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Former MPs dying from poverty – Bagbin

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The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has disclosed that former MPs are dying from poverty.

According to the outgoing MP for Nadowli-Kaleo, the perception that former MPs get a lot of goodies after their time in Parliament and live lavishly is a mirage.

Speaking at the Africa evidence week program in parliament, Mr. Bagbin who is bowing out after 27 years in the lawmaking chamber cautioned the public resistance to any improvement in the lot of MPs saying it is a threat to the freedom Ghanaians are enjoying.

“All the noise that people have been making that MPs are enjoying, we should be seeing that if they were really enjoying, after the House, how many MPs do you see still looking opulent, alot of them are in the trotros with you but you don’t know them.

“As the longest serving MP here, I have been called upon on weekly to go for funerals of former members of Parliament who are dead because they could not go out their house to buy prescription drugs.”

He added that people rushing to Parliament because of the perception that there are a lot of goodies must have a rethink because life after the House is nothing good to write home about.

In 2012, the taxpayer incurred some GH¢47million as exgratia payments to the 230 MPs who served in the Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

Members of Parliament who lost their seats that year took home GH¢311,000 each, while those who retained their seats received GH¢276,000 each.

Article 71 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution stipulates that the determination of the salaries and allowances of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary paid from the Consolidated Fund would be determined by the President, on the recommendations of a committee of not more than five persons appointed by him and acting upon the advice of the Council of State.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh

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I respect Otumfuo, recent happenings won’t destroy our relationship – Mahama

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Former President John Mahama is unhappy about the apparent slant given to his recent statement reacting to a speech delivered by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the UN General Assembly meeting.

Mr. Mahama said the statement by his former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah on the speech was “intended to simply clarify that I never had the slightest intention of seeking to hang on to power unconstitutionally, as some media houses sought to infer from Otumfuo’s speech at the UN.”

The Asantehene while addressing the UN meeting said, “At the conclusion of the last Presidential and Parliamentary elections the country stood on the edge of disaster. The UN Representatives and the Diplomatic community were aghast alarmed that Ghana was about to slip down the slope of electoral violence. Fortunately, the moral authority of the Palace was at hand. We were able to intervene to persuade the losing candidate to accept his fate and fly both candidates for a quiet encounter to pave way for a smooth handover.”

The comment went viral with many taking a swipe at former President Mahama for reportedly trying to hold on to power despite the massive loss in the 2016 general elections.

Julius Debrah, however reacted to the matter in a statement saying that Otumfuo’s comment was untrue. He insisted that John Mahama was not persuaded to leave office as it was alleged.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) among other individual members have also responded to the matter in a what some members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) says is disrespectful to the Asantehene.

But John Mahama in a recent post on the his Facebook wall said he finds the ensuing discourse on the matter “very disturbing” as it seem to be going in a way that will mar the relationship between himself and Asantehene.

“The recent statement from my office was meant to shed more light on the events surrounding the 2016 poll and not to disparage Otumfuo’s efforts at promoting national peace and unity. I therefore find the language and commentary in the ensuing public discourse very disturbing,” he said.

The former president, who is seeking to return to power in 2020 said, “I have profound respect for Otumfuo and Asanteman and will not allow this issue to mar our long standing cordial relationship.”

He added that he will take the necessary steps to “bring closure” on the matter when Otumfuo returns to Ghana.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Sagnarigu: No jobs: Hungry NPP group, ‘Eagle Eye’ vandalises party office (Video)

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A group of aggrieved New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth in the Sagnarigu constituency of the Northern region calling itself the ‘Eagle Eye’ has vandalised the party’s office at Katara over what it says is neglect from the party and unemployment.

The group, which stormed the party’s office in the early hours of Saturday, destroyed documents, billboard and other property of the party.

Speaking in an interview with Adom News, some of the angry youth disclosed the party had neglected them leaving them unemployed after they helped the party win power.

“This morning’s protest is to send signals to the party regional and national executives; if they fail to come to our aid, none of us will also help or support them in the 2020 general election,” the group warned.

The group further alleged that its application to be officials of the National Identification Authority for the ongoing Ghana Card registration was turned down by the executives who have now recruited people from other parts of the region.

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Source: Adomonline.com|Adom News|Illiasu Abdul Rauf

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Nana Addo’s appointees lack the conscience to accept responsibility – Okudjeto Ablakwa

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MP,North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Member of Parliament for North Tongu and former Deputy Minister for Education in the erstwhile Mahama government has bemoaned the incessant corruption scandals that keeps hitting the country and the lack of leadership to address it.

Commenting on the Education Minister’s claim that Former President Mahama deliberately bused people to the Independence Square to sabotage the school placement system, Okudjeto Ablakwa said the Minister’s comments are a clear indication of arrogance and lack of respect to the people of Ghana.

“When leaders do not have the humility, the conscience and the respect for the people to take responsibility, then we know we are doomed” he wrote in a post on social media.

Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister for Education on Tuesday mentioned that some persons who hate the Free SHS policy had deliberately bused people to the Independence Square to sabotage the school placement system.

According to the Minister, the aim of such unscrupulous people is to make the President and the NPP government unpopular for introducing the Free SHS policy.

“Some people are bent on destroying government’s free SHS policy but it won’t work. Unscrupulous selfish persons wanting to drag the name of the government in the mud are behind chaos at Independence Square.”

In a response to these claims by the Education Minister, Okudjeto Ablakwa said “President Mahama procured the new dubious CSSPS software 3 months ago, President Mahama removed all the experienced technocrats from the CSSPS Secretariat, President Mahama dissolved the Technical Working Committee that supervises the CSSPS Secretariat, President Mahama chose the Black Star Square as the CSSPS Solution Centre, then of course President Mahama bused thousands of Ghanaians to the Black Star Square, President Mahama continued with his sabotage by contracting adult and child actors to pretend they had collapsed, President Mahama then arranged ambulances to rush to the Black Star Square to convey his actors to hospitals where President Mahama had already conspired with hospital managers, doctors and nurses to receive his actors and confirm to the media who had also been positioned by President Mahama that indeed President Mahama’s actors had collapsed and truly require medical attention.

As our fascinating younger Ghanaians will say: JM you do all!!!

When leaders do not have the humility, the conscience and the respect for the people to take responsibility, then we know we are doomed.”

Source: The Ghana Report

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NDC sues EC over voters’ register

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Electoral Commissioner, Madam Jane Mensah

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sued the Electoral Commission over the failure of the commission to provide the party a copy of the 2019 voters register.

The voter’s exhibition exercise started on September 10, 2019 and was expected to end on September 17, 2019 but it was extended to September 20 by the Electoral Commission.

Addressing a Press Conference, the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Amposfo said a day to the end of the exercise the opposition party is yet to receive a copy.

He alleged that the governing NPP has already been provided with a copy of the register.

The exercise is meant to clean the register ahead of the upcoming referendum on the participation of political parties in district level elections, which will be an opportunity for the about 17 million registered voters to authenticate their details in the register.

It will also be a means to rid the register of unqualified people who got registered between 2012 and this year.

The exercise has generally been characterised by a low turnout in various constituencies across the country.

The picture is not far from the 2015 Exhibition Exercise, which some attributed to low publicity on the part of the Electoral Commission.

Some voters said they voted in the last elections and did not see the need to check their names again because they believe their names are in the register.

Source: Starrfm.com.gh

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