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Uncertainty Hangs Over Mahama – Gen Mosquito

Johnson Asiedu Nketia The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has conceded that the prolonged presidential election petition currently at the Supreme Court has left ‘a cloud of uncertainty’ over the Presidency of John Dramani Mahama. ...

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NDC activists calls for national debate on strikes

Mr Anthony Gyampo, Eastern Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has called for national debate on the nature and timing of industrial actions.He said even though workers’ embark on strike to demand their rights as permitted by law, it should not end up endangering lives.Mr Gyampo made the call in an interaction with media personnel in Koforidua.He cited the recent industrial action by medical practitioners, explaining that their withdrawal of emergency services caused the death of many people.Mr Gyampo said it was also inappropriate for teachers to go on strike when students were writing exams.He appealed to National Labour Commission to be proactive and ensure the implementation of the labour laws on industrial actions to ensure sanity.

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Hopeson Adoryeh Admits Threatening To Decapitate NDC Supporters

A member of the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s Communication team, Hopeson Adoryeh has admitted threatening to decapitate supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress if the Supreme Court affirms President John Mahama’s election.Mr. Adoryeh has been penned down by the Supreme Court for possible criminal contempt over his comments.The nine-member Bench hearing the election petition case took judicial notice of the comments yesterday following a publication by the Daily Post Newspaper.Hopeson Adoryeh on XYZ Breakfast Show on Tuesday July 9 said he is ready to apologise for the comment if summoned by the Court but however clarifies that he made the statement prior to the Court’s final warning against contemptuous comments.He also insists his comments, which he describes as “unpalatable”, were in reaction to a provocative comment by a member of the governing NDC’s communication team Gabby Assumeng.According to Mr. ...

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Contempt Of Court: It’s A Ghost Of Ghana’s Common Law System – Lawyer

A Senior Lecturer of the Ghana School of Law, Opoku Agyemang, has called for a critical analysis of contempt of court and freedom of speech.According to him, while the two are different in some ways, the exercise of a court's powers in contempt cases could affect free speech.He was speaking on TV3’s news analysis programme, Headlines, on Saturday, July 6, 2013.He described contempt as a ghost of “our common system”.“It can be exercised as an inherent power of the court,” he noted.He cited two scenarios of contempt saying there is that in court and that out of court, explaining that those who keep talking when there is an ‘Order in Court’ from the clerk can be cited for contempt.In explaining contempt out of court, Mr Opoku Agyemang said it hinges on how transparent the administrators of justice are.He likened it to respect, which should be earned and not commanded, he says. “We must do it in a forceful but respectable manner,” he said of cracking the whip on out-of-court contemnors.He also indicated that it should be exercised in a way that will not infringe on citizens’ rights to freedom of expression, though he conceded: “There is no absolute freedom anywhere”.Last Tuesday, an activist of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Stephen Atubiga, and Ken Kuranchie, Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight, were sentenced to a total of thirteen days in prison for contemptuous comments.Their sentencing by the Supreme Court has triggered debates as to the line between freedom of expression and contempt of court.

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I Feared I Was Going To Be Assassinated – Atubiga

Stephen Atubiga says he thought he was going to die or get assassinated on Tuesday when he was being driven to the Nsawam prisons from Accra after the Supreme Court sentenced him to three days in jail for criminal contempt.The governing National Democratic Congress' Communication team member, who was released on Thursday from the Akuse prisons facility, says the traveling speed of the pick up truck which conveyed him and Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight Newspaper, Ken Kuranchie to the Nsawam prisons gave him the freaks.“We got to Nsawam around 9 and it was the scariest point because the Police officers did not take the right lane. ...

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Atubiga Welcomed Home ‘With A Bowl Of Fufu And Light Soup’

Back-from-prison member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) communications team, Stephen Atubiga, was welcomed home on Thursday with “a bowl of light soup, fufu and goat meat,” a close pal has disclosed.Ras Mubarak, who is also a member of the ruling party’s communications team, told TV3’s Nana Aba Anamoah on News 360 on Thursday that the “professional electrician and businessman” chose to be with his wife and children after his release though he has hatched plans of educating other party spokespersons on their language on radio and on television.“He says life in prison is something else,” Mr Mubarak quoted Mr Atuguba as saying.Mr Atubiga was summoned by the Supreme Court for some contemptuous comments he made on radio over the verdict of the Election Petition. He is said to have bluffed that the ruling party will not accept an overturn of the results of the 2012 elections.He was jailed on Tuesday together with the Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight, Kenneth Kuranchie, who was slapped with a 10-day sentence.

