Contest has repositioned party for power in 2024-James Agalga

Mr James Agalga, the Parliamentary Candidate-elect for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Builsa North Constituency of the Upper East Region, says the contest among aspirants in the just ended primaries has reactivated and repositioned the Party for power in 2024.

He, therefore, urged Party delegates and supporters to close their ranks and focus on the elections in 2024, as there was no individual winner or loser in the just ended primaries.

‘The winner in this contest is the National Democratic Congress. As for the primaries, it is nothing but a spring board to success for the Party in the upcoming elections,’ he said.

Mr Agalga, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, who was re-elected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the NDC in the 2024 general elections, said this in his victory address to delegates and supporters of the Party.

‘The fact that there was competition here, I can say we have been able to reactivate the Party and positioned it in the manner that makes us prepared and ready to retain the seat and also deliver victory for Former President Mahama in the 2024 elections.’

Mr Agalga, who is the incumbent MP for the area and the Ranking Member on the Defence and Interior Select Committee of Parliament, polled 547 votes to beat Mr Simon Awog-Badek and Professor Godwin Awabil who polled 165 and nine votes respectively.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC primaries: four incumbent MPs booted out in Upper East Region

Four incumbent Members of Parliament in the Upper East Region have been booted out and lost the endorsement to be reelected to parliament in 2025.

They are two-time MPs Mr Edward Bawa, MP for Bongo and Mr Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, MP for Garu.

The rest are Mr Thomas Adda Dalu, MP for Chiana-Paga and Mr Samuel Tangombu Chirigia who is affectionately called STC, MP for the Navrongo Central.

In the Bongo Constituency, it was all about ‘Bawas’ affair as Mr Charles Bawadua, a legal practitioner and former Executive Secretary of the Labour Commission polled 535 votes to beat the incumbent and Professor Ephraim Nsoh Avea, an educationist who polled 509 votes and 75 votes respectively.

For the Garu constituency, Dr Thomas Winsom Anaba, a former Medical Director of Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital) polled 250 votes to secure a ticket for the parliamentary election in 2024 ahead of Mr Alalzuuga who had 160 votes and Mr George Akudugu Mbawin who had 246 votes.

In the Chiana-Paga constituency, the incumbent polled 300 votes to lose to Mr Nikyema Billa Alamzy, a businessman who secured 488 votes.

The incumbent for the Navrongo Central constituency lost his bit to return to Parliament after polling 447 votes which was less than the 475 votes that Mr Simon Akibange Aworigo, a businessman polled.

In the Talensi constituency where eight people contested, Mr Daniel Mahama Dung polled 250 votes to beat his closest contender Mr Zinekena Solomon who had 183 votes.

In the Zebilla constituency, Mr Ebenezer Alumire Ndebilla was elected parliamentary candidate after he polled 450 votes to beat six other contestants while in the Binduri constituency, Mr Issifu Mahmoud, a legal practitioner secured 441 votes to beat Dr Robert Kuganaab-Lem who had 361 votes.

However, five sitting MPs retained their candidatures ahead of the 2024 general elections and are Dr Dominic Akuritinga Ayine, MP for Bolgatanga East, Mr Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central, Dr Kurt Nawaane, MP for Nabdam, Hajia Laadi Ayii Ayamba, MP for Pusiga and Mr James Agalga, MP for Builsa North.

Meanwhile, three other incumbent MPs including Mr Isaac Adongo, MP for Bolgatanga Central, Dr Clement Apaak, MP for Builsa South and Madam Lydia Akanvariba, MP for Tempane went unopposed.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Yao Gomado wins Akan NDC Parliamentary primary

Mr Yao Gomado, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Akan Constituency in the Oti Region, has been re-elected as the parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2024 general election.

He polled 448 votes as against 332 votes secured by Nana Nyarko Emmanuel Dabo and 251 votes garnered by Ahmed Muniru.

There were 1, 033 valid votes cast with two rejected.

