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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong said if he is given the power, he will take a radical approach like flogging those who are caught littering since that may be the only way to keep the cities clean.

The yet-to-be sworn in Special Prosecutor Martin ABK Amidu has promised to respect the rights of citizens when he assumes office and will not abuse his powers.

In his last letter as ‘Citizen Vigilante’ of which he dubbed: “Parting thoughts as Citizen Vigilante”, the former deputy attorney general said no one must harbour fear over his approval “so long as that citizen has not seriously violated any law.”

“There is no need for any citizen to go into exile as some are alleged to have done, or to contemplate or fear my approval and pending appointment as Special Prosecutor, so long as that citizen has not seriously violated any law worth investigating or prosecuting in the national interest under my remit.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asunafo South, Mr Eric Opoku, has received an award as the best MP for communal and rural development for 2017.
The award, which was conferred on him by the Bureau of Research on Governance, Commerce and Administration (BORGCA), is in recognition of his contribution to the development efforts in the Asunafo South Constituency.

Presenting the award to Mr Opoku in Accra last Thursday, the Executive Director of BORGCA, Professor Victor Yankah, stated that the bureau came to that conclusion after a thorough research in the Asunafo South Constituency.

The former Vice-President, Mr Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has assured the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party members that the NDC would surely return to power in 2020 and help revive the economy which was seriously facing challenges in the hands of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)- led government.

He, however, said winning the 2020 election would depend on unity among the party members from the grassroots to the national level, stressing that the party lost to the NPP due to factions and disunity in the NDC at the time of the last election.

He said, “we did not promise Ghanaians to do this or that when we were coming into power, but we delivered to the expectation of all Ghanaians, including the construction of roads and school infrastructure. We created jobs for the people before we left office, but what are we seeing currently with the NPP? They made the loudest noise of doing everything for this nation, but we can all attest to the fact that NPP has failed us."

The constituency primaries for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), originally scheduled to be held between February 21 and 24, 2018, has now been slated for Saturday, February 24 to Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

“This decision has been necessitated by a number of compelling reasons, including some important commitments of the party, the government, as well as the party's Members of Parliament in the august house, all of which coincide with the original dates for the Constituency Annual Delegates Conference, otherwise known as the constituency primaries,” according to a statement issued by the acting General Secretary of the NPP, Mr John Boadu.

I can’t impose any solution on Togo – Nana Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has told political leaders in Togo that he cannot impose any solution on them following the political crisis in that country.

A former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings says President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to appoint Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor is a clear indication that he is willing to fight corruption.

“The appointment of Amidu as Special Prosecutor from outside his own party shows the President is serious. It vindicates some of us,” Mr Rawlings said at a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno.

The founder of the National Democratic Congress added that “No developed country should hold back in assisting our country to improve the lives of our people.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo is currently in Togo to hold talks with all relevant stakeholders in the ongoing political crisis in that country.

He will be meeting his Togolese counterpart, Faure Gnassingbe, and leaders of the main opposition parties, who are pushing for presidential term limits.

Legal practitioner and a member of the main opposition National Democratic Congress George Loh says he was surprised Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu did not throw punches at his vetting on Tuesday.

According to him, the former attorney general’s posture towards the job is not conducive for the important office being bestowed in his hands.

Mr. Amidu was unanimously approved by the Appointments Committee of Parliament after almost nine hours of questioning. He is expected to be approved by the plenary of the House and then subsequently sworn in by the President for the important position of Special Prosecutor.

Kwaku Segbefia, a member of pressure group, OccupyGhana has said Martin Amidu’s confrontational posture during his vetting as the Special Prosecutor nominee was unfortunate.

According to him, the sensitivity of the office requires a “level headed” individual and that Mr. Amidu’s warring demeanour Tuesday when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament worrying.

“Sometimes when it comes to this position you need a level headed person. It does exude confident when a person is very level headed and not prone to too much passion,” noted Segbefia on Morning Starr Friday.

Chief Justice, Sophia Akufo and revered Justices of the Supreme Court have publicly expressed their disapproval about a research seeking to establish the political leanings of judges of the apex court.

The research, conducted by renowned law Professor, Raymond Atuguba, sought to establish that the voting pattern of judges of the Supreme Court was influenced by the political party that appointed them.

Presenting his findings on Thursday at the 2018 GIMPA Law Conference where the Supreme Court judges had gathered, Prof Atuguba explained that he analysed one hundred political cases in Ghana and found that the voting patterns of the justices favoured the parties which appointed them.

Private legal practitioner and broadcaster Samson Lardy Anyenini says Special Prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu should have apologised to North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa after he wrongly accused him of authoring an article he found offensive.

According to the Multimedia broadcaster, the refusal of Mr. Amidu to apologize over the impasse takes a lot from him.

The former attorney general at his vetting on Tuesday insisted Mr. Okudzeto wrote the said article despite the persistent denial by the North Tongu MP.