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TRAIN CRASH: NDC DELIBERATELY ATTACK THE GOVERNMENT AGAIN

Not long ago there have been cases of unknown individuals sabotaging government projects where many believes it is being occasioned by the opposition NDC to cause disaffection for the Akufo-Addo/NPP government. This is aimed at scoring cheap political scores by making the government unpopular.

VANDALISED TRANSFORMER

Early this year, certain individuals vandalized ECG transformers and stole copper wires. This incident by some unidentified persons plunged some communities into total darkness to cause a “DUMSOR” scare.

On March 19, 2024, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) witnessed a collapse of their distribution pylons (High Tension Distribution line). It was discovered that some unknown individuals had gone to steal the bolt and nuts attached to eight (8) ECGs pylons, which affected the following areas in Kumasi: Anwomaso BSP to Akyawkrom sub-station, Ejisu, Bekwai to Awiankwanta, Kumawu to Antoakrom, Maanso Nkwanta to Jacobu Samfo-Aduam, Ejisu to Onwe, Besease to Asotwe and Abankro to Baworo and surrounding.

VANDALIZED TRANSFORMER

Yesterday, April 18, 2024, The Ministry of Railway and the Ghana Railway Authority experienced another sabotage from the National Democratic Congress, during the test run of the newly procured trains for the Tema-Mpakadam rail-line. The branch secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abel Dzidotor, intentionally parked a Kia Truck on the railway, succeeding in his attempt to see the train crash.

 Out of the 4 counts levelled against Mr. Dzidotor at the court, he pleaded guilty to 4 of it and has been sentenced to serve 6-month jail term.

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TRAIN CRASH: SABOTEURING EFFORTS BY THE NDC?

The owner of the abandoned truck which caused accident on one of the newly secured trains has been jailed 6 months. 41 year old Abel Dzidotor is said to have pleaded guilty in court today to three out of the four counts leveled against him.

MR ABEL DZIDOTOR BEING ARRESTED BY THE POLICE

News reaching Daily Insights today reveals, the owner of the abandoned truck, Abel Dzidotor, is a staunch NDC member and a branch secretary for the National Democratic Congress.

  Mr Abel Dzidotor, parked the abandoned truck directly across the Tema-Mpakadan railway in a sharp rail curve. Despite emergency braking by the train driver, the train couldn’t be stopped in time thereby hitting the unattended vehicle causing the train crash. The train is part of the newly procured trains from Poland and was undergoing a test run.

NEWLY PROCURED TRAINS BY THE GOVERNMENT

Early this year, it was also reported that some unidentified people have vandalized transformers and stolen copper wires plunging the some communities into darkness. This could be attributed to a calculated attempt to sabotage the government’s developmental efforts to fuel the dissemination of  propaganda in order to score cheap political points.

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NDC’S Mary Awusi, diagnosed of HIV/AIDS according to her ex boyfriend

NDC party communicator and former parliamentary candidate of the Asante Akyem North constituency, Mary Awusi has been exposed by her ex-boyfriend who revealed that the vitriolic NDC communicator has been living with HIV/AIDS for some time now.

Mary Awusi

According to the ex-boyfriend, Mary has been involved in multiple sex relationships which has resulted in such condition. Mary Awusi in 2016 contested the Parliamentary Elections for the Asante Akyem North Constituency on the ticket of the NDC where she obtained a paltry 969 votes representing 2.83% against his contender, Kwaku Asante-Boateng’s 31,151 representing 60.93%.

Failed NDC parliamentary candidate

The failed Parliamentary Candidate has since then become useless and a poodle of the NDC, consistently passing malicious comments and sleeping around with multiple men to make ends meet.

Mary Awusi

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EX-PRESIDENT BUSTED IN ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI SAGA

Ex-President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday, January 25, 2024 visited the people of Obuasi as part of his Ashanti Regional tour, which commenced on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Otumfuor exposes John Mahama

The ex-president in his address to the chiefs and people of Obuasi, said his government revived the AngloGold Ashanti – Obuasi Mine in 2014. This comment caught the attention of many on social media and traditional media.

Shortly after ex-president John Mahama’s commentary, a viral video of the king of Asanteman, Otumfuo Osei Tutu – II in 2019 was seen addressing attendants thanking H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government for their superb inputs in reviving the AngloGold Ashanti after so many failed attempts by previous government.

