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Newsline: Liberia Embassy in Ghana says Ebola under control

The Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Ghana has allayed fears that the country is nearing collapse as a result of the deadly Ebola epidemic. According the the Embassy, the epidemic “is under control” in the country. The Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh in an earlier interview with the media, said Liberia was “close to collapse” as a result of the devastating Ebola outbreak. So for over 3,000 affected persons have been killed. But the Charge D’Affairs of the Embassy of the republic of Liberia in Ghana, Musu Ruhle in an interview with Citi News refutted the claims. She indicated that the situation has greatly improved, “There are patients leaving the hospitals now who have been treated and are going home and we have empty beds. Before, two three months ago, there were no beds, but now there are empty beds,” she indicated. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that health-care officials would need close to six months to tackle the Ebola outbreak in the worsely affected countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.



Newsline: Ghana’s Embassy in Burkina Faso spends more than $600,000 on fence wall

Ghana’s Embassy in Burkina Faso will soon be investigated for allegedly spending $656,248.48 on the construction of a fence wall. Bank of Ghana Deputy Governor, Millison Narh described the amount as outrageous and requires thorough probing. The revelation was contained in BoG’s 2013 foreign exchange receipt payment presented to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. Mr Narh could not justify the expenditure on the fence wall but indicated the matter would be investigated and answers provided the Committee.


Newsline: US Embassy apologizes to Ghana president after critical tweet

The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is apologizing after a staff member sent what’s being described as “an errant tweet” criticizing the president from the official Embassy Twitter account. Ghanaian President John Mahama had tweeted about the country’s financial woes, saying that “as a people, we have had to make sacrifices” and that the results of those cutbacks would start to show soon. A post from the U.S. Embassy’s Twitter account later retorted to the president: “And what sacrifices are you making?” In an apology, the U.S. Embassy in Accra says it has apologized to Ghana’s president and is also apologizing to the Ghanaian people. It says that an embassy staff member mixed up a personal Twitter account with that of the embassy’s.


Newsline: Ghana’s Ambassador to Japan recalled over gambling saga

Ghana’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr Edmund Kofi Agbenutse Deh, has been invited to explain the circumstances leading to the alleged letting out of part of a property belonging to the mission to a gang of Japanese gamblers. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr Thomas Kwesi Quartey, told the Daily Graphic that the ambassador was expected to arrive in Accra. “The Ambassador has been invited home for consultation. We need to know what went on,” he said. Mr Quartey said Mr Deh’s predecessor, Mr William Mensah Brandful, had already been interviewed regarding his involvement in the renting of the property. He said investigations into the letting out of the property had gone far and indicated that interviewing the current Ghana’s Ambassador to Japan on the issue would facilitate the completion of the investigations. The deputy Foreign Affairs Minister declined to make any further comments on the investigations, insisting that any commentary would come only after the conclusion of the investigations.


Newsline: Ghana’s ambassador to Japan under investigation for operating illegal casino

Ghana’s ambassador to Japan Edmond Kofi Agbenutse Deh, is being investigated by the Tokyo police for his alleged involvement in the running of an illegal casino in the Japanese capital. The Tokyo Police are reported to have asked the ambassador to consent to questioning over an alleged lease contract made for a room in Tokyo operating the illegal casino. The report which appeared in some major Japanese newspapers including NHK World and Tokyo Reporter, said some ten employees working at the secretly operating casino at Shibuya, a suburb in Tokyo, were arrested for allowing customers to play baccarat – a gambling card game played at casinos. One of the suspects is quoted to have told investigators, “I thought diplomatic immunity was applicable through the Embassy of Ghana, and we would not be caught by the police.” The Tokyo reporter also said a rental contract previously in the name of the former ambassador was changed to that of the current ambassador, and the document signed at his official residence with diplomatic identification forms. The Police also seized more than one hundred thousand dollars in cash.


Newsline: Peru, Colombia agree to share embassies in Ghana and Vietnam

The governments of Peru and Colombia have formally agreed to share embassy offices in Vietnam and Ghana, as part of ongoing efforts to promote integration in the Pacific Alliance bloc, which also includes Chile and Mexico. The agreement was signed by Peruvian Foreign Minister Eda Rivas and her Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin, on the sidelines of a Pacific Alliance meeting in Mexico City. The accord paves the way for Peruvian embassy representation at the Colombian embassy in Ghana, while Colombia will be allowed to use Peru’s embassy in Vietnam.


Newsline: Ghanaian Embassy denies report of attacks in Egypt

An official of the Ghanaian Embassy in Cairo Egypt says the Embassy has not received any reports of Ghanaians being attacked by Egyptian fans as being reported in the Ghanaian media. The Finder newspaper reported that some Ghanaians resident in Cairo had been attacked by Egyptian football fans without any provocation. According to the paper, the Egyptian fans allegedly resorted to assaulting the Ghanaians because of their disappointment over the Pharaoh’s 6 -1 defeat to the Black Stars of Ghana in the first leg of the play-off phase of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers. However, speaking to Yaw Acheampong, host of Radio Universe’ ‘Inside Afrika’ programme via telephone from Cairo, an official of Ghana’s Embassy in Egypt who prefers to be anonymous, said the embassy has not received any such reports. Although she did not rule out the possibility of attacks on Ghanaians by Egyptian fans, the official at Ghana’s Diplomatic Mission in Egypt asserted that “no one has come here till now for this reason.”