Government has announced that only the state broadcaster Ghana Broadcasting Corporation would be allowed access to the main chamber of parliament to cover the inauguration of President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa AKufo-Addo. It further announced that a media village has been erected at the precinct of parliament to host other media platforms, due to space and security reasons. President Akufo-Addo will be inaugurated and sworn in on Thursday, January 7, in Parliament due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He is the second sitting president after John Agyekum Kufuor to be sworn-in, in the same manner after being re-elected. Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday Deputy Information Minister Pius Hadzide noted: “media personnel will operate within the media village that has been erected in the precinct of parliament.” Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway indicated that “the inauguration committee has been working with parliament towards ensuring a successful event.” President Akufo-Addo is currently delivering his last State of the Nation address for his four-ear stewardship before his new government is formed.

Franklin Cudjoe

In a dramatic event at the Supreme Court today, January 5, 2020, a mobile phone of Franklin Cudjoe, President of Policy Think Tank IMANI Africa was seized after a Supreme Court judge issued an order.

The order to have Mr Cudjoe’s phone to be seized was because it rang in the courtroom, disrupting proceedings.

Following reports of the incident, Franklin Cudjoe has taken to his Twitter page to open up about the incident which occurred during the Supreme Court’s verdict pronouncement on the matter of an injunction on the gazetting of the New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament-elect for Hohoe, John-Peter Amewu.

According to Franklin Cudjoe, the order by Justice Yaw Apau for his phone to seized by a Supreme Court clerk was a result of his phone’s alarm inadvertently ringing whiles proceedings were ongoing in the apex court of the land.

“I was in court. SC essentially said Amewu can’t be held responsible for the sins of the EC. That the matter of SALL should continue at the Ho court. Yes, my phone’s alarm inadvertently rang in Court.”

The boss of IMANI, however, adds that the judge ordered for his phone to be returned to him after the proceedings for which he has since taken possession of his phone.

“A court orderly came for it. The Presiding Judge halted proceedings and ordered the orderly to hand over the phone to me after the proceedings. I have my phone. The latter has become news,” he wrote.

The state went to the Supreme Court to seek a declaration against the inunction granted by the Hohoe High Court on Mr Amewu’s gazetting.

Contentions on the matter extend to whether the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe, and Lolobi (SALL) were supposed to vote in Mr Amewu’s constituency of Hohoe or the Buem Constituency.

Franklin Cudjoe who has declared himself a crusader for the people of SALL on what he has described as their disenfranchisement was in court based on his interest in the matter.

In a unanimous decision in its judgement, the five-member panel of the apex court held that the Ho High Court had no jurisdiction to grant an injunction against Mr Amewu.

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