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It has been established that the tape was not doctored”—Kofi Bentil

As the Ad Hoc Committee brought proceedings to an end taking evidence from witness, a member of the IGP’s legal team, Kofi Bentil has stated that the committee has now established that the tape was not doctored as it was earlier made to believe.

According to him the last in-camera hearing has also expressed confidence that the true facts of the case have been established.

Speaking to the media, spokesperson of the IGP’s legal team Kofi Bentil said the committee admitted that the tape that went viral was not edited but was simply a shorter version of the conversation that transpired.

And further added that witnesses were supposed to bring further evidence to support their information they have given to the Committee earlier as they came to change portions of their earlier statement but new evidence was not given.

“We, were thinking it was a bit strange because that procedure is not known to us; you should know your evidence before you start the process, if for months they have not been able to present any evidence, we do not know which evidence again JB and Alex would give.

And Bugri Nabu’s statement has been confirmed, the tape was rather a longer version of it, everything on the new tape is still on the old tape so yesterday they corrected.”

He asserted that this should not have taken our time, but the extent that it did reveals what the truth is.

“Some people are saying we are saying it’s the waste of the IGPs time; we have not said that we are saying when you have something said of a high profile person, it is high consideration to see if its necessary to subject them to certain scrutiny based on what some people have said”.

Again, pulling the IGP out of his busy duties was not the best but we respect the Committee so we came, but in future we should be minded of how we are happy the way things are turning out, and indeed there is nothing untoward, he added.

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“I have been vindicated by evidence available at the Committee” —Bugri Naabu

The first witness at the center of the IGP leaked tape Chief Bugri Naabu maintains that he never lied before the Ad Hoc Committee, and he has been vindicated by the evidence made available to the Committee.

According to him he does not regret recording his interaction with some senior police officers in the country who were purported to be planning the sacking of the Inspector General of Police Dr. George Akufo Dampare.

The former Northern Regional chairman of the NPP and first witness in the IGP leaked tape saga noted that, contrary to the testimonies given by the other accused witnesses before the committee, the contents in the leaked audio are genuine and completely implicates the officers mentioned therein.

On Thursday, October 11, 2023, the committee discharged all witnesses in order to analyze the evidence for drafting its final report for onward submission to plenary.

Mr. Bugri Naabu spoke after he was discharged by the committee and added to have that kind of thing going on in the police service under the current administration it was dangerous so he submitted the tape to the President.

He noted that he does not regret doing what he did by recording them.

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Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee denies allegation of bias in IGP removal leaked tape

The Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee of Parliament investigating the leaked audio tape on a plot to oust the IGP Dr George Akufo Dampare has denied allegation of bias leveled against him by Lead Counsel for the IGP Mr. Kwame Gyan.

According to him all the principal witnesses were present at the Committee hearing and the issue of the IGP leaving a bit early has to do with health issue.

He expressed disappointment about the allegation and said he has rather handled the affairs of the committee well.
Samuel Atta Akyea made the comment on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 after an in- camera hearing of the committee attended by the IGP, Chief Bugri Naabu and three Senior Police Officers who are witnesses before the committee.

Responding to a question from the media on why he Samuel Atta Akyea prevented members of the Police Management Board (POMAB) from sitting in today’s hearing, Samuel Atta Akyea said the in-camera hearing was meant only for the witnesses and members of the Committee.

And Ghanaians appreciate the work he is doing he cannot manufacture anything against the IGP and the work they are doing is being recorded and transcribed.


Swords of Iron: Akim Oda MP, other Chairmen of the Israel Allies Caucuses stand with Israel

The Member of Parliament of Akyem Oda and the chairman of the Ghanaian Israeli Parliamentary friendship Association, Hon. Alexander Akwasi Acquah has joined other chairmen of the Israel Allies Caucuses worldwide to express their unwavering support for the State of Israel.

In a statement signed and presented to Israeli congress, the caucuses chairmen commended the courage and determination displayed in the ongoing “Swords of Iron” operation aimed at neutralizing the threat posed by Hamas and ensuring the safety and security of the Israeli people.

