead that you have been mandated to ensure there is peace and before we can achieve that we have to approach the issues with the truth. Whether a Government in power or opposition, so long as they do the wrong thing, let’s be bold and say it.”

Ghana existed before politics came into being, but it is politics that has now dominated and because we are not able to approach the issues with the truth, things are not going so well. If we fail to speak against this menace openly, by next year during the elections, these issues will come up again. We will definitely hear of gunshots or people snatching ballot boxes during elections. It will happen. All these people engaging in such activities are doing that for the political parties they belong to. So if we fail to speak the truth on such matters and also fail to enforce existing laws, the lawlessness will continue in this nation. If there will be peace, there must be the truth, if there is the truth, everything will be okay”, he emphasized.

The Asantehene also said he is doing a lot in the background to consolidate the peace in Dagbon since there are some outstanding chieftaincy issues that still remain unresolved in the area.

The board of the National Peace Council led by the council’s Chairman was at the Manhyia Palace to thank the Otumfuo for his role in fostering peace and stability not only in the Asante Kingdom but Ghana as a whole.

The visit was also to show gratitude to the Asantehene for leading the Committee of Eminent Chief to restore peace to Dagbon after nearly two decades of conflict between Andani royal families.

The council also commended the Asantehene for the tireless efforts he played in restoring peace in the Dagbon traditional area.

Chairman of the Peace Council, Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante told Citi News that the council was committed to ending the menace of vigilantism in the country.


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Pure City International School founder wins Prestigious Noble Award



Pure City International School founder wins Prestigious Noble Award

The founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Pure City International School, Precious Senafiawo, has been honoured as one of the most reputable individuals in West Africa.

Mr Senafiawo, at the Nobels annual awards night held Friday at the Holiday Inn in Accra, picked up the Nobles International Award for men and women of integrity in West Africa.

The prestigious Nobles award is an honour bestowed by the West Africa Nobles Forum (a group of eminent West Africans), who every year identify deserving giants of industry in the sub-region and present them with the award.

This year, the governing council, headed by Wisconsin International University College Chancellor Dr. Paul Kofi Fynn, unanimously identified Mr Senafiawo as a deserving candidate and presented him with the award.

Recipients of the Nobles International Award are prominent West Africans whose selfless efforts in their chosen field of endeavour has earned them a reputation beyond the shores of their country. Recipients are also expected to have upheld the virtues of honesty, integrity and accountability in both their public and private lives.

Mr Precious Kweku Senafiawo met these impressive criteria and thus was honoured at Friday night’s ceremony.

An astute Entrepreneur, Businessman, a Visionary Motivator and a Philanthropic gem, Precious Senafiawo is the founder of Pure City International School, a private school located at Ga-Odumase, near Pokuase, in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region.

The school is the brainchild of Mr Senafiawo, who has been running it since age 24 when it was then known as Sena Royal Academy. He also runs the SENA Foundation to carry out impressive acts of philanthropy. The foundation has donated to bodies including the Akropong School for the Blind and has over the years picked up numerous children off the streets and sponsored their education.

In the 2018/19 academic year, the Foundation with Aqua Flava Mineral Water (another company by Mr. Precious Senafiawo) as a sponsor, organized a maiden edition of Science, Mathematics and ICT Quiz; dubbed ‘SSMAT QUIZ’, in the Ga West Municipality for all private basic schools in its jurisdiction.

Mr Senafiawo has risen from humble beginnings to become a blessing to many in the country, earning him the deserved honour of one of the noblest personalities in the entire West Africa.


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Owusu Bempah’s bodyguards seize TV3 journalist, beat him to pulp



Owusu Bempah’s bodyguards seize TV3 journalist, beat him to pulp

A TV3 journalist, Joseph Armstrong, had his baptism of fire Saturday afternoon when he was mauled by heavily built men, identified as security guards assigned to Prophet Isaac Owusu Bempah, without provocation.

