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Don’t ‘Crucify’ Otabil

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Chairman of the Peace Council, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante has advised Ghanaians against unduly criticizing Pastor Mensa Otabil, General Overseer of International Central Gospel Church (ICGC).

Dr. Otabil has done nothing wrong to deserve insults from the people, especially in the media, he said.

Dr. Otabil has been vilified by section of the populace after he told his congregation that disaster could befall the country in a month’s time.

The ICGC leader, after his revelation, led his church members to fervently pray to God to forestall any calamity that could hit the county. Some critics have argued that Dr. Otabil’s declaration would cause fear and panic among the citizenry.

But speaking on Kessben FM, a radio station in Kumasi, Rev Prof Asante, who is also the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, stated that Dr. Otabil’s revelation in church was normal. He said men of God usually lead their congregation to pray for the country whenever they see something bad in the spiritual realm.

Rev Asante could not fathom why some people were lambasting Pastor Otabil for “declaring peace and prosperity for Ghana.”

He added that the media should not discuss the spiritual matter.

The Peace Council Chairman reiterated that “Dr. Otabil did not do anything wrong; as a man of God he led his congregation to pray for God’s intervention so that peace will reign in the country. As Christians we offer this prayer at every election year.”

Prof. Asante stated emphatically that Dr. Otabil’s revelation and eventual prayer for peace to reign in Ghana could not create fear and panic among the populace.

“His prayer for God’s intervention for peace to reign in Ghana should give the people hope that the Almighty God is in control of the country so nothing bad would befall Ghana.

“We have one Ghana so we should all contribute to protect the country’s peace.”

He entreated the media to preach peace, especially as the Supreme Court is set to conclude the hearing of the election petition.

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Kpegah vrs Nana Addo: Kpegah Wants Akyem Judge Changed

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The case involving Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Kpegah, Nana Akufo-Addo and the General Legal Council has been adjourned by an Accra Fast-track High Court because lawyers for Justice Kpegah expressed their discomfort with the judge assigned to handle the case.

In court on Thursday, Lawyer David Annan who represented Justice Kpegah told the court they had filed a petition with Judicial Council with respect to their discomfort with Justice K. A Ofori Atta presiding over the case and wants him to recuse himself before the substantive case could be heard.

Justice Kpegah had earlier filed a petition against the judge with the Chief Justice and it was dismissed.

The retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Francis Kpegah, has accused the 2012 flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo of impersonation and for holding himself as a lawyer when his name is not on the roll of lawyers in Ghana.

However, the case which was scheduled for hearing on Thursday had to be adjourned indefinitely awaiting the decision of the petition filed by lawyers for Justice Kpegah against Presiding Judge Justice K. A Ofori Atta.

Meanwhile lead counsel for Nana Addo, Frank Davies has expressed disappointment in the decision to adjourn the case indefinitely.

Speaking to Citi News, Lawyer Davies said he was of the firm belief that the case should have been heard despite the petition filed by the Kpegah camp against the Presiding judge.

“I must place it on record that even though the judge has decided to await the petition to the judicial council, we the lawyers for Nana Akufo-Addo are not happy and feel saddened by the decision to adjourn the matter because the petition to the judicial council does not operate in law as a stay of proceedings before His Lordship Justice Ofori Atta,” he stated.

Lawyer Davies further mentioned, “That is the decision the judge has taken and we cannot quire with it but we feel very disappointed because our Client, Nana Akufo-Addo’s name is still lingering on for nothing. His reputation is being muddied for nothing.”

Adding that, “this matter has come on before and has been dismissed by a court of competent jurisdiction and the plaintiff has filed the same action in another court. This is an abuse on the processes of our court.”

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BNI Not Well Trained…Osafo Maafo Should’ve Been Arrested By Now – Kofi Wayo

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Leader and Founder of the United Renaissance Party (URP), Charles Kofi Wayo has lashed out at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) suggesting that they are ‘not well trained’.

According to him, if they (BNI) were well trained, they would have arrested Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo, a former Finance Minister under ex-President Kufuor’s government for causing financial loss to the state and ‘turning round to accuse the Mahama led administration of putting the economy in a bad shape’.

