Founding President of policy think tank, IMANI-Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has reiterated his resolve to fight the controversial Kelni GVG contract.
The outspoken policy analyst describing the contract as a ‘’grand theft’’, said he will relocate to a different country should the current suit pending before the court go in favour of government.
He was delivering a lecture on ‘’Identifying Policy Gaps and Right Headline, Right Content’’, at the African Journalists for Economic Opportunities (AJEOT) at Koforidua in the Eastern region.
He slammed the Communications Ministry for failing to respond to the questions IMANI-Africa has demanded about the contract.
He insisted that the contract is duplication of jobs and a needless drain on the county’s scarce resource.
Two citizens have dragged government to court to halt the implementation of the contract with IT firm, Kelni GVG, for the real-time call traffic monitoring.
The two, Sara Asafu-Adjaye and Maximus Amertogoh want the Minister of Communication, the National Communication Authority, and the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Attorney General, the Ghana Chamber Telecommunications and the telecommunications networks to cease the traffic monitoring.
The Plaintiffs are also requesting from the court ‘’an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the respondents, whether, by themselves, their servants, workmen, hirelings, agents, privies or any persons claiming under through them, whosoever described from implementing and operationalizing the Common Platform until the final determination of this suit.’’
Commenting on the issue and the court case, Franklin Cudjoe said the contract which is estimated at $89 million is actually $178 million.
He said, ‘’the Ministry of Communication went to contract an unknown entity. As we speak we do not know the entity. Stop believing the $78 million, the actual figure is $178 million; that is the contract worth.’’
Franklin Cudjoe stressed the deal will invade our privacy and said, ‘’I may relocate if the ruling is different. This not to threaten the judge or anyone, but I will fight this deal till the last drop my blood.’’
AJEOT is being organised by Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) in partnership with Network for Free Society, ATLAS Network and Language of Liberty Institute.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has placed a temporary ban on foreign travels by all ministers, deputy ministers, MMDCEs and heads of government agencies, a statement signed by Chief of Staff, Frema Opare has said.
The statement said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, ‘’is however exempted from the temporary ban on foreign travels.’’
The statement said: ‘’the president has directed that, all foreign travels by Hon, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MMDCEs and Heads of Government agencies be temporarily suspended with immediate effect. Guidelines in respect of future foreign travels aimed at minimizing disruption to Government’s domestic work will be communicated to you shortly.’’
Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, has taken a swipe at President Akufo-Addo over the criteria for the registration and issuance of the National Identity card popularly known as Ghana card.
He is wondering why the president will accept to be elected by Ghanaians who used the Voter’s ID card and yet deprive them of using same document to register for the Ghana card.
The legislator who was a presidential staffer under former President John Dramani Mahama, says the Minority will not be perturbed by any distraction and will not rescind on its decision to boycott the registration until the Voter’s ID card is accepted for registration.
His response is coming after the president slammed the Minority over their boycott and call for the Voter’s ID card to be used for the registration.
Speaking at Ashesi University yesterday [Saturday], the president described the action by the Minority as ‘’Surprising’’.
“I maintain it should be the greatest honour to be able to say I am a Ghanaian and we should have no difficulty in identifying a Ghanaian, not only as a legal entity but also through his or her behaviour.
‘I had hoped that the exercise to provide all citizens with a national identity card would receive the enthusiastic support of all us as the project finally gets off the ground after years of willful stagnation and neglect.
“Unfortunately we seem to have become embroiled once again in another of those full scale manufactured storms, deliberately engineered to slow down progress in everything we try to do,” he stated.
But Dr. Apaak in a response wrote: ‘’Ghanacard! MR. PRESIDENT - Sir, you can say what you want, that will not change our minds! It's indeed condescending and hypocritical for you to discount the voters ID as a primary document for the purposes of obtaining a Ghanacard when its the same voters ID that was the primary document by which are President today. Why will you, Mr. President, think it's alright to use a Ghanaian passport, when only 2 million Ghanaians have that, and Ghanaian birth certificates, when only 7 million have that, and leave out a Ghanaian voters ID, when by records 15.8 million Ghanaians have voters IDs. With due respect Mr. President, we will continue our boycott, it takes nothing away from the process if the voters ID, on the basis of which you are President, is included as a primary ID for the registration for the Ghanacard! Why should the process be confined to only those with passports and birth certificates? Are they more Ghanaian that those who do not have these documents but have voters IDs? I remain a citizen. ‘’
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack at a rally in the city of Bulawayo.
Mr Mnangagwa said an object "exploded a few inches away from me - but it is not my time".
Video footage from White City Stadium shows an explosion happening close to Mr Mnangagwa as he leaves the stage after addressing supporters.
Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said 15 people were injured, three of them seriously.
The exact number of people hurt by the blast remains unclear - and reports suggest it may be significantly higher.
The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city and an opposition stronghold, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of nationwide elections taking place on 30 July.
He is favourite to win the poll, but analysts say he also has enemies - both for overthrowing his former mentor, Robert Mugabe, and for being a previous enforcer of the Mugabe regime.
A spokesman for Mr Mnangagwa said that while the president was unhurt, Vice-President Kembo Mohadi suffered a leg injury. Another vice-president, Constantino Chiwenga, received bruises to his face.
Other officials, including Zanu-PF party chairwoman Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, were also injured, as were some crew members from state broadcaster ZBC and security personnel.
Mr Mnangagwa, 75, said he had visited the injured in hospital. He condemned the violence as senseless and pleaded for unity.
"I am used to these attempts," he told state media.
Mr Mnangagwa came to power last November after ousting Mr Mugabe.
He was evacuated from the scene soon after the blast.
"People started running in all directions and then immediately the president's motorcade left at a very high speed," an AFP news agency correspondent at the scene reported.
The elections are the first in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was forced out after 37 years in power.
"Vice-President Mohadi is nursing some leg injuries but he is in good spirit," he was quoted as saying.
Marry Chiwenga, the wife of Vice-President Chiwenga, was also injured and pictures on social media showed the president visiting her in hospital.
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa condemned the attack.
"Political violence of any nature from any quarter is totally unacceptable," he said.
"In the past 38 years political violence has been a permanent feature and an anticipated ritual... which we must expunge."
The US Embassy in Harare tweeted "thoughts & prayers".
The election - dominated by economic issues - is the first to be monitored by international observers since 2002. Mr Mnangagwa has said the vote will be free and fair.
The constituency elections of the NDC in the northern region have been marked by series of confusion and unrest with the most serious of it occurring at the Sagnerigu and the Tamale North constituencies.
At the Sagnarigu constituency in the Northern Region, there was an alleged over voting which an officer from the Electoral Commission was accused of issuing multiple ballots to some delegates to vote for his preferred aspirants.
This triggered a protest at the voting centre at the Tamale Technical University campus where the constituency elections was taking place.
Already the elections could not start earlier as scheduled as a result of some unresolved issues. Following the confusion, proceedings ended abruptly in the midst of the pandemonium.
Security personnel who were supervising the elections took away the ballot boxes to prevent further disturbances.
A joint military and Police team were deployed to ensure calm.
Meanwhile, the elections at the Tamale North Constituency have come to a standstill following the sudden appearance of a former constituency chairman on the ballot paper though he was not contesting.
The elections are however ongoing smoothly in other constituencies across the Northern region.
Over 24,000 delegates take part in NDC constituency elections in Northern Region
A total of 24,542 delegates from over 2,688 branches were expected to cast their votes in the NDC constituency elections in the Northern Region on Saturday and Sunday.
A total of 20 constituencies were to elect their leaders on Saturday whilst the remaining eight will theirs on Sunday June 24, 2018.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe