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General inadequacies of the definitions of sexual offences in the Criminal Offences Act

Introduction While the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) outlines a number of criminal offences and prescribes punishment for offenders, a number of the crimes outlined in Act 29 have some intrinsic inadequacies. The gaps in their definitions present a challenge for the successful prosecution of such crimes. Chapter six of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) outlines nine ...

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Tales from my backyard: How we innocently kill our loved ones

For some time now there have been a lot of stories about people committing suicide yet we seem not to care for each other. I want to draw our attention to our hypocrisy. We subtly urge people to do the unimaginable then turn back to show fake concerns. I posted a suicide picture with the note “when the going gets ...

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Nii Kanarku writes: Graduate unemployment; a question of implementation, not lack of policies

Graduate unemployment has been a major issue for socioeconomic development in Africa, according to data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in sub-Saharan Africa, the youth unemployment rate hovers around 12 percent. Africa has the largest “youth bulge” in the world, and the number of youth is expected to grow by 42.5 million by 2020. Almost half of the 10 ...

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WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT: THE BARRICADES AND THE ONWARD MOVEMENT TOWARDS A DESTINATION

Women have always played central role throughout history and have always contributed to the stability, progress and long-term development of the globe.  Studies have shown that when the economy and political structure of a society change, women take the lead in assisting the family adjust to new realities and challenges. Globally, women constitute 43 percent of the world’s agricultural workforce. ...

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Apprenticeship in Ghana, teaching an old dog new tricks

The ancient Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle, referring to apprenticeship once said that “crafts are teachable, otherwise good craftsmen would be born, not made”. Indeed, apprenticeship a system where knowledge and skills are imparted to a new generation of practitioners through on the job training is one of the oldest methods of teaching and learning known to man. In ancient ...

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Bervelyn Longdon writes: When law enforcement fails, chaos reigns!

One thing we like in this country is to pass laws. Most of the laws we pass are so good that other countries model some of theirs after ours. We have laws covering almost every aspect of our national life. However, when it comes to implementation or enforcement of these laws, I often question myself, why the need for rules ...

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Reforming a hungry prisoner: Woes of the Prison Administrator

Prison systems the world over in recent times have a responsibility to ensure the reformation and rehabilitation of prisoners under their care as the era of mere warehousing of offenders is long gone. This they do by taking the prisoner through structured regimes to ensure that upon discharge, the prisoner re-enters society truly reformed. Food plays a key role in ...

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Benjamin Aklama asks: ‘Black Tax,’ a cultural value or an economic issue?

As a young boy growing up, many family members contributed to my upkeep. My grandparents with whom I lived were like parents to me, providing for every need I had. My father’s younger sister also came to my aid in Senior High School, buying for me, all that the prospectus required of a fresh student entering the Peki Senior High ...

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‘Ghana religiosa’: Preaching virtue but practicing vice

Mantis religiosa is the scientific name of the “praying mantis”, a member of the class Insecta and order Mantodea or Mantises. This order of insects consists of about 2,200 species in 9 families and is found in both temperate and tropical habitats. Insects in this order (including Mantis religiosa) are commonly referred to as “praying mantises”, because of their typical ...

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‘Spirit of people power,’ descend upon us!

Throughout history, the efforts of citizens to call their leaders to order has yielded results immediately or later. In recent times, people power is acceptable as compared to coup d’état; thus, Egyptians, Tunisians and Burkinabes kicked out their leaders who felt that they could steal the sovereignty of their nations – that is the “Spirit of people power”. What is ...

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