The Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) has cautioned journalists making corruption allegations against some state institutions and government appointees to be mindful in order not to pronounce certain people guilty in the media without trial by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We wholeheartedly applaud the courageous manner with which some of these cases are pursued in fulfillment of the media’s constitutional obligation to hold to account people in positions of power and responsibility,” GJA indicated in a statement signed by its President, Roland Affail Monney.
It added, “At the same time, the GJA urges extreme caution and circumspection in order not to pronounce certain people guilty in the media whereas no court of competent jurisdiction has ever tried them.”
EC boss $14m contract under probe
The contracts awarded by the Electoral Commission (EC) to private companies for the construction of pre-fabricated (PreFAB) offices in some districts throughout the country are coming under scrutiny.
This is because the petitioners, who are seeking to trigger impeachment proceedings against the EC chairperson, Charlotte Osei, have claimed that the EC boss awarded the contracts worth over $14 million without recourse to the commission.
The petitioners accused Charlotte Osei of “engaging in cronyism by awarding contracts to the tune of $14,310,961 to her cronies for the construction of Pre-fabricated District offices without recourse to the Commission.”
However, the EC boss said she got approval from the PPA.
Gina Blay presents letters of credence
The newly-appointed Ambassador of Ghana to Germany, Georgina Ama Blay, has presented her letters of credence to the President of that country, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Ambassador Blay made the presentation at a ceremony at the Castle Bellevue in Berlin on Tuesday, August 29, DAILY GUIDE has gathered.
She and her entourage were accordingly welcomed by a Guard of Honour mounted by a detachment of the German Armed Forces.
They were then ushered into the German Presidential Palace where she appended her signature in the Official Guest Book.
After introducing members of her delegation, including her husband, Freddie Blay, to the President, Mrs Gina Blay and President Steinmeier reportedly proceeded to hold a closed-door meeting.
Ursula denies corruption tag
Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has described as ‘scurrilous’ and ‘unwarranted’ the allegations of corruption leveled against her by her colleague New Patriotic Party (NPP) member, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
Mr. Agyapong, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, was alleged to have said that his colleague MP for Ablekuma Central and Minister of Communications, Ms Owusu-Ekuful, supervised a corruption-ridden process in the award of contract to produce National Identification cards by the National Identification Authority (NIA).
As a result, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo intervened, asking the Ghana Police Service to investigate the allegations.