Regrettably, members of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International in an unchristlike manner also punched and heckled him.

The incident happened at Dansoman Akukorfoto in the Greater Accra region while the young man was running a morning errand in his car when he met members of the church in a procession.

Some men dressed like National Security operatives ordered him to move his car as the people approach. Momentarily, some of them started banging his car for not moving quickly.

When he enquired which church it was and muttered “Aaaah Owusu Bempah’s church”, the people got infuriated and pounced on him.

Finally, he was hauled before the man of God who was driving alongside the procession to apologize.

Even though Prophet Owusu Bempah recognized the journalist, when Armstrong asked what his main offence was before he could render the necessary apology, the impatient members including the heavily built men surged forward in an attempt to beat him further.

The man of God later released him and asked him to worship at his church.

Joseph Armstrong who saw the incident as a mob action and not necessarily an attack on a journalist told “I was even scared to go home. Some of them threatened to attack me anywhere they meet me. I had to run to someone’s room for protection. The whole thing looks like a dream to me. I was nearly lynched.”

Though traumatized, he said, “I hold nothing against the man of God”.

The matter was reported at Dansoman Police Station where medical form was issued to him. He has been at the hospital receiving medical attention.

“I’m in pains now, including my neck and my head,” he narrates.

Meanwhile, has gathered that other road users were heckled by the security detail of the man of God in the course of the procession.


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Scrap examination and integrate us now – New Cuban trained Ghanaian doctors



Scrap examination and integrate us now - New Cuban trained Ghanaian doctors

A group of Cuba-trained Ghanaian doctors is demanding the scrapping of a mandatory examination before their integration into the Ghana Health Service.

The demand follows their arrival in the country years after their training in Cuba on government scholarship.

The scheduled arrival of the doctors was the subject of controversy with calls from the Minority to get them fully integrated.

The doctors will have to write a Ghana Medical and Dental Council exams to be fully integrated into the Ghana Health Service.

But some of them who spoke to Citi News shortly after their arrival in the country said government should reconsider the writing of the examination.

“As newly trained medical doctors from Cuba, they have set that exam for us to write when we return to Ghana. But we have colleagues from other counties who also graduated with us but they have been incorporated in their health systems without writing any exams. We are not saying the exams is not important but we are saying that, they should find a way for us to just work.”

Another student also said, “Government invests money in students and it ends up losing half of them through the exams. I want to urge the government to find a better plan of inculcating us into the system. We are ready, if we have done done it for the Cuban government, why can’t we do it for our home country?”

The Scholarship Secretariat has justified arrangements that received the over 200 Cuba-trained Ghanaian doctors.

According to the Registrar of the Secretariat, Kingsley Agyeman, the decision to hold on to the certificates of the doctors is standard practice for students who are trained on government scholarship outside the country.

“The various schools have sent their certificates to the Ghana Missions in Havana, the mission will use the diplomatic channel to bring it to us here in Ghana. When they are done with their attachments and pass their licensing exam and they are practicing and finish serving their bond, anything that is supposed to be released to them will be released to them,” he said.

There have been concerns from the Minority in Parliament and Former Sege Member of Parliament, Alfred Abayateye about a decision to hold on to the certificates of the trained doctors with suspicions that the doctors may not be posted for political reasons.

It has always been the case that persons sponsored by the State have their documents retained until they complete the period of their bonds.

But, the Minority in Parliament wants the government to “quickly absorb” the over 200 doctors who are due to return to Ghana after years of training in Cuba.

Cuba Embassy responds

The Embassy of Ghana in Havana, Cuba has described as unfortunate claims made by a former Member of Parliament for Sege, Alfred Abayateye about the Ghanaian doctors who were trained in Cuba.

The former MP has alleged that some Ghanaian officials are frustrating the said doctors, who are to return to Ghana this weekend, saying their passports and certificates have been seized.

But, in a press statement, the Embassy said it expected Mr. Abayateye to seek further clarification from the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration before making his


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