Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Yvonne Nelson shows Her Bikini Body

Yvonne Nelson
Hot as ever, Ghanian Star Actress-Yvonne Nelson has start the month with s*xiness—she posted two bikini photos this morning on her instagram page and as usual, the fans came in with complimentary comments.

Yvonne has a nice body and the over years, she has given us several bikini shots—indicating that she is proud of her body and has no problem flaunting it.

Occasionally, we’ve had some comments come through which have suggested her boobies are too small and as such she should not be rocking bikinis.
Whatever it is, the owner of the body seems to love it

Witness on Gyans Case : I can’t tell whether or not Gyan had it with Sarah

Gyan Scandal
It has been lingering weather or not, the black star Skipper, Captain Asamoah Gyan had it with Sarah Kwablah, this was a prosecution witness on Monday

Samuel Anim Addo told an Accra Circuit Court that because he did not enter the apartment of Sarah he could not tell what went on there when he and three others paid her a visit.

Mr Addo said this while answering questions under cross-examination by Dr Maurice Ampaw, counsel for Sarah Kwablah.

Sarah, a student, is standing trial with three others namely, Osafo Anthony a 29-year old journalist, Chris Handler, a 24-year old blogger and Ekow Micah a 43-year old musician over an alleged  video scandal involving Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan.

They have also been charged with conspiracy and extortion.

Micah Ekow, a Musician and an accomplice, was charged with abetment of crime and they have denied the charges.

Sarah was admitted to bail in the sum of GHC 60,000.00 with three sureties after pleading not guilty to the charges of conspiracy and extortion.

Anthony and Handler have also been admitted to a bail of GH? 60,000.00 with three sureties.

Micah was also given a bail of GH? 20,000 with two sureties before the Court presided over by Ms Afi Agbanu Kudimor.

Mr Addo, Gyan’s Manager, admitted that he, Gyan and two others visited Sarah at her apartment but denied he (Mr Addo) introduced Sarah to Gyan.

According to the prosecution witness, Gyan introduced Sarah to him, early this year and he (Gyan) did not inform him about what happened in Sarah’s apartment.

Mr Addo disagreed with defence counsel that he locked Sarah’s bedroom after Gyan had entered.

The witness denied that he convinced Sarah to abort her pregnancy.

According to Mr Addo he advised Sarah to stop posting threatening messages to Gyan and concentrate on how the baby would be catered for.

Witness denied that he was going to offer any amount to Sarah if she aborted her pregnancy.

Mr Addo disagreed with counsel’s assertion that he (Mr Addo) took Sarah to a fake doctor for the pregnancy to be terminated.

Witness told the Court during a meeting with the Police at Odorkor that it came to light that there were some inconsistencies in relation to the date that Sarah got pregnant and that of the medical report on Sarah after medical examination.

The prosecutor Assistant Commissioner of Police Moses Atibillah said on September 18 the Court was told that Mr Addo is the complainant and a manager of Gyan.

Mr Atibillah said Anthony is an employee of Handler and that in June, an alleged sodomy story broke out in Ghana’s electronic and print media and the said story was attributed to Gyan.

ACP Atibillah explained that in the said publication Sarah alleged that Gyan had had sexual intercourse and anal things with her; she became pregnant as a result of the act.

According to the prosecutor, Sarah discussed the issue with Micah and met Anthony and Handler to discuss the issue to publish the story on their website in order to scare Gyan who will in turn give them money.

Anthony and Handler published the first story on their website and promised to release the tape in their subsequent editions.

Prosecution said a witness in the case read the story on their website known as Ghanabase.com and alerted the complainant.

The complainant contacted Anthony on phone and they threatened to release the tape unless a colossal amount was paid or a house was bought for Sarah.

ACP Atiibilah said in the complainant’s bid to protect the image of Gyan asked Anthony and Handler to hold on with the publication.

Prosecution said Anthony and Handler threatened to defame Gyan and they called for an urgent payment of the money.

The complainant, prosecution said, feigned interest to pay and when Handler was contacted they charged GH? 30,000.00 and after some bargaining, and they settled on GH?25,000.00.

He said the complainant, Anthony and Handler agreed to meet at the London Restaurant and later reported the matter to the Police.

