​TOP 10 REASONS WHY THERE WON’T BE WAR IN GHANA.

By Suliaman ( The news 📰 man 👤 )
1. Over 85% of the population

don’t know how to use guns.
2. Ghanaians would rather buy

phones and food than weapons.
3. University students wouldn’t

want to replace their weekend

partying with late night street

fighting.
4. Ghanaians need 100% peace of

mind when standing in the line for

waakye…its an emotional thing.
5. Internet access in Ghana would

go offline…boredom would kill

students faster than war.
6. Our Nigerian friends would

laugh at us. 
7. There will be a curfew after

6pm…meaning there’ll be no

kelewele. There’s no Ghana without

kelewele.
8. Public university students don’t

want any disturbance in this UTAG

and FUSSAG Week Celebration.
9. University students “see

themselves too much” to stand in a

long queue to collect rationed food

from UNHCR & other N.G.Os.
Tweaaa…for the where?
10. Nobody will fight for NPP or

NDC to lead Ghana…after all the

the VALUE IS THE SAME!
Why Should I Fight For some-bro’s

in-father…whiles my father no-dey

chop!
Even Mahama and Akuffo Addo

koraaaaa, dem children dey abroad!

Hw3!Think Twice waii.✋🏾✋🏾 Spread it for the peace of mother👸🏿 Ghana 🇬🇭..!

PEACE  PEACE PEACE……..is what we need!!!

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June 3 disaster – A year on.

Today marks a year since the flood and fire disaster that took away several lives. For the victims and their families, the tragic effects of this disaster are irreversible.

In the aftermath of this disaster we, as Ghanaians, stood united in one voice saying, “NEVER AGAIN!” should such a tragedy befall this great nation of ours. Yet, till this day our attitude of disposing refuse in drains and building houses in water ways has not stopped.

To forestall similar disasters in the future, there is the need for an attitudinal change among Ghanaians. A change in our individual attitudes on maintenance and the environment will have a collective impact on the country’s development. As we mark this day, let us remember that the events of June 3 could have been prevented, hence, the need for our collective effort to prevent the re-occurrence of such a tragedy.

ROADMAP TO ELECTION 2016, WHY EVERY GHANAIAN SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSTURING OF MADAM CHARLOTTE OSEI AND THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION (EC).

There is no denying the fact that Ghana’s Electoral Commission has over the years been the shining example to all in Africa having consistently superintended over smooth transition of power from one government to another among other democratic milestones to its credit. However, it is regrettably worthy of note that our EC can no longer pride itself with this enviable feat owing to its notorious intransigence, disdainful regard for due process, “yentie obiaa” attitude, institutional indiscipline and impunity. These unfortunate developments have today, justifiably culminated in a significant waning of confidence in the hitherto, vibrant election governing body. For instance, the startling and embarrassing revelations during the 2012 Election Petition Hearing painted a gloomy picture which suggests that all is not well with our EC.

You would again recall how the EC threw caution to the wind in their belligerent insistence to proceed with the organization of the district assembly elections in 2015 without regard to the necessary legal regime until a fisherman went to court to stop them resulting in huge financial loss to the taxpayer (over GH¢ 300 million). The EC is not independent nor sacrosanct after all. A lot of us thought that the appointment of a new EC Boss, Madam Charlotte Osei was going to restore confidence in the commission and better its lot. But we were all wrong as the woes of the commission continue to get even worse each day under her leadership.

The raging debate on the loud call for a “new” credible voters register for the 2016 elections and the handling of same exposes the crass incompetence of the EC under Charlotte Osei. It would be recalled that when some leading political parties including the NPP, CPP, NDP et al starting making a strong case for the compilation of a new credible register, the EC set up a five – member Panel (the VCRAC Crabbe Committee) to inter alia, organize a forum with the view to collating views from all stakeholders to advise it on the way forward in relation to the new register debate. Surprisingly, even before the committee could finish their work, Charlotte Osei appeared before them (at the forum) and stated quite succinctly that the EC wasn’t ready to compile a new register because it wasn’t feasible and proceeded to add that, the EC was not under any obligation to accept the Panel’s recommendations anyway.

