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EDF launches second EDF Pulse Africa competition (Video)

Spurred on by the success of its first edition, energy firm Electricity Du France (EDF) has launched the second edition of its EDF Pulse Africa competition. 

The initiative is with the sole aim of spotlighting and supporting African innovators who are contributing to the continent’s energy growth.

Started on May 23, 2018, African start-ups have been submitting projects in three categories: off-grid power generation, electricity uses and services and access to water through electrical power (farming and drinking water).
Start-ups are now a permanent fixture in Africa’s socio-economic landscape. However, Africa’s economic momentum is accompanied by a more complex reality where young entrepreneurs struggle to get funding and expand their businesses, these being the main obstacles to the development of start-ups.

With its EDF Pulse Africa awards, EDF is seeking to support entrepreneurship in Africa by pursuing two goals identifying potential partners by unearthing the continent’s technological talents and supporting innovation by involving local entrepreneurs in the development of more innovative offerings.
Speaking at the launch, the Country Representative for EDF Ghana, Olivier Clement said he realised most young entrepreneurs struggle to get funding and expand their business, which is why the company is supporting entrepreneurs who are already stepping up to face Africa’s future challenges. 
The competition is open to start-ups in all African countries, including both French and English-speaking countries.
Applicants have until July 9, 2018, to submit their applications on the website: https://africa-pulse.edf.com

Committees made up of experts specialising in the field of innovation will select the ten most innovative projects and from this selection, the Grand  Jury will award three prizes.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place in Paris on the 22nd of November 2018.
In addition to the endowments granted for developing their projects, prize-winners will be fully supported throughout the process operational/financial advice.
They also benefit from project development partnerships with local players like Energy Generation (Togo-based incubator and training centre for start-ups in the energy sector) and with EDF experts, through its subsidiary EDF Nouveaux Business.

Successful start-ups will further gain access to EDF’s innovation ecosystem: EDF’s R&D organisation and creativity labs.
This second EDF Pulse Africa competition confirms EDF’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurs who are already stepping up to face Africa’s future challenges.
With 50 years of experience on the African continent, EDF is actively developing low-carbon energy solutions whilst continuing to expand the continent’s electricity infrastructure.
The EDF Pulse Africa initiative follows on from the EDF Pulse awards which, since being launched in 2012, have already shone the light on and supported 1500 innovation projects being developed by start-ups in France, the UK and Italy.

According to Valérie Levkov, EDF Group Executive in charge of Africa, “the success enjoyed by the first EDF Pulse Africa competition confirmed the benefits of this initiative by revealing the incredible innovation potential of African start-ups.
“We are hoping to see the emergence of new technologies and new products that will meet the African continent’s energy challenges and that mesh with our portfolio of hydro, biomass and off-grid projects currently being developed in Africa”.

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Akufo-Addo government filled with family, girlfriends and baby mamas –Hassan Ayariga (Video)

Founder of All People’s Congress and ardent critic of the Akufo-Addo administration, Hassan Ayariga has launched yet another scathing reproach to the governing party.

Mr. Ayariga described President Akufo-Addo’s government as one “filled with family, girlfriends and baby mamas”.

Assessing the NPP’s year and half tenure in power he stated that the incumbent party’s governance has been riddled with corruption scandals, nepotism, failed promises, just to name a few.

“…Today we see a government which is;

-unable to complete even a quarter of the numerous promises NPP made in the 2016 campaign.

– A government of friends, families, business associates, baby mummies and concubines.

– A government of corruption as if in a contest to win the coveted title of the most corrupt appointee…

– A government of insecurities

– A government of failed promises and further promising

– A government of lies, hopelessness and deceit

– A government of arrogance, bluff, ignorance and threats….

He indicated that he was chagrined at the President’s inability to shuffle his appointees and cabinet since he took office despite the several alleged corruption scandals which had hit them. Asked to grade the overall performance of the Akufo-Addo government, he retorted that there was nothing to grade as they had nothing to show since they resumed office.

