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Ato Forson case: Judge to decide whether to discontinue prosecution on Thursday

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After after, the NDC broadcast an audio chat between Richard Jakpa and Godfred Dame to back up the charges. Ato Forson's lawyers then submitted an application requesting the court to declare a mistrial, while Richard Jakpa filed an application asking the court to dismiss the allegations against them. Prior to submitting these motions, Ato Forson's lawyers filed an application for a stay of proceedings pending an appeal of a court judgement. This verdict compelled Ato Forson's attorneys to cross-examine Richard Jakpa before the Attorney General did so.

The court hearing the contentious ambulance case has scheduled a decision on Thursday, June 6, on whether to stop the prosecution of Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson and the other accused person in the case, Richard Jakpa.

The two accused people filed separate pleas to suspend proceedings based on claims made by the third accused person, Richard Jakpa.

During cross-examination, Mr. Jakpa accused the Attorney General of calling him at strange hours to incriminate Ato Forson.

Afterwards, the NDC broadcast an audio chat between Richard Jakpa and Godfred Dame to back up the charges.

Ato Forson’s lawyers then submitted an application requesting the court to declare a mistrial, while Richard Jakpa filed an application asking the court to dismiss the allegations against them.

Prior to submitting these motions, Ato Forson’s lawyers applied for a stay of proceedings pending an appeal of a court judgment. This verdict compelled Ato Forson’s attorneys to cross-examine Richard Jakpa before the Attorney General did so.

When the matter was summoned for hearing, Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe stated that she would rule on all applications by the next adjourned date, which is this Thursday.

The judge did, however, allow counsel for the third accused, Richard Jakpa, to object to some portions of a sworn declaration from the Attorney General’s office opposing his motion to have the charges dismissed.

Thaddeus Sory, who represented Mr Jakpa, contended that the facts in the Attorney General’s affidavit were testified to by a key state Attorney who has no firsthand knowledge of the circumstances. He contended that the stated primary state attorney failed to demonstrate how he came to know the facts attested to.

Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame, on the other hand, rejected the objection on the basis that the primary state attorney is aware of the facts, as stated in paragraph one of the sworn statements, which says that the principal state attorney learned of the facts while doing his duties.

Godfred Dame goes on to say that the objection is unfounded since the best approach to oppose the paragraphs would have been for the accused to have attested to affidavits questioning the facts rather than objecting on legal grounds.

The court will rule on the applications on June 6.

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‘The 24-hour economy is the solution to Ghana’s economic difficulties – Mahama

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John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has declared that his planned 24-hour economy proposal is the solution to Ghana’s financial and economic problems.

In a unique live broadcast titled ‘Mahama Conversations,’ the former president stated that the planned 24-hour economic project is the solution to Ghana’s current and future concerns.

Mr. Mahama stated that the effort will provide an enabling and supportive environment for enterprises, companies, and government agencies to create more jobs and hire more people.

He detailed the benefits of the 24-hour economy project, which he claims would raise and increase the standard of life for many more Ghanaians.

“The 24-hour initiative is the answer for now and in the future. It will create an enabling environment with deliberate policies for businesses, companies, and government institutions to operate 24/7 in a three-eight-hour shift system.

“In addition to the traditional 8-hour shift system, the two additional work shifts that my administration will introduce will double and sometimes triple the number of jobs that participate in public and private entities that we currently have.

“This is the 24-hour economy optimization strategy: giving more to society, providing efficient service delivery, and generating decent and well-paying jobs. The benefits of this system will include but not limited to; 24-hour port and harbour services, 24-hour customs services, 24-hour DVLA services, 24-hour agro-processing factories, 24-hour manufacturing industries, 24-hour construction companies and many more.”

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Mahama: My administration will retrieve riches taken via corrupt methods

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Making reference to former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah's controversial stashing of over $1 million in her Abelemkpe residence, which was stolen by her domestic staff, Mr. Mahama pledged in a live broadcast titled 'Mahama Conversations,' that he will foster collaborations in his quest to recover every Cedi that was illegally taken from taxpayers. "Despite all of these socioeconomic challenges, the young people continue to witness the affluence of the [New Patriotic Party] administration's leaders and their families chartering private aircraft for $20,000 per hour for journeys that our own Falcon Executive Jet could have completed.

John Dramani Mahama, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, has pledged that if elected president in the upcoming December 7 general elections, his administration will work with relevant authorities and partners to recover funds and properties obtained through corruption.

Former President Mahama lamented the mounting incidences of corruption and apparent contempt for fiscal discipline by the Akufo-Addo administration, promising to do his utmost to guarantee that any funds wrongfully gained are recovered if he wins the forthcoming elections.

Referring to former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah’s controversial stashing of over $1 million in her Abelemkpe residence, which was stolen by her domestic staff, Mr Mahama pledged in a live broadcast titled ‘Mahama Conversations,’ that he will foster collaborations in his quest to recover every Cedi that was illegally taken from taxpayers.

“Despite all of these socioeconomic challenges, the young people continue to witness the affluence of the [New Patriotic Party] administration’s leaders and their families chartering private aircraft for $20,000 per hour for journeys that our own Falcon Executive Jet could have completed.

“And as the Minister for Defence explained, it [the Falcon Executive Jet] had no shower for a presidential bath. Ghana’s youth have further experienced how a minister could stash millions of dollars in her home and only God knows the full extent of Ghanaian taxpayers’ money that has been stashed away by many others.

“But I say to the good people of Ghana that, working with Ghanaians and international anti-corruption partners, we shall do all that is humanly possible to retrieve such wrongly acquired wealth.”

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Mahama promises 20% salary incentive for rural teachers if voted

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This adds to Mr Mahama's various plans and pledges made to Ghanaians ahead of the December 7 election.

John Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has vowed that if elected President, teachers who agree to serve in a rural school will receive a 20% wage increase.

The former President believes the idea would motivate more teachers to accept posts in rural regions.

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Mr Mahama revealed this in a Facebook post.

This adds to Mr Mahama’s various plans and pledges made to Ghanaians ahead of the December 7 election.

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