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NDC jailed Sakande; why is it protecting Quayson?



James Gyakye Quayson, NDC, Newscenta, National Democratic Congress, court, Ghana Parliament, Ghana,
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) which was in government when the late New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Adamu Dramani Sakande, was jailed after being found guilty of false declaration of office, perjury and deceiving a public officer is hypocritically opposing the prosecution of James Gyakye Quayson, NDC MP for Assin North, over same offence.

Sakande jailed 2 years on July 27, 2012

Mr Sakande was sentenced to two years in prison by a High Court on July 27, 2012.

State files charges against Quayson

The state has charged Mr Quayson with deceit of public officer and forgery of passport or travel certificate.


He has been additionally charged for knowingly making false statutory declaration, perjury and false declaration for office.

Constitution bans dual citizens of becoming MP

Article 94 (2a) of the 1992 Constitution states that “a person shall not be qualified to be a Member of Parliament if he – (a) owes allegiance to a country other than Ghana”

NDC alleges politically motivated charges

But, the NDC, led by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, says the criminal action is politically motivated because a civil case is pending before the Appeals Court, as well as the Supreme Court.


Civil case not injunction on criminal proceedings

The Minority Leader, however, did not justify by law how a civil case before the courts amounts to an injunction on filing criminal case against the person.

Case against Adamu Dramani Sakande

In 2008, Mr Sakande was elected to represent his people as the MP for Bawku Central in the 5th Parliament, winning the seat back from the NDC’s Mahama Ayariga.

He was accused of not being a Ghanaian because he was the holder of a British passport that was about to expire.


Complainant is a cattle farmer

A cattle farmer sued the MP, accusing him of violating the electoral laws by contesting elections whilst still a British citizen.

State took interest in the case

The state took interest in the case and filed nine counts relating to his nationality, perjury, forgery of passport, election fraud and deceiving public officers to be elected as an MP against Mr Dramani.

Exonerated on 6 charges but guilty on 3


He was exonerated on six of those charges but was convicted of three charges of false declaration of office, perjury and deceiving a public officer.

Case against James Gyekye Quayson

The case of the state is that the accused person, Mr Quayson, is the MP for Assin North Constituency.

Complainant is Richard Takyi-Mensah, a teacher

The complainant, Richard Takyi-Mensah, is a teacher and a resident of Yamoransa in the Central Region of Ghana.


Signed Ghana passport application on July 26, 2019

According to the state, on July 26, 2019, the accused person signed an application form for the Republic of Ghana passport.

Did not indicate dual citizenship status on the form

On the application form, he indicated that he is a Ghanaian and does not have a dual citizenship.

Quayson held Canadian citizenship


It said the accused at the time held a Canadian citizenship issued on October 30, 2016, but failed to declare same on the application form.

The state said the passport application of the accused person was vetted on July 29, 2019.

Quayson used false information to acquire Ghanaian passport 

It said based on that false information, together with other information provided by the accused person on the passport application form, he was issued with a Ghanaian passport number G2538667 on August 2, 2019.

Again, before the 2020 general elections of Ghana were conducted on December 7, 2020, nominations were opened between October 5 and 9, 2020.


Quayson picked MP nomination form as dual citizen

The state said the accused person picked up nomination forms to contest as an MP for the Assin North Constituency.

It said the accused person at the time was a Ghanaian and a Canadian citizen, making him a dual citizenship holder.

Article 94(2)(a) disqualifies dual citizens from being MP

The state said he was, therefore, disqualified under Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Constitution to be an MP.


Quayson took oath on October 6, 2020 before District Court

It said in Part IV of the nomination forms of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, the accused person used a statutory declaration, which he had sworn to on October 6, 2020, before the District Court Registrar at Assin Fosu stating that he does not owe allegiance to any country other than Ghana.

Filed nomination with false information

The state said the accused person further went ahead to file his nomination forms on October 8, 2020, with the false information in the statutory declaration.

Nomination approved based on false information


It said based on that false information, together with other information provided by the accused person in the nomination forms, his nomination was accepted by the EC.

It said the accused person contested the position and subsequently won the seat.