Speaking on the recent development of closure of the University of Ghana Medical Centre, Mr. Ayariga also lambasted the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo for cutting a sod for the establishment of a new Pediatric Unit at the Korle Bu hospital in Accra.

He argued that government had failed in their order of priorities as he expected them to put efforts into opening the completed infrastructure.

The 2016 All People’s Congress flagbearer blamed the death of former Deputy CEO of National Entrepreneurship Innovative Programme (NEIP) Stacy Offie Darko on her inability to access adequate facilities such as the ones which would have been present at the UGMC had it been fully operational.

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John Mahama Jabs ‘Super Incompetent’ NPP Gov’t; Says They Need ‘Obimin Sticker’ To Perform (Video)

Former President John Mahama has described the Akufo-Addo administration as “super incompetent” because it has failed to deliver on its promises.

Addressing some party supporters on Saturday after a ‘unity walk’ in the Upper West Region capital Wa, he said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) must not be complacent and think that the poor government by the current administration will secure victory in 2020.

“We cannot say because of their incompetence, we are going to win the election, we need to work hard to convince the electorates that we deserve to be voted back into power,” he said.

According to Mr Mahama, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) incompetence is so bad they need the new product in town, the trending “the Obinim Sticker” that many jokingly say can solve every problem.

“The President and his government need an Obinim sticker to deliver on its promises,” he mocked.

Related: We see you but we see incompetence and corruption; Samira jabs NDC

He also dismissed suggestion by President Akufo-Addo that the NDC is seeking to destabilise the country with treasonable comments following the backlash over the military cooperation with the United States.

Addressing the nation last Thursday, the President alluded to comments by the deputy NDC General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho, and accused his political opponents of calling for a coup d’état.

But addressing party supporters after embarking on a unity walk in Wa, Mahama touted the NDC’s democratic credentials.

He added that the party is more committed to democracy than its opponents.

“It is a democratic party…indeed we mid-wifed this Constitution that led to the Fourth Republic so we are more committed to the Fourth Republic than any other politician party in the country.

“We don’t in anyway support the truncation of our current democracy in any way. If somebody said it, he might have said it in a certain context. Not that he or we had any intention to truncate the mandate given to the NPP,” he said.

The former President said, the NDC should not help the NPP out by truncating the term of President Akufo-Addo.

“Let them go through the full embarrassment of their four years. If we push them out, they will say ‘we were just on the verge of delivering our promises and we were kicked out,’” he said.

He admonished the supporters to be decorous in their utterance especially to the opposition so their words are not used against them later in the political season.

“Let us talk about ideas and not personal insults, particularly with our founder [Jerry John Rawlings]. You might not like what he would say or an action he has taken but don’t insult his person,” he advised

Current Vice President, who was then a running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, described Mr Mahama as an “incompetent driver” leading Ghana nowhere.

The Economist said Ghanaians do not need to be in the driving seat before knowing that the vehicle is headed the wrong direction or it is not moving at all.

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NDC Takes Over Wa With Unity Walk (Video)

Hundreds of National Democratic Congress (NDC) sympathizers in the Upper West region on Friday welcomed former president John Dramani Mahama to the region as they take their turn for the Unity Walk which has gone to six regions already.

The region which is traditionally a stronghold of the NDC started feeling the vibe of Saturday’s Unity Walk a week earlier as several announcements were made on local media and through the use of public address systems.

The former president who arrived in the company of General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Aseidu Nketia, Joyce Bawa Mugtari (his spokesperson), Julius Debrah (former chief of staff) among other top shots of the party was driven through the principal streets of Wa and also led to some prominent persons such as the Wa Naa Fuseini Pelpuo IV, Ahmadiyah Regional Missionary, Chief Imam and Yari Naa where he paid courtesy calls on them.

Speaking at the Wa Naa’s palace, Mr. Mahama indicated that Wa is not a strange place to him as he has visited the area on countless occasions.

He said, “I am not a stranger here having being enskinned a chief here, it’s only proper I come and pay homage to you as head of the family”.