The NPP led by Mr. Osafo Maafo last week referred to Ghana’s economy under the Mahama administration as being in “tatters”, largely due to “the huge public debt; the lamentable fiscal deficit, the humongous arrears, unbridled overspending, worsening unemployment, deteriorating utility services and failing social services.”

Kofi Wayo, speaking to the issue, told Peace FM news that Osafo Maafo had no moral right to accuse the Mahama led administration because he was the cause of ‘the tattered economy’ during his term as the Finance Minister.

He further tongue-lashed Osafo Maafo describing him as a ‘fool’, though he was later made to retract that offensive description but failed to apologise.

“Do you remember the CNTCI loan that Osafo Maafo made a lot of noise about that later turned to be a scam? If Osafo Marfo were to be in America, he would not be able to talk; he would have been arrested but in Ghana the situation is different. The BNI operatives in Ghana are not well trained so they do not jump into the cases the way they should. So much corruption has gone on and nobody investigates because everybody knows nothing will come out of that investigation; people go scot free…” he intimated.

He however, urged government to help in equipping and training BNI and other security operatives so that they can react on their own without any prodding from government.

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Mensa Otabil And Owusu Bempah Are The False Prophets The Bible Mentioned

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Deputy National Propaganda Secretary of the ruling NDC, Solomon Nkansah, has described as falsity the “sensing of ominous” events befallen Ghana by the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensah Otabil, saying it is meant to deceive Ghanaians to think in a certain line which seems to suggest that if the verdict does not favor his political leanings, there will be calamity in the country.

According to him, prior to the 2012 elections, Pastor Otabil said at a press conference that the NDC is a wicked and evil party which does not deserve to be in power; adding that Rev. Owusu Bempah made a similar comment that the NDC will not win the 2012 elections.

Few days after Dr. Otabil’s feeling about the calamity which might happen to Ghana if Christians do not pray to avert it, Rev. Owusu Bempah told OkayFM in an interview that for a senior colleague of his to come out to reiterate the same message he has been talking about in time past, it goes a long way to tell Ghanaians that God is warning us about an impending calamity.

But in a sharp rebuttal on Okay FM, the NDC Deputy National Propaganda Secretary claimed these are the false prophets God said would come during the end time; adding that God has not sent them to tell Ghanaians anything, rather they have chosen to deceive Ghanaians in the name of God.

He said that the statement from the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (I.C.G.C) is a lie which is meant to deceive the public.

He wondered how Otabil’s feeling about Ghana has come rather at a time the Supreme Court has less than a month to bring ruling on the 2012 election petition.

He reminded that Pastor Mensa Otabil spoke before the election convincing Ghanaians that if God indeed is still in existence, the NDC should not win the 2012 election; averring that God’s prophecy has never failed before and so the pronouncement from these men of God did not emanate from Him.

He further stated that the Bible has made it clear that there are good and false prophets in the world and that the only way to know the false prophets is the way they carry their activities; reiterating that “these are the false prophets God told Jeremiah that ‘I have not sent them and my words are not with them but with their heart desires, they lie to deceive my people; on the day of harvest, I the Lord will clear them’”.

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War Cannot Be An Option For The Sake Of Nana Addo & Mahama

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I have always anticipated a sense of abhorrence on the part of the good people of this country with regards to any suggestions of conflict or unrest. However, the outburst generated by a comment I last posted on facebook on the sequence of the subject seemed to me like the swatting of an ant with a sledge hammer.

Could it also be that our antennae and sensitivities as a nation in apprehension of something untoward have been unduly raised as a result of the standoffish posturing of the NDC and NPP in the current Supreme Court proceedings?

Well, for the benefit of those who may not have had access to this comment on my page, I reproduce it below so as to inform the rest of this conversation.

My pastor, Mensah Otabil, says he feels a heavy cloud over this country waiting to happen in about a month’s time. My call is that may it happen if that will make us think and if that thinking will make us better. I may die, but some of you will live and the lessons thereof may make more sense to our unborn generations. Our country is sick! —Ernesto Yeboah

I should be the last person to wish evil for this country. Heaven knows I have spent all my years on earth praying for the success of our beloved nation and even beyond. For the better part of my student days at the University of Ghana, I enmeshed myself in a struggle that was not only meant to improve the deplorable conditions on the campus, but indeed to affect the consciousness of my fellow youth to work in the best interest of our nation.