He said on July 29, Anthony came to the London Restaurant and $1,000.00; GH?6,000.00 and a cheque of GH?15,000.00 were given to him.

Anthony was, however, nabbed when he received the money. The rest of the accused persons were arrested later.The case has been adjourned to December 10.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Star Ghanian Actress Moesha Boduong Shows Big B00bs Again

 Actress Moesha Boduong
It was all Eyepoping at the 2015 4syte TV Music Video Awards, when the all Endowed,Curvy Ghanaian actress Moesha Boduong, who exposed part of her b00bs at the , has explained that it was not intentional

The actress, who is known for showing off her curvy body, appeared on the red carpet in a blue sleeveless gown with her breasts almost popping out of the dress.

She explained to Peacefmonline.com that her dress was inspired by Hollywood actress Keke Palmer who wore a similar dress to the 2014 Emmy Awards but her designer couldn’t get the top part of the dress right.

“It was a wall drop malfunction. The seamstress didn’t get it right. The dress wasn’t supposed to be like that at all. She was supposed to put something at the top part to hold my b00bs but she didn’t put it there. So when I sit down then the part that is supposed to hold my b00bs will rather be folding and my b00bs almost got out,” she explained.

She said she didn’t notice any problem with the dress when she wore it at home and took some pictures because the dress was looking great on her in the photos she took. According to her, she only saw the flaw in the dress when she was in the car on her way to the event, by which time it was too late to change the dress.

“There was a problem with the whole dress and I noticed it at the last minute so I just had to walk like that; but it wasn’t supposed to be like that. I thought I would be able to pull it up when it folded but the down part of the dress was very heavy so I had to hold it when walking. I had my purse, my phone and I was in high heels so the dress gave me a lot of troubles.”

Moesha said she had no choice than to go on stage with the dress because she had agreed to present an award on the night, adding that since she was present at the venue, organisers insisted that she went on stage.

“The dress was really an epic failure and I was so angry and didn’t even want to go on stage to present the awards because of the dress but the organisers insisted that I was already there so I have to go on stage.”

Moesha went on stage with actor Harold Amenyah to present an award to rapper E.L.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A Must Read - Yvonne Nelson : My lesbian story