By this, she was essentially preempting the committee’s work and telling the whole world that the exercise was a useless venture because they (the EC) had already concluded on what to do and nothing could change their mind. So, if she knew this, why did she waste our time and resources in appointing the Panel and in the organization of the forum? This notwithstanding, the Panel proceeded with their mandate and eventually came out with their report/recommendations. They, among other things, kicked against proposal for a new register apparently taking a cue from Charlotte’s rendition. The EC then quickly issues a white paper that says they have accepted the Panel’s recommendations and would proceed to progressively implement same. However, we are now seeing a different posture from the EC altogether.

The commission has only accepted the recommendation which says it shouldn’t compile a new register but deliberately turns a blind eye on all the other equally important recommendations the Panel had made towards ensuring a credible register for the 2016 polls. For instance, the Panel also makes the point that the current voters register is dangerously over bloated with more than half a million invalid records and therefore not fit for elections. It added that, owing to the sheer numbers, these invalid names (over 600,000) cannot be deleted using the EC’s age-long approach of exhibiting/displaying the register for people to point out these invalid names with evidence of same as well as to proceed to testify before a court of competent jurisdiction is NOT a viable option. “You cannot do the same thing and expect different results”. The EC should consider extending the exhibition exercise to have voters confirm their names on the list, an indication that they would want to maintain their voter status”.

“In the same way that a new registration would have required citizens to physically appear for registration, the cleaning would require that they should confirm”. Rather than make others responsible for maintaining voters’ names in the register, the individuals should themselves do that” in the words of the EC’s Panel. All these relevant quotes can be found between pages 18 and 22 of the Panel’s Report. The Panel by this, is clearly recommending voter validation and there is no ambiguity about that at all except if we want to be intellectually disingenuous. In fact, the current law governing the conduct of our elections (CI 72) does not allow for deletion of names of foreigners from our register but minors, mentally impaired and deceased persons. So validation is certainly the only option we have and if that would entail enacting a new legal regime to support it, then so be it because we can’t afford the alternative.

It is regrettably worthy of note that, Charlotte Osei thinks that all those calling for a new credible register including the NPP only wish to unjustly get hard at her and the EC and she would stop at nothing in “dealing with them” in return. This, obviously was what pushed Charlotte into singling out the Ashanti Region (NPP stronghold) as the region with an outrageously over bloated register of over 200,000. Later, the EC had to quickly retract that and set the records straight thereby exposing the obvious fluffs of the Chairperson. How can these reprehensible actions of Charlotte Osei build the needed confidence in the EC as we head to a crucial polls in November? I’m sure you also remember the infamous 18-member National Steering Committee of the EC which was met with an unwavering resistance by the political parties due to its unconstitutionality (per the explicit provisions in Article 42) but shockingly, the EC still insists it hasn’t abandoned that move. How pathetic!

The most egregious move of Charlotte Osei is that, instead of focusing on how to get a credible register, she is much more concerned about getting a NEW LOGO for the Electoral Commission as if that is the panacea for a free, fair and credible elections. Mind you, aside the fact that the new logo comes at a huge cost to the poor taxpayer, the said logo, which has justifiably incurred the wrath of journalists and all well-meaning Ghanaians, doesn’t bear any of our national emblems; not even our famous Coat of Arm. It is in fact, a plagiarized symbol of a certain University in Turkey as it is now emerging. This is how Charlotte Osei is subjecting our EC to international ridicule and shame. I don’t know about you, but I am very worried with the culture where increasingly, the NDC sees nothing wrong with every move the EC makes and defends same at all-time even when all the facts suggest otherwise.

From all indications, our election governing body is increasingly losing credibility as evidenced in the recent barometer report which reveals that the confidence of the electorates in the EC had significantly reduced to less than 47% and described the situation as precarious. This, I also see as a serious threat to our democracy and national security because the enervating and debilitating cost of a disputed elections cannot be exaggerated seeing how same have destroyed other African countries. The EC has to do a lot more to assuage the justified apprehension of Ghanaians and restore the necessary confidence in its operations. This confidence cannot be restored through media and public relation gimmickry but pragmatic interventions that resonate with the citizenry and political parties in particular.

