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Samia Nkrumah meets Nobel Peace Laureates in the USA

The chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Samia Yaba Nkrumah, is on a short visit to the USA beginning Saturday, April 21.

She is attending a three-day World Summit – The XII World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, themed Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights and will feature moderated discussions with Nobel Peace Laureates that will be webcast around the world, providing a rare opportunity for audience members to observe and engage the world’s most notable figures in a discussion on global peace and human rights.

The CPP leader is the only Ghanaian politician and figure invited to the XII World Summit.

She has had the opportunity to meet and discuss matters with a number of world leaders including former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

She has also had numerous discussions and meetings with former President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Laureate Frederick Williem De Klerk, HE Ambassador Thomas Stelzer, and Assistant to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

She will end her tour by hosting a discussion with members of the CPP North America.

By Citifmonline.com/Ghana

Ken Agyapong dragged to ICC

The Ghana Coalition for the International Criminal Court (ICC) has petitioned the court to investigate the genocidal statements and ethnic-cleansing pronouncements of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.

The petition was presented by three members of the coalition, Mr Francis Kojo Arthur, Mr Eric Akomayi and Mr Fortune Sase.

In a brief remark at the presentation, Mr Arthur, who is the legal officer of the coalition, said the petition was presented in pursuant to Article I5 of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

“In doing so, the Ghana Coalition for the ICC believes firmly in the view expressed by the court on January 24, 20I2 that it is better to avert future acts of genocide and violence,” it said.

In the petition, the coalition said that events in Ghana since 2009 gave cause to believe that politicians, especially within the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), were plotting to unleash violence, war, genocide and ethnic cleansing either prior to or in the event that they lost the December 20I2 elections.

“Since losing the 2008 elections, the rhetoric of the opposition NPP and its leadership has assumed very inflammatory and alarmingly belligerent tones. Both publicly and in secret, they have urged their followers to resort to violence in order to win the 20I2 elections,” it said.

It explained that those developments did not augur well for the safety and security of the people of Ghana “and it is in this regard that we have taken the decision to bring to the attention of the ICC the genocidal and ‘call to kill’ comments of a leading member of the NPP and MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, for investigation and action,” it said.

The petition indicated that the coalition would provide evidence to show that Mr Agyapong’s statements for ethnic cleansing of some tribes in Ghana followed a pattern set by the leadership of the NPP.

It explained that speaking on his radio station, Oman FM, on Friday, April I3, 20I2, Mr Agyapong “declared war in Ghana” and challenged Ghana’s National Security Co-ordinator to arrest him if he could.

“He also proceeded to incite the Akan population in the Ashanti Region to attack any Ewe and Ga persons they come into contact with,” it added.

It said the coalition believed that Mr Agyapong’s statements made him liable for prosecution under Article 3C of the United Nations Convention on Genocide.

The petition added that Ghana was about the most stable democracy in Africa, with relatively strong institutions, and expressed the confidence of the coalition in the ability of the Electoral Commission to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in December 20I2.

It said the prospect of violence was real, especially in a situation where the country’s Judiciary appeared unwilling to punish individuals who incited or engaged in violence.

“In light of the above, we appeal to your outfit to commence investigations into Mr Agyapong’s conduct, with a view to bringing him to justice within the framework of international law,” it said.

It called on the ICC to adopt a more proactive posture, rather than wait for crimes against humanity to be committed before bringing people to justice.

The petition cited a number of statements by some leaders of the NPP which, according to the coalition, had continued to serve as motivation for other officials of the party to preach violence and incite ethnic sentiments.

The coalition also provided the ICC with audio recordings, newspaper cuttings and other evidential materials necessary for the ICC to consider the petition.

Daily Graphic

NCCE, EC must work against electoral violence – Manhyia MP

The Member of Parliament for Manhyia , Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh says the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Electoral Commission would share blames if they fail to avert violence in the December elections.

He has therefore cautioned the two institutions to be mindful of their responsibilities as bodies enjoined by the Constitution of the Republic to educate the populace on their civic and electoral rights as well as their responsibilities.

According to Dr Opoku Prempeh, since these bodies are the very first recipients of praise if successful elections are conducted, they should as well brace themselves for blame if the upcoming election plunges the nation into chaos.