I may be partisan today, working as the Deputy Communications Director of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) but nothing has changed so far as my love for my country is concerned. I joined the CPP because of my strong conviction that it is the only party that can salvage this country from its socio-economic and political conundrum. The party may be weak presently, but its foundations on the vision of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah remain unshaken.

I did not join the National Democratic Congress (NDC) or the New Patriotic Party (NPP) because of their operating software’s and fears I always harboured about the future of this country under the leadership of these two parties; those fears which have now manifested themselves in the form of a Supreme Court electoral litigation putting all Ghanaians on tenterhooks.

In the last couple of days, Pastor Mensah Otabil has come under a lot of flak for his supposed prophesy about the imminent danger of war that hangs over this country; many have skewed this to mean the consequence of the election petition hearing. I am one of such persons; not particularly because of his prophesy, but because I can scientifically relate with that conclusion based on the few samples I have taken for examination.

It would be recalled that at their party headquarters on the 20th anniversary celebration of the NDC, President Mahama told the whole world that there was only one outcome from the Supreme Court petition which is, to declare him as the winner of the polls.

In a sharp rebuttal the NPP’s Young Patriot stated in a press release “it has become urgent for the Young Patriots to bring to the attention of the Ghanaian public, a war drumming machine instituted by the NDC and President Mahama in anticipation of the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling on the petition pending before it on the Election results. — [June 24, 2013].

The President was again heard saying to a gathering at a ceremony to mark their 20th anniversary of the Mount Horeb Victorious Church International at Mamfe in the Eastern Region, stressing that attempts by his political opponents to derail his presidency would fail because God had ordained him as leader of Ghana.

The writings therefore are boldly on the wall that a dark cloud hangs over Ghana. The desperation of the two men is obvious; Mr. Mahama’s addiction to the seat and Nana Addo’s hunger to swallow the bolus of his bite. His party is not about to present him unopposed for 2016; his last bite is the court and if that fails, hell must break loose.

At least we have seen the reckless misbehaviour by the General Secretary of the NPP, “Sir John” even after the Supreme Court had invoked the rare powers of contempt when he chose to go on a full-scale onslaught to attack the person of the Supreme Court Judges.

The posture of the two men gives no indication that either is ready to concede and congratulate the other after the court has given its final ruling. Their spin doctors, social commentators and rented press are not giving those indications either. Traveling from radio station to radio station, reading newspapers one after the other and swimming through the commentaries on facebook on the face of the pink sheets,

I feel the heat and the madness that threatens our common survival to migrate to other lands in a few days time as refugees. So the question: Is war imminent? Will there be war, will there not be war? My conclusion is that we need to exercise a lot of restraint to save our nation from doom.

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NDC Communicator: Mensa Otabil And Owusu Bempah Are The False Prophets The Bible Mentioned

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The Deputy Propaganda Secretary for the ruling NDC, Solomon Nkansah has described as falsehood the prophecy by the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensah Otabil, saying it is meant to deceive Ghanaians to think in a certain line which seems to suggest that if the verdict does not favor his political lineage there will be calamity in the country.

According to him, prior to the 2012 elections, Pastor Otabil said in a press conference that the NDC is a wicked and evil party which does not deserve to be in power; adding that Rev. Owusu Bempah made a similar comment that the NDC will not win the 2012 election.

Speaking on Okay FM, he said that these are the false prophets God said would come during the end time; adding that God has not sent them to tell Ghanaians anything, rather they have chosen to deceive Ghanaians in the name of God.

He said that the statement from the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (I.C.G.C) is a lie which is meant to deceive the public.

He wondered how Otabil’s feeling about Ghana has come rather at a time the Supreme Court has less than a month to bring ruling on the 2012 election petition.

He reminded that Pastor Mensa Otabil spoke before the election convincing Ghanaians that if God indeed is still in existence the NDC should not win the 2012 election; averring that God’s prophecy has never failed before and so the pronouncement from these men of God did not emanate from God.

