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Inside February 14, 2018 .qxp_Layout 1 2/13/18 8:42 PM Page 9 12 DAILY Politics WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 Africa needs dynamic leaders – CPP BY KENT MENSAH THE CONVEN- TION People’s Party (CPP) has said Africa needs dynamic and not speech-making leaders. The chairman of the CPP, Prof. Edmund Delle has, therefore, called on African governments to roll their sleeves, get down to business, for which they were voted into power. “Most African governments have transformed leadership into speech-making platforms, organising and attending conferences while the real work for the socialeconomic development remains undone. “We need a paradigm shift in the African governance architecture, where leadership rolls up their sleeves and descend from their ivory towers and join the masses for rapid transformation,” Prof. Delle told the Ghana News Agency. Prof Delle, who is also the leader of the CPP, noted that most African governments have reduced governance into euphoria and ceremonial mechanism with show of opulence and political authority to the disadvantage of the ordinary citizen. The CPP Chairman therefore •Prof Edmund Delle, CPP national chairman called on civil society actors, traditional and religious leaders, think tanks, the media as well as political parties, especially opposition party establishment to constantly play active watchdog roles in the interest of the people. He said there was the urgent need for African leadership to engage in strategic thinking and planning to prepare the population for emerging and future challenges. The CPP Chairman said in contemporary complex societies, institutions that made the population survive and flourish needed proper leadership for their effective maintenance and urged African leaders to be creative and visionary as the growth and development of a nation depended on the quality of the leaders at any particular point in time. “Without the right kind of leadership, there exist only chaos, confusion and frustration”. The CPP Chairman noted that the current political and economic problems besetting the African continent stemmed from the leadership crisis experienced over the past decades. “Signs of leadership crisis are alarming and pervasive. There is a widespread loss of faith in our major institutions such as the judiciary and law enforcement agencies generally. “There is an alarming breakdown of traditional values and discipline; corruption is more or less institutionalised and no serious attempts are being made to fight it, we need an urgent paradigm shift to save the continent,” Prof Delle noted. Prof Delle called on current African Governments to rise up to the changing trend in global governance, offer pragmatic solutions to numerous problems facing the continent with homegrown solutions. On the CPP’s strategy for reorganisation, Prof Delle said the party would rollout grass-root reengineering process through the constituencies to the regional and national levels to consolidate, deepen and project the party as a force in Ghanaian political sphere. Prof Delle noted that CPP would also create a platform to co-operate with other political parties and movements, which commit themselves to similar ideals, and strengthen Ghana’s democratic governance through active participation in governance as a prudent opposition party. “There is an alarming breakdown of traditional values and discipline; corruption is more or less institutionalised and no serious attempts are being made to fight it, we need an urgent paradigm shift to save the continent,” Prof Delle noted. Martin Amidu: I want to stop leakages and corruption BY KOBINA WELSING THE SPECIAL Prosecutor nominee, Mr Martin A. B. K Amidu has stated that he accepted the President’s offer because he wants to stop the leakages and corruption that had bedeviled the country since constitutional rule. Addressing Parliament’s Appointment’s Committee yesterday, the anti-corruption campaigner stated that the country must be stabilised by protecting the national purse and ensuring that the citizens benefit immensely from the nation’s natural resources. “It’s important that this country is stabilised to make sure that no one gets the excuse to stage a coup. This can be done when we protect the national purse,” Mr Amidu said. The vetting of Mr Amidu was in limbo after a former deputy Attorney General, Dr Ayine filed a suit at the Supreme Court on Monday arguing that the nominee is too old to hold the position. He wants the apex court of the land to annul the appointment because “…by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959).” Meanwhile, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Joe Osei Owusu has stated that the age of Amidu cannot disqualify him from becoming the Special Prosecutor. About Martin Amidu Mr Amidu was the Attorney- General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills. Amidu, a member of the National Democratic Congress, •Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor nominee served as the Deputy Attorney- General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government. After civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry John Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001. In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Atta Mills. They both, however, lost to President John Kufuor that year.

