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The Blinkards in Flagstaff House. Critical News, 24th February 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 24, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Friday night 8pm, I am looking for a taxi to get into Accra.  I live on McCarthy Hill and sometimes I don’t not feel like driving into the city.  Standing by the side, a trotro curb-stops and a young woman, maybe 28, gets down with a child on her back and another in tow.  She makes sure to mention to the “aplanke” that she has luggage in the back.  With the child balanced securely, she takes out two bunches of plantain, a sack full of cassava, and a basket of other food items.  She then hauls all these and a carry bag to the side with the help of her six-year-old and starts the hassle for another trotro to take her to Lapaz.  She carefully counts the agreed fare and I shudder with guilt.  Her fare from Kasoa is one cedi eighty pesewas, protected in her white “religious” handkerchief. She can’t afford to lose a pesewa of this money.  The taxis are asking for twenty cedis to go to Accra, a fare that used to be ten.  I abandon my two-hundred-cedi expenditure program, uncomfortable with the disparity in our spending priorities, and turn back home.  This defined the State of my Nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brief Report On The Presidential Election Petition In Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 24, 2013

Prepared by the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko (gabby@danquahinstitute.org).

The international community, generally, endorsed Ghana’s 2012 general elections as  “free and fair.” Ghana, the star of democracy in Africa, had done it once again for Africa. John Mahama, the declared winner, was duly sworn in, without any violent protests, on January 7, 2013. But, the biggest opposition party in Ghana filed a petition in Ghana’s supreme court, (the first of its kind in the country’s history), challenging the presidential results. It is noteworthy that since the first election of Ghana’s Fourth Republic in 1992, 2012 was the only other time that a majority of the political parties (5 out of 7), which participated in the contest had come out to raise major concerns about the conduct of the polls. Indeed, the second runner-up and leader of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, is on record as saying, “I have been involved in elections since 1992 and this is the worst in terms of credibility.” See link: http://www.theafricareport.com/News-Analysis/ghana-election-results-another-party-backs-npp-fraud-claims.html. But, what really is the substance of the case of the opposition New Patriotic Party, which is contesting the results in court? Is it, as observed by a cynical senior figure in the UNDP, “another opposition party in Africa crying foul”, or another defining moment in Ghana’s history; a necessary non-violent, constitutional move, worthy of commendation, to correct and secure the integrity of elections, hence, the future of democracy, peace, stability and development in Africa? Read the rest of this entry »

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