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Supreme Court Ruling On Assin North MP: We Will Appeal Supreme Court Ruling – Asiedu Nketia | Politics

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General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress Johnson Asiedu Nketia has disclosed that his party will review the Supreme Court ruling which bars Assin North member of parliament from holding himself as an MP.

According to him, they will follow due processes and appeal again at the Supreme Court.

Speaking on Okay Fm’s Ade Akye Abia program, he explained that the leadership of the New Patriotic Party is setting a bad precedent that does not help with the country’s judicial processes.

Just like what Hon. Kan Dapaah said, the judiciary ought to thread cautiously and not act like a rubber stamp. They should work to ensure fairness and not seem to be working for any political party.

But like I said they are chatting an indelible path that cannot be erased. Audio Below-

 

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Abantu Urges Parliament To Pass Affirmative Action Bill | Politics

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Parliament must place premium on the passage of the Gender Equality Law, otherwise known as Affirmative Action Bill, into law.

According to Abantu for Development, a non-governmental organisation, the delay in passing the bill, which was drafted 11 years ago, had contributed in very substantial ways to the country’s inability to secure comprehensive and improved conditions for the majority of citizens, especially women.

“Ghana needs an Affirmative Action Law that will promote total inclusiveness, political pluralism, genuine democracy and good governance,” the Resource Mobilisation and Sustainability Manager of Abantu, Hamida Harrison, said.

She spoke at a media dialogue in Accra on the role of the media in reinforcing advocacy for the passage of Ghana’s Affirmative Action Bill into law.

Ms Harrison said the political parties in the country saw the bill as a threat to power and power sharing, hence the deliberate delays by various governments in passing it.

“Ghana has completed the draft bill that has been awaiting submission to Parliament for a considerable time now. Anytime we ask about it, we are told it is with Cabinet. What is holding it there?” she quizzed.

Ms Harrison stated that Parliament had listed the bill three times as one of the items to be discussed but that never materialised.

“The question of government sitting on the bill is very critical to the mainstreaming of women into positions of leadership, which is unacceptable to all of us,” she stated.

Failure of political parties

Ms Harrison pointed out that in both the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) regimes, women had failed to make the equality mark in elections and appointments to positions of leadership in government.

“It is not one political party that has failed the women of this country but all. All these parties have not been very fair, faithful and accountable to the promises they made to women. The late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills promised before becoming President that 40 per cent of his government appointees would be women, but that never materialised. The highest was 21 per cent.

“We remember in the first presidential address of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, he said affirmative action was his priority, but here we are today, almost ending his second term and nothing has happened,” she stated.

Ms Harrison said from national to local and institutional levels, the number of appointments and nominations of women historically was failing to address the magnitude of gender inequality.

Quoting figures to buttress her point, she said out of the current 261 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), only 38 were women, increasing the number by only two from the first term of President Akufo-Addo.

Role of media

Ms Harrison called on the media to play a pivotal role in educating, shaping public opinion, setting the agenda, as well as influencing the government to push the bill to Parliament for it to be passed.

Media practitioners who spoke, called on civil society organisations to be aggressive in their approach in getting the bill passed.

 

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We Can’t Progress With Our Kind Of Politics – Most Rev. Kwasi Sarpong | Politics

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The Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of the Kumasi Catholic Archdiocese, the Most Rev. Dr Peter K. Sarpong, has said the country cannot progress with the kind of politics being practiced.

He said if leaders would agree to serve rather than be served, society would be a better place.

“Without such leadership, there is no way the country can get rid of bribery and corruption, embezzlement of state resources, political arrogance, appropriation of undeserved power and sheer wickedness, intimidation, greed, ethnocentrism; in short, wicked Godlessness,” he added.

The Most Rev. Dr Sarpong was speaking at this year’s Ephraim Amu Memorial Lecture in Accra on the topic: “The performing arts, morality and the Ghanaian identity”.

The lecture series was instituted by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in honour of the composer, songwriter and social activist, Ephraim Amu.

It featured musical interludes and performances inspired by the works of Amu.

Significance

The Most Rev. Dr Sarpong said at a time when even the judicial system appeared to be churning out some injustices, “a time when we appear to look down on the Biblical injunction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, we need the performing arts to communicate to us the true and abiding principles of life of the Ghanaian that has ennobled him all this while”.

He also said in a world where arrogance, greed and selfishness had taken over, the performing arts reminded the people who they were and the need to uphold their cherished values.

“In a world of crude individualism, arrogance, greed, avarice and selfishness, we need the performing arts constantly to remind us that the Ghanaian is by nature gentle, hospitable, friendly, forgiving, compassionate, self-respecting and welcoming.

“At a time when we seem to have no respect for symbolism, we need the performing arts to drill into our skulls the powerful message that life is not banal but full of meaning, albeit sometimes cryptic,” the Most Rev. Dr Sarpong added.

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