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Paul Wekem Kotuah, CPP writes on ‘ Impact of Corruption on the Justice System’

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Kotuah Wekem Paul

Corruption has been a constant menace in societies for a long period of time however it has only been in the past 20 years that this phenomenon has been seriously explored. This menace takes many forms and affects all arenas in our society today. Corruption in any form is a serious crime that threatens democracies, damages thrifts, diverts funds away from essential public services, and worsens societal inequalities especially in developing nations. This to a large extent affects the lives and destinies of citizens, corporate organizations, public sector and charity organizations.

Corruption is defined as the abuse of a trusted position in one of the branches of power (executive, legislative and judicial) or other organizations with the intention of obtaining material benefit which is not legally justified for itself or for others. Due to the infectious nature of this crime, it sometimes affects systems established to enforce the laws and control corruption.

The justice system is key in upholding the rule of law and legal security for individuals. This system is the network of government and private agencies intended to manage accused and convicted criminals. The criminal justice system comprises multiple interrelated pillars consisting of academia, law enforcement, forensic services, the judiciary, and correctional institutions. Thus, a well-functioning justice system is crucial to address corruption effectively, which in turn is important for development. Unfortunately, justice institutions are themselves corrupt. It is worth noting that, corruption of any form can undermine the performance and achievement of the justice functions thereby making the system ineffective.

There is a general consensus that corruption in the justice system is destructive and should be addressed however there are particular challenges involved in fighting corruption. Corruption can occur at any stage of the criminal justice chain. It start from the police stations, prosecutors’ offices, the judiciary and in the prisons. Indeed, research has shown that criminal justice systems or institutions which are often the last resort for citizens to address corruption are severely affected by corrupt practices. Research indicates that corruption in the judicial system in most developing countries takes the form of bribery and political interference, but it is not limited to the aforementioned acts. It is also mentioned that a key impediment to the success of any anti-corruption efforts are corrupt justice institutions and officials.

The corruption in criminal justice systems arises as a result of many reasons including lack of proper monitoring systems for justice institutions, low salary, poor recruitment of officials, lack of transparency in the system, complex and bureaucratic justice procedures, unclear boundaries in the performance of justice duties, lack of proper standard operating procedures, lack of advanced technologies for institutions, political interferences among others.

Corruption is seen to have a direct impact on the validity of human rights, largely because it deprives societies of important resources that could be used for basic needs, such as public health, education, infrastructure, or security. The OECD has indicated that the cost of corruption, in its different modalities, constitutes more than 5% of the global GDP. Thus all these monies are accrued by these institutions and some officials for their private gain. This deprives societies of development and robs citizenry of their fair share of the national cake. Although the problems exist globally, it can be seen as prevalent and greatly affecting less developed countries especially those in Africa.

Secondly, corruption has direct damaging consequences in general on the functioning of state institutions, and in particular on the administration of justice. A corrupt act during one step of the criminal justice chain can severely harm the whole process or even nullify its essence and erode public trust in law and order. Corruption decreases public trust and weakens the capacity of justice systems to guarantee the protection of human rights.

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Ghanaians and resident foreigners no longer require full COVID-19 vaccination before entering the country

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced some changes to the guidelines for Ghanaians entering the country through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Per the earlier modification implemented during the yuletide last year, persons aged 18 years and above, arriving in Ghana from December 12, 2021, were to provide proof of full vaccination.

But addressing pressmen on Wednesday, Director-General of GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye explained that the directive has been reviewed to make it more lenient.

Now, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Ghanaians and resident foreigners have been “exempted from the requirement of full vaccination before traveling to Ghana.”

He made this comment at the Ministry of Information where the press conference was held.

GHS revises Covid-19 travel guidelines for Ghanaian travelers at KIA
Dr. Kumah-Aboagye explained that persons who will be affected by the review are expected to take the vaccination on arrival at KIA.

In this regard, persons who refuse to accept the jab will be forced to go on mandatory 7-day quarantine at their own cost.

This, according to the GHS Director-General, forms part of measures to reduce the effects of the fourth wave of the pandemic in the country.

Culled from Myjoyonline

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From July 1, only your National ID card will be accepted for banking and financial transactions in Ghana

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From 1st July, 2022, the Ghana Card will be the only identification for banking or financial transactions, the Bank of Ghana has disclosed.

This is in furtherance of its objective of ensuring the safety of the financial system. In a statement, the Central Bank said this is pursuant to Regulation 7 of the National Identity Register, 2012 (L.I. 2111).

In this regard, the BoG is directing Banks, Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions, Non-Deposit-Taking Financial Institutions; Payment Service Providers and Dedicated Electronic Money Issuers as well as Forex Bureaus and Credit Reference Bureaus to start using the Ghana for identification from beginning of July, 2022.

