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Suggesting to You in Slooooow Motion. Critical News, 28th April 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 28, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I spent half a day of my life on Saturday with the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).  Getting caught in the rain wasn’t part of the deal (oops, I think Indomie has that plug).  Boy, it rained.  Torrents of it.  I could barely see more than fifty meters on the motorway as I headed out to Tema.  Four accidents and two hours later, I pick up my “helping hand” who would take me through the whole process of car registration.  We came out from a very efficient, tagged and uniformed testing center; fast, easy and organized, no one asked for a bribe and I paid the publicized twenty-three cedis and forty-three pesewas and exited after a brief paper inspection.  Private enterprise.  Sweet.  Making our way to the DVLA in Tema, navigating potholes, half submerged in trenches and rivulets, all roads leading to the DVLA a mess of arterial connections.  The reason was clear when we eventually got there.  The yard was full of “license contractors”.  Nobody wears a uniform or badge.  Don’t know who works there and not and I am listening to my masterful guide explaining the mechanics of how to do this in the fastest possible time.

As it is, the process is very simple.  Give the man a whole lot of money, don’t ask any questions and just sit back.  Well, I couldn’t do all that, so I parted with the cash and raised some objections.  End result?  It cost me three and a half hours of my life.  My money had disappeared and all I had was the trust of a guide I did not know from Anabi Issah.  Now I understood why the insolence of potholes and where the DVLA money goes.  I got the number plates in the end, a square and a rectangle, I asked for two rectangles and I was shown the yard next door where business is brisk and you buy an additional plate if that is what you want.  And I am not joking, after I asked that they press me a rectangle, DUM!  Now I am convinced someone has my number and I am going for deliverance when the Election Petition is over.  It took another 38 minutes off my life waiting for SOR! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Power Point Presentation Bawumia Would Have Made

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 22, 2013

Here is the origional Power Point the NPP team had planned for the Supreme Court hearing had it been allowed.  It is  a long document but makes for historical reading.

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Presentation of Evidence final (1)

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Supremus Rex, Waddup With The Archeology? Critical News, 21st April 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 21, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am sitting on a bench, my back against a wall at the Weija DVLA office, waiting to be called.  My castigation for not coming forth with the required “aseda” if I am to get my lost licence replaced today.  Forty-seven minutes into purgatory, I am watching Dufie (not her name at all, I have nicknamed her such, a reminder of another Dufie I know elsewhere) trying to sell Malta Guinness to all and sundry.  She is a very attractive girl, beautiful large eyes set in an oval face, held up by a not too long neck with a slight wrinkle and a body that can match Alicia Keys.  She is wearing black spandex just to below knee level and a tight fitting top with “I Love NY” emblazoned just below her thirty-six “D” cup.  She has a nice strut, an exaggerated double bump when she heels up.  She knows I have been watching her this past half-hour and I am deliberately staying with the view.  It is a nice diversion from the seething anger I am holding down from this cesspit of bribe-taking staff fleecing desperate customers of their “deperado” money, a need that has to be plugged even though a right to be demanded.

I am where I am because I insisted on my right to pay the listed fee at the cashier’s desk and not part with cash to an officer in a small office, where all they were doing when I arrived at 11am was eating “pregnant women only” community waakye.  I have been approached by at least three people, asking if they can help me in any way.  I refuse persistently, so Dufie is now joined as my unvoiced companion in a fight against the establishment she has not thought of bucking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tabular Presentation of Petitioners (NPP) Evidence

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 21, 2013

Following the initial affidavit filed by the Petitioners in the Voting challenge to President Mahama’s announced Presidential win, the NPP team filed amended figures on day 3, removing some of the non-critical elements of their case.  This table compiles all the changes and what evidence is affected including their conclusions from the adjustments.  It buttresses the case and is an important document to enable the non-number crunchers to appreciate the extent of the case.