A recent interview with Ghanian Star Actress, and  Nollywood stars Yvonne Nelson was a revelation in so many ways, Yvonne is among those I had not had a close relationship with.
I had watched her from afar, seen countless number of her movies and had always thought she was a great and talented actress – someone who combined poise, beauty and style. I had also heard of some unsavory things ascribed to her – the rumors of sexual orientation which some say verged between pure lesbianism and bi-sexualism – all manner of shenanigans that had been whispered and published about her.
Some years ago, she came out with a movie, “Heart of Men”, in which she seemed to have appeared in frontal nudity– a development that set off a firestorm of protest among Nollywood lovers –with many condemning the exploitation of graphic sexual images to promote and sell movies – which was a deviation of what Nollywood had always been seen to represent: a family friendly entertainment medium.
Added to an alleged fight for supremacy between her and fellow Ghanaian actress – Jackie Appiah – a development that was said to have resulted in her much publicized one-year ban from Nollywood- you begin to have a profile of an actress who may come across as a diva and somewhat opinionated.
It was with mindset that I welcomed the chance to interview Yvonne Nelson, when her representative called and informed me that the pretty actress was in New York, and would love to talk to me. And so, on the balmy and unseasonably warm evening of March, 2012,
I drove to the Marriot Hotel located at the heart of Times Square, Manhattan, where she was staying, to do this interview.
Bad girl roles
The first revelation was that Yvonne Nelson is an exceedingly pretty actress –far prettier in real life than in her movies. Second, she is a far cry from those bad girl roles she plays in movies. Yvonne neither smokes nor drinks. An offer of drinks from me was flatly but graciously rejected. Her depiction as a diva also felt flat because the Yvonne that I saw and interviewed was thoroughly grounded and even shy.
So why all the misconceptions?, I asked her. In a diction and vocal cadence that showed a highly educated and urbane mind, Yvonne told me she had been hugely misunderstood. “That is why I am willing to address some of those misconceptions now. Even though it pains me to have to talk about them, but I will. I am nothing close to the roles I play in movies. People should understand that I am an actresses and I get scripts that expect me to act in a certain manner. As a consummate professional, I am not going to turn down those scripts because
I was expected to act in a certain manner,”she said. “I am aware that some people took exception to the role I played in the movie “Heart of Men” where there appeared to be some form of frontal nudity, but the truth of the matter is that there was no such overt display of nudity. But let’s even for the sake of argument say there was some nudity, why are we so judgmental and somewhat hypocritical?
The same people who took issues with that movie watch Hollywood movies where sexually graphic scenes are shown in a most morally appalling manner. We don’t condemn such roles; we, as a matter of fact, celebrate such roles. I am not an advocate of nudity or sexually graphic images in our movies. I have actually spoken against some of those tendencies; I will never appear frontally nude in any movie no matter the fees promised.
“I have morals and my morals are held closely to my chest. As you may recall, I was not the only person in that scene; there were others, and I am always at a loss when my role appeared to have been the one that garnered the most reaction. If you have been following the industry, which I believe you do, overt resort to nudity has been greatly reduced. It was a phase-one that was experimented by some producers and realizing that it ran counter to the values that Nollywood orGallywood espoused, the producers went back to doing stories that are heavy on family values.”
One of the rumors that dominated the industry, last year, was one that centered on her sexual orientation. It was widely speculated that Yvonne Nelson was a lesbian or, at best, a bi-sexual. Until this moment, Yvonne had not commented on that rumor and when I asked her what her real sexual orientation was, she looked me straight in the eye and said “look at me….what do you think? Of course, I am not a lesbian.
Lesbianism is against my religious beliefs, it’s against my cultural norms and I think it was very mischievous for people to insinuate such about someone they hardly knew. The rumor was started by a notorious website in Ghana last year when they reported that they had never seen me with a man. In their warped and twisted calculation, I was thus a lesbian. Can you imagine such crass reasoning?
That they had not seen me with a man, and may have seen me with my girlfriends going out to have fun, and then automatically I was a lesbian. It was a hatchet job – an attempt to discredit me, but they all failed. I am heterosexual and would remain one till the end. When you are in the public light as I have been blessed and privileged to being, your life becomes a public property and some mischievous people will say all manner of things about you. It comes with the territory, so I forgive them.”
‘Jim Iyke and I’
Sometime ago, it was also reported that Yvonne was in involved in a hot romance with Nollywood actor – Jim Iyke. Jim Iyke then was hot and heavy with the Jamaican model – Ketura Hamilton – an affair that has since ruptured.
Jim is now seeing fellow Gallywood actress, Nadia Buari. I asked Yvonne if she was not treading on dangerous path if indeed she had ever dated Jim Iyke. Smiling, Yvonne told me “I am not dating Jim Iyke – and that’s the truth, but I want to confess that we have very close relationship. We have great chemistry together – call it some form of magic between us, especially when we act together.
He is a hot guy and I like him a lot. We are always together when he comes to Ghana to act in movies, I drive him around. When I am in Nigeria, he does the same for me. But does that mean that we are dating? The answer is no. We are great friends – the manner I am with Majid Michel, John Dumelo – these are great and hot friends of mine as well. Does it mean that I must date ever person that I have an on-screen chemistry with?
People should learn to be less judgmental. There is nothing wrong about having a friendship with a co-star and not talking it to the physical level.”
Given that the reason she was alleged to be a lesbian was because she had not been regularly seen with boyfriend, I asked Yvonne if she was currently dating. “I am not dating now –conventionally speaking – but I wouldn’t say that I am desperate for a relationship at the same time.
People have asked me if I don’t think I should be considering settling down, and I tell them that I appreciate their concerns but that I am still very young. I don’t have to rush to get married because everyone is doing so. When the time comes, I will get married. This may surprise you: I am a simple girl – very easy to date. If I go out with a date, it doesn’t cost the man money. I don’t order expensive champagne, I don’t order exotic meals. My drink of choice is orange juice.
Most women would say they are looking for a chiseled man –those with perfect six-packed abs – well, good luck to them. I am not interested in macho men. I am more interested with the substance-the values and the humanity the man brings to the table than with his physical or material possessions. I work hard, so I don’t expect my man to have to slave to satisfy me. I am sure this may surprise you, because any one who looks at me – analyses the roles I play – may incorrectly define me according to those roles. That is the exact opposite of what and who I am – so when the time is right for me to get married, God will bring that guy to me. “
‘No problem with Jackie’
Some years ago, it was widely reported that Yvonne was banned from Gallywood and Nollywood for one year due to her alleged rift and diva attitude toward fellow Ghanaian actress – Jackie Appiah –an actress she is said to be engaged in a fight of supremacy with. I asked Yvonne what was the status of her relationship with Jackie. In a body language that showed she was weary of being thought to entertain animosity towards Jackie, she said: “I don’t have problems with Jackie Appiah at least any that I know of. The industry is large and big enough to accommodate everyone, so the notion that I am in some form of competition with her to determine who is a better actress is ludicrous.”
“But according to published report, you were said to have been banned because you wanted same treatment given to Jackie Appiah on set to be accorded you, and when that didn’t happen, you were said to have stormed offset, leading to your being banned for conduct not befitting a top actress”, I pointedly told Yvonne. “First of all, let me set the record straight – no one banned me. I was not banned, period. I was working throughout the period they claimed I was banned. Concerning my request to be accorded same treatment as Jackie Appiah, that again is misleading and untrue. I think I have worked hard enough and established enough bonafides to have certain things I need in the industry without having to make an issue out of those demands. I don’t know if some of these rumors emanated
from camps that wanted to amplify a non-existent hostility and rivalry
between Jackie and I. I was in the university for four years and was acting at the same time. Most times, there were conflicts between my lectures and time I was supposed to be on set and I would make some demands and, most times, things didn’t go so well on set and, because I wasn’t going to compromise my studies, I tried as much as possible to manage the two competing demands. Sometimes, I had to make choices that may not have been pleasant with certain actors and producers. I want to say that I have no regrets for pursuing my education, at the same time, giving my best to the industry. It has made me a better actress – and one with a better inquiring mind”.