“They are charged with educating us on our civic and electoral rights and responsibilities. They cannot escape part blame, if for ignorance and lack of education, this year’s election degenerate into chaos, disorder and violence.”

Matthew Opoku Prempeh asked the NCCE and EC to strive to ensure that Ghanaians are educated to know their rights and responsibilities.

The MP also called on the electorate to examine critically the promises, ideologies and track records of those who want to lead them.

Joy News

Ellembelle MP commended for sponsoring mock exams

The Member of Parliament for Ellembelle, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, has been lauded for sponsoring mock examination for candidates writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The Ellembelle District Director of Education, Madam Dinah Caroline Gyimah, commended the MP on his third time of sponsoring BECE candidates in the Ellembelle District since he assumed office in January 2009.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at Nkroful, Madam Gyimah said prior to the MP’s intervention, BECE candidates performed abysmally but the results had improved since Mr. Buah started sponsoring mock examination for the candidates.

She said the District recorded 68% in the 2010 BECE results and improved in the 2011 score to 76% being, one of the best so far.

Madam Gyimah appealed to the MP to continue this intervention since no NGO had ever come to the aid of BECE candidates in the area.

In an interview with the GNA, Mr. Buah, said education would continue to be his major priority and would do his best to improve the standard of education in the area.

Mr. Buah appealed to students in the area to study hard and take advantage of the emerging opportunities in the oil and gas industry in the region.

Dan Botwe: NDC must show prove of election rigging in Ashante

The Member of Parliament for Okere Dan Kwaku Botwe has dared the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party to produce electoral results slip to back their claims of over a hundred percent of voters turn out in parts of the Ashante Region in the 2008 general election.

The NDC over the years has been trumpeting this allegation among others, as part of a chronology of voting irregularities it claims was carried out in some strong holds of the largest opposition party the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

A member of the NDC communication team, Gabby Assuming during a discussion on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Tuesday repeated this allegation and was immediately challenged by Dan Botwe who was on the same programme to show prove of their claim.

He urged the NDC to gather the needed courage to show to Ghanaians where such an electoral anomaly was recorded.

“I’m telling you today that never did anything like what you are saying now occurred anywhere in the Ashante Region, I challenge you to produce the original results declaration forms that have all the signatures of the polling agents and the presiding officer of those polling centres that you claim these incidents happened, don’t just repeat these allegation on radio stations show prove of them’’, Dan Botwe said.

Hon. Dan Botwe wondered why the Electoral Commission has over the years kept mute over this spurious allegation the NDC has made its mantra.

“I know the EC has all the certified results of the 2008 elections, they should come out clear and debunk this assertion to enable Ghanaians continue to repose trust in the EC and also indicate to Ghanaians that its officials certify only genuine electoral figures.

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Nkawkaw MP to award scholarships

The Member of Parliament for Nkawkaw, Mr Seth Adjei-Baah, is to award scholarships to the best three pupils in each of the 37 public basic schools in the Kwahu West Municipality who obtain between aggregate six and 10 in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

He has therefore advised all the 1,992 candidates writing the examinations to work hard to pass the examination.

Mr Adjei-Baah said this when he visited some of the examination centres in the municipality.

Balado Manu: Kofi Wayo should spend energy on reviving his party

The outgoing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Mr. Stephen Balado Manu, has hit back at the founder of the United Renaissance Party (UFP) Kofi Wayo for calling on the NPP to expel embattled Member of Parliament for Assin North, Ken Agyapong.

According to him, Kofi Wayo by his own comments over the years is not in a better position to speak on issues of morality adding that that NPP will not glorify his comments with a response.

Mr Kofi Wayo during a programme on Monday, urged the NPP to fire its Assin North MP for the ‘treasonable’ and inciting comments to send a clear message that it does not sanction comments and acts that will mar the success of the December elections.

However speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, Balado Manu stated that Kofi Wayo would do himself a great service if he directs his energies on reviving his party which is in the state of coma to make it more effective in Ghana’s political discourse.

“If Kofi has some energy to expend he should channel it to making his party which is on political retirement more active to play a role in the upcoming elections’’ he said.

