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Afenyo names NPP gurus in SECRET RECORDING on ADB IPO

Some leading members of the New Patriotic Party have been mentioned in a 42-minute secret tape recording of Member of Parliament, Afenyo Markin, as haven been compromised severally in issues brought before them over the years.

At least five seasoned parliamentarians were mentioned in the tape, which has since made its way into the hands of some members of parliament.

Markin has been fingered in a business deal gone bad in the intended floating of shares of the Agricultural Development Bank onto the Ghana Stock Exchange.

A number of audio recordings available to Kasapafmonline.com captures the Lawyer negotiating with top bank officials, for funds to be paid into his bank account in New York or that of his sister’s.

Part of the negotiated funds, which Kasapafmonline.com has since been told were bribes meant for Markin, who is leading a campaign in Parliament to thwart the sale, have been paid to him.

The funds as Kasapafmonline.com has since been made aware, were meant to get him to soften his position on the matter.

In one of the tapes, which is in possession of Kasapafmonline.com, he is heard admitting to receiving funds in excess of 400, 000 dollars.

The bank have since been forced to suspend its Initial Public Offer in the wake of the allegations.

Markin has however filed a suit against the bank at the Supreme Court seeking among other things a relief to compel them to first seek Parliamentary approval for its IPO.

But Markin, who has been made aware of the circulation of the tapes, some of which are pretty damning, is threatening to go the full scale in the suit he has brought against the ADB.

“The ADB case will never be withdrawn”, he said in an interview with Randy Abbey on Metro TV Thursday.

He was reacting to his alleged involvement in a bribery scandal that has rocked the bank.

The Effutu lawmaker had a week ago, slapped an injunction on the bank’s Initial Public Officer (IPO) and prayed to the court to compel it to first seek Parliamentary approval before going ahead with the transaction.

The bank on Monday served notice of the indefinite suspension of its IPO that would have paved the way for it to list on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

A statement signed by its Resource Coordinator, Justice Apenkwa, directed its agents to return all shares sold.

“Please be advised of the suspension of the Initial Public Offer of ADB shares until further notice. Kindly transfer what you have already sold to the returning officer/Financial Controller,” the statement in part read.

What triggered the suspension was not readily made known by the bank but industry players say it may not be far from the bribery allegations.

It was the second time the bank had suspended the IPO which was scheduled to close in October, 2015.

Markin is yet to officially respond to the allegations of bribery.

Director of Public Affairs of Parliament to be laid to rest Saturday

The mortal remains of the Director of Public Affairs in Ghana’s Parliament Jones Kugblenu is expected in Parliament today Friday, to enable staff of the August House to pay their last respect to their late colleague.

He will be laid in state at the forecourt of Parliament House between the hours of 7 to 9 am for pre-burial ceremonies on Saturday, after which there will be burial service held from 9 to 11 am.

The body will be conveyed to Ada for burial, while the final funeral rites continue at the forecourt.

Mr. Kugblenu, who also worked with Ghana Television (GTV), died a month ago in London where he had been receiving treatment for a protracted illness.


Afotey Agbo files nomination


Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Greater Accra Regional Minister, on Tuesday filed his nomination document to contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’ Kpone-Katamanso Constituency parliamentary primaries.

Mr Afotey Agbo, who is the incumbent Member of Parliament for the Constituency, is seeking the nod to contest the seat for the fourth time.

The filing took place at the party’s Constituency office at Kpone amidst fanfare from supporters who thronged the place clad in his customized tee-shirt to give him support.

He presented the three copies of the nomination forms to Mr Neham Charwelton, Constituency Secretary with a bankers draft of GH¢ 10,000.00 filing fee attached.

Mr Afotey Agbo asked the supporters to massively vote him as the parliamentary candidate for the fourth time in order not to lose the seat to the opposition New Patriotic Party.

He noted that he would not influence people against contesting him in the primaries, as he believed his good works would bear testimony of his capabilities.

The Regional Minister, who was accompanied by Alhaji Antiaye Tetteh, Kpone-Katamanso District Chief Executive, urged the members to vote for a leader with experience, who is very strong, respected, and have the voice to push for development in the Constituency.

