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Church building collapse; Rawlings buries mother; NPP, NDC in violent clash

Dear GhanaWeb reader, It was an interesting week filled with tears, fears of clashes and some cheers
Ghana News Update
Issue #28 • View online
Dear GhanaWeb reader,
It was an interesting week filled with tears, fears of clashes and some cheers. Ghana’s building standards were tested when a church building collapsed and killed 22 people at Akyem Batabi in the Eastern Region.
The three-storey uncompleted building which collapsed on Tuesday afternoon was occupied by worshippers at the time and it took rescuers four days to retrieve the bodies which were buried under the rubble. Leaders of the church have been arrested pending investigation.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings shed some tears as he bade farewell to his late 101-year-old mother, Victoria Agbotui. It was a heavily attended funeral in Accra and in the Volta Region where all the beautiful traditional rites and customs of Ghana were displayed.
Sunday is a typical day for walks and fitness exercises in Accra, but this particular Sunday turned violent in James Town as supporters of the two major parties - NPP and NDC - clashed and pelted each other with stones while destroying property in the community. It took the intervention of security personnel to quell the chaos which is a dangerous precedence for the December 7 election.
To climax the week, traditional journalists were honoured at the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards Gala which, as usual, did not recognize the efforts of online and digital journalists in Ghana. There was only one category among the dozens for online journalism and NO online media was recognized for their effort in the coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic among the 12 awardees. The future of journalism is online. GJA must be all-inclusive.
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Ismail Akwei
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