Our Research Desk delve deeper into the issue and came across a document on Tax Concession Agreement for the Obuasi Mines Redevelopment between the Republic of Ghana and AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited, which was dated 27/11/2017. In the said document, the Republic of Ghana granted about $300M tax waiver to the AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited amidst other incentives to aid the realization of the redevelopment project.

Our desk also came across a video of the Chief Executive Officer of AngloGold, Alberto Calderon at the commemoration of the first gold pour, praising the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his assurance and relentless efforts to see the operation of the Obuasi mine. Chiefs and the good people present also heaped praises on the President for such a phenomenal job.

Mahama busted

Ex-President John Mahama has come under heavy criticisms after he has been, what the majority claim to be exposed. Scores of Ghanaians are of the view that the ex-president must rise to the occasion and act as a statesman.

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FORMER PRESIDENTS SHOULD ACT AS STATESMEN – JULIUS MALEMA SPEAKS ON AFRICA UNITY AT ARISE GHANA DIALOGUE

On January 23, 2024, Julius Malema, South Africa’s founder and leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters addressed members of the ARISE – Save Ghana movement at the College of Physicians & Surgeons auditorium, Accra.

Julius Malema

The eagerly awaited event had scores of Ghanaians seated at the auditorium and others glued by their television sets with all kinds of expectations – knowing the firebrand of a guest speaker who is about delivering his speech.

Mr. Julius Malema finally mounted the podium after short speeches by organizers and some big wigs of the National Democratic Congress. His speech was flawless and timely for the Ghanaian populace, especially at a time where the country is forging on into a general election.

In Mr. Malema’s speech, he drew the attention of audience and to an extension, the entire country to embrace unity and new ideas among the old and the youth. ‘’The old must allow the young to lead and those who served in the past must not attack new ideas’’ – Mr. Malema said

South Africa’s Opposition Leader, Julius Malema

He also urged former presidents to be content and not be moved with the idea of relinquishing power. ‘’All former Presidents should live like how all other progressive Presidents have lived, who are statesmen and are home waiting for courtesy visits and consultations, and honour states functions. Those are the duties of former Presidents’’ – he directed.

In his conclusion, Mr. Julius Malema extended an open invitation to the people of Ghana and all Africans to take advantage of the opportunities in South Africa and spread the African love.

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John Mahama is confused, 24 hour policy is not well thought through- Bawumia

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has criticised the 24-hour economy policy proposed by National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer John Dramani Mahama.

Dr Bawumia, who is also the New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer for the 2024 general elections, asserted that Mr Mahama lacks an understanding of the policy he is promising to Ghanaians.

During his tour of the north on Monday, November 20, Dr Bawumia dismissed the idea, stating that a 24-hour economy cannot be legislated by the government.

24 hours economy policy does not make sense- Bawumia

He highlighted that various sectors of the economy, such as healthcare, security services, and digital transactions, already operate 24 hours due to the digitalisation agenda he has championed since 2017.

Dr Bawumia expressed his skepticism about Mahama’s proposal, emphasising that a 24-hour economy is already a reality for many businesses based on market demand and opportunities.

“I hear John Mahama has a new idea and he wants to run a 24-hour economy. I say where did he get this idea from? It is not a bright idea! A 24-hour economy cannot be legislated by the government,” Dr Bawumia said.

“Today, there are many businesses that are already working for 24 hours. Hospitals are open for 24 hours. You can buy electricity for 24 hours. Because of digitalisation, you can transfer money for 24 hours. There are many chop bars and restaurants that are open for 24 hours.”

John Dramani Mahama, the leader of the NDC, had pledged to establish a 24-hour economy as a key pillar of his campaign for the 2024 presidential election.

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Mr Mahama argued that such a policy would contribute to economic growth and job creation, especially for the youth.

In a statement commemorating the 2023 International Youth Day, Mr Mahama outlined his administration’s commitment to nurturing a skilled and entrepreneurial youth.

He stated, “A new NDC administration will work urgently to equip our youth with the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed for a sustainable future. We will introduce a 24-hour economy with incentives and tax breaks for manufacturers who will run extra shifts to create more room for employment.”

