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“See The Pot Calling The Kettle Black” – Adomako Baafi Slams Mahama Over Corruption Allegations | Politics

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Former National Communication Director of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Yaw Adomako Baafi has taken a swipe at former President John Dramani Mahama for reporting President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo to the Hungarian representative to Ghana over corruption allegations.

He says the former president should not have the temerity to even describe president Akufo Addo as corrupt.

Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia programme, Adomako Baafi wondered why the former President will decide to report the president to the Hungarian rep when he (John Dramani Mahama) is an embodiment of corruption.

“Look at a pot calling a kettle black, your administration was riddled with various scandals and corrupt charges against you and your ministers yet you want to describe someone who through the world’s pandemic has been able to hold the country together and received the world’s accolade for that”.

“…in the midst of all these challenges, the President has been able to provide enough for the country. From providing enough COVID 19 vaccines to providing health infrastructure and helping to revive the economy which would have completely shut down if the country was to go through these crises under your watch. You took the country to IMF where there was a freeze on everything including employment due to your poor management of the economy and your unpopular policies that almost shattered the economy”.

He maintained that though the President took over from a ‘failed’ administration of President Mahama, he was able to put the economy back on track with the cedi competing fairly with the dollar until COVID 19 struct the world’s economy forcing so many currencies to depreciate including the Ghanaian cedi.

“That notwithstanding, the president through his well-thinking ministers has been able to revive the economy with so many developmental projects taking place with the cedi gradually gaining stability and many more unemployed graduates employed in the public sector.

I will wish that the former President John Dramani Mahama doesn’t talk about corruption again or even decide to report any other president to any international body or organization because he has no moral right to even do so“, he added.

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Tamás Endre Fehér, Hungary’s new ambassador to Ghana, paid former President John Dramani Mahama a courtesy call in his office in Cantonments, Accra, to formally introduce himself and discuss subjects of common importance to the two countries.

Mr. Mahama welcomed the ambassador, who will begin his tenure in September 2021, and recalled Ghana and Hungary’s long-standing alliance, which dates back to the government of first President Kwame Nkrumah.
He recognized how the connection between the two nations developed under his Minister for Foreign Affairs, Madam Hanna Tetteh, whose mother was Hungarian, culminating in the increase of Hungarian scholarships to Ghana from two to fifty, and subsequently to 100.

Mr. Mahama provided an outline of the country’s difficulties, including the economic malaise caused by mismanagement and excessive borrowing, all of which have contributed to great sufferings for the Ghanaian people.
The former President emphasized that the issues affecting the nation as a result of mismanagement began long before the Covid-19 outbreak occurred and the Russian-Ukraine war began.

He stated that this was despite the fact that previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administrations resolved a crippling power crisis, leaving the current government with economic buffers such as the Sinking Fund, Heritage Fund, Stabilisation Fund, and a high IMF and World Bank projected growth rate, which the government inherited in 2017 but failed to sustain.

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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.

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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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Team Bawumia Defeats Team Alan In NPP UK Branch Election | Politics

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The UK NPP election which looked like a 2 man race before the vote on Sunday, May 22, ended with one candidate badly bruised a when Dr.Bawumia’s man ( Wofa K ) floored with ease a member of Alan’s kitchen cabinet called Andy Owusu.
 
Events before the poll suggested a keen contest between Team Dr. Bawumia and Team Alan on who will take over the chairmanship of the NPP UK.
 
As is usual with Team Alan, their supporters generated a cacophony of bombast about Andy Owusu’s impending ‘victory’, flooding social media,  especially Facebook and Whatsapp pages with artworks and write ups about their candidate
 
But in the end, it was a drubbing for Team Alan, akin to the rematch between the legendary Azumah Nelson and Jeff Fenech.
 
Wofa K from Dr. Bawumia’s camp did not only win the popular votes but won in almost all the chapters.
 
The results have cemented the opinion that NPP UK firmly believes Dr. Bawumia is the next and best to lead NPP into the 2024 elections.
 
Below is the NPP UK Branch Election- Overall results
 
 Chairmanship Position
Wofa K – 419
Andy Owusu -282
Omanbapa -10
K.A. B – 8
 
 1st Vice Chairman Position
Edmund -260
Alex- 176
Collin-109
Collins Afriyie -80
 
 2nd Vice Chairman Position
IB- 393
Afia – 312
 
Organiser Position
Boateng – 548
Mrs Nkum – 179
 
* Women’s Organiser Position
Daakyehemaa – 465
EffieGrant- 177
Portia -80
 
* Secretary
Otuo-361
Kwaku Bimpeh-356
 
Youth Organiser Position
Ike Asante -301
Hamilton- 214
Kobby Ofori-187
 
 Tressurer Position
Charles – 406
Abena Mensa -279
 
NASARA Position Unopposed
Issah Ayumah –

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Kenya To Break Pattern Of Disputed Elections | Elections

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Kenyans are working towards breaking the pattern of disputed elections and prevent election-related violence in the up-coming general election slated for August, 2022.

A pre-election assessment mission by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) said the potential milestone would require concerted efforts by all stakeholders, including political parties, security services, civil society and the media.

The assessment delegation includes Mrs Jean Mensa, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana and Mr James Lahai, the National Coordinator of National Election Watch, Sierra Leone.

The rest are: Madam Nicole Rowsell, the Acting Vice President of the National Democratic Institute, the United States of America, and Mr Yomi Jacobs, the Resident Program Director of the International Republican Institute in Kenya and Nigeria.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency, Mrs Mensa said the purpose of the PEAM assessment was to ‘measure’ the current political environment as well as the electoral preparations ahead of the August 2022 general election.

She said the mission was to provide independent, impartial information and practical recommendations before Election Day to improve the process and demonstrate international support for credible and peaceful electoral processes.

The assessment, Mrs Mensa said indicated that the 2022 general election had the potential to be a pivotal milestone for democratisation in Kenya.

“Elections in 2007, 2013, and 2017 were marred by challenges with the results transmission process and related lack of public confidence in official outcome, resulting in widespread post-election violence in 2007 and 2008 and the nullification of the 2017 presidential election results by the Supreme Court,” she noted.

The mission found that the elections would take place against a backdrop of shifting political alliances and newly enacted and evolving amendments to the Electoral and Political Party laws and provide an opportunity to break with the past.

She said the delegation recognised the positive efforts being made to conduct more transparent, accountable, and inclusive elections, including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) efforts to rebuild trust and assert its independence.

There are efforts to improve the political party nomination processes, increased stakeholder engagement by police, nomination of a female vice-presidential candidate, reliance on the judiciary to resolve disputes and the judiciary’s preparedness for legal challenges that may arise in the post-election period.

She said the delegation noted that stakeholders expressed concerns about remaining vulnerabilities that could undermine confidence in the 2022 elections and increase the potential for election-related violence.

These include electoral amendments that can affect the conduct of the election pending in Parliament, creating confusion among the electorate.

Mrs Mensa said the delegation observed that the persistent distrust over the transmission and announcement of results remained while Parliament’s failure to approve limits on campaign financing meant that campaign-related expenditures would continue to play an outsized role during the elections.

The delegation also heard reports of State resources being misused for campaigning in violation of the electoral code of conduct and the use of hate speech across the political spectrum to incite violence.

The lack of economic opportunity for young people makes them potentially more vulnerable to being exploited by political leaders to engage in violence.

Also, the prevalence of mis- and disinformation not only disrupts the flow of accurate election-related information to citizens, but also contributes to raising tensions and polarisation among political factions and ethnic groups.

The delegation heard concerns about the neutrality and the role of certain elements of the security services in maintaining peace.

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