Certificate of renunciation issued 48 days after false statutory declaration

It said the accused person was issued a certificate of renunciation of his Canadian citizenship dated November 26, 2020, about 48 days after he had made the false statutory declaration and filed his nomination forms.

The state said on January 14, 2022, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department received a petition dated January 11, 2021, from the complainant in which the complainant reported the actions of the accused, leading to investigations into the matter.


In his cautioned statement to the police, the accused person claimed that at the material time, he honestly believed that he did not owe allegiance to any other country.







Ashaiman brutalities: CDD, OccupyGhana want soldiers punished



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Two Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) want all military personnel involved in the brutalities at Ashaiman following the murder of the soldier, Trooper Imoro Sheriff, to face the law.

In separate statements OccupyGhana and Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD Ghana), said the brutal force used by military personnel left many unsuspecting civilian residents of Ashaiman with various degrees of injuries.


OccupyGhana described the actions of the Military as “barbaric, totally uncalled for, absolutely unconstitutional and unlawful”.

It said the constitution guaranteed inviolable dignity to all Ghanaians, even if suspected to have committed a crime and that no Ghanaian should be subjected to “torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment or any other condition that detracts or is likely to detract from [our] dignity and worth as human beings”.


The pressure group therefore, stated that as the accused persons faced the law, the Military personnel involved and any officer who authorised those actions against residents of Ashaiman must be tried, and officers and supervisors who endorsed the acts after they happened must also resign.

OccupyGhana also asked the Military High Command to apologise to everyone subjected to violations and that the State needed to compensate affected persons.

“There is, therefore, no justification for the pain, suffering and torture that the soldiers visited on clearly innocent people.

“Any powers of arrest that the Military may claim to have, is no different from the arrest powers of any citizen of this country, as regulated by the Constitution,” it added.

It said the rights of Ashaiman residents had been gravely violated as the Military itself appeared to have filmed and shared videos as they subjected citizens to “unspeakable indignities, making an absolute and total a farce of what our Constitution represents and what they see their role in the Ghanaian society as. With these barbaric acts, they made themselves, judge, jury and executioner, and a very terrible one at that”


“The Constitution demands ‘reasonable suspicion’ that the specific person arrested has committed an offence. A mass swoop that occurs days after an offence, and detains as many as 184 people cannot be based on any suspicion that each of them had committed the offence. And even if any such suspicion arguably existed, it would be grossly unreasonable, unwarranted and perverse. Thus, the military unjustifiably violated the constitutional right to due process of every person they detained,” the statement noted.

It said the press statement issued by the Department of Public Relations of the Military on March 7, 2023, was an “absurd justification” of the actions of the officers and had been exposed by the facts provided by the police as false on March 12, 2023, that the unfortunate death resulted from a suspected robbery attempt.

The Pressure Group also said the suspected robbery could have happened in any part of the country and to any citizen and that the Military would not have intervened.

OccupyGhana asked the Military to acknowledge its mandate as all other security agencies to protect the people of Ghana and not to turn on them.

It extended its condolences to the family and loved ones of the murdered military officer.


CDD-Ghana appalled

CDD said the brutal force used by military personnel in their “intelligence-led operation” left many unsuspecting civilian residents of Ashaiman with various degrees of injuries.

It said others were confined to their homes for hours in fear of falling victim to the unprofessional conduct of the military personnel.

It noted that about 184 persons were arrested during this exercise by the military; adding that some were tortured while others were subjected to all kinds of inhumane treatment by the military.

“We are further deeply dismayed by the revelation that this flagrantly unprofessional and barbaric conduct by military personnel was sanctioned by the military hierarchy and received justification and approval not only from the Military High Command, but also from a Deputy Minister of Defence, Kwaku Amankwa Manu, who as a member of the civilian government must exercise oversight and control over the conduct and operations of the armed forces.


“However dastardly, the alleged killing of a military officer and its investigation is a matter of internal security and criminal law enforcement which is the exclusive mandate of the Ghana Police Service, and not the Ghana Armed Forces.”