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Presentation of Evidence New Tables 1

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My Better Petition Through Asamankese. Critical News, 14th April 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 14, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

To really see how much of a task we have on our hands you must travel through Ghana.  I met Adobea in the early hours of Wednesday morning. On my way back from the now imperative “old man early morning walk”, I stopped to buy Hausa Koko.  On the corner just opposite First Stop Hotel on Asamankese main street, sandwiched between two JHS and Primary schools, she has chosen the ideal spot to inveigle the children’s fifty pesewa pieces as they saunter past to early morning class. Her icon is a set of worn-out car tires, vertically stacked just next to the vulcanizer’s air pressure machine.  Every small town has one of these, a block-making stall, a carpenter making outrageously in-elegant sofa seats, the small central market and the eventually-accepted village dread-locks Rastaman constantly wandering out of the forest enclave; you dare not suggest that he is not spiritual.  Hausa Koko costs twenty pesewas for a generous calabash full unlike Accra where you pay fifty pesewas for a mean potion and the tea bread is again half the price.

I slow down from my brisk pace ready to purchase, then I get this stench. A powerful mixture of rotting produce and human excrement.  A Trotro honks loudly from behind and I all but stop in a hail of dust just near Adobea’s plastic covered koko container.  I turn my head away from the dust and just there, I had not noticed it before, are two young ones poised squatting on heir heels, early morning business, right there on a pile of spreading plastic waste creeping closely to the koko stand.  A few meters away from them a group of sheep is foraging for tasty lumps. Read the rest of this entry »

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NPP Affidavit Summary Table Filed by Petitioners

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 14, 2013

 

Over Voting Votes cast > total registered voters or votes cast > ballot papers                 (OV)

No signatures of presiding officers or assistants on pink sheets    (NS)

 Voting with no Biometric verification

(NBV)

Same serial numbers on pink sheets with different poll results (DS)

Different results recorded on pink sheets in respect of polling stations with same polling station code

(DP)

 

Locations not included in 26,002 polling station list

 

               

GROUP

OV

NS

NBV

DS

DP

Polling Stations

Votes Vitiated

1

*

320

130,136

2

*

*

122

45,497

3

*

*

*

374

147,032

4

*

*

*

*

66

32,469

5

*

*

*

20

9,408

6

*

*

882

397,532

7

*

*

*

196

91,129

8

*

*

71

31,561

9

*

379

134,289

10

*

*

1,068

408,837

11

*

*

*

185

72,953

12

*

*

59

19,816

13

*

6,823

2,614556

14

*

*

907

365,676

15

*

310

112,754

16

*

3

687

17

*

*

*

2

581

18

*

*

12

4,710

19

*

*

*

4

1,261

20

*

*

*

8

3,167

21

*

*

*

2

671

22

*

*

*

*

4

2,105

23

*

*

*

*

2

793

24

*

*

*

*

*

23

9,685

Information for Pettion as submitted by New Patriotic Party.  Any errors will be those made by Business in Ghana

 

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IMF Concludes Article IV Consultation Mission to Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 12, 2013

Press Release No. 13/117, April 12, 2013

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Christina Daseking, visited Accra during April 2-12, 2013, to conduct discussions for the 2013 Article IV consultations. The mission met with President Mahama, Vice-President Amissah-Arthur, Finance Minister Terkper, Bank of Ghana Governor Wampah, other senior officials, members of parliament, and representatives of the private sector, think tanks, trade unions, and civil society.

At the end of the mission, Ms. Daseking issued the following statement:

“Economic growth continued at a robust pace of 8 percent in 2012 amid rising fiscal and external imbalances. A growing public sector wage bill, costly energy subsidies, and higher interest cost, pushed the fiscal deficit to about 12 percent of GDP. The external current account deficit also widened to 12 percent of GDP, while unadjusted fuel and energy prices and a tightening of monetary policy helped keep inflation in single digits. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aggreko and Shanduka Recognised for Delivering Africa’s Best Fast Track Power Project

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 12, 2013

The power project has been awarded at the Africa Energy Awards

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 11, 2013/ The Aggreko Shanduka cross-border power project, located at Ressano Garcia in Mozambique has been awarded Africa’s Best Fast Track Power Project in 2012 at the Africa Energy Awards. The award ceremony took place during the gala dinner of the Power and Electricity World Africa conference and exhibition being held from the 8th to 11th of April in Johannesburg.