NDC Tells Mahama to Name Candidate

Ghanian President John Dramani Mahama was told by the NDC to name a running mate for the 2016 general elections before the close of 2015.

The party says early announcement of a running mate alongside a manifesto would help it to start the process to retain power in 2016.

Speaking to journalists yesterday after the party’s weekend parliamentary and presidential primaries, NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia aka General Mosquito, said selecting a running mate before the end of the year would enable the party “prepare ourselves for the elections in 2016.”

There are strong indications that Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur would be retained for the 2016 polls, even though there are dissenting voices for his displacement, in order to have a succession plan in place in the event that the NDC wins the coming elections.

“The party will strongly advise his Excellency the President to trigger the process of making our running mate known so that we can prepare ourselves for the elections in 2016,” Mr Asiedu Nketia said.
He explained that the NDC’s constitution gives the presidential candidate the prerogative to select his running mate in consultation with the party.

“According to our rules, it is our leader who initiates the process; he will do the nomination and begin the consultation process – consulting the party headquarters, Council of Elders and then bring out the nominee for acceptance. Once the nominee is accepted then he is outdoored. We ought to finish this process of filling our slates by completing our parliamentary and presidential primaries. Getting our running mate and then getting our manifesto launched then the rest will be coasting down to victory,” Asiedu Nketia posited.

‘No’ Votes

President Mahama was endorsed by the NDC delegates for the 2016 elections, garnering 95 percent of ‘Yes’ votes.

Despite the massive endorsement, some social media patrons have been ridiculing the president after 61,836 voted ‘No’,   representing 4.8 percent of total votes cast. Those who voted ‘No’ were averse to the president being endorsed as the standard bearer of the party for next year’s elections.