We have only seven months to the November Polls yet the EC hasn’t still told us in unequivocal terms, how it intends to clean this “dangerously over bloated register” in the words of the EC’s own Panel. There is no doubt that Madam Charlotte Osei is a very beautiful and articulate woman, but the work of the EC goes far beyond her physical beauty and excellent communication skills. Her beauty and enviable credentials must necessarily reflect in her work. She and her commission must as a matter urgency, do what is expected of them immediately for God and country. Respectfully, madam electoral commissioner, the time to act is NOW!!!

Thank you.

A concerned Ghanaian in the struggle
‪#‎ForGodAndCountry‬

IDDI MUHAYU-DEEN
Youth Activist/Social Commentator
Former NUGS Secretary
(0245335197)

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OPEN LETTER TO MADAM CHARLOTTE OSEI.

Dear Beautiful Charlotte,

As a concerned Ghanaian, I am not only deeply worried but also petrified seeing the fast rate at which our Electoral Commission, under your leadership is increasingly losing credibility in all departments. And instead of you focusing on how to win back public confidence, you are rather indulging in acts that would only deepen public mistrust in your enterprises as a commission and exacerbate your already precarious woes. Need I have to remind you, beautiful Charlotte that the peace and stability of this country, just like every other African country, is to a large extent, hinged on the conduct of credible, free, fair and transparent elections? And this, cannot be realized when the election governing body is seen to be arrogantly stubborn and completely dismissive of the germane concerns of key stakeholders like the political parties and even the ordinary Ghanaian voter.

Beautiful Charlotte, are you unaware that the debilitating ramifications of a disputed elections cannot be exaggerated? Haven’t you seen the macabre examples of Kenya, Ivory Coast and many others? Beautiful Charlotte, thousands of innocent lives got perished in these examples if you care to know. I am still in my 20s, just graduated from the University, yet to build a home and start a real life. I am therefore too young to die. I am not like you, who has and is still enjoying all the beautiful luxuries in life and virtually lack nothing.

I therefore won’t sit unconcerned for you to cut short my dreams having toiled to come this far. My parents won’t even forgive me. And please don’t get emotional when people question your work. You are our servant; remember. Nobody forced you to accept the position of EC Chair and it is not too late to advise yourself. Respectfully, beautiful Charlotte, are you waiting for this country to burn like Kenya before you take things seriously? Well, you won’t have your way as far as some of us are concerned because we shall fight you for the love of God and country until we succeed.

As we speak, I’m sure you know that we have only seven months to the crucial General Elections in November. However, you haven’t still come out clearly, to tell the nation how you are going to thoroughly audit and clean this “dangerously over bloated register” (with over 600,000 invalid votes) in the words of your own Panel of Eminent Five after they had concluded that the current register is overly compromised and can’t be used for any general elections. Remember they’ve also told you that these invalid names CANNOT be deleted using your age-long “approach of exhibiting/displaying the register for people to point out these invalid names with evidence of same as well as to proceed to testify before a court of competent jurisdiction is NOT a viable option”.

The Panel therefore recommended a special form of validation. You initially claimed you have accepted the Panel’s recommendations and would proceed to progressively implement same. So what are you still waiting for? Don’t hide behind the courts. When are you building the necessary consensus with the parties and other stakeholders on the way forward? Again, what is the state of your controversial 18-member steering committee so called?

Beautiful Charlotte, instead of you to focus on finding answers to these nagging questions which essentially bother on the very core mandate of the EC relative to delivering a credible, free and fair elections, you are rather obsessed about rebranding and matters of new logo so called. What at all are you rebranding? Is the EC now a product which you wish to market? Does rebranding form part of your mandate? Even if it does, is this the right time to talk about rebranding when you still have serious issues of credible register to contend with?

