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Teenagers of Politics, Critical News, 25th September 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 26, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, thenewghanaian@gmail.com

Manifesto equivalence trying to outdo political equivalence. This is what our last week was all about.

After launching their 2016 manifesto and pointing out how much bigger it was than the NPP document of last year, the NDC party then set out to go head to head with NPP’s Bawumia to paint a picture of a liar and unfair analysis of the metrics which they themselves published.

It seems to have failed, the numbers stack up and Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur is not being allowed to go one on one with the NPP’s view, despite his bold offer to challenge all that the NPP side said the week before. As if they know it, the NDC campaign train seems to have decided that any attempt to challenge Dr. Bawumia on a technical level would not be in their best interest. Not because Bawumia is the only person in this country who has ever pointed out to this government that they clearly are not solving the economic problems, that we are poorer today than we were when they came into office eight year ago, not because Bawumia is any better an economist than Vice President Amissah Arthur, though he could be, if you sjkew the argument that the head of the NDC economic management team is better and more superior, but for political interference. Read the rest of this entry »

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On My Honor

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 19, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, thenewghanaian@gmail.com

Critical News, 18th September 2016

Please do not read the NDC 2016 manifesto. It is a litany of promises never to be delivered. Rather, I urge you to go back and find the 2012 document they issued.

Got it? Now read it in detail and look around. Anything there seem familiar? Can you reconcile the crass dumping of words at that time to the physical environment you have today? I am looking for a paragraph, which explains where they said they would develop this country and ready it for take off in the future to come. Does it say anywhere that that they are building an infrastructure-based economy that would move us forward to a Ghana utopia? Because that is the new song on the campaign trail.

Next year we turn 60. If you believe in karma, note this coincidence. After ruling the country for many decades the NDC and its previous versions lost the elections in 2000 and handed over to the NPP just as Ghana celebrated its golden jubilee in 2007. Can’t tell you why, but is it just a coincidence that the NDC party maybe will not get an opportunity to reward themselves on another decade of mismanagement? Read the rest of this entry »

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Verily, Verily I say …. Critical News, 8th May 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 9, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

If nothing at all, Asiedu Nketia’s admission during the week that the NDC has been padding the register with names of minors and other nationals, should have received more coverage than it received. But he was pipped by the Supreme Court ruling on the determination of the “cleaner’ register for the 2016 elections.

At the heart of what General Mosquito had to say was a tacit admission of what we have been saying for the longest in the media that we have an excessively bloated voters register. It also means that the NDC in particular, knows where the “bodies” of names can be found and where in particular the EC should look to find the illegal names.

Of course he would not let it go without an attempt to rope in the NPP as the other party who also focuses on registering minors. I think the NPP does register minors, but I believe strongly that the NDC have perfected the art of registering aliens and non-Ghanaians on to the register.

The various schemes are popping up as we have become more vigilant this time round and buses of persons from outside are coming in to be registered. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Battle Is Raging. Critical News, 17th April 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 18, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am struggling with the inefficiency and rudeness in the public and private sectors. It is not that the service is poor, it is more that neither persons working for companies in the private sector nor the public sector care too much about you when they respond to questions over the phone. Warranted every once in a while you will get someone who thinks clearly and sensibly and is willing to bend over backwards to keep a customer satisfied.

I was at a very popular hotel over the weekend. Stressed out and very irritated by poor refereeing in the Leceister City v West Ham match, I settled into a quick meal to take off my accumulated stress. It took a while for the food to show up and I was pretty irritated and hungry by the time it hit my table.

My first forkful of chicken tasted off, slightly spoilt and I thought well what to do? Enough time spent waiting, I pushed all the pieces of chicken to one side and ate what I could of the rest of the meal. I am choosing to keep the name of the hotel out of it, it is somewhere I spend a bit of time and the end result was very good, when the chef came out and apologied and made amends with a complimentary bowl of fruit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dompe Chronicles. Critical News, 10th April 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 11, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My two dogs are fighting. They are direct siblings from the same stock, not much difference between the two and are well matched in size, speed, performance and guile. The fighting has been going for some weeks now and it has intensified as they grow bigger and bolder, jockeying for which will become the alpha male. Nothing I do and no matter what punishment, they will find a place and something to fight over.

I expected this would happen, but my approach was to rear them together as playmates, from the same litter and eliminate any animosity because they would hunt together, bark together and seek out trespassers together.

I am not so naïve to think they will never fight over something and of course the inevitable mating season as they mature is bound to create havoc, but for a short while. That day has not even come yet.