Interestingly, his home region, the Northern Region, recorded the highest ‘No’ votes of 10,190, with his hometown of Bole ‘honouring’ him with 990 ‘No’ votes. Sawla Tuna Kalba, which used to be part of the Bole constituency, also gave President Mahama 1,084 ‘No’ votes.
Saturday, 19 October 2013

Woe on Politicians for riding in $130k cars - Kofi Wayo slams

Chuck Kofi Wayo
Chuck Kofi Wayo expanciates that a classic case scenario of what plain-talking is, ‘Ghanaians barbarism is up in the news as a 53-year-old peasant woman, who suffers acute buruli Ulcer on the face, is abandoned, while a little philanthropic money that has come her way is believed to have gone down the pocket of a big man.

Madam Agnes Yawson, who lives in Mankessim, has been totally disfigured by the ulcer on her face because she does not have GH140,000 that is required for surgery.

A front-page story on her condition by the Ghanaian Times newspaper, earlier this month, is believed to have yielded response from Cal Bank which, sometime ago, made some cash donation towards her treatment.

Prior to the Cal Bank aid, only Mr. Kofi Wayo, who is like Ghana’s big nagging Uncle, attempted to do something about it, including getting the Ghanaian Times, to do the front-page story requesting donations to pay for the surgery on the woman’s face.

As Wayo would put it, “none of the politicians who drive in 130,000 dollar cars would have time for such a citizen.”

Having occupied himself with issues of the well being of ordinary Ghanaians since he returned from the US decades ago, helping Madam Yawson was just the natural thing to do for Mr. Wayo. He stated off with a donation of GH700.

Unfortunately, Mr. Wayo and the family of the woman are alleged to have entrusted the big man (name withheld) in Mankessim, with the GH700. The said big man is described to be a smooth talker who boasts of being a brother of sorts to the late president Atta Mills.

The Enquirer newspaper could not confirm whether the big man sank the GH700 into his pocket after he had taken it from Mr. Wayo in the name of the woman’s sickness and has since not given a toss about the woman, as attempts to reach him proved futile.

On Tuesday, this week, Mr. Wayo was however full of digest for the suspected betrayal of trust by the big man after he had visited Madam Yawson at the 37 Military Hospital where the ulcer patient had been referred to by the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for further testing.

But Mr. Wayo was not too surprised about the alleged perfidy of the big man. “You have ministers in this country driving in 130,000 dollar cars while people like this sick woman can’t even afford surgery money to save their lives,” he sneered. Mr. Wayo, who is constantly in the villages of Ghana donating farming implements to peasants and reaching many with philanthropy, has helped over 30 people like madam Yawson undergo surgery.

But as an individual, he acknowledges that he cannot do it all alone and so he wants the government and corporate organizations to come to the aid of the ordinary citizens, starting from Madam Yawson Agnes.

“If the Government really cares about citizens like Agnes Yawson, who queued in the sun to vote for it, then let it do something about her plight,” he made the clarion call.

In the face of the plight of the likes of Agnes Yawson, the national health safety net, NHIS, seems a total joke.

Kofi Wayo says he would have loved to foot the full bill for the surgery required to save the life of Madam Yawson but, unfortunately, there are so many citizens welfare undertaking that he is occupied with, including the distribution of 200,000 cutlasses to farmers across the country at the moment.

While he waits for the government and corporate institutions to respond, he described Madam Yawson’s case as a big shame to Ghana.
Monday, 12 August 2013