In the presidential primary, Mr John Dramani Mahama, former President, garnered 1,011 votes as against 10 by Kwadwo Bonsu, while 17 ballots were rejected.

The Electoral Commission officials, led by Mr Justice Odame Frimpong, the Kadjebi District Electoral Officer, supervised the election.

Supt. Gyan-Mante Frempong, the Kadjebi District Police Commander, led the security personnel to ensure sanity prevailed.

The election, described as peaceful, was held at Dodi-Papase in the Kadjebi District of the Oti Region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Pokuaa Sawyer elected unopposed to contest NDC Agona East seat

The Member of Parliament for Agona East, Mrs Queenstar Pokuaa Sawyer, has been elected unopposed as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the 2024 elections.

Her main contender, Mr Eric Turkson, was disqualified by the party.

This is the fourth time Mrs Sawyer would contest the election on the ticket of the NDC.

Mrs Patience Shebrah, the Agona East Director of Elections, who supervised the polls, held Mrs Sawyer’s hand to declare her the candidate-elect by law.

For the presidential primary, Mr John Dramani Mahama polled 997 votes, representing 99. 6 per cent, to beat Mr Kojo Bonsu, who obtained four votes.

The total valid votes cast were 1,001 by 1,013 delegates while 12 ballots were rejected.

In her acceptance speech, Mrs Sawyer thanked the delegates and the party for the opportunity to contest for the fourth time running.

She said the confidence reposed in her was enormous and pledged to work extra hard, without complacency, to enable her and the presidential candidate, John Mahama, to win in 2024.

‘The massive votes Mr Mahama received will reflect in the 2024 elections,’ she said.

The MP said the people of Agona East would continue to support the party by voting for her and former President Mahama.

‘The good people of Ghana are eagerly waiting for the general election to massively turn out to cast their ballots for the NDC to win to reverse the economic hardship on Ghanaians,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Cameroonian children face resurgence of Incurable diseases

Statistics published by the Ministry of Public Health indicate that the epidemiological situation of measles in Cameroon is beginning to call for concern.

“Of the 200 Health Districts in Cameroon, 100 are in measles epidemic, with 4,677 cases and 18 deaths. A situation which can be explained by insufficient vaccination coverage for several years, the growing number of unvaccinated children resulting, in part, from the vaccine hesitation amplified by Covid-19.” Revealed MINSANTE.

In a come together in the Ebolowa-South region recently, health stakeholders advanced the risks involved in nursing measles and the rubella epidemics at this point in time.

“Note that measles remains a very contagious serious viral disease which manifests itself by rashes, watery eyes, and fever. Although rubella and measles have similar symptoms, no treatment is currently available. The only means of prevention is vaccination.” Stressed a health expert.

To avoid crossing the red line, the health warriors are preparing for a national vaccination campaign in Cameroon against the measles and rubella epidemics starting from June 28 to July 2, 2023.

“During this operation, children from 09 months to 5 years will be injected in the shoulder, in hospitals and all places of regrouping (including localities with difficult access, refugee camps, nomadic camps).” The health team disclosed.

The national vaccination campaign has been organized by the Expanded Vaccination Program (EPI) and the Cameroon Red Cross. According to them, groundwork plans are being intensified for smooth and effective vaccination across Cameroon, in a bit to curb the spread of measles and rubella.

Nevertheless, the population (especially parents) is implored to collaborate with the health teams for the sake of their children.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Media family, population bid farewell to journalist Anye Nde Nsoh

The remains of 27-year-old Bamenda-based journalist, Anye Nde Nsoh have been laid to rest at their family residence at Bagmande, Mankon in Bamenda, North West region.

The corpse of the young journalist was removed from the Bamenda regional hospital mortuary on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in the presence of some authorities, colleagues, family members, and friends who accompanied him to his final resting place.

Present at the hospital mortuary was the Senior Divisional Officer of Mezam division, Simon Emile Mooh who extended the heartfelt condolence message of the Governor to the late journalist’s family. He also accompanied the convoy to light up candles at the scene where Nde Nsoh was killed.

