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Ghana has failed to play its foreign policy well – Okudzeto Ablakwa



Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, says Ghana in recent times has failed to play its foreign policy well.

He noted that the government’s hard-line stance against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, its blaming of the country’s economic woes on the aftermath of the said invasion and the caricaturing of Chinese nationals in Ghana concerning the country’s galamsey fight, have portrayed the country as anti-East.

This he says can be seen in the souring of relations between Ghana and the Eastern super powers; China and Russia.

Speaking on PM Express, Okudzeto Ablakwa stated that the pro-Western posturing of the current president is significantly at odds with Nkrumah’s non-aligned stance and has consequently lowered Ghana’s standing in the Eastern bloc.

“We don’t seem to have played our foreign policy very well as Nkrumah did. How is it that Nkrumah who was perceived to be ideologically pro-East however he was able to have all of these super powers feel comfortable with him?

“Remember Akosombo Dam which was his flagship project, he had the West fully fund it; the US, UK, World Bank fully funded, they supported him. At the same time the Russians were here comfortably helping him to pursue his nuclear power vision and remember the Atomic Agency, but for the coup of 24th February 1966, we would have become a nuclear giant – and the Russians were helping him do that,” he said.

“The Chinese were also here, strategic alliances particularly in the education sector for science and technology education and all of that. So how did Nkrumah do that? I think that he was more skilful with his foreign policy. I think that statements like, you know, ‘the Wagner group, we’re not comfortable with them, we must get rid of them,’ I think the President was a bit too upfront and a bit undiplomatic with how he did that.

“Immediately it created the impression, and so I’m not surprised that when later on he set up this committee to go round looking for cheaper fuel, everybody knows that in the world today the only place that you’ll get cheaper fuel is Russia, they failed. So I think that there is a sense that we have not played our historic, very strategic, skilful, more nuanced role very well,” he added.

The North Tongu MP said the country must once again embrace its non-aligned stance in order to rebuild strong relations with all sides of the global power divide.

“We’ve departed from that tradition that led us to be founding fathers of the non-aligned movement where all these western powers were comfortable with us. Because look, as Nkrumah has said, let’s focus on the African personality.

“We look forward, not east, not west, and remember that our constitution says that our foreign policy must be determined by our national interest. Article 40 is very clear, Article 73 is very clear,” he said.

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#NPPDecides: 95% of NPP MPs support Bawumia – Annoh-Dompreh



The Majority Chief Whip in Parliament, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, has said that approximately 95 percent of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament have expressed their support for Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in the upcoming Presidential election.

Over 200,000 delegates from across the country are expected to participate in the elections scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2023.

The exercise, which will elect a flagbearer to represent the party in the 2024 General Elections, will take place in every constituency across all 16 regions of the country.

While expressing optimism about the victory of Dr. Bawumia as the flagbearer of the NPP in an interview, the legislator said: “We know it is a foregone decision, Dr Bawumia is going to win hands down. It used to be around 80 percent. Now it’s moved higher. We are now doing like 95 percent of MPs who clearly believe that we should rally behind the Vice President. We are now hovering around 95 percent. It will even get better on the D-Day, and I think it’s looking extremely good. Our focus now is to ensure that after Saturday, we progress into a united front,” the Nsawam Adoagyiri MP said.

The NPP is gearing up for its presidential primaries on Saturday, November 4.

The four aspirants contesting the flagbearer position have signed an undertaking not to resign from the party if any of them loses the primary on Saturday.

The decision was reached at a meeting between the National Council of Elders and the aspirants.

Dr. Bawumia is the frontrunner in the race, but he faces stiff competition from Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong.

A recent poll by the Institute of Research, Innovation & Development at Kumasi Technical University found that Bawumia stands a greater chance of winning the upcoming NPP flagbearer race, as he will most likely secure an overwhelming victory in eight regions.

The poll found that 71.1% of NPP delegates believe that Bawumia has a higher chance of breaking the eight-year cycle, while 26.8% of them stated that Kennedy Agyapong stands a better chance.

The other two contestants include the former Agriculture Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh.

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Xavier Sosu advocates for modernization of Ghana’s criminal justice system



Human rights lawyer and Member of Parliament for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu, has proposed a reformation of Ghana’s criminal justice system, describing it as archaic.

“Criminal Justice is reforming all over the world and the people who gave us these laws have long reformed these laws and have moved away… So why are we still putting them on our statutes?” Mr. Sosu said.

He further mentioned that keeping these old statutes without reforming them is a form of legal colonialism.

“This is a form of legal neocolonialism because we are carrying on the colonial baggage and unfortunately we are not looking at the peculiar circumstances of our case,” Sosu added

This comes in response to concerns about the amendment of the country’s sentencing regime, including the passage of the alternative sentencing bill.

In an interview with Citi News, the legislator urged the legislature to be guided by the justice systems of developed countries to expedite the passage of the bill.

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Lady dies during ‘sex marathon’ with boyfriend



A young woman has reportedly lost her life during an intimate encounter with her boyfriend in Ilorin, Nigeria. 

The incident has led to the arrest of the boyfriend, a middle-aged man who operates a barbing salon in the area.

According to reports, the said incident occurred at a guest house located in the Temidire community, Offa Garage area of Ilorin on Monday.

Sources in the community say the couple had checked into the guest house for what was supposed to be a leisurely outing.

However, things took a horrifying turn as the evening unfolded. There are unconfirmed reports that the man may have been under the influence of drugs, seemingly in an attempt to impress his girlfriend, before the situation took a dire and unexpected turn.

The tragic chain of events reportedly began when the young woman became fatigued during their intimate encounter, eventually losing consciousness. It was at this point that she became unresponsive and tragically passed away. The man, realizing the gravity of the situation, immediately raised the alarm, drawing the attention of the guest house staff.

The staff swiftly reacted by rushing the young lady to a nearby hospital in a desperate attempt to save her life. Regrettably, medical professionals at the hospital confirmed her untimely demise.

The owner of the guest house, in compliance with the law, promptly reported the incident to the Police ‘A’ Division in Ilorin. As a result, the middle-aged man was apprehended by the authorities.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, affirmed the incident and emphasised that a comprehensive investigation was currently underway to determine the exact circumstances that led to the young lady’s tragic death.

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