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Ras Mubarak Didn’t Apply For Visa – Israeli Amb.

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The Israeli ambassador to Ghana Ami Mehl has denied refusing Visa to Ghanaian MP Ras Mubarak who was scheduled to speak at a conference at Palestine.

The National Democratic Congress MP for Kumbungu was traveling under the aegis of the Palestinian Authority to present a paper in Ramallah.

“It is true and very unfortunate,” Mr. Mubarak told Starr News from Jordan.

The Ghanaian MP who claimed he had permit from Israel to carry out his assignment in Palestine through the Allenby Border Crossing was stopped at Jordan.

“When we got to the Jordanian border the Israelis said they won’t allow us to go to Palestine for this particular conference. I find it unfortunate, but I’m not surprised because it is part of a strategy to persecute Palestine and to harass friends of Palestine,” Mubarak stressed.

Speaking to Starr News, ambassador Mehl said the claims by the minister are untrue.

“He didn’t ask me for a visa and was not denied entry into the country. There was not instructions whatsoever to me not give him a visa. Mr Mubarak decided not to do things the right way. Mr Mubarak came to the country without a visa. What he is doing is propaganda, he is a propaganda machine,” he said.

Reacting to the  claims however, Mr. Mubarak expressed surprise at the posture of the ambassador and vowed to continue with his activism for the state of Palestine.

“I did not need to go to the Israeli Embassy for a visa because the top officials in Tel Aviv have sorted my entry. My permit was issued by the foreign affairs minister of Israel. Aside myself, some other renowned individuals were refused entry. I have every legitimate right as a citizen of the world to point out injustices”.

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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Akufo-Addo – 998 Staff Work At Jubilee House

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The Office of the President has 998 employees, including Ministers of State, Presidential Staffers and junior Political Appointees in 2017, official list submitted to Parliament has confirmed.

The number is some 220 staff more than the 778 employees presented to parliament by the erstwhile John Mahama administration in 2013.

According to the report released to Parliament on the staffing position of the Office of the President for the period January 7, 2017 to December 31, 2017, the office had nine Ministers of State, 27 presidential staffers, 256 Junior Political Appointees and 706 civil and public servants.

Below is the full list

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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Court Embargoes NPP Regional Elections In Volta Region

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Barely 24hours to the governing New Patriotic Party’s regional elections across the country, the exercise in the Volta region has been dealt a massive setback with a Court injunction.

A disgruntled NPP Volta regional chairman-aspirant, Kofi Boateng, Friday secured a court order to put on hold the regional elections over claims of unfair treatment and disqualification.

Speaking to the media after securing the embargo, the campaign manager of Boateng, Nelson Kumah said the injunction was necessary after the top echelon of the party failed to recognize and address their concerns of unfair treatment.

“You can look at the six people that are contesting and you look at Kofi Boateng’s profile, you see that he is a party man [and] has done this job for 26 years,” said the livid campaign manager.

“But the cabal who have taken over this party just want to hobble him out of the place,” he added.

According to him, after executives of the party in the region disqualified his candidate via a WhatsApp message without any tangible reason, the campaign team petitioned the acting National Chairman of the party, Freddie Blay and the acting General Secretary John Boadu on April 4, 2018.

“We waited for them for two weeks and they couldn’t acknowledge receipt of our petition, so we have no other way,” he said “as our rights cannot be jeopardized and for that matter it is only the court that can give us justice.”

Meanwhile, in the Northern region, the election has been postponed to April 28.

This, according to the NPP regional communication director Abdul-Latif A. Ishaak is necessitated by the inability of the party to conduct elections in some five constituencies.

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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Political Corruption Rising Under Akufo-Addo – Batidam

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The Chairman of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, Daniel Batidam has described as “dangerous” what he says is the rise of “political corruption” under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.

President Akufo-Addo for decades has been touted as incorruptible, a tag which helped him win the 2016 presidential elections by 53.72percent, collecting 5,755,758 of the valid votes cast against former President John Mahama’s 44.53percent, representing 4,777,188 valid votes cast.

However, barely two years in power, the Akufo-Addo government has thus far been rocked with close to 10 alleged corrupt scandals, the latest being the alleged financial malfeasance at the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT).

The board of the MMT has announced it is setting up an internal committee to investigate the bus-purchase scandal that has rocked the firm.

The decision was taken after Starr News investigations uncovered financial and administrative irregularities in the award of contract for some 300 new buses for the company.

The Managing Director Bennette Aboagye and his personal assistant, have been ordered to proceed on leave with immediate effect over the allegation.

The head of procurement, Rose Owusu, is also facing accusations of possible complicity in the alleged corruption scandal.

Commenting on the recent scandal, Batidam who advised former President Mahama on corruption bemoaned that corruption is gradually being institutionalized under the leadership of the “incorruptible” Akufo-Addo.

“This [MMT scandal] appears to be dominantly political corruption, in that, there’s always something to do with party people,” he stated on Starr Today Thursday April 19.

“It is the same thing recently, we heard about one NPP MP’s wife,” he continued, “being given some big project and then the PPA, the agency which is supposed to be regulating this, itself is coming out to justify its awarding of the contract.”

“I think that, what we are seeing is a very dangerous situation as far as political corruption is concerned,” he warned.

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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