Mind you, this rebranding hogwash comes at a huge expense to the taxpayer and not you as a person. Did you say you don’t even know how much this useless thing is costing the taxpayer? Like seriously? I am again scandalized when you said, “we like it, we pick it and it makes us happy” in relation to the clearly plagiarized logo. Respectfully, do you think the EC is your personal property? Is it about what makes you happy or what the nation wants? I’m sure you are aware that if a judgement debt is occasioned by this foolhardiness and nonchalance, it is my taxes that would be used to pay that. Why should I allow you to create this mess and go scot-free?

Did you also say you don’t represent the authority of the State? What! If you don’t represent the authority of the State, how then are you going to organize the general elections? On which authority are you deriving your powers? Are you a private entity? Can you ever be above the authority of the State? Is the EC now a Republic on its own? Then why don’t you rebrand your name (since you are obsessed about rebranding) and make it the Democratic Republic of the Electoral Commission so that you can fully assert your so called totalitarian independence? Absolute power indeed corrupts absolutely. As we speak, all the properties of the EC are owned by the State, the State finances all your activities, the State approves your budget and pays all your workers, yet you want us to believe that you live independent of the State of Ghana. How ironic and laughable! Please Charlotte, come again because your logic is very terminally inept and doesn’t add up at all.

You don’t want to be associated with any of our national emblems? Not even our Coat of Arm which symbolizes our unique national identity? No wonder you don’t even know the essence of the Coat of Arm. I am not sure you monitored Justice Atuguba during the 2012 election petition when he referred to the Coat as the embodiment of the State upon which the Judiciary derives its powers. Is the EC, which is not even an organ of the State bigger than the Judiciary? Go and ask Afari Gyan how he was shivering when he appeared before the Judiciary. Surely, you could have done better beautiful Charlotte.
On the involvement of STL in our electoral regime, it is not enough to tell us that they are only responsible for the management of the biometric registration and verification devices as well as the management of the EC’s database. This argument is at best, unconvincing and you need to provide further and better particulars. Remember, the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of our national security and a senior Cabinet designation for that matter has officially informed Ghanaians that STL’s mandate goes beyond what you have told us to include electronic transmission of results. I don’t want to believe that the State, through the Interior Minister, was lying to us. That of course, would be unpardonable.

As a matter of fact, we all heard the Deputy Interior Minister insisting that the Ministry did not err and in fact, proceeded to dare you (the EC) to make public the contract document between SLT and the EC which he claims would vindicate the Ministry. So what are you waiting for Madam Charlotte? I don’t want to believe you have something to hide. The contract can’t be a secret document because payment is done from the consolidated fund (our taxes). So we the citizens have every right to know the details of same. Of course, the EC can’t operate in secrecy and you know that. Do I need to take a cue from CitizenGhana and procced to court to compel you to produce the contract document? Remember there is an existing High Court ruling on this, which mandates State institutions to provide the citizenry with the relevant information/documents they request for. And why is the NPP and other political parties quiet about this? Like seriously? I can’t believe it.

In conclusion, it is pretty obvious that you have a lot to do to win back public confidence in the electoral commission, which is very crucial for obvious reasons. Beautiful Charlotte, please enough of the media engagements, enough of the beautiful grammar, enough of the self-aggrandizement and narcissism, enough of the belligerent and arrogant posturing. Let your award winning beauty and enviable communication skills reflect in your work because the business of the Electoral Commission goes far beyond these cosmetics and requires some significant assertiveness and meticulousness for that matter. I wish you well mummy. Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you.

Yours in the struggle for God and country

IDDI MUHAYU-DEEN

Youth Activist/Social Commentator
Former NUGS Secretary

(0245335197)

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GHANA IN THE FACE OF GROWING LAWLESSNESS, BNI STRIPPED NAKED AND CHASTISED.

Regrettably, the BNI, which is an institution established to deal with high-level crimes that threaten our national security, has now proven to be arguably, the most stubborn State Institution in the country which has grown so much notoriety in acts of lawlessness, disdainful regard for due process and flagrant violation of people’s fundamental rights and freedoms with impunity. It is shamefully worthy of note that our otherwise fine security capos at the BNI have allowed themselves to be used by the State and the ruling government in particular to unlawfully harass, victimize, traduce, intimidate, gag and persecute its ardent critics and political opponents with the view to cowing all and sundry into submission.