13 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 BY ABIGAIL ASARE Ebony was never a lesbian – Bullet •Vanessa Gyan Vanessa is only Ghanaian for Women4Africa Awards 2018 BY ERICA ARTHUR RADIO AND TV presenter Vanessa Gyan is the only Ghanaian nominated in this year’s Women4Africa Awards in the United Kingdom. The presenter, who is the only daughter of the late Kiki Gyan of Osibisa fame and the host of Live from the Capital on Live 91.9FM, was nominated in the ‘Woman in Media’ category.The 7th edition of the annual awards themed ‘The Royal Edition’ is scheduled for Saturday May 19, 2018 in Kensington, London. Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, Ms Gyan said she was nominated due to her hard work in the media industry in both Ghana and the international scene. She also expressed her excitement about the nomination and especially being the only Ghanaian given the recognition. “I am really excited because due to the global recognition, not just of Vanessa Gyan but my efforts in the Industry with ‘The Sincerely Vee Show’ and ‘The Sincerely Vee Foundation.’ With each I continue to raise awareness to greater causes such as maternal health, while giving individuals the platform to inspire through their own journey.” Ms Gyan also encouraged the younger generation to always be themselves, she said “Aspire to only be you, you can be inspired by others. Be inspired by Vanessa Gyan but don’t aspire to be the next Vanessa. Be confident, bold and above all be authentic as you can.Always use the voice you have and work hard.” Sincerely Vee Foundation is an extension of ‘The Sincerely, Vee’ show and founded by Radio and TV Host, Vanessa Gyan. It aims to raise awareness and make a difference/impact by dedicating their time on one specific need that the organisation feels lacks attention. Women4africa is a United Kingdom registered organisation focused on celebrating and empowering Africa and its women by supporting and celebrating their role in their communities via conferences, supporting education and Awarding prestigious awards, recognitions and special honours on such women identified and nominated by the public. It was birthed from a 20-year desire and passion to see women honoured and appreciated in a celebratory way. Overtime, African women have often been portrayed as victims of poverty, violence, and conflict, amongst other disasters. Beyond advocating and engaging them to fight against these negativities, it is equally important to highlight that African women are also ‘agents of positive change’ in their communities. Africa has over 53 countries and a large number of women who are unique and different in their own individual ways. Women of all walks of life tend to face a lot of challenges in today’s society. However, many African women have been great examples of success worldwide promoting peace in conflict-inflicted areas and contributing to the increased resources in their nations. MANAGER OF the late Ebony, Bullet, on Okay FM disclosed that late dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns was never a lesbian. According to Bullet, the controversy surrounding the death of the late dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns has taken another twist with attention now being focused on her alleged Personal Assistant, Franklina Kuri. Reacting to the claim that Franklina Kuri’s intimacy with Ebony suggests they were lesbians, the manager of the talented artiste strongly debunked the rumours saying it must be treated with the contempt that it deserves. The Chief Executive Officer of Ruff Town Records told Okay FM that contrary to widely held view that Ebony Reigns was bad girl the latter was rather very spiritual and generous person. “People don’t know how kind-hearted Ebony was. If you don’t know someone don’t judge the person. Ebony wasn’t a lesbian. When someone becomes popular, he or she is labelled with practices that are fictitious.” Bullet further cautioned that people should think about themselves and what will happen to them and stop talking ill of his artiste and himself. Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng known in showbiz died in a car accident on 8th February, 2018 when she was returning from Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region. According to the police report the Jeep she was travelling in crashed into a VIP bus on Thursday evening. Ebony was travelling with three other people, and two of them have also been confirmed dead. The two include a young lady, Ebony’s friend, and a military man. She produced hits songs like ‘Dancefloor,’ ‘Kupe,’ ‘Hustle,’ ‘Maame Hwe,’ ‘Date Ur Fada’ and ‘Poison’ •O.D. Super O. D. dead VETERAN GHANAIAN actor, Asonaba Kweku Darko, known in showbiz as Super O.D. is dead. According to the source, the actor, died early Tuesday morning at his Swedru residence in the Central Region. The actor, who has been off the screens for some years, had a frail health until his demise. Super OD, who had a blissful acting career spanning from the 1970s to the 90’s, was very popular for his roles in local Ghanaian series, Akan Drama on GTV. Acting with the Oppong Drama Group which later became known as Osofo Dadzie Group, Super O. D. gained nationwide popularity for his impeccable acting and rib cracking jokes. He died at age 84. •Ebony Reigns

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