Member of Parliament(MP) for Assin Central is preparing to cite contempt against investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Lawyer for Hon Kennedy Agyapong Ralph Agyapong has said.
This comes after the Accra High threw out a GHc25 million defamation case filed by the investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw against HonKennedy Agyapong.
The trial judge Justice Eric Baah dismissed the case and awarded GHc50,000 cost against the plaintiff.
Anas Aremeyaw filed a GH¢25 million over some comments the MP had allegedly made against him in public after airing his investigative piece #Number 12, which exposed some alleged rots in Ghana Football.
Justice Eric Baah, a Justice of the Court of Appeal who is sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, in delivering his judgement said Anas Aremeyaw’s case has no merit.
The judge also questioned the style of journalism by the Plaintiff, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
In a response to the judgement, Tiger Eye PI headed by Anas Aremeyaw Anas in a statement, said “the case travelled through the hands of three judges with Justice Baah being the latest assigned to the case at the express instance of Kennedy Agyapong. Throughout the trial, Mr Agyapong displayed absolute disdain and disrespect of the court and the lawyer of Anas but all attempts to cite him for contempt hit a dead end”.
But speaking on Kumasi-based Hello FM monitored by MyNewsGH.com, Lawyer for the defendant Lawyer Ralph Agyapong observed that, the statement by Anas implied Kennedy Agyapong chose the judge who sat on the case for the court hence he is preparing to cite him for contempt of court.
“That statement is very contemptuous. Before you called, I was drafting an application for contempt on it. Anas should come to court”, Lawyer Ralph Agyapong told Hello FM.
He also hinted that, in their next case, Anas Aremeyaw would have to appear personally in court.
“This time he should come personally because it is a queasy criminal …you cannot send anybody. He should come and tell the court if Kennedy Agyapong is the one who chooses a judge for the court. He would come and prove to the court if Kennedy Agyapong as an individual has the power to say I’m choosing a judge.” Lawyer Agyapong stressed.
According to him, since Anas is the Director of Tiger Eye PI, he has no other option than to appear in court personally because the Supreme Court has held that you cannot come to court and put on that face mask.
“No judge in this republic can go against an order of the Supreme Court, no judge below, so he has to come to court”, Lawyer Ralph Agyapong insisted.
Gov’t to restrict importation of rice, ‘yemuadie’ and other products
The government is set to lay before Parliament today, November 21, a Constitutional Instrument (C.I) seeking to restrict the importation of selected strategic products into the country.
The items, numbering over 20, will include rice, tripe (popularly called “yemuadie” in Ghana), and diapers.
The government said the move is part of efforts to enhance local production.
Speaking during a press briefing in Parliament, the Minister of Trade and Industry, K.T Hammond said, “Stomach of animals, bladder and the chunk of intestines (yemuadie), the country had had to put in an amount of about $164 million towards the importation of these items. We are taking steps to ensure that in terms of rice, there’s no poverty of rice in the country.”
He emphasized, “By these restrictions, we are not going to ensure that there’s no food in the country at all; that is not the point at all. There have to be some efforts by the government to ensure that we go back to Acheampong’s operation feed yourself. There are about 22 items on the list, one of them, I think, is diapers.”
He announced the introduction of the Ghana Standards Authority Regulations 2023, which also seeks to streamline the manufacturing of cement to ensure competitive pricing.
Mahama doesn’t understand 24hr economy; don’t vote for him – Bawumia
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says former President John Dramani Mahama does not understand the 24-hour economy policy he is proposing.
According to the Vice President, that policy is already being implemented in the country, as hospitals, fuel companies, among others, operate a 24-hour system.
Dr. Bawumia, therefore, urged Ghanaians to ignore Mahama during the 2024 polls since he has nothing new to offer and vote for the New Patriotic Party.
“John Mahama says he has a new idea. What is the idea? He says he wants a 24-hour economy. He doesn’t even understand that policy. Today in Ghana, our hospitals work 24 hours, our electricity company works 24 hours, our water company works 24 hours, our fuel stations work 24 hours, and many chop bars work 24 hours. Today because of digitalisation, you can transfer money 24 hours, you can receive money 24 hours… So he doesn’t understand his own policy. It doesn’t make sense.”
“So I want you to vote for me in 2024 because I will bring a new vision, I will bring a new policy. Mahama is the past, Dr Bawumia is the future. If John Mahama was there, we would say we have a dumsor economy, you can’t have a 24-hour economy in dumsor. So, you want to vote for Dr Bawumia in 2024, we will take the country to new heights,” Dr Bawumia stated.
Bagbin rebukes IMF over alleged pressure to pass some bills under certificate of urgency
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has accused the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of pressuring the House to pass a number of bills under a certificate of urgency.
Mr. Bagbin cited bills such as the Affirmative Action Bill, which is allegedly being pushed by the IMF as part of the conditionality for the balance of the $3 billion credit facility for Ghana.
Speaking at the Speaker’s Breakfast Meeting on Monday, Alban Bagbin insisted that the House will not be coerced by the IMF to pass the bill.
“Even in this budget, you can see the arm of the IMF in a lot of provisions in the budget. A critical bill like the Affirmative Action Gender Equality Bill has come to Parliament under a certificate of urgency. Please, it won’t happen; we won’t pass it under a certificate of urgency.”
“There are critical stakeholders we must consult and make sure we go together. We will not be dictated by the IMF; that one, you can be assured. This is a very critical bill that the IMF should know that we need the buy-in of the stakeholders to be able to implement it,” Alban Bagbin said.
The Affirmative Action Bill, when passed into law, would seek to expunge the historically low representation of women in decision-making spaces and promote democracy and development through all-inclusive participation.