It said the Ghana Armed Forces should not be free to unilaterally use arms, military accouterments and other taxpayer/public funded resources entrusted to their care for the defense of the nation to avenge a crime committed against one of their own.

The statement said resorting to militarized self-help of this nature for criminal acts committed against individual military personnel undermines the rule of law and creates uneasiness among the civilian population.

It said the fact that the swoop at Ashaiman was not an isolated incident, it also gave cause for great concern.

It said on many occasions in the past, some officers of the Ghana Armed Forces have resorted to acts of militarized self-help in various parts of the country; terrorizing unsuspecting civilians and leaving many injured.


It said for instance, on or about July 1, 2021, a group of military men were reported to have assaulted some civilians in Wa in the Upper West Region, after a phone belonging to one of the military men was allegedly stolen in the area.

“Unfortunately, it appears the punishment meted out to soldiers has prevented these acts from re-occurring.

“We commend the efforts of the Ghana Police Service in tracking down the perpetrators of this dastardly act.”

The statement said however, in the broader spirit of exercising democratic control over the operations and conduct of the armed forces, CDD Ghana urged Parliament to investigate the incident; cause sanctions to be imposed on all persons implicated in the swoop at Ashaiman and ensure that justice was done.

It said CDD Ghana was also urging all persons directly affected by the conduct of the military personnel at Ashaiman to seek redress at the courts.


The statement said the Executive branch must also be advised that failing to condemn and sanction the military officers implicated in the episode was a slippery slope toward a generalized state of lawlessness and anarchy.

“We must remember that under a democratically-elected civilian government, such brutal and unprofessional conduct of soldiers characteristic of military regimes in the past, cannot be encouraged and must never be repeated.”

The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is an independent, nongovernmental, and not-for-profit organization that promotes and supports, through research, education, advocacy, and policy engagement, efforts to build democracy, good governance, and inclusive development in Ghana and throughout Africa.

CDD-Ghana’s research outputs and other products are available to and used by governmental and nongovernmental agencies, Africa regional bodies, development partners as well as researchers and the public.

Soldiers invade Ashaiman-Taifa


Soldiers invaded Ashaiman-Taifa to avenge the death of their colleague Trooper Imoro Sherrif who was killed by ‘thugs’ in the area.

Armoured tanks, 2 military helicopters provided air support

The soldiers invaded the community with military vehicles including armoured tanks, and two helicopters providing air support.

Soldiers attacked residents

The heavily armed soldiers started attacking residents, preventing them from even stepping out of their homes.


Flogging of residents

In some videos on social media, a young man is heard screaming amid sounds of flogging.

Residents forced to roll in the mud

In other visuals, some residents were forced to roll on the ground in the muddy puddles created by the early morning rains.

Crawl on bellies


Videos circulating on the internet depict civilians being instructed to lie on the ground and crawl using their bellies, while others were subjected to whipping.

According to reports, persons who flout the military’s directives were flogged and manhandled.

Fear and panic

The soldiers have terrorized the local populace, causing fear and panic, and have physically assaulted residents in the neighbourhood.

In defence of brutalities, Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in a statement described it as an operation in parts of Ashaiman to swoop in a man-hunt for some criminals and not for vengeance.


Police investigations revealed that pn March 4, 2023, the police received information on a male adult found lying dead at Ashaiman Taifa.

A team of Police Officers upon reaching the place retrieved a blood-stained knife, a backpack containing an iPad, Ghana Card, National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) card, and a military uniform belonging to the victim who was a soldier with the Third Battalion of Infantry at Sunyani.

Investigations revealed that the slain soldier went to visit his female friend at Ashiaman Newtown at about 10:30pm on March 03, and left for his home at about 1:30am on March 04, but was attacked by Samuel Tetteh, and Abubakar Sadick, at Ashaiman-Taifa with the purpose of stealing his mobile phone.

He added that the two succeeded in stabbing him and robbed him of his iPhone, indicating that the stolen phone was subsequently sold to Ibrahim for GH₵‎300 who re-sold it to Safianu Musah for GH₵‎ 350.

The Prosecution added that Safianu claimed to have also sold the phone to Yussif Mohammed and Gafaru Abdul Karim.