Hon. Balado Manu added that the people who are bent on using the unfortunate comments of Ken Agyapong for their own political gains especially as the general election beckons are bound to fail as Ghanaians are discerning enough to read through their mischief.

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Bawku MP provides ambulance for North Mo trational area.

The Chief and People of the North Mo traditional area in the Bole – Bamboi District of the Northern Region, have taken delivery of a hospital ambulance, quantities of building materials, streetlights and four computers.

The ambulance, valued at GHS30, 000 and the other items valued at GHS12, 000, were presented to the people by the Member of Parliament for Bole- Bamboi, Alhaji J.A Saka.

Financed from the MP’s share of the Common Fund allocation, the items were to help alleviate the plight of the citizenry in terms of health care delivery, and those affected by rainstorm about a month ago.

Presenting the items at a durbar in his honour, Alhaji Saka said the last three years of the NDC government had seen major improvement in the lives of many Ghanaians, of which the people of Bamboi were no exception.

He said as a social democratic party, the NDC had introduced lost of social interventions aimed at improving the living conditions of the people.

Alhaji Saka said the NDC as a party would continue to hold on to its tradition by always being with the people, irrespective of their settlement in any part of the country.

To demonstrate this, he said as MP for the area, he had visited every community in his constituency to interact with them in order to realty understand their felt needs through their opinion leaders.

Alhaji Saka said he was aware of the existing pressure on the water situation in the area, as coumunitinie were demanding more and reliable sources of water for both domestic and other issue adding that plans were far afoot to increase the capacity of the existing water supply system.

Ghananaian Times

Effutu MP: Ghanaians must jealously guard the country’s peace

The Minister of Land and Natural Resources, Mike Allen Hammah, has reiterated his call on Ghanaians to jealously guard the peace of the country to ensure that nation wreckers do not have their way to destabilize the state.

He said peace is important in the development of the society and therefore appealed to everybody to ensure its sustenance.

The minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Effutu constituency, made the call when addressing a national non-denomination prayer and thanksgiving service, Winneba.

The event was under the theme: ‘Peace, security and stability within your boundaries, Oh Ghana.’

Hon. Hammah appealed to the youth to disregard politicians who would try to use them to foment trouble in the upcoming December general elections to enable them secure their parochial interest only to dump them after the elections.

The Reverend Minister in charge of the Winneba Methodist Church Very Rev. Elder Bonney in a sermon called on Ghanaians to be tolerant of each other’s view and to ensure lasting peace and unity in the country.

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Teye Nyaunu: Ken Agyapong must apologize to Ghanaians

The blunt talking National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Lower Manya constituency, Michael Teye Nyaunu condemned his colleague MP for Assin North MP, Kennedy Agyapong for his inciting statements that had the potential of destabilizing the country.

He said the unfortunate comments by the lawmaker were so unpleasant and must not countenance by any Ghanaian and urged Hon. Kennedy Agyapong to apologize unreservedly.

Hon. Kennedy Agyapong was released on Thursday on a bail of 400,000 Ghana cedis after spending three nights in BNI cells.

He is reported to have incited Ashantis against Ewes and Gas in an interview with his own radio station Oman FM and was charged with treason felony and acts of terrorism.

The legislator while addressing teeming supporters of the NPP at the party head quarters after his release on Thursday denied making such statements saying he has no hatred for any Ewes as four of his children are Ewes.

However speaking on Citi FM Friday, Hon. Teye Nyaunu stated that Kennedy Agyapong has over night become a hero for the NPP after his party leaders managed to get him released on bail, commending the NPP for their brave support showed to the embattled MP.

“They [NPP] have made him a hero. The NPP are very good in turning things in their favour. The NPP know that what he said is not good but they been able to get him out of trouble.

Hon. Teye Nyaunu also called for the arrest of the NPP Parliamentary candidate for Adenta Frances Assiam who he described as a good friend for her provocative comments on Oman FM on the night of the arrest of Kennedy Agyepong.

“Her comments were bad, insulting several people including the IGP. She called on party supporters from other regions to come to Accra to throw their support behind Kennedy Agyapong. she was emotionally crazy calling and out of control that night’’ he said.

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