The former president will join other members of the party in a unity walk under the theme, “reorganizing the grassroots- a shared responsibility”.

Leading members of the party such as former Regional Minister Sulemana Amidu, Mahmoud Khalid, Benjamin Kumbuor, Joseph Yileh Chireh and a host of others from the Upper West Region are expected to address party faithful after the walk.

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Akufo-Addo On US-Ghana Military Co-operation-(Full Text +Video)

ADDRESS TO THE NATION, BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, ON THE “US-GHANA MILITARY CO-OPERATION AGREEMENT”, ON THURSDAY, 5TH APRIL, 2018.

Fellow Ghanaians, I have come into your homes this evening to talk about a matter that has generated a lot of heat in our country these past days.

Last week, at the height of the furore triggered by the US-Ghana Military Co-operation Agreement, a good friend of mine came to caution me on what he called the “hazards of this democracy thing”. He told me, just in case I needed reminding that my predecessor as President, who had also been democratically elected, had chosen to avoid any possible controversy by signing and keeping secret some agreements. So, why did I not follow this precedent, instead of exposing the nation to all the hazards of the past few days?

My friend, no doubt, had a point. Indeed, I acknowledge that there are many very well-meaning citizens who would have preferred the peaceful process of agreements reached behind closed doors, to the furore of the past few days. Yet, far from being daunted, I take what has happened not to be symptomatic of the hazards of democracy, but a show of the strength of democracy in action. We are seeing being displayed before our very eyes, not the triumph of disorder, but the value of openness in governance, and of the need, the crucial need, for the people to be fully and accurately informed.

You cannot claim to believe in democracy unless you have faith in the people, faith in their inherent goodness, faith in their capacity to make the right decisions, given the right information. It is this faith in the people that has shaped my entire political career, and it is this faith that propels me to lead an open and transparent government.

I was fully aware of how such agreements had been handled in earlier administrations, but I decided that, under my watch, any such agreements should be subject to the appropriate scrutiny of the people’s representatives in Parliament, in consonance with the requirements of accountable governance and the teachings of the Constitution. After all, you, the Ghanaian people, had voted massively for change; therefore, there was simply no way my government would ever keep hidden from you, the people, agreements of such a nature. I believe that the fall-out from this decision only shows the growing maturation of our democracy.

But for this decision to be open about this agreement, how else would we, the people of Ghana, have ever known that, for several decades, Ghana has had defence and security co-operation collaborations with the United States of America? How else would we have known that, in some instances, we have provided them with facilities for the movement of personnel and equipment to help some of our neighbours who were facing security and health challenges?

And how else would we have exposed the unspeakable hypocrisy of the fraternity of some frontline politicians, who make a habit of running with the hares and hunting with the hounds, who secretly wallow in the largesse of the United States of America, whilst, at the same time, promote anti-American sentiments to a populist constituency? Submitting this Agreement to open scrutiny now allows us to clear the unhealthy fog that has clouded our relations with the United States of America.

The conduct of Ghana’s foreign policy and its relations with the nations of the world has, happily, been, traditionally, above the passions of partisan politics. Allowing for the normal differences of approach, which will sometimes occur, our foreign policy has been consistently bi-partisan, and no successor government has found the need to tamper with any Agreement of a non-commercial nature, entered into by its predecessor. We respect the age-old norms of international diplomacy that, when a country has accorded concessions and privileges to another, these are not removed or altered by a successor government, unless, firstly, the conditions under which they were granted have been reversed; or, secondly, there is proven evidence of abuse.

My Government came to know that Ghana had entered into a Co-operation Agreement with the United States of America, in 1998, 2000, and under the government of my predecessor in 2015. We were satisfied that the conditions which necessitated the Agreement, namely the creeping threat to the peace of the region, had not disappeared. If anything, the threat had increased and, therefore, the need had arisen for continuing with our co-operation.

No suggestion had ever been made that the United States of America had abused any of the privileges or concessions granted under any of these agreements, and it would, thus, have been deemed an unfriendly act to attempt to deny them any concession granted them under those agreements.