In response, Dr Bawumia rebuffed the idea, asserting that it is not what Ghanaians need at the moment.

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Former President Mahama to Grant Ato Essien Presidential Pardon: Controversy Surrounds High-Profile Decision

In a surprising turn of events, former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has announced his intention to grant Ato Essien, the former founder of Capital Bank, a presidential pardon. The decision has sparked controversy and debate across the nation, considering the severity of the charges and the recent conviction of Essien.

Ato Essien jailed for 15 years

Ato Essien, once a prominent figure in Ghana’s financial sector, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on October 12, 2023, for his involvement in a high-profile case of stealing and money laundering. The Accra High Court found him guilty on all counts, highlighting the misappropriation of over GHS600 million from Capital Bank and the use of the embezzled funds for personal gain, including luxurious vacations and funding his personal businesses.

Essien’s conviction was seen as a strong message against financial crimes and a deterrent to others who might consider engaging in similar activities. The judge in the case took into account the seriousness of the offenses and Essien’s lack of remorse in delivering the sentence.

Despite the court’s ruling and the widespread public support for the conviction, former President Mahama’s decision to grant Essien a presidential pardon has raised eyebrows. Pardons are typically granted to individuals who have demonstrated rehabilitation, expressed remorse, or served a significant portion of their sentence. In Essien’s case, where he was convicted on all charges and has not shown remorse, the decision to grant a pardon has triggered skepticism.

John Dramani Mahama

Former President Mahama has not yet elaborated on the reasoning behind his decision. This has led to concerns that political motivations or personal connections may be influencing the choice to pardon Essien, further fueling the debate surrounding the move.

Essien’s lawyers have already announced their intention to appeal the conviction and sentence, adding an additional layer of complexity to the situation. The ongoing legal battle, coupled with the potential presidential pardon, ensures that the Ato Essien case will continue to captivate the nation’s attention and spark discussions on justice, accountability, and the role of political figures in high-profile legal matters.

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Favoritism Threatens Democracy: The Dangerous Game of NDC’s Former President Mahama

In the midst of democratic elections, the integrity of a political party is crucial for upholding the principles of fairness and equality. Recent events surrounding the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Odododiodio constituency primaries have raised serious concerns about the influence of former President John Dramani Mahama and his alleged favoritism, which is eroding the party’s core values and threatening its very foundation.

National Democratic Congress supporters

Scheduled for October 22, 2023, the NDC’s primaries in Odododiodio are meant to be a platform for the party’s members to choose their preferred candidate for the 2024 parliamentary elections. A fair and transparent process is essential to ensure that the chosen candidate truly represents the will of the people. However, disturbing reports of violence and undue interference have marred the run-up to the primaries.

Violence broke out during the vetting of candidates at the NDC headquarters, and it appears that former President Mahama’s influence is at the heart of the turmoil. Allegations suggest that he is actively working to eliminate real competition and promote a candidate of his choice. This not only undermines the principles of democracy but also threatens the very fabric of the NDC.

Act of vandalism at NDC regional office

One particularly alarming incident is the assault on Citi FM journalist Akosua Otchare, who was merely doing her job by covering the vetting process. Such attacks on the media are not only violations of press freedom but also an affront to the democratic values that the NDC claims to uphold. A healthy democracy depends on a free and independent press to hold those in power accountable and to provide the public with information about the political process.

Former President Mahama, as the presidential candidate for the NDC, wields significant influence within the party. However, his involvement in the internal selection process raises questions about whether the NDC is becoming a one-man show rather than a party of collective decisions. It is crucial to remember that the strength of a political party lies in its ability to accommodate diverse perspectives and voices.

This situation is not just a concern for the NDC’s internal affairs but has broader implications for the entire democratic process in Ghana. A party’s internal dysfunction can weaken its ability to provide a strong opposition and hold the ruling party accountable. A divided and biased party may alienate its supporters, leading to disillusionment among the electorate.

The NDC, as one of Ghana’s major political parties, should be a shining example of democracy in action. The favoritism and violence surrounding the Odododiodio primaries have the potential to erode the trust and support the party enjoys among its members and the general public.