So the fighting started over some pieces of chicken bones. The usually quiet one, fed up with being bullied, rallied against the other only to find that he had been retreating for no good reason. He could match the slightly bigger in strength and speed and even won the first fight. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Big Man’s Kamera. Critical News, 4th April 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 4, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Some time in November 1953, Mr. JA Braimah resigned from the Government of the Gold Coast after confessing he had accepted a bribe of £2,000 from Aksor Kasardjian, an Armenian contractor in the north, while serving as Minister of Communication and Works. At that time, the Assembly was rife with stories of bribery and corruption in Government and many ministers were accused of collecting as much as they could for both party and self.

Braimah’s admission was a novelty and openly disgraceful, as he was one of the few held in very high esteem at the time. All the same it was a very bold and noble step, what could have become a best standard had things not gone differently.

The CPP party had been invited by the Colonial Masters to form a Government after the 1951 elections, which they had won resoundingly, convincing Governor Arden Clarke and the British that they were ready to run a Government, but still with the help of a Governor/Prime Minister handholding to some extent the CPP governance novices.

But within two years, corruption stories had become so rife, a commission of enquiry (Korsah Commission) was triggered from what Braimah had alleged was a growing problem in the country. It was a big enquiry and very critical. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Great Waist Party. Critical News, 20th March 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 21, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Even before the sound was connected and the chairs arranged, Heat arrived through the doors filling every corner with his Fahrenheit posse, making life unbearable and tough for the organizers. His whole plan was to take advantage of the open spaces and make sure they all had good seats as they expanded to fill the girth of the seats.

They had been curious about the type of party it was going to be since they got their invitations. It was a first in Ghana. A “waist” party.

Water followed in sachets and bottles packaged to international standards, replacing the regular supply of tap water or what could be found in filters. They knew no one would drink straight from the taps, but the stigma had worn off and even if supply was considered erratic and the smell of the water still foul, they had stopped caring a long time ago.

It was at the point now where they either pushed for more money or the citizens could complain till they fell asleep. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ghana’s Most Corrupt. Critical News, 13th March 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 14, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

When I was a much younger person, with strong bow legs, a full afro head of hair, twinkling eyes and a cheeky smile to boot (I am looking at one of my old pictures so I don’t paint a rosier picture) my Independence Day celebration was caught up with marching for the Osu Home School, proud to be leading the flag in the scorching sun and cooling off afterwards at home with family to be raged by stories of the struggle, either from my parents or my grandfather, depending on what assignment he had.

The night celebration was the show. A full Military tattoo with two competing units of the military assembling and disassembling a cannon from one end of the national stadium to the other and the winning cannon signaling success of the team that performed faster and more efficiently. I enjoyed those days. They were coordinated and interesting and we had the best seats in the stands, granddaddy being a member of cabinet and all, and most importantly, we spent the whole day really understanding what the struggle meant and why we decorated some members of the army and renewed our pledges to stay true to the cause.

So this year we again did the same. Slightly differently, but same nonetheless. We celebrated mediocrity and clapped away our infrastructure deficiencies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making The Case For An Obinim Presidency. Critical News, 7th March 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 7, 2016

 

Sydney Casely-Hayford and Anonymous.  Sydney@bizghana.com

I didn’t write this piece, but not everything I write is as good as this. Needing to share.

I am impressed that we have so many like-minded persons, prepared to commit their thoughts to paper and say things as they see it. I am trying very hard not to take too much credit for the various “good governance” CSO’s we have spawned along the way and from OccupyGhana, I say the more of such writers we have the more change we will see in Ghana.

Here we go! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Jokers Gallery. Critical News, 28th February 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 29, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The State of the Nation dominated our lives in the week. But the after party is yet to come as the NPP threatens to release their true state of the nation on Monday.

I quite liked the idea of presenting a sample of regular folk as testimony of what Government thought it had achieved. Many disagree with me, and someone actually sent a text into our Saturday program on Citifm’s The Big Issue to congratulate me for “seeing the light at last”.

All in good fun and progressive debate in the attempt to be fair and call it as you see it.

But I have a big beef with what I saw as very childish behavior by the President and the equally infantile posturing of both sides of the House, waving flags and showing placards as if in some playschool ground, listening to a propaganda speech from the school prefect. And the President has to bear the brunt of my sharp tongue when I say his attitude when it comes to this particular event is way below acceptable and he must accept responsibility for egging our child-like Parliament on as if their only job in the chamber is to wait for certain pre-selected phrases to pull out a provocative card.

I want a more serious parliament, with more emphasis on critical change mechanisms and opportunities for the people of this country.

As I write today, I am not clear what the state of this nation reads like.

But I particularly want to share this piece sent to me by an unflinching Occupier, Mr. JB Aidoo who sent me this article as he also looked at claims by the President on the road infrastructure in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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