Fellow Ghanaians, above everything else, the crux of the matter is this. Ghana has built a formidable reputation for its contribution to peace-keeping around the world. Although these peace-keeping operations have always been under the aegis of the United Nations, no one doubts the fact that they have been made possible by the contributions largely of the United States of America. The Co-operation Agreement, which has subsisted, which we have approved, can only enhance the global effort to preserve the peace in our region.

It is important also to state that the conditions of the Agreement mirror closely the conditions under which Ghana participates in peace-keeping operations under the United Nations. When our troops go on most peacekeeping duties, they do not carry their national passports, they carry their military identity.

Quite apart from how this Agreement involves the military as an institution, it is worth pointing out that, virtually since independence, Ghana has had very fruitful relations with a range of foreign embassies and major international institutions. These include the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the African Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, amongst others. All these agencies enjoy similar conditions as those which the Co-operation Agreement offers to the US military here.

No one has dared suggest that granting these foreign embassies and international institutions these concessions constitute an attack on the sovereignty of Ghana. Nor has anyone also felt that the concessions have in any way worked against the interests of Ghana. Indeed, I have no doubt that it would be the general consensus of all well-informed Ghanaians that this nation has benefitted significantly from the presence and activities of these institutions over the past decades.

It is clear to me that, if the people of Ghana knew the conditions under which foreign embassies and our friendly international institutions operate in Ghana, nobody would have been surprised that a Defence Cooperation Agreement would make such provisions. Such knowledge would have spared many citizens the genuine anxiety and concern they have felt about the Agreement. It is my firm belief that the case for openness and transparency in our governance has been clearly demonstrated, and the argument conclusively settled by these events.

But we have to take issue with the front-line politicians who have sought to mislead the people in this blatant manner, and those who, for mischievous purposes, leaked the document destined for the scrutiny of Parliament prematurely to a section of the media, who then went on to describe it as a “secret document”. How could a document intended for the consideration of Parliament be described as a “secret document”? How could anyone who has been in government and run the administration of this nation feign ignorance of the conditions under which Ghanaian troops undertake peace-keeping operations, or the conditions under which our country has collaborated with major international institutions? It is difficult to understand that such people, knowing what they do know, would set about so blatantly to confuse people, and go as far as calling for the overthrow of our democracy? A democracy that has become the beacon of good governance in Africa? A democracy that has survived for a quarter of a century and encompassed even the most irresponsible episodes of ill governance, in a state of unity and stability? A democracy that has provided the framework for systematic developments in our social and economic welfare, and assured us of the longest, uninterrupted period of stable constitutional governance in our history?

Surely, this is the kind of cynical manipulation by reckless self-seekers, which, in the fullness of time, the people of Ghana will acknowledge and condemn. And I am sure that as the facts become clear and widely available, and as the people come to terms with the evidence, they will reject the falsehood and deliberate attempts to destabilize our peaceful country. Truth is sacrosanct.

So let me state with the clearest affirmation that Ghana has not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base to the United States of America. Indeed, the United States of America has not made any request for such consideration and, consistent with our established foreign policy, we will not consider any such request. However, in consideration of the realities of our circumstances and the challenges to peace in our region in our time, we have deemed it prudent to continue the Co-operation Agreement with the United States of America. It is our firm belief that the Agreement will help enhance our defence capability, and offer an important layer of support in our common effort to protect the peace in our region.

Fellow Ghanaians, let me conclude by saying how outraged I am by the defamatory comments from my political opponents, some of whose patriotism can be so easily questioned, that the sovereignty of this country has been sold by my government and myself. I will never be the President that will compromise or sell the sovereignty of our country. I respect deeply the memory of the great patriots whose sacrifice and toil brought about our independence and freedom. I have stood with you, the Ghanaian people, all my adult life, fighting for our individual and collective rights. Everything I have done, since assuming the great honour and privilege of serving you as President of the Republic, demonstrates that I remain focused on building a self-reliant, free, prosperous Ghana, which will be able to make her own unique contribution to the growth and development of Africa and the world.

