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Weekend wrap: Stories that made headlines for the week

Asaaseradio.com brings you a compilation of the top political stories that made the rounds this week in Ghana

The week has been  an eventful one. We look back at what happened over the week

Read below some of our headline stories for the week:

Parliament approves Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees

Parliament

Parliament on Friday (17 May) approved President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees following hours of debate.

The Minority boycotted proceedings prior to the approval indicating that it would further increase Akufo-Addo’s government size.

“Mr Speaker, the Minority does not support the nominations of these ministers, because of what the country has gone through and continues to go through, including economic crisis, food insecurity, “dumsor”, and reckless borrowing,” Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson said.

President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday (14 February) reshuffled his ministers appointing Dr Bernard Okoe Boye as the Minister of Health, Lydia Seyram Alhassan as the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, and Dakoa Newman as the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Collins Dauda granted bail

Collins Dauda

Collins Dauda, the MP for Asutifi South, Collins Dauda was released on bail following his arrest for alleged involvement in disturbances at a voter registration centre on Saturday,11  May, 2024.

A police statement last Sunday indicated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP was detained in connection with a recent disturbance during the limited voter registration exercise in Kukuom, Ahafo Region.

This incident resulted in one individual being injured and hospitalized.

 2020 Election: We never disenfranchised voters in SALL, says EC

Jean Mensa, EC chair
Jean Mensa, EC chairperson

The Electoral Commission (EC) refuted claims suggesting it disenfranchised the people of Santrokofi, Apkafu, Lolobi and Lipke (SALL) from voting in the 2020 parliamentary elections in the 2020 elections.

The response is in reference to an audio of Imani president, Franklin Cudjoe accusing the EC of disenfranchising the people of SALL.

According to the EC, the claims are “false and without basis.”

A statement issued by the EC on Wednesday (15 May), said it is unfortunate Imani continues to peddle falsehood about the Electoral Commission.

Bawumia never said he was going to pay churches, says Miracles Aboagye

Aboagye
Dennis Miracles Aboagye

The communications director for the Bawumia Campaign Team, Dennis Miracles Aboagye refuted reports that the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has promised to pay churches if elected president in the 7 December election

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (14 May), Aboagye said Bawumia was taken out of context.

“He was taken out of context and if you recall his policy position was purely on whether churches should pay taxes or not and then that conversation was lost out with misleading headlines like ‘Dr Bawumia says he will pay churches’. So he needed to provide that clarity.”

John Kumah: Ejisu bids farewell to late MP 

Deputy Finance Minister, John Kumah
Deputy Finance Minister, John Kumah

The final funeral rites for the late Member of Parliament for Ejisu and Deputy Finance Minister, John Ampontuah Kumah happened on Saturday (18 May).

The funeral arrangements, according to the family’s directives, is taking place at Onwe, a suburb of Ejisu, where his one-week observation was also held.

Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah passed away suddenly on Thursday (7 March) at the age of 45, leaving behind a wife and six children.

Martin Amidu seeks the removal of the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyabeng.

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Martin Amidu, former Special Prosecutor

The former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu is seeking the removal of the current Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.

Amidu filed the petition on the grounds of procurement breaches in the purchase of vehicles for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and abuses involving judges and the administration of justice as part of his call for Agyebeng’s impeachment.

Other allegations include violations of citizens’ rights through arrests and detentions, violations of the right to information and improper appointments of personnel to the office.

He also alleges a violation of the right to information when he requested appointment letters and salary details of all OSP staff to be put on a pen drive for him, which  Agyebeng refused.

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