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Weekly Round-up: Naana Opoku Agyemang on Fire, Kofi Amoabeng on Ghana’s Court System and Bawumia Meets the Pope

We have curated a list of interesting stories that made the headlines this week here on The Accra Times for you.

This week has perhaps been one of the busiest weeks for the National Democratic Congress since the year started. They officially unveiled their running mate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang. But while John Mahama unveiled his second-in-command, Dr Bawumia, who is also running for president on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party paid a courtesy call on Pope Francis at the Vatican.

In our exclusive interview, the former boss of the defunct UT Bank, Capt. PK Amoabeng (rtd), took on Ghana’s court system, exercised his displeasure and spoke on time management. We have curated a list of interesting stories that made the headlines this week here at The Accra Times.

NDC Officially Outdoors Prof Naana Jane as Mahama’s Second-In-Command, Bawumia Visits Pope Francis, A-Plus Fires NPP

On Wednesday, April 24, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), officially unveiled Prof Naana Jane as the party’s running mate to partner John Mahama going into the 2024 General Elections.

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In her acceptance speech as running-mate, the professor promised that should her party be voted into power in the upcoming elections, their government will make it a point to prosecute persons in this current administration for corruption.

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“John (Mahama) and I have agreed that whoever has participated in the plunder of the state must be held accountable and my friends, this is not a threat, it is a promise,” she stated.

On the other side, while the NDC was having its outdooring, the Vice President and Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Bawumia was in far away Vatican, meeting with Pope Francis on bilateral talks. 

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This landmark meeting afforded me the opportunity to discuss many national and global issues with Pope Francis and to strengthen Ghana’s longstanding relationship with the Vatican State and the Pope,” Dr Bawumia wrote on his social media accounts.

Political activist and social commentator Kwame Obeng Asare, also known as A Plus, advised the public and residents of Gomoa Central to ignore rumours of Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia asking him to withdraw from the Gomoa Central Constituency’s independent candidate race.

At the seat of the presidency, Nana Akufo-Addo directed the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to terminate the upstream petroleum and minerals audit services contract awarded to Strategic Mobilization Ghana Ltd (SML), following the audit findings of KPMG.

Many are, however, calling on the president for the full audit findings to be made public. According to civil society advocate, Bright Simons, it would be in the interest of public accountability to have the president honour such a call.

Capt. PK Amoabeng (Rtd) Labels Ghana’s Court System as ‘Murderous’, Otumfour Chalks 25, King Promise Sells out Asia

The former UT boss didn’t mince words expressing his displeasure at Ghana’s court system. In an exclusive interview with The Accra Times, the founder of the PK Amoabeng Leadership Foundation, explicitly referred to the court system as “chambers of murder.”

“I am 72 years and I’ve been in court for four years and I think it’s enough. It means my life is being cut short, and I’m being murdered anytime I go to court – they take some of my time off,” he stated.

He also shared some thoughts on time management and its essence for Africa’s development. Watch the full interview here.

In some royal news, the Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II marked 25 years on the throne as the traditional custodian of Asanteman. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the 16th Asantehene began his reign on April 26, 1999, when he ascended the Golden Stool. The finale of the celebration will happen somewhere at the end of the year.

The anniversary celebrations are a vibrant tribute to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s illustrious reign and the enduring legacy he has cultivated over the past 25 years.

KODA Passes Away, King Promise Sells out in Asia

Rounding this up on a sad note with some entertainment stories, Ghanaian contemporary gospel musician, Kofi Owusu Dua Anto better known as KODA, died on April 21, after battling a kidney disease. The details of his funeral arrangements are not yet public.

But in some groundbreaking moves, Ghana’s afrobeat sensation, King Promise has become the first African afrobeat artiste to perform a live sold-out show in Singapore. Quite a feat huh!

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