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Mahama calls for end to open defecation

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    June 29, 2015 11:40 PM BST


    President John Mahama has called for an immediate end to open defecation which is believed to have played a significant role in the spread of cholera in parts of the country.

    He said the outbreak of cholera will be difficult to manage if the people fail to play their part to complement government’s efforts.

    He is asking Ghanaians to be responsible for their health and surroundings in order to break the spread of the cholera disease.

    Over 1,000 cases have been reported at health facilities in seven out of the ten regions with more 100 deaths recorded within the last three months since the outbreak was first reported in Accra.

    Speaking at the inauguration of the newly refurbished and expanded Iran clinic in Accra, Tuesday, the president said it is time Ghanaians saw the need to keep their environment clean and also stopped haphazard defecation.

    “Sanitation facilities are provided [but] people won’t use them and some people prefer to go and do their business (defecate) outside, sometimes on the beach, on the shoreline and they say it’s more pleasant…It is totally unacceptable!.

    “Cholera is caused by open defecation…and so if we must deal with cholera then we must start from our own sense of personal hygiene,” he advised.

    The president stated that: “It is not government’s responsibility alone to keep our surroundings clean; the primary responsibility for keeping our surroundings clean is our own responsibility”.

    “Government’s responsibility and the responsibility of the District Assemblies and the Regional Coordinating Councils, is to move that garbage after you have deposited it at the right place but unfortunately we are not doing that.

    “We drink sachet water and instead of putting it in a bin so that they will be sent to the garbage dump so that when the assemblies come to pick it they will move it out of the society, we just throw it outside in the street; we just throw it into the gutters [and] the gutters get choked,” president Mahama observed.

    The Iran Clinic has been upgraded to the status of a hospital. It has for the
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    July 3, 2015 7:52 AM BST

    Man, 48, jailed 20 years for defiling his nine- year-old niece

      

    48-year-old taxi driver, Kofi Sekyi
    who defiled his nine year old niece
    at Ashaiman Jericho has on thursday
    been sentenced to 20 years
    imprisonment by the Ashaiman
    Circuit Court.

    Kofi Sekyi alias Samuel Inkoom who
    gave “Kalypo” fruit juice to the victim
    to appease her after defiling her, was
    also asked to pay GH¢10,000 as
    compensation to the victim.
    The victim (name withheld) until the
    incident, had been living with her
    uncle at Ashaiman Jericho. Her uncle
    had taken charge of her as his
    (accused) younger brother (victim’s
    father) had gone blind.

    The nine-year-old has undergone
    vagina surgery at the Korle-Bu
    Teaching Hospital and is currently
    undergoing psychotherapy at the
    Child Health Department of the same
    hospital although Doctors say the
    child is not able to come for regular
    lessons due to lack of financial
    support.

    The accused had pleaded not guilty
    since the trial begun on November
    20, 2014, although he had initially
    confessed to the crime in his
    statement when he was arrested.
    Giving the judgment, Presiding
    Judge, Lydia Osei-Marfo found the
    accused guilty of the charge. She
    explained that the accused was in a
    position of trust yet breached that
    trust the family and victim had in him
    by his unpardonable act.

    Aside considering the age difference,
    Mrs. Lydia Osei-Marfo described the
    offense as incest as per the Akan
    tradition.
    She hinted that though the accused
    had pleaded not guilty, his earlier
    confessions made when arrested
    hold, as he failed to prove beyond all
    reasonable doubts that he was not
    guilty of the crime.
    “I reject your denial as your defense
    carries no weight,” she said.
    Mrs. Lydia Osei-Marfo reproached
    him for making the court go through
    a lengthy trial when he had no
    substantial evidence to prove he was
    not guilty of the defilement charge.
    Kofi Sekyi begged the Judge to
    reduce the sentence as he had
    received news that his wife had
    delivered their first child (baby girl)
    but the Judge turned deaf ears to his
    plea and directed him to go for an
    appeal if he was not satisfied with
    the judgment.

    Mother of victim, Joyce Ofosuwaa in
    an interview with Atinka FM’s Regina
    Asamoah appeared satisfied with the
    judgment but was quiet doubtful if
    the accused Kofi Sekyi could pay the
    GH¢10,000 compensation fee .