Inside February 13, 2018 .qxp_Layout 1 2/12/18 7:17 PM Page 9 12 DAILY Politics WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH HERITAGE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 I’ve nothing to lose — Martin Amidu MARTIN AMIDU says he is looking forward to his vetting on February 13, 2018 as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor nominee. However, he said whatever the outcome – approval or disapproval by Parliament – he has “nothing personally to win or lose.” The Appointments Committee of Parliament has fixed Tuesday, February 13, 2018 to vet President Akufo-Addo’s nominee to occupy the Office of the Special Prosecutor to deal with issues of corruption in the public sector. Ahead of his vetting, the former Attorney General said in a statement that: “One thing I know from the outpouring of support for the President’s nomination of my humble self as the Special Public Prosecutor is that if the President’s wishes were put to a national referendum, all the 275 constituencies of the country will return an overwhelmingly positive endorsement for his choice. “But the Office of the Special Public Prosecutor Act (Act 959) gives the power of approval to the Parliament and it is important that everyone complies with the Act and the instructions issued by the Committee for the public hearing. “Only two outcomes are possible after the public hearing – to approve or disapprove the President’s nominee. Whatever the outcome, I will have nothing personally to win or lose. I accordingly urge every Ghanaian unable to attend the hearing personally to stay calm and await the outcome. I will forever remain grateful for the outpouring of support across the country on the occasion of the President’s announcement of my nomination for approval as Special Prosecutor.” Below is the full statement on his website: THE NOMINEE FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IS SORRY THAT ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF PEOPLE CAN BE INVITED TO THE PUBLIC HEARING As the days to the public hearing of my nomination approval by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on 13th February 2018 as the Special Public Prosecutor approaches, I have been inundated with endless calls from chiefs, friends and well-wishers from all over the country wishing to attend my nomination approval hearing. Unfortunately, the letter written from the Parliamentary Service inviting me “to appear before the Committee at its public hearing on Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 at 10:00 am in Committee Rooms 1-3, New Parliamentary Office Complex, Parliament House, Accra” with an attached Notes for Nominees, which limits the number of “supporters of the Nominee that will be allowed at the venue for the Public Hearing.” Consequently, only a limited number of invitation cards were given to me for the purpose which I have already distributed on a first call basis whether or not I knew the caller personally. The notes also prohibit drummers and dancers from entering the venue for the public hearing. Accordingly, I wish to appeal to all Ghanaians who would have wished to attend the public hearing of my nomination approval in person whom I have been unable to send or give an invitation card, to instead participate in my nomination hearing by viewing the event on television should it be telecast live or replayed after the public hearing. This will enable me to comply with the Notes for Nominees attached to my invitation for the public hearing. I am sorry I have no control over the number of well-wishers or spectators allowed to personally attend such public •President Nana Akufo-Addo (R) interacting with the Vice President and Martin Amidu nomination hearings. I hope the members of the public who have contacted me for invitation cards will forgive my inability to invite more than the permissible number allowed me. One thing I know from the outpouring of support for the President’s nomination of my humble self as the Special Public Prosecutor is that if the President’s wishes were put to a national referendum, all the 275 constituencies of the country will return an overwhelmingly positive endorsement for his choice. But the Office of the Special Public Prosecutor Act (Act 959) gives the power of approval to the Parliament and it is important that everyone complies with the Act and the instructions issued by the Committee for the public hearing. Only two outcomes are possible after the public hearing – to approve or disapprove the President’s nominee. Whatever the outcome, I will have nothing personally to win or lose. I accordingly urge every Ghanaian unable to attend the hearing personally to stay calm and await the outcome. I will forever remain grateful for the outpouring of support across the country on the occasion of the President’s announcement of my nomination for approval as Special Prosecutor. Martin A. B. K. Amidu February 11, 2018 • Nana B and President Nana Akufo-Addo Opinion: Nana B is capable and will deliver BY RAPHAEL KUMAH ABOLASOM HE OCCUPIED no official party position, yet his name, Henry Nana Boakye, a.k.a Nana B, became a household name, particularly in the run-up to election 2016 as a result of his pro-activeness. Point is, if an “office-less” party man was able to project the interest of the party to the extent that he was seen and being heard (when we needed a voice the most) much more than his competitors who were and are still party officials, then it tells you the kind of leadership the youth wing will have if he becomes the next National Youth Organiser; a proactively vibrant one! He’s like the rock of Gibraltar, bold, firm, charismatic and not a pushover! Without any shred of doubt, Nana B is committed to his resolve to make sure the toil of hardworking youth is not forgotten. He maintains that if there are political gains, there’s every need to ensure, it trickles down to the ordinary voter, to the ordinary young men and women who devoted their time, energy and scarce resources to spearhead an agenda that brought a total liberation of the Ghanaian people from the economic mismanagement, crass incompetence and grotesque nepotism of the erstwhile National Democratic Congress government. Nana B has chosen to honour hard work, promote servitude to party and encourage loyalty by proposing to create a welfare fund when he becomes the next National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). This fund is aimed at supporting party men and women, who in the course of their service to the party, encounter challenges of various forms. He acknowledges that, a nation that does not honour its heroes has set for itself a path to auto-destruction. In choosing who becomes our next youth leader, never at any point in time must we forget this; the NPP has a battle not within the NPP, but outside the NPP. Defending the interest of the party through strategic communication is non-negotiable. Effective Organisation and mobilisation of the youth front for various party activities is key. Empowering the youth wing through various capacity building and personal development opportunities is an area we mustn’t toy with. Building a reliable data base for the youth wing is a necessity in tracking the needs, challenges and progress of the youth! These are the many but few qualities and policies Nana B intends to bring on board when he gets the nod to lead the youth front of our party. Let’s give him the chance, he will deliver! Boys go chop, girls for chop!