According to him, not maintaining him would mean ongoing projects would not be continued and those that were yet to take off would also suffer.

“Am reminding you that 2016 election is not for boys but for men so vote massively to maintain me,” he added.

Alhaji Abdulai Adams, NDC Kpone-Katamanso Constituency Chairman, thanked the MP for picking and filing of the nomination forms and asked him to caution his supporters against campaign of insults.


Nana Addo begs Ken Agyepong to shut up

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has in one of his usual appeals to party members, specifically singled-out the vociferous, Kennedy Agyapong.

The NPP has recently been in the news for the all the wrong reasons with various party members’ proffering varied opinions on the developments.

Their comments however rather seem to be portraying the deep cracks in the party.

Nana Addo has thus called on party supporters to cease the discussion of pertinent party matters on radio.

Addressing regional and constituency executives as well as parliamentary candidates in the Eastern Region to conclude his ‘Rise and Build’ tour, Nana Addo specifically asked the Assin North MP, Kennedy Agyapong, to stop his radio rants on critical party matters.

“Using the structures of the party to deal with the problems of the party is what we have to do. So I am asking everybody to respect that even senior members of the party like the redoubtable Kennedy Agyapong I am pleading with him; lets us stop the internal bickering about the NPP and let us get on doing what we need to do. I want to assure you that I am focused on the main goal which is to win the election of 2016.”

Kennedy Agyapong, popularly viewed as a plain-speaking character, often runs to the media to criticize or sometimes reveal essential party issues that often stirs controversy.

The owner of Accra-based Oman FM, who is also a financier of the party, sometimes chooses to do this on his radio station.

Hanna Tetteh files nomination forms


Madam Hannah Tetteh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu Senya West has filed her nomination forms seeking to be retained as the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency in the 2016 elections.

The MP who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs paid the filing fee of GH¢5,000.00 in a banker’s draft and also satisfied the conditions and processes as directed by the headquarters of the party to enable her to contest the primary.

Mr Saleem Assibu Yartey, Awutu-Senya NDC Secretary, who received the forms and the Bankers Draft, disclosed that Yaw Osire Afireye, a branch executive and other concerned members of the party were the first to pick the forms at the branch office on behalf of the MP and she was the first to submit the documents.

Filing of nominations ends on September 10.


IMF must cut funds to Ghana – Minority

The Minority in Parliament is urging the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to in the interim suspend further disbursement of its credit facility to Ghana, until further contractual agreement about the bailout programme receives parliamentary approval.

The caucus at a press conference Tuesday, addressed by its Ranking Member on Finance, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei and MP for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, called on the speaker to recall members to enable them consider the various agreements involving the bailout.

To them there are various contractual violations concerning the deal, especially, with regards to Article 181 (3) (4) and (6) of the Constitution which needs to be rectified by parliament.

“His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama has violated the Constitution as far as the IMF ECF loan is concerned. In this respect, we strongly demand that the President takes immediate corrective measures and call on the Speaker to cause Parliament to be recalled to approve of or otherwise of the IMF Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Loan.”

“We demand further that his exercise be undertaken no later than by the end of this month, September, 2015,” noted Dr. Akoto Osei.

According to the Ranking Member on Finance, should their demand fall on death ears, they would have no option than to use all avenues including going to court to ensure that the sanctity of the Constitution is protected.

Ghana is currently enjoying a three year IMF Extended Credit Facility worth SDR 664.2million, equivalent to about US$918million.

Since the approval on April 3, 2015, the Breton Woods Institution has released an amount of SDR 166.05million, equivalent to US$233.2 million.


Parliament is our next stop – Anas reveals

Ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has revealed that after his upcoming corruption exposé on the judiciary, his next destination will be the legislature which houses 275 members.

According to Anas, his office has overwhelming evidence that they have gathered over the years about the country’s Parliament that needed to be told.

The investigative journalist who spoke through his Editor-In-Chief, Kwaku Baako Junior, on Peace FM, said there is no turning back even with the compelling evidence gathered so far about the legislature.

