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‘Oldman’ Osafo Maafo has an ‘archaic’ mind — Asiedu Nketia blasts

The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia has attacked the intelligence of the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo describing the latter’s position on vigilantism in the country as ‘archaic’. “I used to know him for the past twenty and per what he is …

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AWW violence is black paint, I couldn’t give it any other color – Mahama defends diplomats meeting

Former President John Dramani Mahama has likened the violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election to one that would happen in a war zone in Afghanistan. A group of masked national security operatives fired gunshots and wounded some 16 supporters of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at …

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‘We can’t find NDC MPs who held ‘bloody widow’ placards’ – Parliament

Opposition MPs who characterised a new entrant as a “bloody widow” cannot be identified for possible punishment after the description was deemed distasteful and insensitive. The Office of the Clerk of Parliament says despite viewing the footage in Parliament on that day, it could not identify the MPs who held …

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Wuogon violence: Media doctored video – National Security Director

The Director of Operations at the National Security Secretariat, Colonel Michael Kwadwo Opoku, has disputed a video which captured scenes of violence at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on 31 January 2019. After watching the video of the scenes as captured on camera when he appeared before the Commission of …

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Ban vigilante groups as matter of urgency – WANF

The West Africa Nobles Forum (WANF), a non-governmental organisation, has added its voice to the call on the government to disband all vigilante groups as a matter of urgency. “The rate at which these vigilante groups are springing up is very alarming and the wantonness of their actions is very …

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SWAT Commander DSP Azugu trolled for shambolic account at commission of inquiry

A new word in the vocabulary of Ghanaians, ‘Azuguism’ and the Azugu Mosquito preventive challenge is what has dominated social media since Monday, February 18, 2019, following the shambolic and contradictory account of the Commander of the National Security SWAT team, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samuel Kojo Azugu, MyNewsGh.com …

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Police chief rejects subordinate’s claims of sidelining in bloody by-election

Accra Region Police Commander has rejected accusations that a district commander in whose jurisdiction the bloody by-election unfolded, was sidelined in security plans. DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong said, the East Legon District Police Commander, DSP George Asare was included and given leading role in Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election. That January …

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Ahead of SONA address, industry leaders want President to improve security

Key industry leaders are demanding answers from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on concrete steps that the government will take to forestall peace and ensure a secure working environment for businesses to thrive. Ahead of this year’s state of the nation address on Thursday, some of the industry players are …

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Scrap by-elections to avoid tensions — Nii Arde Tagoe A Traditional leader, Nii Arde Tagoe, has called for a constitutional amendment to cancel the conduct of by-elections among political parties to avoid the violence associated with such elections. He said “just as the case of a President where his vice is made to complete the unfinished tenure, if a Member of Parliament (MP) dies or resigns, the MP’s political party should be allowed to select his or her replacement.” Speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic, Nii Arde Tagoe, who is the Head of the Nii Arde Nkpa family of Plenor, Kokrobite, Langma and Tuba, said by-elections were normally characterised with violence because the ruling political party would fight to win the seat to make a political capital out of it that it was popular while the opposition party would also struggle to win the seat to create the impression that the government was unpopular. Perpetration of violence As a result, he said, the political parties marshalled their supporters from the various regions to police the ballot, which led to the perpetration of violence. He mentioned the Atewa, Chereponi, Talensi and Amenfi West by-elections and the recent by-election held in Ayawaso West Wuogon as examples. “All these areas were bloody and people were brutalised. It means that as a country any by-election cannot be done in a serene atmosphere because of the tension. The ruling party wants to win the seat and the opposition party wants to take the seat. These two angles make things dicey. It creates panic and fear because all eyes are there”, he said. Nii Arde said if political parties were allowed to conduct their own internal elections to elect replacements for MPs who died or resigned, the phenomenon of vigilante groups visiting mayhem during by-elections would be curtailed. Besides, he said resources used in the conduct of by-elections would be saved for other purposes while productivity in terms of people spending their time to vote would not be lost. Following the violence recorded at the recent Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, the President has constituted a Commission of Enquiry which is looking into the issue. Disband vigilante groups Nii Arde called for the disbandment of all political vigilante groups by all political parties since they did not do any good to the country’s democratic process. He particularly urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to lead the clean-up exercise by leading the crusade to disband political vigilante groups. “The onus is on the President not to allow the vigilante groups to stand. The urgency the President attached to the ‘galamsey’ (illegal mining) fight should be extended to the vigilante groups”, he said. Nii Arde also urged leaders of various political parties to discourage the activities of vigilante groups to avoid violence in elections.

A Traditional leader, Nii Arde Tagoe, has called for a constitutional amendment to cancel the conduct of by-elections among political parties to avoid the violence associated with such elections. He said “just as the case of a President where his vice is made to complete the unfinished tenure, if a …

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Sam George was assaulted for making a sensitive comment – SWAT Team Commander

Commander in charge of National Security SWAT team, DSP Samuel Kojo Azugu has confirmed that the the ‘attired’ civilian operative who assaulted the Member of Parliament for Ningo-prampram, Sam George during the By-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon was a member of the SWAT team. According to the commander, Sam George …

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