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Rape on the rise under Akufo-Addo – Nana Oye Bampoe

A former Minister of Gender, Child and Social Protection, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, has told Blessed Sogah on Class91.3FM’s State of the Nation programme that “rape is a big, big issue under the current NPP government”.

“We have an increase in rape cases”, she said on Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

According to her, the “NPP government are not providing resources to address issues relating to rape, so, there’s also insecurity for women” in the country currently.

In her view, the NDC, relative to the NPP, has put in place more policies to protect the rights of women.

“Whenever NDC is in power, women get the maximum benefit”, the human rights lawyer said.

She also said the Akufo-Addo government must be blamed for the recent lynching of a 90-year-old grandmother at Kafaba in the East Gonja municipality for alleged witchcraft.

As far as Nana Oye Bampoe Addo is concerned, Akua Denteh would not have been lynched if the Akufo-Addo government had continued with a programme started by the erstwhile Mahama administration under her watch, to do away with the accusation of women as witches.

“We’re talking about the lynching of a 90-year-old woman a few weeks ago; may she rest in perfect peace. Under NDC, under John Dramani Mahama, we started a programme to shut down witch camps and to provide support for women who had been accused of being witches and even to eradicate that customary practice”, she told Blessed Sogah.

Asked by the host if she was not politicising the lynching of Akua Denteh, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo retorted: “How do you politicise crime when you are introducing an intervention to address a custom, which adversely violates the rights of women? And because of the neglect of NPP and their failure to continue a well-spelt out programme to eradicate accusation of women as witches, it has led to lynching”.

In her view, it is a mark of failure on the part of the current Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Protection under the leadership of Cynthia Morrison “because they could have gone on with this programme”.

“We closed down a witch camp, which is historic”, she told Blessed Sogah.

“We supported women in witch camps in Gambaga and the other six camps. We gave them LEAP and also even started building a vocational centre at Gambaga for them so that they could be supported, they could be assisted”, she added.

Additionally, she noted that the Mahama administration “ensured that they were even put on the National Health Insurance Scheme”.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, has described as disconcerting, Akua Denteh’s lynching.

So far, the sorcerer and six others have been arrested in connection with the case.

During a visit to the Savanna Region, Mr Oppong-Boanuh damned the incident.

“The incident was something that was worrying”, he said, adding: “If you look at the age of the woman and what was done to her by her own relatives, is a bit disheartening”.

“Ghanaians in this age and times should not be doing that”, he noted.

“Why is it that it is always the ladies that are being accused of witchcraft?” he wondered.

“We should always ensure that we protect our mothers and sisters”, he urged.

The 40-year-old witchdoctor was arraigned Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

The Bole Magistrates Court is hearing the matter.

Sherina Mohammed was arrested at her hideout at Yeji on Monday, 3 August 2020 in the night.

She led a gang of locals in the village to whip and bludgeon Akua Denteh to death.

A few days earlier, one of the women seen whipping the old woman in the viral video that captured the torture, was also arrested.

Latifah Bumaye, 32, who described the deceased as her grandmother, was arrested by the Salaga police, according to regional correspondent Zion Rauf.

Already, five suspects have been in the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Rauf Zion reported that the five suspects are known members of a youth group of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality.

The arrests were made by a special team of personnel from Accra and handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Savanna Regional Police Command at Damongo.

The statements of the five suspects were taken following their interrogation.

They were arraigned and remanded.

The chief of Kafaba, Kafabawura Yahaya Zakariah, who was also questioned by the police, has been granted bail.

On Monday, 27 July 2020, President Nana Akufo-Addo, while touring the region, said the lynching has “disfigured the face of our nation.”

Mr Akufo-Addo said he hopes “the quick response of the police will lead to the rapid administration of justice in this unfortunate matter”.

In a statement, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council added its “voice to those of other well-meaning Ghanaians in calling for serious investigations and arrest of all those involved in this heinous crime, which can best be described as very cruel and barbaric.”

The Council emphasised: “We must, at all cost, seek justice for this 90-year-old woman and all those who have suffered such atrocities in the past.”

According to the Council, “it is heart-breaking to note that in this modern-day and age, our society seems to be drifting into an era of lawlessness where some people can take the law into their own hands”.

“There is an urgent need to inject some discipline and sanity into our everyday behaviour as a society.

“We must intensify our education of the public on what their rights as citizens are and what they can do or not do so as to make the society a safe and secure place to live in”, it added.

The Council further indicated: “There is also the need to consider whether it is not time to close down “witch” camps which are predominantly found in the Northern Regions and find ways and means of reintegrating inmates of such camps, who are mostly elderly women and sometimes their children and grandchildren, into the society.

