Daily Guide – Galamsey queen in Nsawam Prison.
An Accra High Court (Criminal Division) yesterday could not hear the bail application filed by lawyers for the five Chinese nationals, including Aisha Huang who has adopted the local name Yaa Asantewaa – the 31-year-old woman suspected to be one of Ghana’s most notorious illegal miners.
The galamsey queen’s hope of being granted bail was therefore dashed as she made her way to the Nsawam Prisons where she is cooling off.
The court, presided over by Charles Edward Ekow Baiden, held that the court had observed some inconsistencies in the affidavit in opposition filed by the Attorney General (AG).
Jerry Akeweteh, lawyer for the other suspects – Gao Jin Cheng, 45; Lu Qi Jun, 39; Haibin Gao, 26; Zhang and Zhang Pen, 23 – had dashed to the court five days before in a desperate attempt to secure bail for his clients.
He said the defence counsel had filed a motion on notice for bail pending the trial on May 15.
Volta rejects female DCEs
None of the three females nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for District Chief Executive (DCE) positions in the Volta Region managed to gather enough votes to secure their positions.
All three nominees – Ella Boateng for South Dayi, Millicent Kabuki Carboo for Biakoye and Josephine Boateng for Adaklu – were rejected outright by their respective assembly members.
Not even the appeal to consider affirmative action and gender equality could secure their approval.
The nominee for the Adaklu District, Madam Josephine Boateng, suffered the heaviest defeat in the hands of the 18-member assembly, as she obtained only 2 ‘Yes’ against 15 ‘No’ votes.
Her rejection, however, came as no surprise as information picked by DAILY GUIDE indicated that Madam Boateng is not popular with the indigenes and that many people claim she has no idea what the challenges of the area are, since she hardly comes home.
Achimota gets ultra-modern waste station
A $3 million state-of-the-art solid waste transfer station has been commissioned at Achimota, a suburb of Accra.
The station, located in the Okaikoi North Constituency, was commissioned by ZoomPak in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
The commissioning of the Achimota waste transfer station brings to three the total number of waste transfer stations that have been constructed by Zoomlion Ghana Limited since 2014.
The facility has three compaction trailers of which one can receive an average of 2,000 tonnes of waste – which means that each trailer can absorb about ten waste compaction trucks, making about 100 waste trucks dumping at the facility in a day.
It is said to have a weighing bridge with an automated system to calculate the weight of waste dumped by each truck and the odor from the plant is mitigated by the air tight and leakage proof nature of the transfer trailers.
Delta Force 13 back in court
The KMA Circuit Court in Kumasi yesterday adjourned hearing of the case involving 13 members of the Delta Force accused of assault and other charges, to June 15, 2017.
The decision to adjourn the case was reached because the Attorney General’s Department (AG), which is currently in possession of the docket of the case, has not finished studying it.
ACP Okyere Darko, the prosecutor, told the packed-to-capacity court that the AG’s Department was still studying the docket and so prayed the court to give a new date for the case to be heard.
The judge therefore granted the prosecutor’s plea by adjourning the case – which has become a major national issue with massive public attention.
Genesis Of Case
The 13 people, all males, are believed to be integral members of the Delta Force, a vigilante group, which is said to be linked to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
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