He further said that the Bible has made it clear that there are good and false prophets in the world and that the only way to know the false prophets is the way they carry their activities; reiterating that “these are the false prophets God told Jeremiah that ‘I have not sent them and my words are not with them but with their heart desire, they lie to deceive my people; on the day of harvest, I the Lord will clear them’”.

Meanwhile on the note of Dr. Otabil’s feeling about the calamity which might happen to Ghana if Christians do not pray to avert it, Rev. Owusu Bempah has stated that for a senior colleague of his to come out to reiterate the same message he has been talking about in time past, it goes a long way to tell Ghanaians that God is warning us about an impending calamity.

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Court To Hear Justice Kpegah’s Fresh Suit Against Nana Addo

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An Accra Fast Track High Court will on Thursday hear a fresh suit filed by former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Francis Yao Kpegah, challenging the status of New Patriotic Party’s Presidential Candidate in the 2012 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo, as a lawyer.

Justice Kpegah has accused Nana Akufo-Addo of impersonation, a claim which had been thrown out by an Accra Fast track High Court, some months ago.

Speaking to Citi News, lawyer for Nana Akufo-Addo, Frank Davis revealed that his team his filed an application urging the court to dismiss the suit.

“He [Kpegah] has instituted another action in the Fast Track Court and the matter is now constituted before Justice Ofori Atta,” he stated.

Lawyer Davies further stated, “We will be going to the Automated Fast Track and we have an application to have the action dismissed once again and it is coming on before Justice Ofori Atta at 9 am.”

“He has sued Nana Addo in another court on substantially the same release,” he added. An Accra Fast Track High Court had earlier dismissed an application filed by a former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Kpegah, accusing the NPP’s 2012 flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo of impersonation.

The court which was presided over by Justice Cecelia Sowah dismissed the case, describing it as frivolous.

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Fix The Economy…You Cannot Tax And Spend Your Way Out Of Trouble

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Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West of the New Patriotic (NPP), Ursula Owusu has stridently called on government to stop embezzling public funds and rather fix the ‘broken’ economy.

An emotive Ursula Owusu, accused the government of squandering the nation’s money in advance, thereby running the country into deficits and hardships.

Commenting on the proposal by government to impose new taxes on goods and services on OmanFM on Wednesday, the Ablekuma West MP called on the government to do its homework well, stating firmly that the Mahama-led government “cannot tax and spend their way out of trouble”; they “need to fix our economy.”

To her, government officials under the Mahama administration are punching ‘holes’ in the pockets of Ghanaians and looting them; an act she believes has created revenue leakages for the economy.

The monies, which should be channeled into the financial coffers of the nation, are “flowing into some people’s pockets”, she disclosed.

The NPP firebrand also accused some government officials of owning properties in foreign countries like Dubai, which do not correspond with their salaries, and thus admonished government to investigate its officials.

“They know them. What steps are they taking to penalize them?…The government is aware, what steps are they taking to check procurement malpractices?” she stated.

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Dr Apaak To Political Parties: Prepare Your Supporters Mentally To Accept Supreme Court Ruling

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The Convener of the Forum for Governance and Justice (FGJ), Dr. Clement Apaak has charged the National Peace Council and the National Media Commission (NMC) to drive into the citizenry the spirit of patriotism and nationalism.

He called on the two bodies to create an avenue for the first respondent in the ongoing election case before the Supreme Court, President John Dramani Mahama and leader of the petitioners, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, to make publicly their commitment to accept the verdict of the nine-member panel sitting on the case.

Dr. Clement Apaak was speaking in an interview with Radio Gold on Wednesday.

He stressed that it is vital for the NMC together with the Peace Council to get the President and the opposition leader to make pronouncements about their commitments to building national peace in order to defuse tensions in the public domain.

“It’s very important that we all try from this time onwards to activate and move to the next level our spirit of patriotism and nationalism where we must now see ourselves as Ghanaian [first and foremost]. We must recognize that we have reached a point in the history of our nation which can make or break us but since we have decided to adopt and to apply the constitution as the only way of seeking redress as provided by the constitution itself that we prepare ourselves and we commit to accepting the outcome of the court.”

