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Case against Juaben MCE nominee closed by Special Prosecutor

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Case against Juaben MCE nominee closed by Special Prosecutor

The Office of Special Prosecutor has concluded its case in the trial of Alexander Kwabena Sarfo-Kantanka, the contentious Municipal Chief Executive contender for Juaben.

The candidate was accused of 26 charges of public election corruption.

Sarfo-Kantanka is accused of influencing the behaviour of roughly 26 Juaben Municipal Assembly members by presenting them with GH5,000 during an election to ratify his nomination in September last year.

On July 12, 2023, Mr Sarfo-Kantanka appeared in court to address allegations of corruption under Section 256(1) and (2) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), as modified by Section 9 of the Criminal Offences (Amendment) Act, 2020.

During the hearings, after cross-examining the final six state witnesses, counsel for the accused indicated that they will file a no-case to answer statement.

On the following court date, October 20, 2023, the court announced that it will issue instructions in response to the filing of no case.

Background

Outside the conference room where the meeting was held, the President’s nominee is reported to have attacked one of the Assembly Members, Patrick Yeboah.

He failed yet again in his quest to be certified as the first-ever MCE for that newly formed municipality, which was cut out of the Ejisu municipality.

In a letter dated November 2, 2021, the Special Prosecutor invited the controversial Municipal Chief Executive candidate for interrogation and afterwards granted him bail.

Bailiffs from the Judicial Service were at Mr Sarfo-Kantanka’s Juaben house on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, but were unable to serve him due to his absence.

Officials from the Office of the Special Prosecutor and Judicial Service tracked him down at the Juaben NPP office and served him at 10:42 a.m., opening the stage for the trial to commence.

Mr. Sarfo-Kantanka is the first of two high-level politicians to face corruption-related election allegations in the Ashanti region.

Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, a former Deputy Minister of Roads and former Member of Parliament for Ejisu, is also being investigated for a similar infraction.

He is believed to have publicly stated on television that he paid cash to constituency delegates to approve him as parliamentary candidate.

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Akuf0-Addo appoints Ken Ofori-Atta as senior presidential advisor

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“I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has appointed you as the Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investments. “I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your reassignment and wish you the very best in this new office,” she stated.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated Ken Ofori-Atta, a former Minister of Finance, as Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investment.

Mr Ofori-Atta was removed from his duties as Finance Minister on Wednesday, February 14, and replaced by Mohammed Amin Adam.

Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff, congratulated the former Finance Minister on his position and wished him well in a February 15 statement.

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“I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has appointed you as the Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investments.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your reassignment and wish you the very best in this new office,” she stated.

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Bawumia appoints famous economist Kwame Pianim to advise economic sub-committee

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The former Chair of the Finance Committee in Parliament was among those chosen to play major roles in the development of the NPP's 2024 manifesto, which was unveiled on Wednesday, February 21. In addition, former General Secretary Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong has been named chair of the housing and infrastructure sub-committee.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has chosen renowned economist Kwame Pianim as an advisor to the economy cub committee of the NPP’s 2024 manifesto writing committee.

Dennis Miracles Aboagye, the campaign team’s communications director, signed the entire list of the 2024 Manifesto committee.

Dr. Bawumia directed the committee to actively involve all stakeholders in the development of the Manifesto.

Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, a former Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, has been named chair of the manifesto sub-committee on the economy.

The former Chair of the Finance Committee in Parliament was among those chosen to play major roles in the development of the NPP’s 2024 manifesto, which was unveiled on Wednesday, February 21.

In addition, former General Secretary Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong has been named chair of the housing and infrastructure sub-committee.

Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has charged the whole manifesto committee.

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We’ll devise a strategy to keep us together – Osei-Owusu discusses leadership reshuffle

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He expressed his hope for the outgoing Majority Leader to have lasted till the finish, calling him as tremendously industrious.

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei-Owusu, often known as ‘Joewise,’ has emphasized the necessity for the Majority caucus to address possible repercussions following the departure of the outgoing Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

In an interview with media in Parliament on Thursday, February 22, the MP for Bekwai said, “The caucus will regroup and determine where to go. I am certain that the caucus will address all of these repercussions, including the impact of our leader’s resignation.

“The process of selecting or electing a new leader, we will discuss all that. And if there are any implications or negative impacts on our caucus, we may decide and plan a route that will keep us together.”

He expressed his hope for the outgoing Majority Leader to have lasted till the finish, calling him tremendously industrious.

“He can sit from morning till morning if there’s work to be done. I am personally disappointed that Kyei decided to stand down; he has been a fantastic leader, and he is an extremely hardworking person. And I would have wished that he stayed on to the end.”

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu resigned voluntarily with immediate effect on Wednesday, February 21, following a critical meeting of the majority group.

President Nana Akufo-Addo convened the meeting, which took place in Accra’s Jubilee House banquet hall.

The session, attended by the majority of the group’s members, was organised in response to rising tensions within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary group.

These conflicts erupted in response to reports of intentions to replace Kyei Mensah-Bonsu with Alexander Afenyo-Markin, which fueled internal strife.

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