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Archive for August, 2009

Police fire tear gas at crowd in Asabee case

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

The former Information Minister, Hon. Asamoah Boateng is reported to have been arrested and locked in the BNI Cells pending further investigations. Peace FM sources say he went to the BNI headquarters in the morning, together with his wife and two lawyers, but the security personnel drove them away and locked him in their cells.  Our reporter, Obeng Manu disclosed that there was no sign of releasing the victim. According to him, the BNI on two different occasions prevented Mr. Asamoah Boateng and his family from travelling abroad without a reason, so the latter had gone to inquire.

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Former minister son shot

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

Armed men in uniform from the Ghana Police Service on Saturday opened fire on Kwesi Osei, a pre-med student and first born of Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, former MP for Asuogyaman and ex-deputy Minister of Tourism.  The firing saw a live-bullet piercing through the right thigh of Kwesi Osei and shredding some substantial amount of flesh, with his trousers and shoes getting soaked in blood as he sprawled in agonized semi-consciousness struggling to stay alive.

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The Business of Faith

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

The Church business is probably the fastest-growing business in Ghana today.

All over Accra, huge church buildings are going up to serve as homes to growing churches and to bear silent witness to how much money preachers can summon from our suffering masses. Today, as in the days gone by, our religious leaders have a lot of sway in our lives.

To illustrate this, let me remind you of something that happened in an Accra court last week. According to a Ghana News Agency report, one Boatema had been involved in a business transaction that had led to accusations of her pocketing, or in her case, tying some other peoples’ money at the end of her “ntoma”. According to the GNA, “When the case was called, Boatema resurfaced but could hardly walk. Pastor Ovia who accompanied her to court said Boatema was receiving prayers and treatment at his church…”.

Arthur Kobina Kennedy

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Results of our opinion poll, July 1, 2009

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

These results are the opinions of Readers of Ghana News Monthly newspaper and its related website, They DO NOT represent the views of Ghanaians in general. Reader’s views were solicited between July 1 and July 12, 2009. We received 247 responses.

Sydney Casely-Hayford

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Barack Obama and African mindset

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

s various editorialists and commentators throughout Africa have analyzed the substance of US President Barack Obama’s Accra policy statement on Africa on July 12 wasn’t new. What was new was Obama’s metaphysics, the bold unto-your-face manner, the ambience, the level of confidence, the psychological import, and the attempts to hit home a new mindset for Africa’s development.

That one of the key stumbling blocks of Africa’s progress is its mindset is unarguable. And Obama set to knock off the self-immolation, inferiority complex and finger-pointing. To let Africa face its problems head-on Obama didn’t promise huge monies as George Bush and Bill Clinton had done earlier. Obama has thorough grasp of the African situation (his father being victim) and he played brutally into it unemotionally, using his own refinement against all odds that saw him become the first African-American president of the United States.

Kofi Akosah Sarpong

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The Obama Serenades

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

At Cape Coast,

we bowed our heads

in sorrow

and shame,

recalling the agonies

of our forebears…

the wicked complicity

of kinsmen

and sometimes

even parents…


At Cape Coast,

the ghoulish stench

of slavery

stared us

stiffly and


in the face,

flaring up

our nostrils

to the wrenching

point of


Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jnr.

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The sex was rough, says rape victim

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

THE 19-year-old seamstress apprentice who was allegedly raped in the full glare of horrified onlookers at Asafo, a Kumasi suburb, on the dawn of Wednesday July 29, 2009, yesterday gave a tearful narration of her ordeal to a packed Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Circuit Court.

As she spoke, Eric Adjei Bawuah, the 28-year-old gym instructor also broke down and wept bitterly, with his wife looking on and the audience moaning.

The accused person was making his second appearance in court after he was remanded by the same court on Monday August 3, 2009.

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A guide to Corruption (2) Mabey and Johnson

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

This past Friday, August 7, 2009, the case against Mabey was postponed, to be heard on September 25th this year. The UK has to prove that it is taking these corruption charges seriously, coming in the wake of their refusal to investigate the BAE’s Saudi Arabian arms deal and other cases presently before the UK SFO. One major disclosure made by Richard Alderman, Director of UK SFO is that Mabey and Johnson has agreed to pay “reparations” to both Ghana and Jamaica for bribery offences between 1994 and 2000. This admission immediately attaches guilt of some wrongdoing. How much was given, and who was bribed on our (Ghana) side is detailed in the UK SFO submission to the court, but unfortunately presiding Judge Rivlin chose to gag the press. The information is available, we just cannot broadcast in the public yet. But it will come out. The pressure is on the NDC government to accept this reparation.

Sydney Casely-Hayford

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A Guide to Corruption in Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 6, 2009

Corruption has become the blight of Ghanaians. The NPP accused and prosecuted every NDC politician they could lay their hands on when they took over in 2001. The NDC government has now turned the tables and in turn is doing the same to NPP ministers and all. This clearly will go on through and hopefully end with the NDC term. Prayerfully, an NPP government will have learned its lessons and not go prosecuting from the hip if they get another chance to run the affairs of state. Similarly, the NDC will also let matters be and not prosecute for political gain.

You don’t need to look too far a field to see all the corruption in our country. Ghanaians voted for change in government and welcome the prosecution of theft, constantly in search of a less corrupt society. We try to differentiate a “Nigeria 419” from our “Ghana sakawa” in an attempt to brand our corruption.

Sydney Casely-Hayford

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