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Senyo Hosi receives national award for role in GIDC execution



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Finance and Economic Policy Analyst and Entrepreneur, Senyo Hosi who was the Managing Trustee of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund has received a national award for his contribution in the fight against COVID-19.

He is part of individuals, institutions and partners who have been awarded by the State at the National Honours and Awards 2023 for distinguishing themselves in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo decorated Mr Hosi with the award at a ceremony in Accra.

Mr Hosi spearheaded the construction the first ever 100-bed capacity Ghana Infectious Disease Centre (GIDC) for treatment and management of COVID-19 and other infectious.

Located at the Ga East Municipal Hospital at Kwabenya-Atomic, it is a private-sector-initiated and executed project funded through the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund and built by a combined military-civilian professionals, skilled and unskilled labourers.


Covid-19 Private Sector Fund targets GH¢100m

The Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund set out to raise a minimum of GH¢100 million, was established by a number of private businesses drawn from diverse sectors in the country, to support government’s efforts to conquer the coronavirus pandemic.

$7.5m cost

The project, which emerged as a result of the private sector’s response to the call by President Akufo-Addo on all Ghanaians to rally support behind the government to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was constructed within 67 days at the cost of $7.5 million.

3 leaders of the project


The GCPSF, spearheaded by national icons Messrs Hosi, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) and Managing Trustee, Edward Effah, Board Chairman of Fidelity Bank, and Dr. Anthony Oteng-Gyasi, Chairman of Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited, Trsutee, among others, from April, the early stages of COVID-19 in Ghana, conceptualized the project and with the involvement of the relevant stakeholders came out with the designs and project estimates cost.

Donations from patriotic Ghanaians and corporate bodies 

Following this, the Fund was set up and saw many patriotic Ghanaians and corporate bodies donating from as little as sixty pesewas to raise the needed funds for the project which has components such as laboratories, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), general wards, among others.

536 patriotic and industrious Ghanaians made donations

The funds were donated by 536 patriotic and industrious Ghanaians to fund the project to support government’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.


$5.5m cash/materials, $2m free services

This is made up of $5.5 million in cash and materials as well as $2 million in free services offered by various professionals, groups and tax waivers.

Between 66 pesewas and GH¢10m donated

Corporate entities and individuals contributed between 66 pesewas and GH¢10 million to the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund.

Components of the facility


The first ever GIDC comprised a level three Biomedical laboratory, a 21-bed Intensive Care Unit, a dispensary, a triage unit, waiting areas, nurses station, VIP and general wards and a medical gas house, was constructed through the collaboration of civilian and military engineers, planners and architects within three months.

Designers of the facility

The structure was designed jointly by the Built Environment Professionals made up of the Ghana Institute of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Planners, the Ghana Armed Forces and Specialists Consultants from the Ministry of Health and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

Various design enhancements requested by GMA

Various design enhancements were done in response to additional requests by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and other infectious disease clinicians and biomedical scientists.


Various units

The enhancements include the incorporation of a level 2.5 scalable to a level 3 biomedical laboratory, in consultation with officials from Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, the addition of a 21-bed intensive care unit and total insulation of the centre for energy efficiency since the facility will be required to be climatically controlled throughout its use.

Another one is the application of ultra-violet radiation treatment of air entering and exiting the facility to ensure no contaminated air exits the building.

President Akufo-Addo cut sod on April 17, 2020

President Akufo-Addo on April 17, 2020, cut the sod for the construction of the Ghana Infectious Disease Centre.


Relief services to individuals and families

The fund extended relief services to individuals and families who were hardest hit by the pandemic, undertake sensitisation programmes and also support institutions at the forefront of the fight.

Projects of Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund

Since its establishment, the fund embarked on a number of projects in conformity with its agenda.

‘Feed a Kayayo Project’


Through one of its initiatives, dubbed ‘Feed A Kayayo Project’, more than 140,000 free hot meals have been served to persons affected by the lockdown in Accra and Kumasi.