Present at the funeral service were colleagues and members of the Cameroon Association of English-Speaking Journalists, CAMASEJ, of which Nde Nsoh was a member since 2019.

While presenting a speech on behalf of members of the journalism association, Muma Jude, president of the Bamenda chapter described the late Nde Nsoh as a “committed, friendly and calm journalist” who would spend the whole day working with his colleagues and only goes home in the evening.

Late Anye Nde Nsoh was killed by gunmen on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at about 9:00 pm at Che Street in Bamenda, the chief town of the North West region. He was animating at a drinking spot before the armed men stormed the area and shot him dead.

It was later on Monday, May 8 that Ambazonian activist, Capo Daniel revealed in a live video that Nde Nsoh was shot dead by separatist fighters who in an attempt to shoot a Cameroonian military commander, ended the life of the journalist.

Capo said the case of the journalist was a “mistaken identity” though the media family and population described it as a “targeted killing” and another way to shut up the press on atrocities of separatist fighters in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.

Before his untimely death, Nde Nsoh was West and North West bureau chief of the Advocate newspaper. He was also a reporter for Dream Fm radio in Bamenda, City Fm radio, and a sports writer for kick442.com.

His passion and aspirations for sports led him to cover the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and other sporting events across Cameroon.

Nde Nsoh was an orphan and a lone child to his late parents. He leaves behind an 11-month-old daughter, family, colleagues, and friends to mourn him.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Writer calls for implementation of National Reading Plan

Angola writer Jacques dos Santos on Saturday expressed concern about the delay in the implementation of the National Reading Plan in the country.

Speaking in an interview to ANGOP, the former MP spoke of the existing projects to help disseminate reading taste and of the lack of will to implement them.

“How long have we been hearing about the National Reading Plan? The projects exist, but they have been shelved for a long time,” Jacques dos Santos said.

He is of the view that if there was willingness, “the budgets allocated to education would be different, which could subsequently result in a switched posture of the Angolan Writers’ Association.

The National Reading Plan (PNL) is a strategy of the Angolan government to promote taste for reading and writing in children of pre-school and primary and secondary education.

The Ministry of Education intends, with this project, to meet the challenges of improving school performance in the fields of reading and writing.

The goal is also to facilitate access of school communities to cultural diversity and stimulate critical analysis through the involvement of the society and didactic material of varied authors and themes that children can read at school.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Noun Division: Home of Matta chief set ablaze by angry villagers

Flames reportedly engulfed the house of the Chief of Matta village, Saturday night breaking Sunday, May 14, in Magba sub-division, Noun Division of Cameroon’s West region, CNA gathered. Angry villagers allegedly burnt down the house and destroyed other properties he owned.

This happened after an alleged meeting with the Sultan of Bamoun, Nabil Mbombo Njoya.

According to statements from certain natives, the furious population decided to swallow forgiveness for the treachery, after videos and photos showed him smiling with Nabil Mbombo Njoya, Paramount ruler of Bamoun, whom they have always referred to as their son (our son).

The villagers added that it happened after he circulated audio messages on social networks, in which he defended himself by saying that his people forced him to write a letter of forgiveness as well as forced him to be smiling and happy to meet Nabil.

“His dismissal as chief of Matta village has been pronounced and several people are talking about a new village chief who will be chosen and enthroned in the day ahead.” Disclosed a notable.

Smiles evaporated from the faces of the people of Matta village since the young Nabil Mbombo Njoya became King of Bamoun, wherein their chief, old enough to be his father or grandfather was almost molested by the Bamouns for addressing Nabil their Sultan as “my son”. If this was correct to the people of Matta, it did not sound right and respectful in the ears of the Bamouns who expected Sultan Nabil to be addressed as King. This generated tension and fights between the two groups for some time.

The recent action of the Chief of Matta village has today been regarded by his subjects, as an unpardonable betrayal.

Source: Cameroon News Agency