Let us concentrate and spend our energies on working together to achieve that goal of a happy and prosperous Ghana, and reject the hypocrisy of the naysayers who led our country into bankruptcy and the worse economic record of modern Ghanaian history. Let us rise above them, and build the Ghana of our destiny, the land of freedom, justice, progress and prosperity.

May God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong. I thank you for your attention. Good night.

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Prophet Nigel brings a certified dead man back to life (Video)

The Founder and leader of the True Fire Prophetic Ministry (TFPWM), Prophet Nigel Gaisie has raised a certified dead man in his 40s back to life.

The man who mentioned his name as Mr Ackah giving his testimony at church revealed that he was taken to Korle-bu last week when doctors at facility declared him dead.

According to Mr Ackah, he lost his memory at a point and could not see anything, but his wife who continued with the narration added that when the doctors declared her husband dead, she came out to call prophet Nigel who prayed with her.

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” When I called Prophet Nigel, he asked me to get water and when I bought the water he prayed on it with me on phone and asked me to throw the water into the air for my husband’s soul to return ” Mrs Ackah said .

Prophet Nigel Gaisie earlier prophesied the death of late dancehall songstress Ebony Reigns, late ace actor Super OD, former opposition leader of Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangrai and the elections results of several countries including the United States of America, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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Zylofon Media premieres its first major movie with massive attendance (Video+Pictures)

Entertainment giant Zylofon Media has successfully premiered its first movie at the Zylofon headquarters in Accra on 31st March,3018.

The movie titled “That Night” features an amazing cast of upcoming actors and actresses professionally trained by the Zylofon Arts Club with ace actor Kofi Adjorlolo been the only well-known star in the movie .

The premiere which was initially scheduled for two turned to four shows because the auditorium was full to capacity with other prospective viewers waiting to watch the movie.

Speaking to popular Ghanaian actor Eddie Nartey who is the director and head of the Filmmaking department of Zylofon Arts Club, he told Attractivemustapha.com that “That Night” is the 4th major movie they have shot since the Zylofon Arts Club was launched .

According to him they used iPhones to shoot two of the movies with “That Night” being the major one.

Eddie Nartey also said the movie will be premiered nationwide before it will be officially released unto the market.

Below is the video and pictures from the launch

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Ghana is broke, economy heading for disaster – Ken Thompson (Video)

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dalex Finance, Ken Thompson, has given his plain diagnosis of the state of Ghana’s macroeconomy, describing it as frail.

Speaking at the CIMG-hosted event, Ken Thompson engaged in a hypothetical conversation with the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta where he sought to show that the cedi was overvalued using the Big Mac Index — published by The Economist to measure purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies.

According to the Dalex Finance CEO, the overvalued cedi made Ghanaian exports expensive and non-competitive, while imports were relatively cheap.

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He notes that this development results in stunted economic development and unemployment.

Ken Thompson makes the case that the trickle-down effect of the overvalued cedi will jeopardize most, if not all government policies including the“Planting for Food and Jobs” programme.

He said the polices are likely to be non-competitive because of the overvalued cedi.

Ken Thompson argues that the state of Ghana’s economy started experiencing challenges since 2017.

“We spent almost 100% of all our revenue including grants on three line items as follows: compensation to employees, interest payments, and, statutory payments, example GETFund, District Assemblies Common Fund, and NHIS.”

Mr Thompson also raised concerns over the rise in government expenditure which he described as worrying.

“Since we spend over 100% of our revenue on these 3 items, all our other expenditure is done from monies borrowed. We are borrowing to fund consumption and not to fund investment.

“Our debt is piling up (70% of GDP), and, we may not be in a position to repay in future. Even before then, any natural or man-made disaster could send us into a default tailspin of government obligations causing intolerable hardship, widespread business failures, and mass unemployment,” he stated.

Solutions

Touching on the solutions that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah, should take to rescue the “sinking ship”, Ken Thompson stated that increasing taxes and reintroducing property rates could deal with the issues of revenue generation once and for all.