Supply of PPE

Under its project dubbed ‘Protect and Resource the Frontline,’ the fund has also supplied tertiary care personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ga East Municipal Hospital, which is the primary treatment centre for Covid-19 patients.

The Managing Director of Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited is the Chairman of the team, with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chamber Bulk Oil Distributors, Mr Senyo Kwasi Hosi, as the Managing Trustee of the fund.

Other members of the management team are the Chairman of Fidelity Bank Ghana Ltd, Mr Edward Effah; a Director, CH Group, Mr Kwaku Bediako; the CEO, Woodfield Energy Resources Ltd, Mr John Taylor; the Chairman of Wilkins Engineering Ltd, Mr Omane Frimpong, and the Managing Director of Bamson Group, Mr Kwame Ofosu Bamfo.


The rest are the Group Chairman of Kasapreko, Mr Kwabena Adjei; the Chairman of Svani Group Ltd, Mr Thomas Svanikier; the CEO of the Multimedia Group Ltd, Mr Kwasi Twum, and a Commissioner at the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ms Julie Essiam.

Similar facilities planned for Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale

It is expected that the three ecological zones, that’s the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern would have similar facilities, and would be constructed in Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale respectively.








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National honours conferred on COVID-19, ITLOS champions



National awards 2023, Newscenta, COVID-19, ITLOS team members, Order of the Volta,

Individuals, institutions and partners who distinguished themselves in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, have been honoured by the State at the National Honours and Awards 2023.

Other awards receivers are members of the legal team of men and women, who were charged with ensuring that the maritime boundary dispute with Cote D’Ivoire, ended favourably for Ghana.

Apart from these two main categories of awardees, that is the COVID-19 and International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) awardees, there was a third category of awardees of a few individuals whose work deserve the plaudits of the nation.

They are the late great philosopher, Prof. Johnson Kwame Wiredu, by common consent one of the outstanding philosophers of global repute of the modern age, who will be given a befitting posthumous award, Order of the Volta – Companion.

The rest are Ms. Margaret Sophia Darkwah, the first female Commissioner of Police; Prof. Akwasi Osei, former Chief Executive of the Mental Health Authority; and Dr. Veronica Agartha Martinson, former Executive Director of the Cocoa Research Institute, Ghana.


In all, some 19, 557 frontline health workers received certificates and plaques for their dedicated services in the line of duty.

Additionally, about 50 individuals and entities also received the Order of the Volta – Companion awards, comprising Members of the National COVID-19 Taskforce, Trustees of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, and ITLOS Technical Team and Legal Advisors.

The national awards are presented to persons who have made immense and recognized contributions in sectors such as the civil service, military, prisons service, education and public health, agriculture, commerce and industry, the judiciary, scientific and other research, sports, culture and the arts, and the financial sector.

The country received many commendations for the measures it put in place to contain the viral disease, after it recorded the first two cases in March 2020.

“Ghana is indeed indebted to you,” President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo saluted the awardees.


The selflessness and commitment demonstrated by the health workers helped saved many lives, the President noted, citing the difficulties the nation went through at the height of the pandemic.

These ranged from the imposition of a three-week lockdown in some parts of the country, and social distancing to the adherence to safety protocols.

President Akufo-Addo stated that the Government instituted some one billion Ghana Cedis as a relief package to alleviate the plight of the people in the wake of the pandemic.

Additionally, personal protective equipment worth several millions of Ghana Cedis were also procured for the safety of the citizenry.

The President lauded the ITLOS main legal team for their effectiveness and able manner in which they handled Ghana’s maritime dispute with its immediate western neighbours.


“This ensured that our western maritime resources remained legitimately in our possession,” he said.

“It is important to state that today’s awards ceremony is a purely national event, devoid of partisan, ethnic or religious considerations, and organised solely in recognition of the services offered by its recipients to the growth, development, progress and prosperity of Ghana.

“I, as the President of the Republic, the Fount of Honour, act as the Head of State, and not as Head of Government, in the distribution of awards.

“I can happily say that I am not aware of the political sympathies or views of the overwhelming majority of today’s awardees. Their politics is of no moment to me, only their exploits in favour of Mother Ghana, he said.













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