The statement said the people of Israel have endured relentless acts of terror and aggression by Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization that consistently undermines peace and stability in the region. However Israel has demonstrated remarkable restraint and resilience in the face of continuous attacks on its sovereignty and innocent civilian lives. The operation, “Swords of Iron,” represents a necessary response to protect the lives and dignity of Israeli citizens.

We firmly believe in Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens from acts of terror and aggression, the statement said. The safety and well-being of any nation’s citizens are paramount, and Israel, like any other sovereign state, has the right and duty to take appropriate measures to ensure the security of its people for as long as they deem necessary.

The chairman urged the international community to stand in solidarity with Israel and support its efforts to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. It is crucial that Hamas and all terrorist organizations are held accountable for their actions, and pressure is exerted to cease acts of violence and terror that undermine the prospects of peace and stability in the region.

We stand united in support of Israel and its determination to protect its citizens and uphold the values of freedom, democracy, and peace.

Ghana feels accomplished for hosting the 66th edition of CPC—Speaker Bagbin

President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Rt. Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin at the opening of the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Accra Ghana has noted that the nation feels a sense of accomplishment hosting the event.

According to him our experimentation of parliamentary democracy is now full-blown feature of our governance architecture.

This year, we celebrate 30 years of stable parliamentary democracy, ours is a stable democracy in a sub-region that has in recent times developed notoriety for reversing and back sliding on its democratic journey, he stated.

According to him, Parliaments in this sub-region and in Africa in general must try to understand the reasons for the loss of trust and confidence in the leadership of democratic processes and institutions that has characterized the recent spate of military incursions into governance.

We should be able to pick the signals should there be any, and steer our democracies away from such incidents.
High level corruption, nepotism, neglect of the hopes and aspirations of the electorates in pursuit of personal and parochial interests, and policies that only deepen poverty and deprivation levels, whilst supporting ostentation among the political elite would only generate mistrust among the electorates.

That explains why in some of our countries, election into public offices has become highly transactional between candidates and voters, with instant personal gratification as the currency.

This only serves to accentuate the cycle of mistrust that is fueling the dissatisfaction with political leadership and institutions in the sub-region.

“Distinguished delegates let’s encourage ourselves to endeavor to restore dignity to elected offices and to rebuild trust and confidence in democratic processes and institutions. Above all, let us enjoy not just the content of this conference, but also the burgeoning democracy that Ghana represents, the warmth and hospitality, and the sights and sounds of this country, he added.

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“Kennedy Agyapong! stop the tribal and religious politics against Bawumiah ”—Osei Kyei-Mensah

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has admonished his colleague Member of Parliament for Assin North Kennedy Ohene Agyapong aspiring to be flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party to stop the tribal and religious politics against the vice president Dr Mahmoud Bawumiah.

According to him Ohene Agyapong at his rally at the Jubilee Park in Kumasi asserted that the Majority Leader, whilst playing a lead role in the campaign to elect the Vice President, H.E. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumiah is resorting to “tribal and religious politics”.

The office of the Majority Leader responds as follows:

1) That nothing can be farther away from the truth as the statement made by the MP for Assin North relating to the conduct of Hon Osei Kyei- Mensah-Bonsu indicated.

2) The character trait of Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is truthfulness, pragmatism and realism and these have always guided and guarded his statements, discussions and conversations. His discourses are well- reasoned; not philippic, in other words, not statements that bitterlyattack other persons; or petulant, that is, ill-tempered or peevish; or populist.

3) Also, the Majority Leader has not condoned or connived with anybody to “hijack the party”. On the other hand, he, together with others at the National Executive Committee and National Council, stood firmly and thwarted attempts by some of the presidential hopefuls to set aside clearly stated, unambiguous provisions of the NPP Constitution. If that amounts to “hijacking” or “intimidation” or “collapsing the party”, intheopinion of Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, then it can only be described as unfortunate.

