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Weekly Round-up: Suspensions, New Appointments, Failed Record Attempts and Political Twists

In this round up, we bring you some of the major news that made the headlines during the week.

This week, we witnessed a double dose of drama – both in politics and the world of records! The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was in an intense suspension battle among its party executives, while Guinness World Records disputed Chef Smith’s title claim, leaving us wondering what’s next in these intriguing sagas!

Also, the approval of NPP’s running mate has greatly featured in the news this week, as the Labour Party in the UK, after spending 14 years in opposition, staged a comeback by handing the Conservatives a resounding defeat.

National Democratic Party is on a Suspension Roll

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is facing an internal battle in the Central Region as the party’s national executives suspended four executives in the Assin-Central for alleged anti-party conduct. The move has sparked a heated debate within the party, with some members calling for a review of the decision.

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But that’s not all – just days before the national suspensions, the NDC in Assin-Central suspended its 2024 parliamentary candidate, Nurein Shaibu Migyimah, for six months. The reason? Reports of immoral acts and anti-party behaviour.

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The suspensions have raised questions about the party’s unity and ability to challenge the ruling party in the upcoming elections.

Chief Smith Pulled a Stunt but GWR Saved the day

The growing interest in breaking records to be recognized in the Guinness Book Records has seen an increasing turn in Ghana after Ghana’s Afua Asantewaa and Chef Faila attempted to break the Guinness World Records for the longest singing and cooking marathons respectively.

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The latest record attempt on the bloc involves Ebenezer Smith, also known as Chef Smith, who aims to cook for 50 days to break the current record of 119 hours and 57 minutes, held by Irishman Alan Fisher.

It’s surprising to know that Chef Smith on Tuesday [July 2] crowned himself as the new holder of a Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon – cooking for 802 hours and 25 minutes, and later, the Guinness Book of Records came out to deny his act as fake. 

In a dramatic turn of events during the announcement of Chef Smith as the new record holder at the Labadi Beach Hotel, musician, Nana Boro stormed the venue with police officers to cause his arrest over an outstanding debt which is not related to the “fake” GWR announcement

Chef Smith came under heavy backlash as many Ghanaians on social media disputed the recognition, calling it “fake.” 

Guinness World Records Disputes Chef Smith’s Title Claim

Bawumia Finally Settles on a Partner

The announcement of Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh as Dr. Bawumia’s running mate did not come as a surprise to party faithfuls as he’s been tipped in various polls to be the best fit. 

During the week, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) National Council approved Energy Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, as the running mate of presidential candidate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, paving the way for an official unveiling next week in the party’s “world bank” region (Ashanti Region).

The leadership of the party describes its choice as a bold, confident, hardworking, result-driven, decisive, grassroots mobilizer, charismatic, and incorruptible character.  

Ahead of the announcement, Vice-Presidential candidate, Dr. Bawumia held consultations with the Majority Caucus in Parliament, National Officers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)  together with Dr. Opoku Prempeh and the Ashanti NPP Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, in separate meetings to resolve differences between the two as the party banks on a united front towards the December polls.

NPP’s National Council Unanimously Approves Bawumia’s Running-Mate Choice

Sir Keir Starmer Defies the Odds, Restores Glory to the Labour

Also, In a shocking turn of events, Britain faced a political landscape transformation with the Labour Party, after a 14-year absence, handing the Conservatives a resounding defeat.

The leader of the centre-left Labour Party, Keir Starmer, will succeed Rishi Sunak as the U.K.’s new Prime Minister. 

While the BBC described him as a “ruthless” leader taking on difficult decisions after the exit of Jeremy Corbyn, other analysts, however, say he comes across as a quiet, experienced man and a self-described socialist, but the UK public is unsure if he is, or if that’s a good or bad thing.

For those who may not know about Starmer, he’s also described as a latercomer into politics in 2015 when he was elected as MP for Holborn and St Pancras under the Labour Party ticket.

He served as shadow immigration and Brexit secretary under former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Following Corbyn’s exit in 2019 after the party’s worst defeat since 1935, he became leader after winning internal elections in 2020.

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Protesters in Kenya Win as Government Folds

In the aftermath of last week’s deadly protests, Kenyan President William Ruto proposed a 177 billion budget cut to seal the budget hole left after the withdrawal of the finance bill.  The move comes as a response to the demonstrations, which saw Gen Z activists demanding cancellation of contentious tax hikes, with at least 30 deaths recorded so far. 

According to the proposal, the government plans to slash spending on non-essential services, reduce the salaries of top officials, and divert funds to critical areas such as education, healthcare, and social welfare programs. Read more on this here: Kenya President Ruto Proposes Budget Cuts After Deadly Protests

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