Commissioned in July 2012, the Ressano Garcia project is recognised as the world’s first interim cross-border IPP (Independent Power Provider) project. Utilising natural gas from Mozambique’s Temane gas fields, the output of the plant is being injected directly into the national grid of Mozambique on site via a purpose built substation. The project saw the generation and supply of 110 MW of power to Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM), the national utility of Mozambique and cross-border to Eskom, the South African national utility. Read the rest of this entry »

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Political Will and The Future of Our Democracy

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 7, 2013

Prof. T. P. Manus Ulzen, tulzen@yahoo.com

There is no lack of talent in Ghana for all manner of roles and functions but the country seems woefully unable to use the best brains it has at its disposal, both locally and globally, to achieve the level of functioning consistent with wealth of material and human resources it has. We seem highly gifted at describing problems after the fact and even when we do so accurately, we never remedy the situation by immediately holding responsible parties accountable.
We love to mess up and then appeal or beg the disappointed or sometimes legally aggrieved parties to give up their just right to a remedy or restitution.

Successive governments from both sides of the political divide have presided over a steady decline in the standard of living, quality of education, availability of reliable and safe means of public transportation and unacceptably high mortality rates in the population from easily preventable causes of death. The gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen with an attendant increase in crime and violence which is not prevented by anticipatory and proactive strategies but reacted to, after the fact. This is what happens when a government cares more about its officials than its people. As I listened to the most recent budget speech on the radio, I noted that the loudest applause was garnered by the announcement on improved conditions for parliamentarians. It was a disgraceful spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cancel The Budget, Who Used A Power Point?. Critical News, 7th April 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 7, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This week, we started chucking out the Chinese Galamsey operators and President Mahama had to set time aside to reassure our Asian friends that we do appreciate them and we want them to stay and work with us.  He couldn’t be more wrong and this is where I have problems with my President.  He is a history graduate and I expect that he will at least remember some stuff that happened in our past.  I recall something about Chinese and Ashanti Goldfields and mining in Ghana from the history I read so I delved into it, and yes, we do have a history.  After the British expedition to Kumasi and the removal of Prempeh in 1896, the Government hoped to open up the new Ashanti territory for exploration (which was the reason the British wanted to conquer Ashanti in the first place anyway).  Several treaties were signed and legislation passed to encourage British companies to come in and “rape” the gold.  This led to the formation of Ashanti Goldfields in 1897 by EA Cade.  But it went further.  TE Bowdich had previously painted a tantalizing picture of mineral wealth in Ashanti when he gave vivid detail in his “Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee“ in 1819.  In 1897 there was an attempt at public enterprise when then Governor Sir William Maxwell was authorized to spend 1,000 on a scheme for alluvial gold mining, complete with imported Chinese miners and prospectors.  It was a very unpopular promotion.  The idea had been canvassed many times before by others on the grounds that it would “stimulate the lazy African to competition” (CO/96/218); by the District Commissioner at Axim, followed by the Colonial Office enquiries to Hong Kong in 1889.  Again, Maxwell in a memo on “Coolie Immigration to the Gold Coast”.  But in an Op-ed on 20 October 1897, The Gold Coast Express bucked this idea, and on behalf of its people, said “We do not want the “celestials” in West Africa on any account …. China is large enough surely for her own people”.  That is our mining history with the Chinese.  So if they (Chinese) are not feeling too comfortable in today’s Ghana, it is a deep-grained problem.  Now, we need their money so we accommodate their disregard of our laws.  But you have to go and try and live and work in China to experience how they treat African immigrants there.  Ghanaians have no special place in the hearts of the Chinese, our gold holds the attraction and our poverty holds back the legislation necessary for us to create win-win regulation to control reckless exploration and river pollution. Read the rest of this entry »

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