The GPCC added that the lessons of such gruesome murders must be used “to right the wrongs in

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Sammy Gyamfi DRAGS Ken Agyapong to Police

The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has dragged the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Ken Agyapong before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service for threatening to harm him.

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“We targeted 15m but’ve crossed 16-m mark; it’s the best-ever voter registration exercise” – EC

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has said the near-ending voter registration exercise is the best-ever Ghana has had in her history.

“Let me say that this registration exercise has been the best so far in terms of the conduct of our officials”, Acting Public Affairs Director of the election management body, Mrs Sylvia Annor, told Benjamin Akakpo on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast show on Thursday, 6 August 2020.

“Generally speaking, it’s been very successful”, she reiterated, adding: “Come to think of the fact that we’re not in normal times, we were able to put in measures to make sure that Ghanaians are safe and thankfully, it’s been very very successful”.

In her view, the process has been so successful to the extent that almost all the registration centres have been idle in the last few days as the mass registration exercise comes to an end today.

She said although the EC projected registering 15 million eligible voters, “thankfully, we’ve even gone pass our projection”.

“Right now, we’ve gone pass 16 million but these are provisional figures. We have a situation where we’ve realised that some people have done multiple registration, so, there’s the need to expunge those names from the register”, she noted.

Meanwhile, the EC says it is “giving another opportunity to those who, in one way or the other” could not avail themselves of the process to register during the nationwide exercise, to do so this weekend in a mop-up exercise on Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 August 2020 at its district offices across the country.

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Voters Register: Mop-up to take place at district offices not centres

The Electoral Commission has revealed that the mop-up exercise scheduled for the 8th and 9th August will take place at its District Offices and not registration centres as expected by the public.

Speaking on the Morning Starr Thursday, the Director of Public Affairs for the Electoral Commission, Sylvia Annor, said the EC has taken the decision to conduct the mop up exercise at the district offices.

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John Mahama is confused, lacks credibility – Owusu Amankwah

The Member of Parliament for Manhyia North constituency, Collins Owusu Amankwah has slammed former President John Dramani Mahama describing him as a “confused man” who is engaging a tribal agenda.

The legislator appearing on the maiden edition of Eboboba on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, he said the NDC candidate’s claims of voter suppression is not only ridiculous but laughable.

Former President Mahama in a recent Facebook post accused the government of using the military to suppress eligible voters in the Volta and some other regions.

Mr. Mahama said the umbrella family had gathered evidence to back the growing reports of ethnic discrimination and physical attacks on innocent people of certain tribes by some military personnel.

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See what Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang wrote in the foreword of ‘Working with Rawlings’

The book written by Professor Kwamena Ahwoi’s sought to catalogue events that took place in the NDC from its PNDC days with Jerry John Rawlings being the leader.

However, it has come under serious scrutiny since its launch and the founder of the NDC who happens to be the protagonist has taken a serious view of some of its contents.

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I will build a just and equal society – John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama, Flagbearer, National Democratic Congress (NDC), says he is committed to building a just and equal society where all Ghanaians will benefit from opportunities in the country.

He said the next NDC administration would bring back the peace and unity of Ghana by making all Ghanaians feel that they belonged to the country, especially as no group of persons owned Ghana more than others.

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Akufo-Addo is dictatorial and intolerant – John Mahama

The Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has described his successor, Nana Akufo-Addo as dictatorial and intolerant of dissenting views hence the closure of radio stations, harassment of journalists.

According to John Dramani Mahama, the alienation of some ethnic groups, including questioning their Ghanaian citizenship of others, does not bode well for Ghana’s democracy and the peace and stability of the country.

Mr. Mahama, who is seeking re-election, announced that he is committed to building a just and equal society where all Ghanaians, regardless of their ethnicity or political affiliation, can benefit from opportunities in the country.

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Mallam Sham-Una Reveals New Dream on John Mahama winning 2020 elections

Just in,controversial Facebook personality Mallam Sham Una has revealed another perplexing dream concerning the Ex president of Ghana,Mr John Dramani Mahama.

According to his latest Facebook post,he said he saw a baby boy in his dream and the baby boy also dreamt that John Dramani Mahama of NDC told him that he’s going to be the 5th wife of Mallam Sham Una in 2020.

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We are ready for 2020 polls – IGP assures

The Inspector-General of Police James Oppong-Boanuh has revealed the readiness of the police service to maintain law and order before, during and after the 2020 polls.

According to him, his outfit is prepared to do whatever it takes legally to ensure that the elections come off without any incidents urging the youth in particular not to allow themselves to be used by self-seeking politicians for personal gain.