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NDC lambastes Akufo-Addo over customized drinks

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The opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, has lambasted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over customized drinks served at his parties, alleging that his government has been wasting state funds in hosting multiple luxurious parties.

The opposition party made the allegation at a press conference addressed by the Deputy Minority Leader of Parliament, James Klutse Avedzi, on Tuesday, calling for the source of funding for the numerous parties held in his honour since his inauguration.

The Deputy Minority Leader, who was reviewing the first 100 days of President Akufo-Addo in office, insisted that the opulence that characterized most of the parties are shocking as some of the drinks served were custom made with the president’s name embossed on the bottles served at the parties.

“We have seen evidence of parties with some drinks, some custom-made with his name on it…we call on the Akufo-Addo government to disclose the source of funding.”

Mr Avedzi also condemned the New Patriotic Party, NPP, administration over what he described as bloated government, adding that the country has been placed under siege by state-sponsored thuggery and terrorism from vigilante groups affiliated to the ruling party.

“We wish to state plainly that what the president has done is far from protecting the public purse. It constitutes a direct raid of the economy of the taxpayer. Maintaining the salaries for this large army of ministers will severely burden the poor taxpayer. These appointments translate into 110 bungalows, 110 salon cars, 110 V8 Toyota Land Cruisers, 110 guards, 220 police guards in their bungalows.

“More importantly, it represents a direct breach of his pledge to cut waste in public expenditure. He has acted in a way that will introduce more waste in government finances. Simply put, President Akufo-Addo has been wasteful and has not been candid with Ghanaians. Mr President, prune down your 110 ministers now.”

The NDC also punctured claims by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on the 103 achievements recorded by the Akufo-Addo’s government in its first 100 days in office, describing them as total deception.


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Akufo-Addo re-nominates 15 rejected MDCEs

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has re-nominated 15 persons who were earlier rejected as MDCEs by their various assemblies.

Also nominated are five new persons for the positions of Municipal and District Chief Executives.

The re-nominated MDCEs appointments are however subject to the approval of members of their various assemblies.

According to a press release signed by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, the president made the nominations in accordance with Article 243 (1) of the 1992 Constitution and Section 20 (1) of the Local Governance Act (Act 936).

The new nominees are Musah Issah for the Gushegu District Assembly, Abu Mohammed, West Mamprusi District Assembly, Hajia Hawa Ninchemah, Bawku Municipal Assembly; Kwasi Bonzoh, Ellembele District Assembly and Kate Ametefe for Adaklu District Assembly.

The 15 re-nominated MDCEs are George Kyei Baffour, Asante Akim Central Municipal Assembly, Abraham Mbanye, Sene East District Assembly, Felicia Aba Hagan, Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese District Assembly, Florence Governor, Ayensuano District Assembly, Ebenezer Tetteh Kupaulor, Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly, Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi, La Nkwantanag Madina Municipal Assembly, Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, Ada East District Assembly and J.K. Alhassan, Bunkprugu-Yunyoo District Assembly.

Others are Ella Boateng, South Dayi District Assembly, Richard Collins Arku, North Tongu District Assembly, Andrew Teddy Ofori, Hohoe Municipal Assembly, Millicent Kabuki Carboo, Biakoye District Assembly, Leonelson Adzidogah, Akatsi South District Assembly, Emmanuel Louis Agama, South Tongu District Assembly and Eric Muah, Jomoro District Assembly.


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I did my job very well, Omane Boamah reacts to allegations he caused NDC defeat

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The report of the Prof Kwesi Botchwey committee on the election defeat of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, has continued to generate reactions across the country, as the immediate past Minister of Communications, Omane Boamah, has denied allegations that he kept away vital information to himself which led to the defeat of the party at the 2016 elections.

The former minister was reacting to allegations by a prominent member of the party, Dr. Ibrahim Zuberu that he and the former Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper, were to be partly blamed for the defeat of NDC.

According to Dr. Zuberu, Omane Boamah and Seth Terkper refused to give out vital information to party communicators to counter the claims of the the opposition party, New Patriotic Party, NPP.

However, Boamah, in his response, insisted that he did his job very well as communications minister.

“This is untrue and most unfortunate, particularly at this time that our great party the National Democratic Congress is embarking on a healing process to recapture power in 2020”, he said, adding that he did his best possible to relay every information that was available to the ministry and fit for public consumption.

He further said he published a book “Accounting to the People”, which was also known as the Greenbook, outlining government’s achievements.

He also disclosed that speaking notes were regularly provided on topical issues to communicators on several platforms which included platforms with elected Executives of NDC, and that he also disseminated press statements widely on topical issues.

“I am guided by the tone and spirit of our noble and collective desire to heal, rejuvenate, reorganize, and to recapture power in the next three years and six months ahead” he added.


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NDC chieftain disappointed with Botchwey report

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A chieftain of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, and former Municipal Chief Executive, MCE, for Ejuisu/Juaben in the Ashanti Region, Yaw Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh, has expressed disappointment with the report of the Prof Kwesi Botchwey Committee.

According to Ponkoh, the report should have also named stalwarts of the party who were entrusted responsibilities and whose actions led to the defeat the party suffered at the 2016 elections.

He further noted that it was an open secret that the actions and inactions of some of the party’s top shots led to the defeat of the party, wondering why the committee’s report was silent on them.

“I didn’t understand some sections of the report, it didn’t communicate what I wanted to hear.

“People were given a whole lot of responsibilities so they had to have been told to account for the specific assignments of helping Mahama…the fact is that the people given specific assignments failed to perform and the report should have indicted those who were given specific assignments but failed to perform”, he said.

Continuing, the former MCE, said: “The party set up campaign teams before the elections, is the report saying one or two persons failed to perform and that their failure contributed to the defeat of the party…these persons should be named and shamed and that is what the report fails to do…people who are given special duties but failed to perform must be named and shamed and the report is silent on it and that is my worry”, he added.

The 13 member Botchwey committee was set up by the NDC to unearth circumstances that culminated into the party’s disgraceful defeat at the polls in 2016.

The committee presented its report to the party on Monday June 19, 2017, reporting that weak intellectual and research base played a key role in the party’s defeat in the 2016 elections.


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