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Good Or Bad News? Baby Mamas And Side Chicks Exempted From Property Succession In New Bill

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Good Or Bad News? Baby Mamas And Side Chick Exempted From Property Succession In New Bill

Chairman of the Executive Council of LAWA Ghana, Sheila Minkah-Premo says in the new Intestate Succession Bill, no provision has been made for concubines (Baby mamas and side chicks) to benefit from the property of a male lover if he dies intestate.

She explained that both the Intestate Succession Bill and the Property Rights of Spouses Bill that regulate inheritance, have not captured Baby Mamas  and Side Chicks because they are not considered spouses.

She revealed that some attempt was made to cover persons who have cohabited with the deceased for about 5 years in the Property Rights of Spouses Bill, but was unsuccessful.

“The big question of whether the mothers of children who were not married to the fathers can benefit, unfortunately, in this current draft, no provision is made for it.

“These two laws based on Article 22 have gone side by side. The Intestate Succession Bill and the Property Rights of Spouses Bill. In an earlier version of the Property Rights of Spouses Bill, an attempt was made to make provision for cohabitees who have lived for five years, but that was strongly objected to. So the last draft of the Property Rights of Spouses Bill, that has been totally taken off. The idea is that, they said, if you look at Article 22, it talks about spouses, it doesn’t talk about anything else,” she said.

Although ‘Baby mamas’ are not catered for, Sheila Minkah-Premo noted that children born out of such relationships are entitled to have a share of the deceased’s properties.

“But in this case, the children will benefit. Remember, the definition of children is children, whether born within or outside a marriage. So the children will benefit.

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“But unfortunately, the ‘Baby mama’ and ‘side chicks’ will not benefit, she stressed.

On the show, a viewer sought to know whether the duration of a marriage before a spouse kicks the bucket can prevent the widow or widower from having a share of the deceased’s assets.

In response, Sheila Minkah-Premo explained that once an individual can be proven to have been a spouse of the deceased, he or she is entitled to a share of the property in question regardless of the time they spent married.

“About a man who has been married a long time to his wife, and she dies or divorces him, and he gets married to someone for three months and he dies – too bad, under the law, that person is your new spouse and would inherit the property.

“As to the labels you want to give to the person… It is just fate. I don’t think the person came in with a plan to finish the spouse. Unless it is the person’s plan and you can prove some murder or manslaughter, that’s another thing.

“But so long as the person is the spouse, it doesn’t matter how short the time is. It can even be within a month,” she averred.

The new Intestate Succession Bill proposes a change from distributing the property of the deceased in ratios to percentages.

It also proposes for an estranged spouse (i.e a spouse who has been separated but not divorced) to benefit from the distribution of the property of the deceased spouse.

 

 

 

 

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Ghana Receives 756,000 More Doses Of Johnson & Johnson Single-shot Covid-19 Vaccine

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The delivery on Tuesday evening,  the biggest so far, adds to previous ones of 177,600 and 244,800 doses received in August and September respectively.

The vaccine deliveries are part of the historic COVID-19 vaccine advance procurement agreement signed on 28 March 2021 by AVAT for the purchase of 220 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, with the potential to order an additional 180 million doses.

In total, the 400m vaccines acquired by AVAT are sufficient to immunise a third of the African population. Ama Amoah, Senior Specialist Digital & Internal Communications, Communications and Events Afreximbank, handed over the consignment to Dr Elysee Karikari Agyeman a Member of Health Commodity Group for COVID-19 at the Ministry of Health.

She emphasized that the vaccines were acquired by the Ghana government and not a donation.

The Member States who have ordered vaccines through AVAT will continue to receive shipments for the next following months.

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AVAT was established by the African COVID-19 Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, set up in November 2020 under the African Union chairmanship of President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa.

It is part of the African Union’s COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access Strategy, and its goal of vaccinating at least 60 percent of the African population with safe and efficacious vaccines against COVID-19.

The agreement with Johnson & Johnson was made possible through a US$2 billion facility provided by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), who are also the Financial and Transaction Advisers, Guarantors, Instalment Payment Advisers and Payment Agents, and the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) who coordinated the alignment of the AU Ministers of Finance on the financing arrangements.

 

 

 

 

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15 Assembly Members And Others Granted Bail For Cursing Regional Minister

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15 Assembly Members And Others Granted Bail For Cursing Regional Minister

Fifteen aggrieved Assembly Members who together with three others, invoked curses on specific political and public officials in the Central Region, have been granted GHC5,000 bail each with a surety each, by the Assin Nyankumasi Magistrate’s Court.

They are Sadique Aidoo, P. K. Ocran, Kingsley Enniful, Felix Mensah, William Appiah, Hakim Korankye, Jonathan Birinkorang, Owusu Andoh Aaron, J.Osei Owusu, Robert Tetteh and Akwasi Korankye.

The rest are George Gyimah, Frank Owusu, Ransford Adu, Robert Amissah and their accomplices Abbam, Yaw Antwi and Kojo Mensah.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges of offensive conduct, contrary to section 207 of Act 29/60 and provoking the breach of the peace in the Assin South Area.

Chief of Assin Nsuaem, Nana Kwabena Wadie III, had during proceedings, pleaded with the Court presided over by Mr Samuel Etsie Jnr, for an out-of-court settlement which was granted and the case was adjourned to Friday, November 5, 2021.

Police officer prosecuting, Inspector Abdullai Moro said the accused persons, on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at about 12:00hrs, at the forecourt of the Assin South District Assembly Office, slaughtered a ram, poured bottles of Schnapps and broke eggs to invoke curses on the officials, including the Central Regional Minister, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan.

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The others are Reverend Ntim Fordjor the Member of Parliament for Assin South, Deputy Commander of Police (DCOP) Dennis Abade, Deputy Central Regional Police Commander, Ms. Felicia Amissah, District Chief Executive of Assin South, ACP Augustine Lugugare, Divisional Police Commander, Assin South and DSP Francis Andam Okyere, Assin South Police Commander.

According to the Prosecutor, among the curses were that “the gods will deal with you and your children will be used to pacify the gods”.

It may be recalled that 15 aggrieved Assembly Members were denied their constitutional rights of taking part to confirm the District Chief Executive for the District, after they missed the date for the confirmation.

When they heard that the event was taking place without them, they besieged the forecourt of the Assin South District Assembly with bottles of schnapps, eggs, and slaughtered a ram and rained curses on the officials.

 

 

 

 

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50Gh Worth Of Plantain And Cassava Dooms Man To 14yrs Of Jail Time

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50Gh Worth Of Plantain And Cassava Dooms Man To 14yrs Of Jail Time

The Tepa Circuit Court has given a 24-year-old unemployed man 14 years prison sentence for stealing ¢50 worth of plantain and cassava,

Justice Ezekiel, pleaded guilty to stealing the food items from a farm at Akwasiase, near Tepa in the Ahafo Ano North District and was convicted on his own plea by the court presided by Gwendolyn Millicent Owusu.

Police Chief Inspector, Jonas Newlove Agyei told the court that on September 5th, 2021, the convict who had gone to harvest the plantain and the cassava and was loading them into a sack, was arrested by the owner of the farm.

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Ezekiel, who is an ex-convict, was sent to the Tepa police station together with the foodstuffs valued at ¢50.

He admitted the offence in his caution statement and was charged and brought before the court after investigations.

 

 

 

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