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Lead Counsels Warn Supporters On Contemptuous Comments: “We Will Not Cover Up For Anybody”

Lead counsels for the petitioners and respondents in the ongoing election results contestation in the Supreme Court; have issued a word of caution to their followers in the court case to refrain from making presumptuous comments because they would not be shielded.According to Tastsu Tsikata, the lead counsel for the third respondent (the National Democratic Congress) and who acted as the spokesperson for the lawyers battling the case, warned followers of both the Petitioners( the New Patriotic Party) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to stop making contemptuous comments because the parties are not in support of their actions.Flanked by Lawyer Philip Addison, the lead counsel of the petitioners who seconded the statement, as well as lawyer Tony Lithur, counsel for the first respondent, President John Dramani Mahama.“..We will not cover up for anybody, even within our party that seeks to do anything that will run counter to this important national objective.“So we are here formally indicating our support for the judiciary taking steps to ensure that the authority of the judiciary is not undermined, and we certainly do not want anybody to think that being a member of our party give them a license for anything like that,” Tsatsu Tsikata affirmed in an interview to the media on Tuesday.This caution came on the back of a summon of three persons; the Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, Ken Kuranchie and two communicators of the governing NDC, Kweku Boahen and Stephen Atubiga.Stephen Atubiga is alleged to have declared on Asempa FM’s current affairs programme, “Ekosi Sen” that his party will not accept the Supreme Court’s verdict if it goes against President John Mahama.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has sentenced Mr Steven Atubiga, a member of the communication team of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Searchlight Newspaper, Ken Kuranchie to 3 and 10 days imprisonment for contemptuous comments respectively.This was after the two were afforded the chance to retract their statements after they were summoned by the court.A third member of the "hunted trio", Kweku Boahen, the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the NDC, however, escaped punishment when it was realized that his comments were made after the "final warning" given by the Supreme Court.Their invitation follows a similar one extended to the Deputy Communication Director of the NPP, Sammy Awuku who has since been banned from attending the court proceedings.The judge’s action have been criticised by some members in the public including former NPP presidential aspirant Dr. Arthur Kennedy.Dr. ...

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Govt Denies Attempt To Harm Martin Amidu

Government has denied claims by former Attorney General, Martin Amidu that some people in government and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are plotting to harm him.Addressing the media at the Flagstaff House on Friday, Minister of Information and Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga denied the allegations.He explained that government has a responsibility to protect all Ghanaians including Mr Amidu and will not renege on it.“It is clearly not the case that the government will in any way and I believe also the NDC take any step that will endanger the life of anyone. Government has a responsibility to protect every citizen.”He urged Mr Amidu to be on guard and report to the security agencies if he has concerns about his security, saying “the security agencies will take steps to ensure that he gets the right kind of protection that is needed.”

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Atubiga on his knees; says he was irresponsible

Even before court sits next Tuesday, July 2, 2013, wanted Stephen Atubiga has hastily rendered an apology to the Justices of the Supreme Court via Asempa Fm’s Ekosii Sen.He said it comes from “the bottom of his heart”.The apology comes 120 hours before the court sits on Tuesday to determine contemptuous statements made by Mr. Stephen Atubiga, a member of the governing National Democratic Congress' communication team.Also declared wanted are Kwaku Boahen, Ashanti Regional Youth Organizer of NDC and Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie, Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper.The Presiding judge of the court, William Atuguba announced Thursday that, these persons are to appear before the court when it resumes next week.He said it will be absurd for anyone to think that after official declaration of results and swearing-in of President Mahama, the court can overturn the verdict of the Electoral Commission."We are prepared to meet the NPP boot for boot. ...

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Waves of protest greet Prez Mahama’s nominations for MMDCEs

President John Mahama. Waves of protest by supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress supporters continue to characterize President John Mahama’s nominations for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.So far demonstrations against the nominees, some of whom are being retained, have taken place in the Ashanti, Eastern and Central regions.The latest to be greeted with agitation from party supporters is Mr. ...

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