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Bright Philip Donkor writes: Let's collaborate in efforts to curb the carnage on our roads

Ghana is struggling to disentangle itself from the shackles of road carnage. If this not true, why are people dying needlessly through fatal vehicular accidents on the country's major roads?
Statistics available has been horrifying and the death toll very heavy. Records from the National Roads Safety Commission (NRSC) and highlighted by the media paint a very gloomy picture of how lives are extinguished on our roads almost daily. For instance, reports from the NRSC indicates that Ghana has recorded 1,585 deaths from 9,205 road crashes between January and August 2020 thus, in just 8 months.

It may interest you to know that the accidents involved 15,459 vehicles, 1,683 pedestrian knockdowns and 9,397 injuries. These figures, according to the Director-General of National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), were higher compared to the figures for similar period last year. By extension, the current spate of road carnage in Ghana is abnormal, hence raising a serious human life matter.

This call…

“Mahama Can’t Be Trusted, He Is Inconsistent And Flip-Flops” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the 2020 presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, has proven, over time, to be inconsistent, as he flip-flops on issues of national development.

Speaking at Bibiani, at the end of his 3-day tour of the Western North Region, on Saturday, 26th September 2020, President Akufo-Addo stated that it is important for the credibility of the country’s public discourse that persons in the country’s public space are seen to be consistent in their views and advocacy.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “when the Bill governing the establishment of the National Health Insurance Scheme were being passed in 2003, I was in Parliament. I witnessed the NDC MPs, which included Mahama, kicking against it by staging a walk out of the House.”

The President continued, “When President Kufuor successfully implemented it, Mahama and Mills said they would implement a one-time payment of the National Health Insura…

Zambian music star, Daev Zambia dies in fatal road accident alongside colleague and three female friends

Talented Zambia musician, composer and producer, David Phiri popularly known as Daev Zambia died in a tragic road accident on Sunday, September 27.

The news of his shocking demise flooded the social media and has thrown the Zambian entertainment industry into deep mourning. The singer was popularly known for his hit songs like Ka Love and Meant To Be which featured Yo Maps.

According to a statement issued by Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo, three other people also died in the same accident which happened around 14:00 hours along Chirundu – Kafue road at Red Paint area.

Katongo revealed that Daev was driving a Toyota Vitz from Chirundu to Lusaka with four passengers when the accident happened.

“The other deceased persons have been identified by relatives as Tandiwe Njovu, a 20-year-old medical student at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital and Elton Sakala of Lusaka while the other female victims has not been identified yet,” Katongo stated.

“The victim who survived with serious head injuries …

Donald Trump paid no income tax in 10 of last 15 years, NY Times claims

Donald Trump has paid no income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years , according to a report in the New York Times.
Citing tax-return data, the newspaper also claimed the US president paid just $750 (£590) in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he was elected, and the same figure again in his first year in office.The claims come just weeks before a divisive election, with early voting already under way.

When asked about the report in his daily briefing, Mr Trump said: "It's totally fake news, made up, fake.

"Actually I paid tax."

Mr Trump insisted his tax details would be released when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finishes its audit.

"They've been under audit for some time," Mr Trump added. "The IRS treat me very badly."

A lawyer for the Trump Organisation told the newspaper that "most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate". In a statement he said the president "has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes …

Bright Philip writes: Secessionist activities: condemnable and incomprehensible

I would like to begin this piece by registering my displeasure on this trans-Volta Togoland issue. It won't help Ghana. It won't help the residents. It won't help every Tom, Dick or Harry. There's no sense in it; it'll have dire consequences on us. When was the last time, secessionist group heightened tension and declared territory independent in the Volta Region?

A previous unsuccessful attempt to declare Western Togoland independent from Ghana took place in 2017. In May 2019, the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) declared independence for Western Togoland, saying that they were no more part of Ghana. This led to the arrest of a 78-year old Charles Kormi Kudzordzi, aka "Papavi", the leader of the group and some other members of the group.

Some were later released, while others faced prosecution in different regions. In a related development in March 2020, about 80 members of the separatist group were detained for protesting the arrest of seven leader…