Ghana’s new President John Dramani Mahama has pledged to uphold stability following the death of his predecessor John Atta Mills.
Mr Mahama, 53, was sworn in several hours after the 68-year-old president died at a hospital in the capital, Accra.
The opposition has praised the swift transition to Mr Mahama, saying it showed Ghana was a mature democracy.
Mr Atta Mills, who suffered from throat cancer, had governed since 2009.
He had planned to run for a second term in elections in December.
The BBC’s Sammy Darko, in Accra, says Mr Mahama will now serve as president until the election, but it is unclear whether he will be the candidate of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) party.
Taking the oath at an emergency parliamentary session, Mr Mahama said he would govern for all Ghanaians.
“I wish Ghanaians to be assured that all is well,” Mr Mahama said. Continue reading “Ghana’s New President John Dramani Mahama Promises Stability” »
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ACCRA, July 24 (Reuters) – Ghana’s President John Atta Mills has died unexpectedly, a presidential statement said, and an aide said his death occurred on Tuesday after he took ill on Monday night.
The death of the president of the world’s No. 2 cocoa grower comes months before Mills was due to stand for re-election at the helm of the West African country that posted double-digit growth in 2011 and has been praised for its strong democracy in a turbulent region.
“It is with a heavy heart…that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana,” a statement sent to Reuters by the president’s office said.
It said that Mills, 68, died a few hours after being taken ill but no further details were given. Continue reading “Ghana President John Atta Mills is Dead” »
Paradise for pedos
This is the English translation of OneWorld’s ‘Paradijs voor pedo’s’, an article by Sanne Terlingen that was originally published in Dutch on 28 June 2012 here.
Ruth is 17 and, since 3 am, has been awake. Nerves. Why? She wonders. This is her tenth time in court, even though she knows her opponent, the Dutch millionaire, won’t show up – just like all the other times.
But, just in case, at exactly 9 am, she takes her place on the wooden bench in courtroom 20 at the Coco Affairs Court in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
Her Uncle Asare, who made the five-hour trip from his village, is sitting to her left. To her right, her ward ties a red ribbon on Ruth’s pigtails to match the turtleneck shirt she put on for the occasion. “So the judge can see she is decent girl,” says the Ghanaian woman who has been taking care of Ruth since they together reported the case one and an half years ago.
“I was eight years old when I was first raped,” says Ruth, “he pretended to take care of me and paid my school fees.”
Whenever he visited Ghana, he asked for me to be brought to him to come and collect my money. Every time I had to stay and sleep with him. According to Ruth, the man, who is from the Dutch province of Limburg, has abused at least two other girls. “I know because I slept next to them when he did it,” she says.
He is not the only Dutch paedophile in Ghana. Within seconds, the Dutch expatriate community can pull up a number of compatriots with paedophilic tendencies. ‘The Meat Merchant’, a rich importer whose affection for small children was reported to the police by his own daughter. A 50-something who likes wearing Ghanaian clothes and has had a “more than father-son” relationship with several boys who lived with him, as confirmed by his own housemates. Then there’s ‘Tall Ad’, whose neighbours describe how he drives slowly through the streets seeking “water-vending girls who smile back at him”. Ones to his liking are invited to his home for fried rice and watching movies on his laptop. Continue reading “Ghana: A Paradise for Pedophiles” »
By Saskia Houttuin, allafrica
Ghana is a hotspot for child sex tourists, where paedophiles can go about their business with no conviction in sight, says a recently published article in OneWorld.
The online magazine’s story hinges on research by Dutch journalist Sanne Terlingen investigating the case of someone referred to as ‘Ruth’. The 17-year-old Ghanaian claims that she was raped in her native country by a wealthy, well-reputed Dutchman who travels there regularly.
“I was eight years of age when I was first raped. He pretended to take care of me and he paid my school fees,” she is quoted as saying. Ruth sued her alleged assaulter two years ago, but the trial is lingering on with no end in sight, and the defendant remains a free man. Although a lawsuit against him is pending in capital city Accra, he hasn’t spent a single night in jail, nor has he shown up in the courtroom. The man has been accused of raping at least one minor. In the Netherlands, he enjoys the reputation of a benefactor. Continue reading “Ghana Is a Paradise for Paedophiles, Says Oneworld” »
The White House has announced a new US strategy for sub-Saharan Africa, which focuses on the continent’s economic potential.
It also explores issues related to democracy, security and development.
President Barack Obama said African democracy had improved but corruption was endemic in many countries and state institutions were weak.
The strategy comes as China’s presence on the continent continues to grow through investment and trade.
Mr Obama said he would work with Congress to develop preferential trade agreements with African countries, while fighting al-Qaeda and its affiliates on the continent. Continue reading “President Barack Obama Unveils US Strategy for Africa” »