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In A Political Rut. Critical News, 28th June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 29, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My world drifted afar from the many workers in line to receive a cash-out this month. Many persons believe that the cash trickle down economy is workable for as long as the ones who cash out from their bank accounts always have enough to pay out to those who don’t have as much. Even the IMF and World Bank plan this benevolence when they support pro-poor interventions and LEAP projects such as we have in Ghana.

But our economy is in a sorry state, and none more so than when we mis-locate persons from illegal squats to futuristic land sites designated for tourism and science.

The Korle Lagoon, which borrowed money from a Kuwait fund to build bridges over the foul-smelling water; bridges that would open up from each side and allow canoes and other small river craft to pass through with their oars pointed north and Asafo flags flying mast high, was a big secret until Nii Lante Vanderpuye came to tell us he was very sad for the lost opportunity, but could not remember a single thing about what happened to the fund’s money. He knew we took the money, but nowhere in his archival mind could he remember what happened with some sovereign country’s benevolence and who was responsible for the “lost money of the Korle”. And that makes a nice title for a children’s textbook for Ama Atta Aidoo.

So with a flourish and his team of bulldozing bullies, Mayor Oko Vanderpuye went ahead to ruin dozens of family lives, apologized in the after wake for going too far from agreed limits of destruction.

And then CHRAJ stepped in. Thirteen years after a court had decided that the families were illegally squatting, CHRAJ now wakes up to figure that the rights of children, women and the Kaya Yoo had been violated by a man whose beard is now the butt of Christian jokes. They call him Nebuchadnezzar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Botha in a Vakpo. Critical News, 21st June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My week was bedeviled with thoughts of my black existence. A resurrected quote from an old foe when I was seriously militant and so angry at Apartheid as a remedy to the black malaise in the world, came flying back at me with a chat message on social media.

All through the week, I ranted and raved at something that PW Botha said to his cabinet abut 27 years ago. I took it to heart and shared thoughts with my fellow OccupyGhana members, thinking it would sooth my anger, but I carried it with me all through a trip to the Volta Region.

It was only when we went through Vakpo that I found the answer to my ague.

So let me share what Botha said and you might just appreciate my angst.

We are not obliged even the least to try to prove to anybody and to the blacks
that we are superior people. We have demonstrated that to the blacks in 1001 ways. The Republic of South Africa that we know of today has not been created by wishful thinking. We have created it at the expenses of 
intelligence, sweat and blood……We do not pretend like other whites that we like the blacks.

The fact that blacks look like human beings and act like human beings do not necessarily make them sensible human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles because they look alike. If God wanted us to be equal to the blacks, he would have created us all of a uniform colour and intellect.

But he created us differently; Whites, Blacks, Yellow, Rulers and the ruled. Intellectually, we are superior to the Blacks;
that has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt over the years. I believe that the
Afrikaner is an honest, God fearing person, who has demonstrated practically the right way of being. By now every one of us has seen it practically that the Blacks cannot rule themselves.

Give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex. Let us all accept that the Blackman is a symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence. Isn’t it plausible therefore that the Whiteman is created to rule the Blackman……And here is a creature (Blackman) that lacks foresight….. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year”.

So tell me, despite the insult, has the black man been able to prove this man wrong after 27yrs? Read the rest of this entry »

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Ten Cedis And A Parliament. Critical News, 14th June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

It is pouring down tears this morning. All day and at 6pm showing no signs of letting up. It is not a threatening thunderstorm or tornado or any such, it is just raining as it does every rainy season, a mild “Hurricane Tetteh”, not as wicked as “Hurricane Vanoko” from June 4. But Ghana’s current “rain phobia” has sent people cowering and even “Aglowians” are not in church.

Yet we are none the wiser. All the debris emptied from the large drains and gutters last week, piled along the edges, waiting to flow back in their settlement zone. And we have “ayariga-flexed” four fuel stations, as examples of waterway-blocking-unruly-recalcitrant owners determined to kill us by creating floods.

I heard one of our budding parliamentarians say we should all gather for prayer for the rains to stop and avoid death.

He was holding a bugle attached to a loud speaker with an in-built amplifier and with no regard for the noise level enshrined in our byelaw he was blurting out all sorts of prickly passages from the Christian bible and berating passersby for not donating tithes to his cause.

I listened for ten minutes and asked which he prefers. Death by rain, by fire or death from hunger? I didn’t get an answer so I donated ten cedis and walked away.

On to observe the count in the Awutu Senya West constituency where I had interest in George Andah’s bid for Hannah Tetteh’s seat. Hannah could not be there to hear the resounding victory when it was announced, a massive 282 of 539 delegates. And it was peaceful and friendly all the way to the end. She tweeted from South Africa, her apologies for being away on government business. Roll on 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vulture Chronicles. Critical News, 7th June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 8, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We had a very bad accident. Over one hundred and fifty dead and still counting. So far the security agencies have not been able to give us a final count and the total cost of damage to families and businesses.

Needless deaths by any standard and unnecessary, since it was all government-made and could easily have been avoided if only we fulfilled promises we make on both the campaign platform and time in between.

My heart broke when I saw pictures of the dead and the damage to cars, property and surrounding areas in Circle and other places.

I rushed home after lunch that afternoon, the rain held us up in Kanda for a few hours and we took the next best lull in the outpour to set off home, not because we anticipated a flood, but simply commenting “it is really coming down, we must get home before the traffic gets out of hand”.

And on this note I have to say the Ghana Police MTTU division has kicked up a notch in their services. If we still had the kind of traffic control we were being served three years ago, most of us would be kicking six feet under.

And here is my first vulture proverb in this story. “Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow”. Where does Ghana want to pitch its tent in the flight of civilization? Read the rest of this entry »

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