Also, he wants all political parties to issue a communiqué to their leaders to educate their supporters and ‘prepare them mentally’ to accept the Supreme Court ruling in good faith “no matter how unpalatable it may be because the constitution gives us the right to resolve our differences in this and to continue to ensure that we maintain our national peace, unity and stability which in itself is a constitutional mandate.”

He advised the entire nation to put “Ghana first and if we can have a peaceful united and stable Ghana, then we can address all our differences. We can jaw-jaw. We can agree to disagree by maintaining the status quo which would allow us to even have the opportunity to contest again even if it does not go our way this time around.”

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We Are Creating Economic Stability – Veep

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Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur on Wednesday said the economy was not broke, rather an exceptional fiscal situation last year created challenges.

He said the situation required measures to create stability and to pursue growth-enhancing programmes.

The fiscal challenges, he added, were transmitted onto the monetary sector this year (2013), and there was a decline in concessional financing.

At a meeting with the Governing Council of the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) in Accra, the Vice President said the government was, therefore, considering the use of tariffs and leveraging the private sector, to team up with government in delivering investment.

He cited the slow rate of investment in maintenance in the power sector at the Volta River Authority (VRA), and called for a change in attitude to tariff adjustment to attain the prospects of the economy.

The meeting was the third in a series that the PEF had had with the vice president this year to dialogue on critical issues of the Ghanaian economy.

The third one followed a memo from the PEF, suggesting among other things, a second look at Government’s upward adjustment of tariffs, which the PEF considers as not in the interest of business development and growth, in the face of the power crisis, high cost of credit and labour and other inputs.

The vice president gave a plus to the ability of some African nations, including Ghana, to do well despite their economic challenges, stating in the case of Ghana that “there is hope.”

“Every country has challenges, but what we decide to do should be the essence,” the vice president stated.

He said the low prices of Ghana’s commodities, cocoa and gold, had been low against a rather high cost of crude oil, with negative impact on the Ghanaian economy.

He made a case for an acceptance of the upward review of tariffs as an alternative to finance short prospects.

“If all taxes go back to that of last year’s levels, there is no future of the prospects of the economy,” the vice president said, and warned of serious consequences in delivering social investment in the next few years if the necessary measures were not taken now.

He assured the PEF that the government would increase its dialogue with the business community on measures being taken to plug out excesses in public spending, which the PEF complained as having a negative impact on private sector business.

Mr Asare Akuffo, President of the Council, commended the interaction between government and the PEF.

He said a number of business associations were joining the PEF, but added however, the level of confidence in Ghanaian business was not at the expected acceptable levels, and prayed government to help reverse the situation.

Nana Osei Bonsu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PEF, however, described as unfair for the government to add to the burden of businesses, with what he called “big-big taxes” in the face of continuous power outages, high interests and reduced profit margins.

He complained there would be a negative effect on the competitiveness of Ghanaian businesses on the global stage, with the additional taxes in the recently re-introduced National Fiscal Stabilisation Levy.

A fortnight ago, Ghana’s Parliament approved the National Fiscal Stabilization Levy Bill and the Special Import Levy Bill to shore up revenues to bridge this year’s budget deficit and raise funds for national development.

The National Fiscal Stabilization Levy would enable the government to generate revenues topping some GHc88 million to support shortfalls in this year’s budget.

It has re-imposed a stabilisation levy of five per cent on profit before tax of selected companies and institutions for a period of 18 months to raise funds for fiscal stabilisation of the economy.

Government in 2009 introduced the National Fiscal Stabilisation Act, 2009 (Act 785), to garner resources for economic expansion.

However, following the stability of the economy in 2011, the Act was repealed, but due to the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Scheme among others threatening to crowd out investment in other sectors of the economy, the levy is being re-imposed to help generate revenue to meet those shortfalls.

The Special Import Levy Bill, on the other hand, forms part of measures taken by the government to increase revenue generation to support social services and infrastructure programmes outlined in the 2013 budget.

The Bill, which seeks to impose a special import levy on selected imported goods at the point of entry, is expected to yield revenues in the range of GHc208 million over the remaining six months of the year.

Goods to be levied under this provision include outboard motors, fishing nets, agricultural machinery, dairy milking products, energy saving bulbs, book binding machines, cutlasses and some farming inputs.

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