4) Dr Mahamudu Bawumiah, the Vice President, is not known for bellicosity, belligerence or hot-headedness. He does not spew vitriol. He is well focused. On his rounds he has never attacked any of the contestants. He speaks to his own track-record in the party, his experience and his vision to reposition the party and the economy. He does not issue and has not issued any threats to anybody, including, in particular, any officer of the party at any level. Dr Mahamudu Bawumiah is a lamb who has exhibited long-suffering and preaches peace. It is for these traits that people like Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as well as the over 130 Members of Parliament have aligned with him. Notwithstanding, if Mr Ken Ohene Agyapong, the Honourable Member for Assin North, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Interior and a Presidential hopeful for the NPP has any mustard- seed evidence of “intimidation or coercion”, or “party-collapsing adventures” on the part of Dr Mahamudu Bawumiah, or “any tribal or religious politics” on the part of Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Honourable Majority Leader, let him (Mr Ohene Agyapong) bring the pieces out for redress in the supreme interest of the party.

5) The Majority Leader is very much aware of the fragility of the NPP Majority Caucus in Parliament and that is why he is very circumspect in his response to naked and blatant attacks. In this regard, the Leader has always been mindful of his language and, accordingly, he entreats all in the NPP family to recognise that the endeavour to select a Presidential Candidate (not merely a Flagbearer) is a family contest and not a do-or-die battle. Pursuant to that, the Majority Leader strongly insists nothing should be done or encouraged that has the potential to impede or forestall unity within the rank and file of the party, after November 4, 2023.

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BoG Governor and deputies haul before OSP over new Head office

The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, has threatened to report Dr Ernest Addison, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), and his deputies to the Office of the Special Prosecutor regarding contracts awarded for the construction of a new central bank headquarters.

In a letter dated October 2, 2023, and addressed to the BoG Governor, Ayariga expressed his frustration with the lack of transparency and information provided by the leadership of the central bank regarding the contract awards.

“I write to inform you that I will refer you and your deputies to the Office of the Special Prosecutor for investigation and possible prosecution. This is in relation to the matter of the award of a contract for the construction of a new head office building for the Bank of Ghana.

I suspect that your team, in collusion with the contractors, overpriced the project with a possible view to obtaining personal gain. I reject your use of “national security considerations” as a reason to refuse to answer my questions properly.

My decision to report you is in view of your refusal to provide a proper response to my request for information pursuant to the Right to Information Request.”

He further warned that he would persistently pursue the BoG Governor until he provides clarity on the contract awards to Messrs. Goldkey Properties Limited.

“Let me assure you that we will pursue you until you come clean on how a project which you yourself had originally priced at USD100, 857,924.48 for 73,000sq.m got awarded to Messrs. Goldkey Properties Limited, in the same year, at USD121, 807,8517.94 and how a variation in scope of works of about 36.9% increase has led to a project cost escalation of 84% increase which has resulted in the 107,737sq.m now costing USD 222,799,760.55. This is a project priced in United States Dollars. This we do for the love of country and in pursuit of A Better Ghana,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament is scheduled to stage a demonstration on Tuesday, October 3, against the Governor for alleged mismanagement of the central bank, which they claim has resulted in the loss of GH¢60 billion.


Majority Leader calls for deliberate effort to populate Women in Parliament

Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is advocating for deliberate efforts to populate Parliaments around the world with Women as their representation has come under constant talk with their low representations.

According to him in the jurisdiction that has the first past post system, it is usually difficult to have enough representation of women in Parliaments; and questioned how do we effectively counter this; “would we require constitutional amendment?”

The Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu made this remarks at the media briefing as Ghana hosts the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and journalists wanted to know what is being done to get more women into the Legislature.

HE also stated that those of them who present themselves to the first past post system, it is not easy to populate your Parliament with sufficient of women just as you see in Canada and the UK and even in America, Ghana and Australia except those of them who submit to proportional representation.

“Also, has the time arrived for us as a country Ghana to have a second look at our constitution, because I believe if any authority is vested in a person, that is the president; let say to appoint women to Parliament we can all envisage what may happen there should be a better system of populating our Parliament with women”, he noted.

And further pointed out that at the end of the 66th CPC conference on going in Accra, the programme should have a communiqué which should capture the deliberation which would encapsulate the important issues so that they know what the conference was able to achieve.

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