13 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 BY ABIGAIL ASARE Ebony wanted me to settle her $100,000 exit and termination clause • Nana Appiah Mensah clarifies Tweet BY RAMSON ACQUAH-HAYFORD firstname.lastname@example.org NANA AP- PIAH Mensah (NAM), Chief Executive Officer and founder of Zylofon Media, who came under severe backlash from the public on his Tweet commemorating Ebony, has explained his post on Zylofon FM. In an interview with Sammy Flex on the Showbiz Agenda, the businessman stated that his message was just a tribute to the deceased nothing more nothing less. “I do not see anything wrong with the post, I was only recounting the details of our meeting because those were her exact words and I quoted her verbatim.” Mr Mensah expressed shock at the feedback and stated that while the only thing people could talk about after the incident was poor road system and other spiritualities, he decided to come from a different perspective. “I said we should pay attention to our female artistes in the last part of my message. It has always been my conviction that there has to be some advantage for them since it is a male dominated industry. “This was the main subject matter of my tribute that is exactly what I wanted to project which is why that part was in caps.” Concerning the issue of Ebony wanting a bailout and reports of him arranging a meeting without the knowledge of her manager, NAM revealed that the people behind such assertions are doing so “intentionally” and that it is“far-fetched”. “I'm also hearing things about me wanting to sow where I have not reaped. The person himself [Bullet, Ebony’s manager] had said on your platform [Zylofon FM] and it is in the public domain that if there was an offer and the money was good he would give her up. “So if my sister Ebony comes to me and says that bro I need to satisfy an exit and termination clause in our contract so help me pay 100,000 dollars to Ruff Town Records and I can afford it, what is the big deal about that?” he asked. Background NAM said Ebony pleaded with him to pay her manager •Nana Appiah Mensah off in order to ‘free’ her. According to him, he had met up with Ebony and had agreed on terms of contract with Ebony and was on the verge of signing her until her demise. He this on Twitter and while eulogising the artiste said, “we had a fruitful meeting and reached an agreement just last Tuesday. “I hope you’re free now and finds absolute peace in the bosom of the almighty God. Let’s pay critical attention to our female artists,” the big time Showbiz mogul said. Ebony and other two others - her bodyguard and personal assistant lost their lives on Friday through a motor accident on the Sunyani-Kumasi road at the Mankranso stretch. •Mrs Theresa Ayoade, Chief Executive Officer of CharterHouse 2018 VGMAs slated for April 14 CHARTERHOUSE GHANA, organisers of the annual Ghana Music Awards, has announced the official date for the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. The main awards night has been scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre. The theme for the 19th edition of the event is ‘Our Music Beyond Borders.’ Organizers say the intent is to help promote Ghanaian artistes and music beyond the Ghanaian and African market. Prior to the main awards night, there will be a nominees’ jam on March 24, 2018 at Cape Coast, and a music seminar on April 12, 2018 at the Movenpick Hotel. Ghana Music Awards Festival is the biggest event on the Ghanaian music calendar. It is powered by CharterHouse in partnership with the Musicians Union of Ghana and under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and sponsored by Vodafone Ghana. It seeks to honour artistes and stakeholders in the Ghanaian music industry who have released works that generated the most public excitement within the year under review, and also reward veteran artistes who have blazed the trail in the music industry. A total of 709 nominations were received for the scheme, about 72% were received online. Singer Joe Mettle, currently holds the ultimate title of Artist of the Year, something widely believed to be snatched by dancehall singer Ebony, who was reported dead last night in an accident on the Sunyani – Kumasi road. FlowKing Stone drops tribute song on Ebony BY ERICA ARTHUR FLOWKING STONE has released a tribute song to the late Ebony Reigns. The rapper rides on the instrumental of the dancehall artiste’s popular ‘Maame Hwe’ expressing his condolences to the bereaved family and the music industry. Flowking recounts meeting Ebony once where they discussed possibilities of collaborating on a song. He further called on authorities to pay attention to the nature of Ghana’s roads to avert further occurrences. Ebony, real name Priscilla Opoku- Kwarteng, was returning from Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region when the Jeep she was travelling in crashed into a VIP bus on Thursday evening, according to police. Ebony was travelling with three other people, and two of them have also been confirmed dead. The two include a young lady, Ebony’s assistant, and a man in military uniform believed to be a soldier. She produced hits songs like ‘Dancefloor,’ ‘Kupe,’ ‘Hustle,’ ‘Maame Hwe,’ ‘Date Ur Fada’ ‘Poison’ and her latest gospel ‘Aseda’.