You don’t have to be politically or legally savvy to come to this inevitable conclusion once you live in this country. Now, more than ever in our history, anytime the mention of the BNI is made in the news, then certainly, it is for all the bad reasons. They are either engaged in arbitral arrest of ordinary citizens without recourse to our legal regime and denying them (their suspects) the right to Counsel, OR they are engaged in keeping suspects in their custody beyond the constitutionally mandated 48 hours OR they are flagrantly flouting explicit orders from our competent Courts of Jurisdiction.

The BNI doesn’t respect our fundamental Rights, they don’t respect our Laws, they don’t respect our Constitution, they don’t respect our Courts, they have become a law onto themselves and only do what pleases them. They determine what is lawful in this country and not what the Constitution or our Court says. All they care, is instruction/order from “oga at the top”. Else, how on earth would the BNI allow itself to be used by one man (Baba Kamara) to settle personal issues he has with his next-door neighbor in a purely civil matter?

Interestingly, this same BNI and its surrogates especially “government persons” now want Parliament to pass a law, known as the Spy Bill that would further empower them to interfere in our privacy. Yet they care very little about the piece of legislation that would be of enormous benefit to you and I, the Right to Information Bill, which has been pending for almost two decades and gathering dusts in our Parliament. How can I trust this very “lawless BNI” to have unlimited, unchecked and unregulated access to my private conversation when they can’t even respect the fundamental constitutional rights of ordinary citizens.

If this bill is passed, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of BNI interference in the personal and even sexual lives of people or matters of conjugal relationship. No wonder Ghanaians are overwhelmingly up in arms against this unpopular bill and have vowed to resist same with all alacrity even though government still appears belligerent on their quest to pushing this mischief through for some inexplicable expediencies.

In the final analysis, it is very clear that the BNI is increasingly becoming very infamous in the country because of their involvement in various acts of lawlessness. You can interpret that to mean a surreptitious attempt by the BNI to reintroduce the culture of silence in Ghana through the backdoor. Pray for me not to get an invitation from the BNI for authoring this article. But I shouldn’t even be bothered if I get persecuted for speaking the bitter truth in defense of my country’s democracy and for posterity knowing very well that several others lost their lives in this legendary national struggle. You would agree with me that in the light of the foregoing, the BNI has to do a lot more to regain the needed public confidence in its daily enterprises.

“Silence is not an option when things are ill done” – Lord Denning

Thank you.

A concerned Ghanaian in the struggle

‪#‎ForGodAndCountry‬

IDDI MUHAYU-DEEN

Youth Activist/Social Commentator
Former NUGS Secretary

(0245335197)
Please share…..

THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK.

THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist born in the late 1970s. Anas is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigation arsenal (very few people have seen his face). A multimedia journalist who specializes in print media and documentary, Anas focuses on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.

Anas has won critical acclaim for his work advocating for the right to not be held in human slavery or servitude and to have a standard of living in the event of an illness. His investigative works have won him worldwide acclaim with President Barack Obama highlighting his virtues in a speech during his 2009 visit to Ghana: “An independent press, A vibrant private sector, A civil society; Those are the things that give life to democracy. We see that spirit in courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to report the truth.” Anas has won over fourteen international awards for his investigative work. He was polled as the 5th most influential Ghanaian in 2011 by ETV and named one of the “Most Influential Africans of the Year “by the New African Magazine in December 2014.”Chameleon” a documentary about Anas’ life and work by Ryan Mullins was premiered at the 2014 IDFA festival in Amsterdam.

  • Early life

Anas grew up in a military barracks in Ghana. He attended the University of Ghana. After university he turned down an opportunity to work as a reporter for the Ghanaian Times newspaper, instead choosing to join the Crusading Guide newspaper in 1998. The editor of the newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr had just been released from jail in the same year.aremeyawanas

  • Present life

Anas is a publisher at the New Crusading Guide. He is also the CEO of “Tiger Eye Private Investigations” and Executive Director of “Tiger Eye Social Foundation”.