“In line with this Notice, Section 30 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2020 (Act 1044) and Regulation 12 of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1987), all financial institutions shall take steps to update customer records with the Ghana Card.”

Furthermore, “customers of Bank of Ghana regulated financial institutions are therefore advised to update their records with their respective financial institutions with the Ghana Card in line with this Notice.”

The Central Bank said for Known Your Customer purposes, the National Identification Authority verification transaction platform will be integrated into the Bank of Ghana’s financial monitoring platform.

This is to ensure that all financial transactions performed within the ecosystem are linked to one identity and information, and unique codes for the transactions shared with the BoG to facilitate the identification of initiators/beneficiaries for track and trace purposes.

It will include but not limited to transactions b banks; non-bank Financial Institutions and Mobile Money Operators (MMOs).

Culled from MyJoyOnline

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George Boateng: Ghanaian Computer Scientist Launches Smartphone-Based Coding App, ‘SuaCode’

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In ensuring that learning how to code becomes much easier and fun, George Jojo Boateng, a Ghanaian computer scientist and social entrepreneur created SuaCode, a smartphone-based coding app. The app was launched on Google Play Store in January 2022, and has had some great reviews so far.

Boateng started SuaCode in 2017 as a graduate student at Dartmouth College, during Project iSWEST, an annual innovation bootcamp for high school students in Ghana organised by his education non-profit Nsesa Foundation. From 2018 to 2020, with four pilots, SuaCode had over 3,000 applicants from 69 countries, accepted over 1,000 students, with a 62% completion rate and alumni getting internships, jobs and studying computer science and engineering in top universities, including, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, and MIT.

In 2021, Boateng and cofounder Victor Kumbol improved on the idea and launched the startup, SuaCode.ai to transform SuaCode into a smartphone app, with the aim of teaching millions across Africa to code using smartphones and an AI teaching assistant, Kwame.

The SuaCode app enables users to learn how to code on their phone at anyplace, at anytime in a community of learners across the globe. Through Kwame, a bilingual AI Teaching assistant that Boateng built, the app presents lessons in English and French along with fun and hands-on coding exercises, quizzes and assignments. It also provides quick and accurate answers to students’ coding questions.

The app’s Automated Grading Software, AutoGrad, grades users’ assignments while checking for plagiarism and providing individualized feedback; and users receive a certificate of completion when they complete courses.

For his work on SuaCode.ai, George Boateng has been recognized by the MIT Technology Review as a Pioneer in the 2021 list of 35 Innovators under 35.

Currently pursuing his PhD in Applied Machine Learning at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Boateng is also the President and co-founder of Nsesa Foundation, which aims at achieving the vision of creating an “Innovation Revolution” in Ghana. He was also, recently, appointed as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Science department, where he will be exploring collaborations on AI-powered mobile heath research.

 

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Dating in Nairobi laid bare as Single Kiasi (Singleish) premieres, also available in 33 countries in the diaspora

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Single Kiasi (Singleish), the new Kenyan Showmax Original, is now streaming, with new episodes releasing every Thursday. The show will also be available to Kenyans in the UK, France and 31 other countries in the diaspora.

What does the pursuit for the one look like for 30-something women in Nairobi?

Sintamei (Gathoni Mutua) is trying to start a family with her loving husband Kevin (Lucarelli Onyango) while also building her career as a corporate lawyer.

Rebecca (Faith Kibathi) is all about motherhood, being a housewife and staying loyal to her “husband” Eric (Michael Munyoki), even though he doesn’t have a shilling to his name.

And Mariah (Minne Kariuki) is all about expensive gifts and traveling to the best destinations her rich sponsor’s money can buy, while chasing the next social media high and sharing slay queen dating tips with her many followers. “Paris was amazing. If your guy takes you to Dubai, please dump him,” she tells her fans while on a private jet from her vacation in France.

When we catch up with them in the first episode of Single Kiasi, they seem to have their lives and their romantic relationships under control. But dating in Nairobi can be hectic, and it doesn’t take long before the men of Single Kiasi prove the popular saying in the city’s dating scene: “Men will embarrass you unprovoked,” as reiterated by Mariah.

In the course of the 13 episodes, Single Kiasi follows Sintamei, Rebecca and Mariah as they go through the ups and downs of love and dating in Nairobi while also reminding us that, at the end of the day, friendship is the most powerful relationship they can have.

Single Kiasi is the second Showmax Original series in Kenya after the Kalasha-winning Crime and Justice.