“Even if we don’t go back to continue with our mission, what we have gathered about Parliament is enough to tell our story to Ghanaians and the rest of the world,” he noted.

The Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, however, cautioned the Executive to also be on the lookout since they are part of the surveillance exercise they are conducti

MP donates computers to Krachi Nchumuru District

Mr John Majisi, National Democratic Congress, Member of Parliament (MP) for Krachi Nchumuru, has donated 25 computers and 1,000 exercise books to the Krachi Nchumuru District Directorate of Education in the Volta Region.

The computers were secured from the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, at the request of Mr Majisi to facilitate the teaching and learning of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the district.

Mr Majisi presented the computers to Mr Tsuiatorfe Stephen, Acting District Director of Education.

He noted that the defining features of the 21st century are globalisation and knowledge based society.

He said the computers would support students in the study of ICT which every country in the world is promoting.

The MP said giving the citizenry quality education is important to strengthen the country’s human resource base.

He said the district and the British Council in Accra are collaborating to link schools in the area and the United Kingdom in a student exchange programme.

Mr Stephen said the computers would go a long way to help the district and expressed appreciation to the MP for the gesture.

He appealed to government and non-governmental organisations to help the district.

MP for Agona West picks forms to contest primaries


Mr. Charles Obeng-Inkoom, incumbent Member of Parliament for Agona West Constituency on Wednesday picked a nomination form to contest the Agona West branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary primaries.

Mr. Obeng-Inkoom, who is a lawyer by profession, is the only candidate so far to pick a form when the party opened nomination for interested persons to contest the primaries of the parliamentary seats.

Mr. Emmanuel Korley, Agona West Constituency  NDC  Secretary said, the party has one hundred and thirty three branches and the MP should ensure that the form is endorsed by one member each from the said branches, who are active and well known members of the party.

Lawyer Inkoom, addressing the gathering at the branch party office in Agona Swedru after picking the forms, said the 2012 elections was not easy for him but with God on their side, he was elected as the MP for the area.

“I will continue to abide by the rules and regulations of the party and work in collaboration of all and sundry especially the constituency executives in order to retain the MP seat in the 2016 elections.”

Mr. Kwesi Dawood, Central Regional NDC Communication Director, who was at the branch constituency office when Lawyer Obeng-Inkoom picked his forms, said they are committed to rally behind him to win the MP seat to continue with the good works he is doing to help improve the livelihood of the constituents, irrespective of one’s political affiliation.

My challenger must resign – Inusah Fuseini

The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini is championing a cause to have his contender in the NDC primaries, Alhaji Ibrahim Seidu resign his position as a civil servant.

Inusah Fuseini argues that it is illegal for Mr. Seidu, who is the Director of Feeder Roads to contest in the primaries when he is still at post.

“On the face of the law a civil servant cannot engage in partisan politics without first resigning his position as a civil servant and to the best of my knowledge he has not resigned.”

“The Head of the Civil Service attention will be drawn to that and I intend to keep to the laws. In upholding the laws of this country there are many things that we are doing at the Ministry of Roads and Highways and I intend to stick by the laws.”

Mr Fuseini further clarified that moves to compel Mr. Seidu to resign is justifiable since the Supreme Court only cleared workers of the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Highway Authority which excludes the Feeder Roads Service – the company where Mr. Seidu works, to engage in partisan politics.

Insuah’s Legacy

The Minister also spelt out what he termed as developmental projects he has undertaken in the area which makes him the best candidate for the primaries.

“I provided resources from my GET Fund releases to have some schools renovated. I also built a three classroom lock in the [Northern] region…I put pen to paper and wrote to GET fund to help me build a day nursery for Tamale…”

He believes projects undertaken in the area and roles served in the area makes him the best candidate to represent the residents in the area.

“I have worked as the Secretary to the Legal Committee .I have worked as an Electoral Member of the party. I have represented the party in court….”

Inusah Fuseini is also the Minister of Roads and Highways. He hopes to retain his seat as the incumbent MP of the Tamale Central area.