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I’ll Run For President : Kennedy Agyapong Confirms

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Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, has spoken out for the first time about his presidential ambitions in Ghana.

He has confirmed that he will run in the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential primary in the hopes of becoming President of Ghana in 2024.

He has decided to collect nomination forms and run in the NPP primary when the party opens nominations, he says.

“It is true, and I am confirming it to you today that I will choose a form and run in the NPP presidential primary in 2024.”

“I intend to run for President of the NPP.” There is no turning back. I’ve decided to run when nominations open.

They are currently holding Regional Elections, and will then hold National Elections before the New Executive decides when to hold Presidential Elections.

“I will run for the leadership of the NPP in the 2024 elections because that is where I belong,” Kennedy Agyapong said in a television interview.

He made these claims after attending his daughter’s graduation ceremony in the United States.

The five-term Member of Parliament believes he is the only person in the NPP who can give the party another term in office by breaking Ghana’s eight-year presidential cycle.

“This time, I am appealing to all NPP supporters and members to make no mistakes and to ensure that we break the eight.” Because I am not a cabinet member, I am the only person in the NPP who can break the eight for them; therefore, if they want a new face to break the eight, the Kennedy Agyapong ticket is a sure bet.

“I’ll easily defeat Mahama if NPP members believe in me and vote for me to lead the party in the 2024 elections because I have what it takes to win.”

He believes that now is the appropriate time for him to run for internal party elections because he has long served the party.

The firebrand made it clear that he will not step down to allow someone else to lead the party, requesting that “nobody be undermined, nobody be threatened, so that whoever loses will join the winner to campaign.” I’ll support whoever wins, and whoever loses should come out and campaign for me if I win.

In addressing some of the reasons why Ghanaians should vote for him, the Assin Central lawmaker and business mogul revealed that he plans to use his salary and allowances to establish a scholarship scheme to provide higher education to the less fortunate members of society.

“Because I am an entrepreneur, I will rely on my private businesses to support myself and my family during the four years that I will lead this country.” I will establish what we call a Presidential Scholarship, in which my salary and allowances will be invested and used to educate people to attend university.

When asked why Ghanaians should vote for him, Ken Agyapong promised to reduce the country’s unemployment rate and develop the country through tourism, saying, “My goal is to create jobs for people, including graduates who need jobs, and to create vast employment through tourism.”

He stated that he intends to transform the country through discipline and combat corruption.

He claims that within the first 100 days of his government taking office, he will change the mindset of Ghanaians, allowing the country to develop.

As a result, he asked Ghanaians to put their trust in him by giving him the mandate to change the fortunes of the country’s youth by creating more jobs.

“Ghanaians, with Kenneqdy Agyapong, there is hope for the hopeless and voice for the voiceless,” Kennedy Agyapong said. “Gold be with us all,” he said.

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Gov’t Sell Golden Tulip, Now Renamed Lancaster Hotel

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The Golden Tulip Hotels in Accra and Kumasi will be rebranded after the Ghanaian government sold its stake in the facility to some Lebanese investors.

The four-star hotels are owned by a joint venture between the governments of Ghana and Libya (GLAHCO), with Ghana owning 60% and Libya owning 40%.

According to media reports, Ghana has completely sold its franchise to a company called Lancaster.

This means that the renowned hotels in Ghana’s capital and the Ashanti Regional capital will be known as Lancaster Accra City Hotel and Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel as of July 1st, 2022.

A letter from the General Manager with the heads of departments in copy read: “Achour Holding Limited operating as Lancaster Hotels will be the new lessee and would take effect from 1st July, 2022, with same conditions as previously communicated”.

“We urge you to support the new company to ensure a successful takeoff,” the statement added.

Another letter from the Rooms Division Manager of Golden Tulip Hotel, Lucy Ahedor said “we wish to inform you that from 1st of July, 2022, the name of the hotel will now change to Lancaster Hotel. We would also like to inform you to rest assured as this change will not affect normal operations of the hotel”.

“We are happy to also announce that the hotel under this new name will be going through refurbishment by enhancing most of the facilities,” she added.


Some hotel employees confirmed the sale and name change to Joy News, while sources say the move was spearheaded by government officials.

The Golden Tulip Hospitality Group is a hotel franchise and management company with locations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

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Merchant SIMs, Cash-Outs, And Cash-Ins Exempted From E-Levy : GRA

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The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has denied social media reports that the tax collection agency will begin charging E-Levy on merchant SIM cards on July 1, 2022.

The false reports also claim that Cash-Ins or deposits made through a merchant or vendor will be subject to E-Levy. According to GRA, this is not the case.

In a press statement, the GRA stressed that “the Levy does not apply to Specified Merchant Payments. It added that Specified Merchant Payments are payments made to merchants through a payment service to a person registered with the GRA for the purposes of Income Tax or Value Added Tax (VAT). Customers making payments to such specified merchants will NOT be charged the E-Levy”.

According to the GRA, the E-Levy does not apply to cash withdrawals and cash deposits either at the bank or at a mobile money agent or vendor point.

It explained that Cash-Ins or deposits do not attract E-Levy hence customers are NOT to pay any amount as E-Levy.

“The general public should note that E-Levy is NOT charged on merchant SIMs, as is being purported. The E-Levy is only charged on a transfer from a customer to a Specified Merchant if the merchant is NOT registered with GRA for Income Tax or VAT purposes,” a statement said.

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Russian Citizens Will Need Visa To Enter Ukraine Henceforth

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Russian citizens will need a visa to enter Ukraine beginning Friday, July 1, after Kyiv ended a decade-long visa-free regime that facilitated cross-border travel for citizens of both countries.

Following a petition from a Ukrainian citizen, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the decision to end the visa-free regime.

Following Russia’s invasion, Zelensky stated that he supported the implementation of stricter controls for the entry of Russian citizens.

According to Zelensky, the country has decided to end visa-free travel for Russian citizens due to “unprecedented threats to Ukraine’s national security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”

Previously, Russian citizens did not require visas to enter Ukraine and could stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

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