Singer Tiffany dismisses Tattoo Critics

What makes some people think that Tiffany is a ‘bad’ girl? Could it  be the  tattoos she wears or her body-hugging clothes or having a child when she was just 20 years old?  These are questions that  musician Tiffany asks herself whenever anyone tags her as “bad”.
The 26-year old musician thinks people have a wrong perception about her. “Those who are not close to me have all sorts of thoughts about me. People who see my tattoos see me as a hardcore girl. Others also see me as a rude person but I don’t know why anyone should see me so”. Tiffany told Showbiz  last Friday.
According to the Fake London Boy hit maker, she wishes that people come closer to her and get to know her well before passing judgment about her.
“You really cannot judge a book by its cover. I have a lot of tattoos on my body and that should not make me a bad girl. All the tattoos on my body represent something. For example, I have my son’s name written on my neck and the other tattoos on my body are things that mean a lot to me”.
“I am not saying I am a perfect person. I drink  alcohol once in a while when I feel like but  I don’t club and I don’t smoke. I am usually at home minding my own business and thinking of how best I can push my music” Tiffany disclosed.
According to her, she doesn’t really mind what people think about her but all she wishes is that people come closer to her and find out the real Tiffany.
She explained that “I am crazy on stage because that is what I do for a living, I may wear a short skirt or a skimpy top showing my tattoos  but that is  not the real Tiffany you see on stage, I am a very different person outside”.
Talking about her six-year old son, Tiffany said she feels happy being a mother. She explained that most celebrities around her age would hide their kids from the public but she is never shy being a mother. As a mother, Tiffany said she has learnt so many things. “I am more responsible, I am home early to cook for my son, help with his homework and always there for him as a proud mother.”
Although she is not married, Tiffany said she is in a serious relationship with a lovely guy she met a few months ago.
Away from her personal life, Tiffany told Showbiz that though there are new crop of female rappers in Ghana she has never been afraid of competition.
Real name, Antoinette Tiffany Owusu, Tiffany who has worked with the likes of Castro, Yaw Siki, Fuse ODG, Efya, Stay Jay, Mugeez, Sarkodie and Jay So said the other female rappers are trying their best  but she is always on top of her game.
“ From How We Do It, Facebook Boy, Fake London Boy, Last One, Agyekum, Whatever, It’s Tiffany and Neke Neke, all my songs have been accepted by Ghanaians which goes to testify that I am good” Tiffany said.
About what she is currently doing, Tiffany who just came back home after touring  Niger and Burkina Faso with her hit songs said she just released her latest single Neke Neke and entreated everyone to listen to it.

Government To Expose NDC Troublemakers

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, has said the government will not shield any member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who tries to create confusion in the party.
He said the leadership of the party was not happy with the recent unlawful behaviour put up by some youth in the party who had destroyed cars and offices in some parts of the country just because they did not agree with some nominations of President John Dramani Mahama for municipal/district chief executive positions.
Mr Aidoo made these comments when he addressed Muslims during a prayer session to mark Eid-ul-Fitr.
He condemned such negative incidents at Atebubu and some parts of the region during district assembly meetings to confirm the President’s nominees as DCEs.
The regional minister asked the youth of the party to be law-abiding and refrain from such anti-party behaviour.
Mr Aidoo also expressed worry about recent reported cases of armed robbery in the Atebubu-Amanten and Sene districts and gave an assurance that the Regional Security Council had instructed that security personnel be sent to the area to protect life and property.
He said the security agencies might not be able to work to expectation if people in the communities failed to complement their efforts by volunteering information to them.
On the ongoing election petition, Mr Aidoo said the government was fully prepared to ensure peace before, during and after the announcement of the verdict.
He cautioned those who had decided to cause mayhem, no matter where the verdict would go, to change their minds because the security agencies were adequately prepared to defend and protect the security of the nation.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Umar Abdul-Kadir, thanked Allah for a successful Ramadan and called on residents in Muslim communities to avoid being induced by any politician to engage in anything that would disturb the peace of the country.
 The Member of Parliament for Sunyani East, Mr Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, said justice was associated with peace and called on Ghanaians to pray for the nine justices of the Supreme Court to be able to deliver the right verdict.
The regional minister donated 20 bags of rice and a bull to Alhaji Abdul-Kadir and asked him to share them among Muslim chiefs in the Sunyani municipality.

Judge Reverse Boy's Name From Messiah

A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy's name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ."
Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV. The boy's parents were in court because they could not agree on the child's last name, but when the judge heard the boy's first name, she ordered it changed, too.
"It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is," Ballew said.
It was the first time she ordered a first name change, the judge said.
Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names.
The judge in eastern Tennessee said the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents' last name.
The boy's mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal. She says Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy's two siblings — Micah and Mason.
"Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else," Martin said.
Ballew said the name Messiah could cause problems if the child grows up in Cocke County, which has a large Christian population.
"The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ," the judge said.

