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Uganda Government Cautioned Not To Block Social Media On Election Day

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The Assistant secretary for U.S department of States Bureau of African affairs has cautioned the Ugandan government not to block the internet during their general election.

According them, Such restrictions undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms.

“We are concerned by reports that the Government of Uganda has ordered Internet service providers to block social media platforms, messaging apps, and select content in the run up to general elections on Jan 14. Such restrictions undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The UN Special Rapporteur freedom association also confirmed the reports that, the government of Uganda are planning to order internet service providers to block social media platforms and other messaging apps ahead of their election tomorrow.

“I am receiving worrying allegations of internet shutdown & blocking of access to social media platforms ahead of tomorrow’s general elections in #Uganda. Access to information& communication tools is critical for fair, transparent &peaceful elections @DefendDefenders @accessnow”

The people of Uganda are not happy with President Museveni’s decision to put restrictions on social media during their election as they have started a hashtag on Twitter saying #Weareremovingadictator.

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Coronavirus: Over 1,000 Positive Cases Recorded At The Kotoka International Airport

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As of January 24, 2021, the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) had recorded 1,085 positive cases of covid-19.
Out of that 41 per cent were Ghanaians, while 59 per cent were non-Ghanaians.

Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, made this known at a press briefing in Accra on Monday.

Outlining the steps to be taken to curb a further surge of cases, he said the Food and Drugs Authority had approved the use of antigen testing to ascertain the degree of community spread in hotspots.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye added that antigen testing would also be conducted for suspected cases in schools and workplaces, as well as health facilities when workers are exposed.

Also, public health laboratories would offer a 24-hour service.

The Ghana Health Service boss also disclosed that a few cases of the United Kingdom variant, as well as that of South Africa, had been recorded at the airport, which was from air travellers.

But, no case of the new variant has been recorded at the community level.

What is worrying, Dr Kuma-Aboagye said, is that all the 16 regions in Ghana have reported active cases as of January 22.

He added that the number of people who were falling severely and critically sick was worrying.

“About 32 per cent of people testing positive are actually falling sick,” Dr Kuma-Aboagye bemoaned.

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It’s Illegal To Give Your Children To Someone To Care For Them According To Ghana’s Laws : Gender Ministry

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The Gender Ministry has said that it’s totally wrong to give your children to someone else to take care of them for you.

The ministry says according to Ghana’s laws, it is illegal to do so.

It is common practice in Ghana for poor families to offer their children to others to take care of them while the children in turn provide domestic assistance to the caretaker family. There is often no documentation covering the arrangement. Despite common knowledge that most children offered under such arrangement suffer abuses, the practice has largely remained in place in many parts of the country.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday, Deputy Director and Head, Central Adoption Authority of the ministry Stephen Dombo said it is also wrong for people to nurse pregnant women just so they could adopt the babies.

“It’s illegal to take your child and hand him/her to another person to take care of him/her. You bring the child to the social welfare.

“There are people who’ll encourage some young women to carry their babies and adopt after they deliver and that’s illegal. I feel that people need to be educated. If they’re educated, they’ll not do the things they’re doing. Example, if you pick an abandoned child, you don’t keep the child, you report to the police,” he said.

The development comes on the back of the baby harvesting syndicate which was busted last week.

Investigations by the Medical and Dental Council and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) led to the arrest of some doctors, nurses and social workers in the illegal act of baby harvesting’ and ‘human trafficking’.

A joint statement revealed that the investigations were carried into the illegal activities between the periods of June to November, 2020.

As a result of these investigations, two medical doctors, two social workers, four nurses, two mothers and one traditional birth attendant have been arrested so far and are on bail pending further investigations.

According to the statement, Dr. Hope Mensah Quashie was arrested On Thursday, December 31, 2020. Dr. Mensah Quashie who works with the 37 Military Hospital was arrested at his private health facility named Susan Clinic located at Lartebiokorshie, a suburb of Accra. He allegedly sold the first baby boy to the team for an amount of Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC30,000.00) in October, 2020.

He was arrested with three nurses who worked at his facility namely Sylvia Awuseh, John Adorey Effie and Angela Ametepe. They have been identified as his accomplices together with one Dede Gifty Anikpi, a traditional birth attendant at Bethlehem Maternity Home at Santoe a suburb of Kpone Katamanso, who referred the mother of the first baby to Susan Clinic.

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Woman Claiming To Be Rawlings’ Daughter Prevented From Watching His Mortal Remains | WATCH

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A 52-year-old woman Madam Abigail who bears resemblance with former President Jerry John Rawlings has come out to allege that the former president is her biological father.

In an interview with SVTV Africa, Madam Abigail said she has been hidden from the public eye since she was a child but now that her father is dead, she has also come out to mourn him.

A new video has emerged on social media that sees security personnel preventing her from seeing the mortal remains of the former president.

As seen in the video, she was also forcing herself to the foyer but the military and police personnel on the grounds won’t allow her to do so.

Watch the video below.

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