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Gov’t has no hand in demolition of Bulgarian Embassy structure

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration says the demolition of a facility on the premises of the Bulgarian Embassy in Accra was carried out by a private developer.

“Government has got no hand in whatever the developer is doing,” the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, stressed at a press conference on Wednesday.

He noted that efforts by the government over the period to halt the encroachment of the land belonging to the Bulgarian Embassy in Accra have proven unsuccessful.

At a press conference, Mr. Ampratwum- Sarpong said, although there are legal documents backing ownership of the land in question by the Bulgarian Embassy, the private developer has failed to heed notices to stop work on the site.

Outlining circumstances that led to the encroachment of the land some five years ago, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, said workers seen on the site would be arrested.

“The Ministry has also formally notified the Minister for Justice and Attorney General to take appropriate action on the encroachment on the subject property,” he said.

The Minority caucus in parliament earlier demanded a public parliamentary probe into the demolition of the Bulgarian Embassy building in Ghana five years ago.

Find below the full statement from the ministry

PRESS STATEMENT  ON THE DEMOLITION OF THE BULGARIAN EMBASSY

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has been drawn to an issue that appeared on social media on 16th March, 2022 regarding the demolition of the Bulgarian Embassy in Accra.

The Ministry wishes to seize this opportunity to set the records straight on the property in question and the circumstances of the demolition.

The Bulgarian Embassy leased the subject property from the late Theophilus Kofi Leighton in 1st February 1979, which lease was extended from 1983 for fifty (50) years for which an amount of One Million Old Ghana Cedis was paid by the Embassy with the option of renewal for another fifty (50) years. The lease expires in 2033.

Upon the demise of the landlord, the Administrator of the Estate of the late Kofi Leighton attempted to forcefully repossess the property over alleged non-payment of rent arrears by the Bulgaria Embassy notwithstanding the latter’s full payment for the lease to the late Leighton.

Mindful of its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 concerning host states’ obligation to the inviolability of the premises of diplomatic missions, the Ministry summoned the parties to a meeting for an amicable settlement of the matter.

Dissatisfied with the conciliatory approach of the Ministry at resolving the issue, the Administrator of the Estate of the late Leighton went to the High Court with a writ for declaration of title to the property housing the Bulgarian Embassy; payment of accumulated rent arrears; and order for ejection and recovery of possession of the property.

Part of those reliefs was granted by the High Court. However, upon appeal, the Court of Appeal reversed the High Court’s decision.

The case traveled all the way to the Supreme Court. In its judgment, the Apex Court reaffirmed the holdings of the Appeal Court, dated 21st July 2011, which overturned the decision of the High Court and affirmed the right of the Bulgarian Embassy in the leased property.

The above judgment of the Supreme Court notwithstanding, the Successor of the late Leighton sold the leased property to a private developer, who later encroached on it.

Still committed to its obligations under public international law, the Ministry, upon being informed of the encroachment of the Bulgarian Embassy, invited the parties and their lawyers to a series of meetings in January this year which were aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

At those meetings, the Ministry referred the trespasser to the ruling of the Supreme Court, which reaffirmed the right of the Embassy in the unexpired residue of its lease. The parties were also encouraged to reach a mutually agreed settlement on the reimbursement of the amount of the residue of lease due to the Bulgarian Mission.

The Ministry has also formally notified the Minister for Justice and Attorney General to take appropriate action on the encroachment on the subject property.



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Rihanna reveals baby boy’s face for the first time

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Rihanna has shown the face of her first baby boy for the very first time.

News on Rihanna and rapper Asap Rocky welcoming their first baby broke on May 19, 2022.

However, sources with direct knowledge tell us he was born on May 13 2022 in Los Angeles but we don’t yet know his name.

Rihanna reveals baby boy’s face for the first time

The last time we saw Rihanna was on May 9 in Los Angeles for Mother’s Day weekend when she and Rocky grabbed dinner at Giorgio Baldi.

It was back in January when the couple announced they were expecting their first child together with an NYC photoshoot.

While Rihanna looked stunning throughout her pregnancy wearing designer looks and proudly showing off her baby bump, there was also some drama that went down.

As we reported, ASAP was arrested just last month in a surprise bust as the couple’s private plane touched down at LAX.

Law enforcement sources told us the bust was in connection to an incident where Rocky is accused of firing shots at an acquaintance, grazing his hand.



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Nana Agradaa replies critics who slammed her for charging church members 300 cedis

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Evangelist Patricia Asiedu formerly known as Nana Agradaa has hit back at critics who chastised her for charging her church members 300 cedis each.

The self-acclaimed Evangelist indicated that it is her church and has every right to take any decision she desires.

In justifying why she is charging her church members 300 cedis, she explained that her church is an expensive ministry hence her decision to take such action.

Nana Agradaa further stated that she will soon increase the membership card to 500 cedis as she will not give any attention to her critics.

“It is my church and I can decide what to do with it, I don’t give a damn about what anyone says. When you register with 300 cedis as a church member, your problem becomes my problem.

I don’t mind if only 10 people register as church members. My ministry is an expensive one which is why I charge and I will soon increase it to 500 cedis”, Nana Agradaa asserted.

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This comes after a Nana Agradaa was seen in a viral video telling her congregation to purchase membership forms in order to be valid church members.

According to her, the membership forms which cost 300 cedis is compulsory for all her church members.

Nana Agradaa came under heavy criticism as Ghanaians believe this is just her new scheme of frauding her church members.





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I speak English that brings money – Chairman Wontumi

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Bernard Antwi-Bosiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, has debunked assertions that he struggles to express himself in the English language.

Despite attending Prempeh College and studying General Arts in Secondary School, the politician grapples to communicate eloquently in the Queen’s language.

However, he says he is confident about his proficiency given that he is able to communicate adequately whenever he transacts business.

“…We go to school to make friends and also to have information that will help us in future,” Mr Boasiako said in an interview on the Delay Show which was aired at the weekend.

I don’t speak useless English, I speak English that would bring in money that would make my workers comfortable and expand my companies, he said.

Wontumi further disclosed that the student who used to top his General Arts class was now a police officer [working for the state to pay him] while he (Wontumi) was in business [working, paying himself].

The buisnessman indicated that he had lived in London for years, thus speaking English was not a problem but he ensures that he only focuses on the expresses himself in places that would be profitable to him.



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