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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has proclaimed that the government has put to bare hundreds of ghost names in public sector payrolls. This includes duplicates, which has contributed to the waning economic outlook of the country.


This positive development forms part of the Vice President, Dr. Bawumia’s vision and efforts to reduce corruption by blocking the loopholes in the public sector including all corrupt related activities. According to government, the mechanisms being rolled out is an attempt to cut back on wastage and corruption. Sanitising the public payroll, digitalisation, and enhancing value for money in public expenditure.

In the first phase of these clean-up exercises by the controller and Accountant-General’s Department and National Identification Authority (NIA), After conducting a biometric audit of the government’s Payroll, 148,000 (24.6%) out of 602,000 workers have Identifications that do not match any biometric identification of NIA.  Again, 533 workers have multiple identities, example, some people have three different employee numbers.   Could this be a reason why are some persons, especially NDC elements do not want to register for the Ghana card, let alone link it with their SIM cards? A lot of ghost workers on the government’s payroll playing hide and seek games.

The names, according to Dr. Bawumia, have more than one Controller and Accountant-General’s Department account with different employee numbers.

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William Ruto Elected Kenya’s President amid Disputes
Despite a dramatic dispute over the outcome, William Ruto’s victory in Kenya’s presidential election has been widely celebrated around the world.
Mr Ruto defeated rival Raila Odinga, receiving 50.5% of the vote.

The announcement was postponed due to squabbles at the results center and allegations of vote-rigging by Mr Odinga’s campaign.
He has not yet spoken, but an ally told the BBC that Mr Odinga found the outcome “unacceptable.”

“It lacks credibility because four of the seven [election commission] commissioners have stated that they did not sign on to the announcement that Mr Ruto was lawfully elected,” Salim Lone said.
He was referring to the commissioners’ refusal to endorse the presidential result, claiming that the process had been “opaque.” They provided no additional information on Monday.
After a period of celebration and violent protests following the announcement of the results, most parts of the country have returned to normalcy.

Thousands of residents in Mr Ruto’s home town of Eldoret in the Rift Valley burst into song and dance. However, the mood was different in Mr Odinga’s political base in the western city of Kisumu, where residents protested the loss by erecting burning tyres and barricades.

Mr Ruto called for unity in his acceptance speech, saying he wanted to be a president for all and for the country to focus on the future.
“I want to assure those who have done many things against us that they have nothing to fear. There will be no retaliation. “We don’t have time to look back,” he added

He also praised Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the electoral commission, for conducting a fair election.

Despite threats, Mr Chebukati said he had done his job.

Mr Ruto, 55, was running for president for the first time. He has been deputy president for nine years, but he had a falling out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who supported Mr Odinga for the presidency.
The 77-year-old former prime minister was running for president for the fifth time, with 48.8% of the vote.

Mr Ruto framed the election as a battle between “hustlers,” or poor Kenyans, and “dynasties,” or powerful families like the Kenyattas and Odingas, who have been major players in Kenyan politics since independence.
Unlike previous elections, the campaigns were dominated by issues such as how to address rising living costs, fix the economy, and combat corruption, rather than overt ethnic mobilization.

Analysts believe Mr Odinga will challenge the outcome.

The Kenyan Supreme Court declared the last election invalid and ordered a rerun; it may have to make another major decision in the coming weeks.

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Ransford Gyampo, a professor at the University of Ghana’s Political Science Department, has expressed concern about President Akufo-decision Addo’s not to reshuffle his appointees.

Gyampo said on Asaase’s Big Bulletin on Monday (8 August), “If you have the men, some are tired, some have been incompetent, and some are packing away.” Why don’t you reshuffle them and bring in new members? Fresh ideas, new perspectives, new energy, and so on. However, the president has the final say.”

“If the president believes they have performed admirably, well… after his tenure, we will be the best judges, we will assess him and determine whether he has performed admirably with his ministers or not,” he said.

Gyampo continued, “And so, if the president believes they are doing well and we believe they are not doing well, I believe the president’s position must be taken because he appointed them.” But, at the end of the day, we will conduct a thorough assessment of his government to determine whether or not his ministers assisted him.”

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The Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has asked that the North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, retracts and apologizes for the falsehood that he was Secretary for the National Cathedral in 2019 since its incorporation.

According to Ablakwa, Godfred Yeboah Dame was registered as Secretary of the National Cathedral Board while also serving on the board of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), which approved the contract for the project design.
“It is quite revealing to observe that when the National Cathedral was incorporated on 18th July 2019; the then Deputy AG, Godfred Dame was registered as Secretary. During that same period, he served on the board of the PPA which approved Adjaye’s irregular sole sourcing contract”, Okudjeto Ablakwa wrote on his Facebook page.

Reacting to this claim, Mr. Dame dismissed the claims of breaching conflict of interest rules in processes leading to the incorporation of the National Cathedral of Ghana as a private company.
According to the Attorney-General, the allegation against him “is utterly false.”

In responding to the question, he explained that “the National Cathedral of Ghana was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (non-profit making entity) on 18th July 2019.”
“Quite clearly, at the time of the approval by PPA (on whose governing board I served in my former capacity as Deputy Attorney-General), no company known as the National Cathedral of Ghana had been formed for me to be Secretary of, or have any purported interest in to declare. I could not have had a so-called interest in a non-existent company. If Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa had cared to read or examine the relevant documents well, as he should have, this plain fact would not have been lost on him,” he explained.

He further stated that, “for the avoidance of doubt, I state that my role as Secretary (not a director or a member) to a not-for-profit company owned by the State does not present me with any personal interest which conflicts with the performance of my functions as a Minister.”
“The record reflects the fact that even in respect of companies limited by liability (profit-making entities), the State regularly appoints public officers, including Ministers, to serve as members of the board of directors to protect the public interest where the State is a shareholder,” he added.

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Frank Annoh-Dompreh, Majority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for Nsawam/Adoagyiri, believes Vice President Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia will be the New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer and will win the 2024 elections.

As the NPP prepares to select a successor to President Akufo-Addo as party flagbearer, many believe Dr. Bawumia and Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen are the front-runners.
Dr. Bawumia, on the other hand, was an open choice for Frank Annoh-Dompreh.

He made the announcement at a conference to elect NPP constituency officers in the Nsawam/Adoagyiri constituency.
“John Mahama has contributed.” He should leave and not run again, but by God’s grace, Dr. Bawumia will be Ghana’s next president,” he said.
According to political observers in Ghana, the NPP’s flagbearership race will be a watershed moment for the party, as it will either make or break the party.

Freddie Blay, the party’s National Chairman, has already stated that he believes the party will emerge unscathed and more formidable to win the 2024 elections.

“Certainly, it will not be easy. When the party held internal elections in 2008, there were as many as 17 candidates. I believe they will be significantly lower this year.”
“We need unity; we need to put our differences aside and support the candidate who can break the 8. “Breaking the 8 is not just a slogan; it will become a reality,” he said in an interview with Citi News.