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A Togolese opposition leader is calling on women to go on a weeklong sex strike to demand the freedom of protesters detained ahead of elections in the West African nation.


Police arrested about 120 opposition supporters last week during clashes between protesters and security forces, according to Togolese human rights groups.
Government officials said all but eight had been released, and those still detained were in possession of knives.
"You don't go demonstrate with these," security minister Damehane Yark said of the weapons.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets in the capital of Lome for weeks to protest new electoral reforms they say favor the ruling party ahead of October's parliamentary elections. They are seeking a repeal of changes to the electoral laws.
Protests continued Saturday, with a female opposition leader calling for sex strikes starting Monday.
"I am inviting all women to observe a one-week sex strike, fasting and prayers to set our arrested brothers and husbands free," said Isabelle Ameganvi, leader of the opposition Let's Save Togo. "So all you ladies have to keep the gate of your 'motherland' locked up to all men from Monday up to Sunday."
The opposition leader said she is inspired by Liberian Nobel laureate and current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who in 2003 called on women in her nation to observe a sex strike to press for peace amid a raging war.
Sex strikes have become a common way of civil disobedience in recent years. In 2009, Kenyan women pressed for a sex strike to end bickering among coalition government officials.
Last year, a group of women in a violence-plagued area of the Philippines slapped men with a sex ban until they promised to quit fighting. Their stand helped end clashes in July between villages in rural Mindanao Island.
"We have power to change things. We do not want to remain in the kitchen, but we can have our say in politics," Ameganvi said. "We cannot stay hand-crossed, as our children and husbands are being kept in jail."
In addition to the sex strike, she called on women to wear a special color during a demonstration Thursday.
"You all have to be dressed up in red pants to show your anger," she said, amid cheers.
The actions will be among a series of civil disobedience events planned.
"If our people are not released by Thursday, the women are going to rush to the prison naked to get them released, only in red pants and nothing else," she said.
The security minister said any attempts to enter the prison will lead to arrests.
"We await them," Yark said." In a state of rule of law like ours, we will get them arrested for offending moral values."
Togolese officials invited the opposition for talks Friday, but it turned down the government invitation.
"We will not hold any discussions with the government except those aimed at negotiating President Faure Gnassingbe's departure from power," said constitutional law professor Zeus Ajavon, an opposition supporter.
Togo has been led by the same family for more than 40 years .
Gnassingbe Eyadema ruled for 38 years until his death seven years ago. His son has led the nation since then.
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The yearly Ghana Tribal football match organize by SOLIDA Foundation and sponsor by Time DAOU Media UG as just started in Kumasi distric with the first match between Kusaases and Moshie.

We decided to organize this football match because we believe that sports is capable of uniting people especially those of dissenting beliefs. As was seen in this match, it was so beautiful to see the Kusaases and the Mamprusi peacefully engaging in competition not on a winner/loser endeavor but to drum the message home that though people may differ in their beliefs or may be competing for a common interest it is possible to live in peace and harmony.

The Solidarity for the Development of Africa, a not-for-profit and a non governmental organization, wishes to appeal to the good people of Bawku to consolidate the current stable and peaceful atmosphere of the area. As one people with one language and a culture you have a challenge to prove to Ghana and the world that you may have your differences like any other people but you are capable of burying them

by your own effort. We urge you to forgive each other and cultivate the forward moving spirit. The power to forgive and the desire and spirit to leave the bitter past is the only secret that can give hope to your children and prosperity.

The Germans and the Jews, and the US and Japan and many others had their bitter past but today they are making the best of global partnership which has brought mutual development to their people and the rest of the world. What would have been the fate of their current generation if they  had refused to let go their bitterness? Though difficult let us tell ourselves that it is possible and we can do it. Your children and future generations deserve a chance to enjoy the good things of life like others in other parts of the country and the world but the key to this is in your hands.

We however, wish to appeal to politicians to desist from exploiting conflict situations for political gains. It has never helped the politician or the people. Power that was gained on the basis of exploitation of the

vulnerable was likely to be taken away by the same means.

We also wish to commend the security forces for doing a professional job which has brought calm to the area. We as a civil society group shall continue to offer support within our means to ensure that lasting peace is brought to Bawku and all other parts of the country.

Message from Dawouda Oumar and Aberinga Milton ( Founders of SOLIDA Foundation)

 

Bamako - Jihadists occupying northern Mali on Thursday said they had cut off the hand of a thief in accordance with strict Islamic law which they have imposed on the population.

“Yes, I confirm it. We applied sharia in Ansongo yesterday (Wednesday). The hand of a thief was cut off. Sharia demands it,” a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa told AFP. Witnesses in the town confirmed the incident. - Sapa-AFP

TopAfric wishes to express its deepest sorrow following the untimely passing away of President Prof. John Evans Atta Fifi Mills of Ghana.  He died a strong believer in modern  democracy, his death occurred at the 37 Military hospital in Accrca. He was 68 years old.

We extend our condolences to the First Lady, Madam Naadu Mills, his family and the good people of Ghana for this sudden call. The lord shall abundantly reward him for his relentless service to Ghana and mankind.

We wish to encourage Ghanaians all over the world to be proud of themselves, and the swiftness at which the newly sworn president, John Dramani Mahama was undertaken needs to be commended. 

May his soul rest in peace.

