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General News of Saturday, 20 April 2019


LIVESTREAMING: Newsfile on JoyNews

Join Samson Anyenini and his able panelists on this weekend’s edition of Newsfile on Joynews as they bring to bear the crux of pertinent issues which have made the headlines within the week.

Once again, the nation’s capital was hit with heavy downpour which claimed lives and properties. Two soldiers, Warrant Officer Jabez Arthur, 45, and his wife Warrant Oficer II Sarah Kuadzi, 40, died in floods at Adjei Kojo as they drove through the rains in a military pick-up.

As family of the couple urges government to fix deplorable structures to avoid disasters in future, some citizens are outraged over the recurrence of the incident.

Away from floods and the Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo caused a stir with his comment about government’s discontinuation of prosecution of 'galamsey queen' Aisha Huang. Addressing a townhall meeting in the United States recently, the Senior Minister said: “Putting that lady [Aisha] in jail in Ghana is not going to solve your economic problems”

After several criticisms, the Office of the Senior Minister sought to clarify the comment.

Also to be discussed on the show is the roar over the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) indebtedness. The opposition National Democratic Congress is accusing the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of collapsing the scheme.

The NDC says the NHIS is in a deplorable state and gasping for liquidity breath and that currently, it owed service providers in all the 16 regions of Ghana claims covering a period of almost 12 months and that had landed most healthcare facilities in distress.

Still on politics, the Accra High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and Anthony Kwaku Boahen, Chairman and Deputy Communication Director of the opposition, National Democratic Congress (NDC) respectively.

Ampofo and Boahen were each granted bail in the sum of Gh¢100,000 with one surety after they pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to cause harm and assault on a public officer.

Watch the live show below