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CID to ‘interrogate’ widow of late Major Mahama

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The widow of slain Major Maxwell Adam Mahama is to be interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Spokesperson for the CID has said.

ASP Olivia Turkson said this forms part of on-going investigations into the dastardly manner in which the army officer was killed at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region on May 29.

In an interview with KABA on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen’s programme Tuesday, she said they are still pursuing leads which will enable them to prosecute those arrested.

The late Major Mahama was buried last Friday at the Military Cemetery in Osu after a state funeral at the forecourt of the Banquet Hall. He was murdered while on national assignment at Denkyira-Obuasi.

The residents said they mistook him for an armed robber after he was spotted with a weapon and killed him.

The action by the residents has been condemned with a renewed preparedness by the country to end all forms of mob justice.

The list of persons who allegedly played a role in the horrid murder of the fallen hero has risen to 52. There are currently 44 males and eight females in police custody

Between last Thursday and Friday, at least 16 out of the 52 suspects have been put before an Accra High Court. They include a nursing mother whose child has been given to a police officer to take care of.

Although police are still investigating what led to the brutal killing, there have been discrepancies regarding the turn of events.

The official report by the police said the officer who loves to keep fit had gone for his usual morning jogging around 8:30 am when he was attacked by the mob. However, the tribute by his wife, Barbara Mahama is said to infer something else.

“Yo, what was for breakfast” was the last message I sent you on Monday at 9:12 am after we spoke at 6 am and you said you were going to have your bath.

“For the first time in my life, I experienced a ripping heart on Monday night, I woke up to throw up, I had tummy issues too, I just felt sick,”’ was the opening sentences of Mrs. Mahama’s tribute.

To this ASP Turkson told KABA that the account by Mrs. Mahama presents an important component which will assist the CID in their investigation.

She added that they are not in a hurry to interrogate her as she needs time to deal with the traumatic incident, although some seniors officers have spoken to her.

“What is important is that we know the situation she was in, what she was going through and we shall invite her,” she said.

She stated that the widow’s tribute provided them with useful information but their priority is arresting all those connected to the murder and putting them before the law.

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies

Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

A South African woman by the name Gosiame Thamara Sithole at age 37 has given birth to 10 babies in one pregnancy. This breaks the Guinness World Record held by Halima Cissé, a Malian, who gave birth to nine children in Morocco.

Gosiame successfully gave birth to her decuplets at a hospital in Pretoria last Monday.

Sithole, who has six-year-old twins, said that her pregnancy was natural and wasn’t on fertility treatment.

Speaking to Pretoria News a month ago, Ms. Sithole said her pregnancy was “tough at the beginning” and she had prayed for a healthy birth, with many a sleepless night worrying about what was to come.

“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?” she asked herself, but was reassured by doctors that her womb was expanding.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole

Gosiame Thamara Sithole when pregnant at a later month
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A family member, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC News that Ms Sithole has had 10 babies – 5 via natural birth and 5 via caesarean section.

“It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.

Most pregnancies involving large numbers of babies end prematurely, says BBC Africa’s health reporter Rhoda Odhiambo.

Multiple births involving more than three babies are rare and often the result of fertility treatments – but in this case the couple say they conceived naturally.


CREDIT: BBC

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Is abortion legal in Ghana?

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Is abortion legal in Ghana?

By law, abortions in Ghana are legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, or “defilement of a female idiot,” or if they are performed to protect physical or mental health; they must be provided by registered and trained health personnel in an approved facility.

Abortion in Ghana is faced with serious stigmatization to the extent that people who patronize it feel ashamed to make it known. This makes it difficult to capture accurate information on abortion incidence and unintended pregnancy in official records. This in effect has had a negative impact on planning reproductive health services in the country.

The legal status of abortion in Ghana

  • According to Ghanaian law, abortions are legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, or “defilement of a female idiot,” or if they are performed to protect physical or mental health; they must be provided by registered and trained health personnel in an approved facility.
  • Despite efforts by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to expand postabortion care and safe abortion services, several factors impede the use of these services. These include stigmatization of abortion, poor knowledge of abortion’s legal status among the public and medical professionals, misperceptions about the safety of legal abortion, and inadequate access to services.
  • Many women in Ghana seek illegal abortions, which vary widely in terms of safety. Complications from unsafe abortions contribute substantially to Ghana’s high maternal mortality, which was estimated at 310 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2017.

 


CREDIT: Guttmacher Institute

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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

Abedi Pele owns Izwe savings and loans: Former Ghana star, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew has revealed that he owns the biggest microfinance company in the West African country.

According to the Olympique Marseille legend, he is the owner of Izwe Savings and Loans, a microfinance company that has been in existence since 2011.

Speaking to the French ambassador to Ghana, Anne Sophie, he said his decision to set up a microfinance business was to lessen the burden on the ordinary Ghanaian.

“I have done so many things but my character is very calm, I am always in the dark and I believe in that,” he said.

“I have been in the country working very hard, I have a microfinance company which is very huge and number one in the country called Izwe Loans.”

“We give loans to teachers, military, police to support them in their daily lives.

“They have to send their children to school and so we give them these loans to manage and buy things for their children,” he stated.

Pele is one of the best footballers to have ever emerged from the country. He was part of the 1982 squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations.

He also won the Champions League with Marseille and also emerged as Africa’s best player of the year four times.

 

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