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The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has rejected comments by former president John Agyekum Kufuor that Ghana’s first leader Kwame Nkrumah “virtually killed” democracy during his reign.

Kufuor who governed Ghana from 2001-2009 told the leadership of the International Democratic Union (IDU) which paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Accra recently that Nkrumah almost plunged the country into poverty and chaos.

He said by 1963, “our then President Nkrumah, left of centre politician, moved the country into a one-party state with a lot of intolerance; he built a whole prison just 22 miles of Accra for detention of political opponents.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Madam Hannah Tetteh has disagreed with statements by the second deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin that politicians are corrupt because of the existing system.

The former Majority Leader on Starr Chat Wednesday told host Bola Ray that “we should all admit, we are all corrupt, it is a fact, because of the system.”

The opposition National Democratic Congress needs a fresh face to lead it to the 2020 general elections if it is to make an impact, a former National Security Advisor has said.

Brig. Gen. Joseph Nunoo-Mensah said Ghana has become too stale and needs a break from the norm which has pervaded the country's leadership for some time now.

He said the achievement of Emmanuel Macron in France whom he said is shaking up the system there should serve as an example to the opposition party and the country.

Nadowli-Kaleo MP - Alban Bagbin

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MPs that aspire to retain their seats spend at least GHS1 million on campaigns, Nadowli-Kaleo MP Alban Bagbin has said.

According to the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, there is so much corruption in Ghana to the extent that MPs would have to spend so much to get into public office.

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Alban S.K. Bagbin

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The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Alban S.K. Bagbin has admitted to being corrupt. According to the Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo in the Upper West Region, the political system in Ghana, makes public office holders corrupt.

“We should all admit, we are all corrupt, it is a fact, because of the system,” Bagbin told host of Starr Chat Bola Ray Wednesday.

Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, Savelugu-Nanton MCE

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The youth wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Savelugu has brokered peace with the confirmed Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, Hajia Ayishetu Seidu.

This follows a meeting between the group and a delegation from the presidency, national, regional and constituency executives of the party on Tuesday.

The delegation included Mr Bryan Acheampong, the Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of National Security, the Deputy Northern Regional Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bunkpurugu, Mr Solomon Boar and the MP for Savelugu, Mr Muhamed Abdul-Samed Gunu.

A political science lecturer at KNUST, Dr Aminu Dramani has stated the recommendations of the 13-member Kwesi Botchwey committee will not entirely end the woes of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) after its humiliating performance in the 2016 election.

Following the defeat to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), the NDC formed a 13-member committee to conduct a comprehensive review of its “planning, execution and outcomes” of campaign and participation in the election.

The committee’s work, according to the party, is to help it establish what went wrong in order to guide its activities moving into the future.

Yaw Osafo Marfo

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The Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo has lauded the people of the Central Region for their impeccable performance in the 2016 elections. He described their gesture as a “massive endorsement” of the NPP from the region.

This, he said, has necessitated the National Executive Committee of the party to hold their national congress in the region to show their appreciation.

The Senior Minister said considering the efforts and role played by the region in getting the NPP into office, the region cannot be over looked as far as development is concerned.

Minority Leader - Haruna Iddrisu

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The newly-sworn-in Chief Justice has been charged to undertake judicial reforms that will lead to the timeous delivery of justice in the country.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said the slow tortuous and cumbersome nature of the country’s justice delivery system should not be allowed to continue under Her Ladyship Sophia Akuffo.

He does not understand how some cases, especially, land litigation cases continue to linger in the courts for over 20 years.

Party Chairman, Kofi Portuphy received the report from Prof. Botchwey

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The much-awaited Kwesi Botchwey committee report on the crushing defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the 2016 polls has recommended a "peacemaking and healing tour".

Prof. Kwesi Botchwey who presented the 455-page report said the NDC must assemble "credible and eminent" personalities in the party to lead the tour.

He was speaking at the NDC headquarters in Accra where national executives gathered to receive the report of the 13-member committee.

Mr Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamesi

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The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamesi, has called on chiefs and queenmothers in the country to promote peace and unity to enhance the development of the country.

He observed that the extent of conflicts existing between chiefs and their queenmothers in many parts of the country had negatively affected development.

Mr Dzamesi said this when he inaugurated three traditional councils in the Ashanti Region at separate ceremonies to round off his tour of the region.

Kwame Baffoe (Abronye DC), Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said the seized vehicle of actor John Dumelo should be released to him because other confiscated vehicles have been returned to their owners.

According to him, some officials at the Flagstaff House are frustrating the work of the Vehicle Retrieval Task Force, because they are ordering that the state vehicles that have been confiscated from past government officials should be returned to them, hence keeping that of John Dumelo will not be fair to him.

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