“We are not likely to reduce our expenditure on salaries in the short term, and even though there has been some capping of statutory obligations the net effect is negligible. Our only hope is to increase revenue in the short to medium term in order to fund consumption expenditure,“ he stated.

He is, therefore, expecting the government to get the informal sector to start paying individual taxes, enforce evidence of tax payment on property registration, for example, vehicle registration, company registration, land title registration and increase taxes across the board especially property taxes.

“That is our hope in the short term, and reduction in profligate spending, example stopping the purchase of numerous Toyota Land Cruisers that cost over GHC 600,000 each,” he admonished.

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Koku Anyidoho Betrays NDC Youth

Some members of the main opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC), are unhappy thier Deputy General Secretary Koku Anyidoho for saying that Ghana is working Again, after he was released from cells with the charges of treason and causing panic still hanging around his neck.

Speaking in his first interview at his private residence,Koku Anyidoho said that , Ghana is really working again and that he was not manhandled in any way during his two day stay at the BNI and the CID.

But members of the NDC feel the Deputy General Secretary bas betrayed them considering how two persons sustained severe injuries after the police fired rubber bullets to disperse supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who had massed up at the Police Headquarters demanding his release.

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Ghana is working Again -Koku Anyidoho (Video)

After spending two nights at the Bureau of National Investigations for comments described as unsavory and treasonable, Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress will enjoy some freedom, even if it is temporary.

Koku Anyidoho was released on bail today Thursday afternoon with the charges of treason and causing panic still hanging around his neck.

He is expected to return to the Police CID on Tuesday, one of his lawyers Rockson Dafeamekpor told the media .

It is not clear what the bail conditions are and whether he will be hauled before court to answer for the charges leveled against him.

According to Dafeamekpor, the police still have the phones of Mr Anyidoho as they continue with investigations.

Director of Elections for the NDC Samuel Ofosu Ampofo told reporters stationed at the Police CID that Koku Anyidoho has been released on bail and was heading home.

Joy News’ Joseph Ackah Blay who was stationed at the Oyarifa residence of Mr Anyidoho said the NDC Deputy General Secretary arrived in the company of some leaders of the party as well as police officers.

Again he Praises Ghana police after his release from CID cells and said that Ghana is working Again.

Background

The tough-talking NDC Deputy General Secretary was arrested in dramatic fashion Tuesday afternoon when he and other members of the First Ghana Patriotic were holding a press conference to outline plans for a demonstration on Wednesday.

He had, the day before granted an interview to an Accra based radio station in which he suggested president Nana Akufo-Addo will be overthrown, just like his father was.

“On January 13, 1972, a certain Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong led a movement that removed the Progress Party from power. Busia was the Prime Minister and Akufo-Addo’s father was a ceremonial president. Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that history has a very interesting way of repeating itself. There’ll be a civil revolt,” Mr Anyidoho said in an interview.

After refusing to be driven to the police CID which was some few meters away from the International Press Centre he, in the company of some NDC executives walked to the police CID.

He was whisked into the custody of CID just at the precincts of the Police HQ and was later charged.

Supporters of the NDC besieged the offices of the CID, took over the streets of the Police HQ, demanding the release of Mr Anyidoho.

The police in anger opened cannon water, tear gas on the demonstrators and subjected some supporters as well journalists to severe beating.

Joy News’ Latif Iddrisu became a casualty. He was kicked, slapped and hit with the butt of the gun in the line of duty.

The police managed to disperse the crowd but left the Deputy NDC General Secretary still in custody.

Anyidoho was later driven to the BNI to begin his first night as a treason suspect.

On Wednesday, there were several attempts by top NDC members to have the suspect released on bail.

After the mammoth demonstration against the Ghana-US Military cooperation agreement, the leading members of the NDC turned their attention to the isolated Deputy General Secretary who was still serving time as a treason suspect at the BNI.

The Ex-president John Mahama could only manage photographs with the suspect when he paid him a visit at the BNI.

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