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Investigate Kintampo Falls tragedy, Minority charges govt

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The tragedy that led to the death of 19 persons and injured 22 others at the Kintampo Falls on Sunday must be thoroughly investigated, the Minority in Parliament has told government.

The Minority Members of Parliament stated this in a statement on Monday to condole families of the bereaved, adding that a full scale safety audit must be carried out on all tourist destinations in the country.

Tragedy struck when a huge tree fell off from the top of the waterfall on scores of people swimming beneath the waterfall.

According to reports, most of those who lost their lives and those injured were students of the Wenchi Senior High School, and the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

The Minority MPs urged government “diligently carry full-scale investigations into the Kintampo Waterfalls incident and make the findings public.

“It has become necessary to reassure the Ghanaian populace and to forestall any similar future occurrence by carrying out an immediate safety audit of all tourist destinations with the view of guaranteeing the safety of revelers while also ensuring that Ghana’s international tourism brand is not made to suffer because of this incident which has attracted immense global media coverage.

“It is our hope and expectation that Government will assist in offering financial assistance to the injured to help them defray their medical expenses as was the practice when the NDC held political power. Perhaps, after 60 years of independence as a nation, we may now want to consider providing insurance cover for all our recognised tourist sites.”


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Police arrest 2 MMM operators

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The Ghana Police Service has arrested two persons alleged to be luring Ghanaians to subscribe to the Ponzi scheme, MMM.

The arrests, made by the Tema Community One police over the weekend, was a result of the directive from the Bank of Ghana warning the public against patronizing the scheme that has been discredited in several countries, including Nigeria.

Though the police is yet to give any official update on the arrest, a victim of the scheme, who spoke Citi Business News, said he decided to alert the police largely due to the public information on the illegality of MMM’s operations in Ghana.

“The gentlemen who approached my friend and I were not convincing in their product offering so I became suspicious and asked my friend whom I was with to ignore them. It was also because I had heard of the business in the news cautioning the public to be weary of the scheme,” he explained.


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‘Robber’ policeman jailed for 15-yrs freed

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A policemen who was jailed for 15 years for armed robbery has been discharged and acquitted by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court panel of five justices, led by Justice Jones Dotse, freed the policeman, Tetteh Samadzi.

The apex court however deferred the reason for its ruling.

It would be recalled that Constable Tetteh Samadzi was arrested alongside one Foster on March 6, 2009, for a robbery incident at Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region.

He was was eventually found guilty of the offence by a High court which sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

His lawyers went on appeal but did not succeed, prompting them to approach the Supreme Court.


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Afisa Djaba under fire over rape and dressing comment

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Ghanaians, particularly social media users, have reacted to comments by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, over ‘women and rape.’

This is not the first time the minister has provoked the ire of the public.

In her recent outburst, the Minister, during her opening address as the Co-Chairperson at the 90th anniversary and Speech and prize giving day for Krobo Girls Presbyterian Senior School at the weekend, urged girls not to attract rape by wearing provocative clothing.

Madam Djaba intimated that girls’ wearing short dresses could attract a rapist.

She said, “In conclusion, I want to say to you, be bold, be confident, be respectful. If you wear a short dress, it’s fashionable but, know that it can attract somebody who would want to rape or defile you.

“You must be responsible for the choices you make.”

The Minister also had some words for teachers who sexually assaulted girls.

According to her, “It is an abuse of their rights and you are their role model, you must not be the one to abuse the rights of the young girls.”

But some Ghanaians did not take her correlation between rape and girls’ dressing lightly.

Many of them have taken to social media to express their displeasure, with a number of them questioning her logic and others accusing her of victim blaming and shaming.

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