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Cry, My Beloved GFA. Critical News, 14th September 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 15, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The “dumsor” will be over by the end of this month, September. And that is because it was not promised by the President. Kirk Koffi, head of VRA says it will be over and you have to believe him.

Just five months ago he was convinced it would not be over until sometime in 2016, but now things have changed considerably and he is more promise-filled. Follow his comments in April this year from this link, http://www.dailyguideghana.com/energy-crisis-to-continue-until-2016/, and his latest predictions on the future of energy supply from this one, http://ghanavibes.com/load-shedding-dumsor-dumsor-end-month/.

Now if we don’t know anything, we know that no single person in any authority in this country has ever been able to stop “dumsor”. This triple-headed VRA-supplier, GRIDCO-transmitter and ECG-distributor has evaded all logic for decades. It does not even pay attention to the exhortations of JDM who has many times over “instructed” “dumsor” to recede.

Maybe we are now at the tipping point of topping the triple medusas of energy? Of delivering yet impossible promises, this time devoid of politics? Kirk Koffi says so, Ghana waits to see.

So you have not been following the recant of the issues around the Black Stars in Brazil? Shame on you.

The biggest banditry in the recent history of this country is going unnoticed because the incessant corrupt scandals and wanton spending of the taxpayer’s purse wear you out. It is not going to end yet, so find a can of Red Bull and brace you.

People are sitting in the open, admitting such irresponsibility and disappearing cash yet we might never get a chance to prosecute and retrieve our money.

As I listen every day, I see patterns of GYEEDA and similar corrupt transactions folded into a protective net from on high and I wonder, “is this how cash was siphoned for the JDM 2012 campaign? Have we perfected a modus and are we looting more cash already, preparing for 2016?

A deliberate mess, no paper trails and no one remembers how anything was costed or vendors screened? This is how the financial accounting regulations in this country are flouted? A whole Ministry running wanton with cash and Chief Directors turning a blind eye at the very ministry that birthed GYEEDA and similar ploys.

How do you manage $200,000 cash at Forex Bureaux and then say you cannot remember exactly how you did it?

This is thievery. It has nothing to do with incompetence. If we refocus the terms of the Commission and redirect it as an act of thievery and banditry, we will get some jailing and justice. If this Government is serious about trapping corruption it must stop the charade and dig into the meat. This is totally unforgivable.

Saturday on Citifm’s The Big Issue, I listened aghast as a fellow panelist Yaw Oppong took us through Chapter 23 of the Constitution, (read particularly article 280) which gives us guidelines for the rules to setting up such commissions and the actions that can emanate from the findings of a Commission.

From the analysis, it seems we will never be able to prosecute these witnesses who have been called to offer their insights. The very ones who might be culpable.

I am particularly intrigued that we have grown-up fathers and mothers whose fall back position when they cannot explain clear evidence is to cry. My children and yours used to do that all the time. Now my grandchildren, nephews and nieces have mastered that age-old technique of dragging sympathy from deep within, and the pity-table of Justice Dzamefe and his fellow Commissioners are heart-filled low.

No sooner is a tear shed, than we pause to allow the brigands to compose themselves and spew more patriotic regret, lying about everything to cover their origional intentions.

The Brazil trip, its funding, supporter machinations, feeding, housing, traveling, even entertainment appear to have been concocted to divert monies everywhere else but in the proper places.

What I am struggling to understand is why Elvis Afriyie Ankrah had family members all over the committees and programs; how come he became the only person to manipulate all the associated persons in the team; and how come he is now a Flagstaff House catheter comfortably nested near his bosom pal the President of this country?

He ran JDM’s political campaign and thus is a trusted friend, and my fifth paragraph relates more to the President than to the people of Ghana.

Is JDM not appalled by what he is hearing? Or is he too busy cutting more sod and planning unviable airports in various regions to listen to language Mrs. Quashigah was crying to the Commissioner? She was so distraught from being shortchanged from her $34 per diem (= ghc115) for two meals, which translates to about ghc57 a meal of kenkey, plantain, etc., that she lapsed into “ewe-tongues” and the bench had to clarify to the gallery.

They might not be fooling us, but they are going to get away with it.

And the Ghana Football Association (GFA) sacked the first and only Ghanaian Black Stars coach we have ever had. The first time in our history we could do something indigenous, some pompous implant from a FIFA-corrupt conduit thinks we will be better off with a foreigner handling our football team.

If I had the youth and the energy, until the GFA fills the stadiums of this country to capacity every week and makes players better off in their cedi pockets, I would organize a complete boycott by players.

We, a football nation, where supporters worship the EPL, Bundesliga and Serie A more than they attend local matches. Where we don’t even have a proper Colts league and adequate stadium facilities to put 60,000 fans under a roof, we think we should find a foreign coach and pay him/her $60,000+ a month.

I suppose Kwesi Appiah’s ghc36,000 is not enough to siphon some off into a “Youth in Sports Stadium” GYEEDA module.

But we issued an 8.125% Bond on the sovereign market and it was three times over-subscribed. I remember distinctly when this NDC Government colored the international borrowing strategy as reckless and irresponsible.

Today, we need cash like crazy and choose to raise US$1 billion to see us through the next four months to Christmas. Our IMF program is still inevitable but will take another three, maybe four months to fashion.

We raised this money not because there is so much confidence in Ghana’s economy, but simply because it is an excellent deal for subscribers. Nowhere in the world today can you get a dollar denominated sovereign bond at this rate. Try Europe, the rate is zero percentage. Ivory Coast is less than 6%.

The fact that we are going to mark $250 million for the infrastructure fund boggles my mind, but because JDM does not understand what is going on too well, he is about town telling all who will listen that we will soon be entering an age of prosperity never witnessed before.

All this to be here with us by the end of the year. ɛbɛi, boyz a brɛ!

Meanwhile his friend Mayor “Rambo” Vanderpuye is rampaging around, tearing people’s homes down, albeit legitimately, but brutalizing reporters in the process and using the Ghana Police Service like his own personal home guard. Even provoked Kwaku Baako to join the fray.

But here is the link to my title; I stole it from the novel written in 1948 by South African writer Alan Paton. “Cry, The Beloved Country” was one of the best and most widely read novels in my age. I don’t know what they read as set books these days, but the below extracted poem positions my thoughts on this matter.

“Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much”.

Be careful how much you love present day Ghana. Be guided how much of your soul you bestow to Ghana, because those you have trusted to preserve your nationality will swindle your sincerity and give you nothing in return except counterfeit tears.

Ghana, Aha a ye de papa. Alius valde week advenio. Another great week to come!

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One Response to “Cry, My Beloved GFA. Critical News, 14th September 2014”

  1. Onua Kyei Marfo said

    Please I want to write like yours…I need your help

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