The show is adapted from the popular South African series Unmarried, which already has successful adaptations in Nigeria (Unmarried Nigeria) and Ghana (To Have and To Have Hold).

“It’s a universal story of womanhood, love and friendship,” says producer and director Grace Kahaki. “But we had to make some changes here and there for the story to fit to who we are as Kenyans.”

For instance, Single Kiasi incorporates a Kikuyu traditional marriage ceremony (nguracio) in place of a church wedding.

“In the South African version, one of the leading women has an affair with a security guard but we felt that this wasn’t authentic to the Kenyan setting so changed the guard to an intern, which is more reflective of what happens here,” Kahaki says.

Single Kiasi tackles important issues that Kenyan women go through, such as sexism in the workplace like when Sintamei is passed over for a promotion that she clearly deserves, sexual assault like in the case of Mariah who is forced to confront a past she’d rather forget, and women (and mothers) finding their own identities outside of what society expects of them like Rebecca getting to relive her youth which she missed out on by marrying too young.

“This show aims to look at women through our three main characters and allow them to choose what label they want to attach to themselves, be it single, married, wife, career woman, mother, etc,” Kahaki says.

Kahaki co-produced and co-directed Single Kiasi alongside her Insignia Productions counterpart Philippe Bresson, and Robby Bresson (Simiyu Samurai).

 

Catch episode 1 of Single Kiasi, now streaming on Showmax, with new episodes releasing every Thursday.

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Top Benefits of Using Tub Pillow for Bath

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When you are relaxing in a bathtub after a long day at work trying to unwind, it feels more frustrating when you are not feeling comfortable in there. After a short time, resting your head, back, and neck on the surface of a bathtub, it may become painful and unpleasant.

This can even cause severe injury to your neck and back. For that reason, it will help if you consider using the best bathtub pillow to support your neck and back at the edge of the tub. The bathtub pillow may enhance comfort and allow you to stay longer in the tub. With it, you can even sip your favorite drink and light some candles around the tub to make that moment memorable.

Therefore, getting yourself a high-quality bathtub pillow is significant that will enhance comfort and allow you to stay in the tub as long as you please. Read on for more benefits associated with the use of bathtub cushions.

Lessening of Neck and Lower Back Aches

Incorrect posture in the bathtub can cause pressure on your lower back and result in spinal injury. Normally, it will help if you consider purchasing the best bathtub pillow from reputable online sellers like https://www.amazon.com/Bathtub-Bath-Pillow-Tub-Headrest/dp/B08BHP37DW. When you are using a high-quality bath pillow, you will be able to prevent all the problems associated with spinal complications.

The ideal bathtub pillow can help alleviate the pressure on your neck caused by the hard surfaces of the tub. Moreover, the comfort of a bathtub pillow obtained from a reliable outlet will allow you to stay in the tub for an extended time.

They are Massive and Luxurious

If you are reaching for a technologically improved product, it is essential to consider buying a quilted air bath pillow for the tub. The tech-advanced cushion for the tub is 50 inches long, and it can adequately support your neck and back. Besides, it can correctly cradle your whole body in an incredibly since it has a large mat.

When you are in a bathtub and hold your breath for a moment, you will feel like you are in an opulent spa. Moreover, the tech-advanced bathtub pillow is created from 3d air technology. In other words, it is manufactured with a soft layer attached with some quality fabrics. This type of bath pillow for tubs is water-resistant and breathable.

They are Comfortable

When shopping for a bathtub pillow from the best online seller, it is significant to understand that all the modern bathtub pillows have incredible softness. So when you want to enjoy your bath fully, it will help if you settle on idle hippos full-body pillows. You can find them on the leading websites at an affordable rate. The cushion for the tub is also composed of several layers of fiber and mesh.

They are Affordable

Not all bath pillows are for tub and created the same. If you want to grab the best quality of a bath pillows for tub at a fair rate, it is best to consider doing proper research and comparing the prices from various sites. Also, it is crucial to settle on the tech-advanced one since they are durable, cost-effective, and serve their purpose perfectly well. The above essential benefits associated with the best bathtub pillow will help if you consider buying one and enjoy its benefits.

 

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Buy and sell African products online

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African culture has been a backbone of the world for over four thousand years. Africagroceryshop.com is an online marketplace with African-inspired products, clothing, art, and more. We are passionate about helping you experience the world through African eyes.The best place to buy and sell African products online.

The company is best described by the following statement: Africagroceryshop.com is a powerful marketplace solution for local African vendors to sell their products online as well as an online store for African consumers to buy all that they need at affordable prices, anytime and anywhere in a safe and secured environment.

Our online marketplace helps you find unique African products while supporting community-based businesses.

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