  • Awards

In 2008, Anas was awarded the Heroes Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award by the US Department of State for his contribution to the elimination of human trafficking and also in the same year the Every Human Has Rights Award from France.

In 2009 he was awarded a certificate and cash for excellent work along with five other distinguished journalists from Africa during the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist awards and the Grand Norbert Zongo Prize in Investigative journalism as well as the Segbo Excellence in Investigative Journalism.

In 2010 he was awarded the 2nd Prize of FAIR Investigative Journalism Awards by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters and The Ghanaian Journalist Association awarded him the best in anti-corruption reporting. The Association awarded him Best Investigative Reporter in 2008 and 2006 and honored him as Journalist of the Year in 2006. Also in 2010 he was awarded the Global Health Council Award.

In 2011 he was awarded the Lorenzo Natali Prize (2nd Prize for Africa) by the European Commission Directorate- General for Development and the KCK Award for excellence in Print Journalism from India.

In 2013 he was awarded the Africa Achievers Award, Kenya.

In 2014 he was awarded the “Engaged Journalism Award ’” by the May Chidiac Foundation. Lebanon.

Credits: Wikipedia

“BRIBERY SCANDAL ROCKS JUDICIARY.”

Ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, will on the 22ND and 23RD of September release what he calls his biggest investigative story ever. The internationally acclaimed Ghanaian investigative journalist explained that the piece will reflect his disappointments in the last two years.
It may go down in history as the single most massive bribery scandal to hit Ghana’s Judiciary, as 180 officials of the Judicial Service have been caught on camera taking bribes and extorting money from litigants.
The three-hour video detailing the forms the corruption took shows how 34 of the culprits, said to be judges at the High, the Circuit and the District courts, took bribes, including goats.
Some of them have also been linked to sex scandals and extortion in the edited video, emanating from a two-year investigation by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The High Court justices who have been named include Justices John Ajet-Nasam, Charles Quist, Ernest Obimpeh, Kofi Essel Mensah (Human Rights Court), Paul Uuter Dery, Mustapha Habib Logoh and Mrs. Ivy Heward-Mills.anas

THE “POLITICS OF INSULTS” IS A THREAT TO GHANA’S YOUNG DEMOCRACY.

The advent of multi-party democracy from 1992, has brought with it the opportunity for people to express views on whatever is happening in the country provided, they exercise this right with the responsibility it goes with.

While freedom of expression represents one of the major tenets of Ghana’s constitution, and also incidentally coincides with the true values of democracy, the use of defamatory, derogatory, offensive words or insults which now occupy a near permanent position in the Ghanaian media, particularly the radio must be eschewed totally, if we hope to grow our young democracy.

Freedom of expression for me does not give one the right to insult those with whom they disagree, but rather to learn to agree to disagree. In my view democracy and its associated freedom of expression must be used to protect the moral values of society including the right to enforce the principle of equal rights and respect for diverse persuasions or backgrounds. This paper calls on the citizenry of Ghana, to look back to where we have come from as a nation, give thanks to God and use their energies to help build a better democratic country, worthy of emulation.

DOES GHANA NEED GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS?

The topic of this article has been a hotly debated issue on both radio and television.

In my humble opinion, it should not be so.  Ghana has major problems in the agricultural sector which need to be addressed, before we discuss bringing in genetically modified foods. We cannot say we want food in abundance when we do not have adequate storage facilities, good roads to transport them and many other pressing issues in the agriculture sector. It will be like telling God to create man before creating plants and animals.

Moreover, the safety of such products is not verified yet, in fact, we are the lab rats to test the safety of such technology. This is sad but true. In fact, genetically engineered food is being consumed daily with no thorough research of its potential threats on human health.

Many governments have been under enormous pressure to ban genetically modified foods. In India, farmers are believed to have committed suicide due to the adverse effects it has had on their farm lands.

We should not be in a haste to make a decision which we might regret later. I believe that Ghana does not need genetically modified foods now or even in the future for that matter but if anybody proves to me to the contrary, I would humbly and readily accept that I am wrong.