It is crucial that the NDC addresses these allegations of favoritism and violence promptly and transparently. The party must demonstrate its commitment to the principles of democracy, free and fair elections, and the protection of press freedom. Ghana’s democracy thrives when political parties maintain a level playing field, fostering inclusivity and transparency. Failure to do so could have severe consequences for the NDC and the health of the nation’s democracy as a whole.

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Feature: Challenges and Progress: The NPP gets things done

Feature by: Stephen Marfo Adu

I must admit, there is a lot to be done as a country. We are not accelerating as we would want in areas such as health infrastructure, education, finance, and other sectors of our economy. However, I’m yet to see the NDC present a reasonable policy that will enable us to develop these sectors of our economy within the shortest possible time.

A feature by Stephen Marfo Adu

People went on the streets to protest for various reasons; which, to me, are all valid. Indeed, the government has to step up its game, especially in the case of rebuilding the La General Hospital. But rest assured, the attempts being made by certain partisan actors (within the organizers of the demo) to downplay the government’s effort will not wash. Under this administration, we have seen the most ambitious investment ever made within the health sector: Agenda 111, where the government has tasked itself with building 111 hospitals in record time. Eighty-eight hospitals are expected to be completed and fully operational in 2024.

This is the first time an administration in this country has decided to make education at the secondary level free nationwide under the flagship program Free Senior High School (FSHS). It’s foreknown that a program like this will test the already existing high school infrastructure to its limit, and it’s worth acknowledging the plans the government has put in place to reduce/eliminate this pressure. The plans include building new senior high schools (10 of them being STEM-focused), TVET centers, and expanding classroom blocks and boarding houses in already existing high schools. Some of these high schools and TVET centers have already opened their doors, and the majority are near completion. There is more to be done, and it shall be done.

Since 2017, over 10,875 kilometers of new roads have been constructed, be it highways or inner-city roads, compared to the 503 kilometers of roads constructed between 2009 and 2016. This shows this administration’s commitment to expanding and improving our roads. Road accidents on the Accra-Kumasi road have reduced significantly due to the road expansion by the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration.

NPP and NDC

There are many policies that have been implemented by this administration to make our lives easier, from the digitization of our healthcare and financial systems to industrialization, but there’s always more room for improvement. However, if there’s anything that history has taught us, it’s that the NPP is a party that gets things done. President Kuffuor’s achievements live on, and so will President Akufo-Addo’s legacy live on once he leaves office.

My advice to Ghanaian youth: you are fighting for valid reasons, and no one can tell you otherwise. Protesting for the cost of dialysis to be subsidized is a good cause, and so is protesting for the Tema motorway to be fixed. However, it’s necessary to call out the selfish NDC actors who want to piggyback off your agitations into government (The Jubilee House); they have nothing to offer you

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A demon has entered the NDC- Zanetor Rawlings exclaims

The daughter of the late president, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, Zanetor Rawlings, has urged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to rid itself of any residual “demons” in order to win the impending 2024 elections.
Zanetor Rawlings, a lawmaker, emphasised the need for the NDC, which she described as the result of the revolution, to undergo a careful self-examination when she gave a fervent speech at a church in Cape Coast on June 3 to mark the beginning of the 44th-anniversary commemoration of the June 4 Revolution.


She emphasised that any harmful influences that may have slowly crept in over time must be removed from the celebration.
“If the NDC is to rescue this country by 2024, we must clear ourselves of any demon that entered while we were not paying attention,” Zanetor Rawlings declared, encouraging her party members to reflect on their conduct and align themselves with the June 4 Uprising’s values.
The arrest and prosecution of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and other junior military officers by the leadership of the Supreme Military Council II (SMC II) prompted the June 4 Revolution, also known as the June 4th Uprising. Following a failed coup attempt on May 15, 1979, the former president and his colleagues were charged with mutiny.


During his trial, Jerry John Rawlings offered a variety of reasons for the failed rebellion. He emphasised the denial of pay to junior military commanders, pervasive corruption among Supreme Military Council officials, bad governance, economic challenges, and general populist dissatisfaction. Furthermore, he cited indiscipline within the Ghana Army as a crucial contributing element to the revolt.

The demand by Zanetor Rawlings for the NDC to exorcise its demons reflects the spirit of the June 4 Revolution, which attempted to confront these issues and bring about constructive change in the party.

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