Angry Residents Accost ECG Staffs

A couple of months ago, two technicians of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) arrived at Teshie Tsuibleoo in Accra to execute their job for the day, not knowing what was in store for them.
The two men, assigned to replace pre-paid meters with new split meters in some houses, were accosted by angry residents who tried to stop them from fixing the meters.
The reason: The residents had heard from others in the neighbourhood that the new split meters being introduced in the community increased the cost of electricity and they were determined to reject it.
The meter project
The meter replacement is a pilot project of the ECG under which the old pre-paid meters introduced about 15 years ago are being replaced with a new Split Metering System (SMAT).
The project, which began mid last year, was carried out in Teshie in Accra, including Tsuibleoo, Agblazah, the Spintex Road area and the Regimanuel Estates.
Thereafter, it was introduced in the Bortianor area, comprising Weija, Bortianor, Gbawe, Mallam and surrounding areas;  MaCharthy Hill, Awoshie, Anyaa, Ablekuma and then it moved to Achimota District.  The World Bank is also supporting a similar project in Kumasi. 
Residents in some of the pilot areas in Accra are fiercely resisting the installation of the meters in their homes.  They claim that after the installation of the meters, their electric bills had increased significantly.
Mr Maxwell Sowah, a resident of Teshie Tsuibleoo, said their expenditure on electricity had drastically increased.
“Our electric bill of GH¢24 a month has risen to GH¢100 since we started using the split metering system. It is really a big drain on our finances and many of our neighbours are also complaining.”
Another resident, Mr Emmnuel Addo, said his household’s electricity bill had doubled. “Previously, we paid GH¢25 for a month’s supply of power. Now, we pay GH¢50,” he said.
Aside the increase in power, he said the system was also not very convenient to use and explained that the meters had been placed on poles that were very far from the consumers’ homes, and that posed many problems.
Most consumers find it difficult to go out of their homes to reload the meters on the electric poles when their power runs out in the middle of the night.
Mr Addo cited an instance when his household had to sleep in darkness because everyone felt it was not safe to go out when their power went out at midnight.
They also contended that placing the meters on the poles makes it very easy for robbers to easily identify houses they intend to rob and cut of their power to make it easy for them to carry out their activities.
He added that following complaints about the long distances between the poles and the house, the ECG provided some households with a device to enable them to load the power they buy in their home.
“The device is not user-friendly, and besides, sometimes, soon after buying the power, it loads on the system even if the device has not been used, making it difficult for consumers to determine the amount of power that has been loaded,” said Mr Addo.
ECG’s response
Notwithstanding the numerous complaints, the ECG is convinced that the split metering system is an effective means for the company to optimise their network to reduce system loses.
Mr Daniel Azu, Divisional Manager (Regulatory & Governmental Affairs) of ECG, told the Daily Graphic that the main thrust of the project was to prevent theft of electricity and for “us to be able to account properly for the energy we sell.”
He stressed that the complaints of tariff increase could not be true, since the ECG had not changed its tariff structure.
“House-to-house checks conducted by the Loss Control Unit of ECG over the years unveiled tampering of meters by consumers who bypass some gadgets to reduce consumption,” he said.
He added that the ECG faced the challenge of penalising the offenders because people denied knowledge of the tampering and many claimed they did not know when it was done and who did it.
“As such, when we detect cases of tampering, we do not know who to penalise, so we said, ‘let’s take the meter out of the reach of customers and make it difficult for them to bypass some of their gadgets from the meters,” Mr Azu indicated.
He claimed that since the pilot projects started, ECG had reduced system loss from 19.5 per cent to 25 per cent and the failure rate of the meter had been low.
This trend, if sustained, will help the company to generate more money, and then the demand on the public to pay more for power will reduce.
Mr Azu explained further that the new meters use a communications system and load automatically. They are also technologically improved and weather-proof so they are able to withstand the weather changes.
The project is being executed by Benjeng Xianxeng Company (BXC), a local company with its parent in China. The contractor, Mr Azu indicated, was investing $70 million in the project and that would be paid back by the ECG over a 10-year period. 
Mr Azu further stated that for factories and industries, the ECG was introducing an automated meter reading system that enabled the company to monitor the reading at the factory. 
“With this system, we can immediately detect tampering and follow up,” he indicated.
He said the company introduced the system in the first quarter of last year and already it was yielding a lot of savings for the company. 
“The system affords us a good auditing process on transformers that feed customers and we are able to detect stealing,” he added.
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