 

We entreat all Churches especially in Germany to organize a special memorial service in his honor, which shall be followed by a non denominational church service. Date and venue shall be communicated to you soon.

 Desmond John Beddy (TopAfric)

About 80% of negative stories the media used to report about the late President John Evans Atta Mills were absolutely incorrect, false and fabricated. It’s because the President refused to pay them bribe in order to promote his government

“Even his (President Mills) own people, I mean party men hated him because of the truth he stood by in discharge of his official duties”

Asked to identify by their names, Bobie cowardly replied “they know by their fruits and locations they meet.

“Have you ever been tipped (favored) by the late President?” asked Okuoba. “I could remember, President Mills gave me 100 new Ghana cedis for my transport after having conducted interview with him. Even Koku Anyidoho jokingly teased me “that’s Old Man for you, he would never give bribe.”

These were revelations by Nana Kwabena Bobie Ansah, a radio journalist and a program host at Asempa FM “Ekosii sen”when he was being interviewed by Okuoba Gyasi of Hot FM last Tuesday morning program.

When asked to give a brief description of the late President Mills, Nana Bobie retorted “He was “Asomdwehene”, Father for all; Uncle Atta; Agya Atta; Father for the vulnerable, the voiceless as well as the destitute. I personally called him “Papa”- He was more than a father to me”

“Late president Mills had suffered in the hands of his traitors, those who used abusive words to him. He could have exercised his veto powers to instruct to discipline those “FONKA” boys for their misconducts but he forgave them”

“I personally believe in the principles of consciousness, Because Prof. Mills kept repeating the word conscience, Human conscience - several times to me”.

Nana Bobie continued “whenever I did a program and it went wrong, he would call to advise me on how to conduct and control myself behind the console”.

Okuoba Gyasi enquired to know, if these pieces of advice were in place, what prevented him (Prof) making them public?

The suspended radio presenter swiftly replied “Have you ever had a bad, vagabond and indiscipline child before? Do you advise your wife if she misbehaves? If so, do you ever unveil her (wife’s) attitude in public? That’s Prof. Mills for you.”

Asked to comment on institutions and individuals demanding to know the cause of the President’s death.

Nana Bobie stressed “I can say, a lot of people are sick especially, some flag bearers are having kidney problems and other diseases. Late President Mills had never denied he was sick. He came publicly to confess to the nation and added that, this (Sickness) could not prevent him from discharging of his duty to the nation”.

“I however suggest that, the dead is gone but all impending aspirants need to undergo medical check-ups before they resume offices “

According to reliable sources, seven pathologists had performed the postmortem examination in presence of Dr.Cadman Mills and other relatives and the results were delivered to the family. This is a private matter and confidential issues.” Nana Bobie lamented

“On this note, I wish to state that, opposition NPP can not use the death of President Mills on their campaign platforms and expect to win votes”

Nana Kwabena Bobie Ansah however concluded his story and added that,” President Mills never dies, Ghana will not die…I salute President Mills and wish him “damirefa due”. May his soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Living God”.

Report by: Mensah Dekportor (Hamburg)

The New Patriotic Party in Germany has learnt with shock and surprise the sudden death of  His Excellency  John Evans Atta-Mill, President of the republic of Ghana

On this sad occasion, NPP Germany would want to join millions of Ghanaians around the world in expressing our deepest sorrows and sympathy to his wife and the entire bereaved family.

Our deepest condolences also go to our brothers and sisters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and wish them God’s strength at this difficult time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the entire nation.

May his soul rest in perfect peace

Signed: 

KwakuAnane-Gyinde

Director of Communications

NPP-Germany

Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood on Tuesday night swore into office, Mr. John Dramani Mahama in Parliament as the 4th President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.

President John Mahama takes over the remaining term of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, who died earlier on Tuesday at the 37 Military Hospital after suffering a short illness. President Mahama until Tuesday was Vice President for the late President Mills.

Parliament was recalled by Speaker of Parliament Joyce Bamford-Addo for an emergency sitting after an earlier meeting in the day, where a letter was read by the speaker informing MP’s of the President’s decision to travel to Nigeria on Tuesday night on an official visit. Both sides of the political divide wore black and red, to signify their grief.

Mr. Mahama returned to Ghana and, from 1991 to 1996, he worked as the Information, Culture and Research Officer at the Embassy of Japan in Accra.

From there he moved to the nongovernmental agency (NGO) PLAN International's Ghana Country Office, where he worked as International Relations, Sponsorship Communications and Grants Manager. Mahama was first elected to the Parliament of Ghana in 1996 to represent the Bole/Bamboi Constituency for a four-year term. In April 1997, Mr. Mahama was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications.

He rose to become the substantive Minister of Communications by November 1998; it was a position he held until January 2001 when the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which was the current ruling party, handed over power to the newly elected New Patriotic Party's government.

In 2000, Mahama was re-elected for another four-year term as the Member of Parliament for the Bole/Bamboi Constituency. He was again re-elected in 2004 for a third term. From 2001 to 2004, Mahama served as the Minority Parliamentary Spokesman for Communications. In 2002, he was appointed the Director of Communications for the NDC.

Mahama has seven children. He is married to Lordina Mahama. It is unclear however, if President John Mahama will be selected by the National Democratic Congress to lead the party in the December elections.

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