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I Accuse You. Critical News, 27th September 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 28, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Turmoil! A country struggling to find its feet and claim back its nobility, turns to its Coat of Arms and philosophically wonders, “where did we take the wrong turn”? Somewhere after the fight for independence and our fanaticism for dumping accolades of meaningless praise on leaders, we ignored the fair principles of equity and fairness in our lives.

Freedom and Justice. How many times haven’t we as a people taken pride of place in our lead as the Black Star and how many times haven’t we failed to follow through on justice and claim our right to fairness as should be in a modern democratic society.

I rail against any who say this country is not ready for a democracy and flail those who claim that we would be better off asking for white rule and a return to the colonial empire.

The mistake we have made all these years, is to allow the political class to keep repeating the “seek ye first the political kingdom and all else shall be added” mantra. Never was a more misguided clause echoed in a plethora of deliveries, to make it sound and mean right.

Look where it has gotten us? A forthcoming crusade from one the even more corrupt churches, should be held and called “Judgment Day Goats Miracle Crusade”. It will be fitting in today’s Ghana.

Where and how does it all start? Read the rest of this entry »

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Judge Mend Day. Critical News, 13th September 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 14, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I don’t want to write this week and I am sure I will not be ready next week, so I am putting pieces together for a sequel. I have made some contribution to this piece, but most of it is by my friends on social media and it is their informed and challenging minds that keep us going on matters that seem to go above the heads of the political class, or maybe they are way smarter than you and me, who think there is a need to correct the way we have shaped Ghana.

I am not sad. I am way beyond sad. I know I am in a mild depression. Everything we have premised our future on, especially in OccupyGhana has been on the back of a strong Judiciary. I am not heartbroken, because I fell out of love with Ghana after the election petition, totally convinced that justice was not served. So this is a wake up call. Until the Judiciary restores the fair balance in its favor, we are doomed. Call it as you may, this, if not corrected is the end of the Coat of Arms.

It started, as it always does, with a splatter of feeling from one of us and then harmataned into a whole different weather front.

Because fellow OccupyGhana founder, Ace Ankomah put his name to this piece and triggered all the sentiment you are about to read, I can mention his name. His piece is already on the Web. I don’t have permission from others to use their names, so I will leave you guessing who my friends are in this conversation.

This is what engages us and pushes us to traction our thoughts into some constructive energy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Political Crass. Critical News, 6th September 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 7, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Once you substitute the “L” with an “R” you turn the word on its head. But ahead of the conversation about whether my peeps in the Ashanti Region will ever be able to restore value to their alphabet challenge, let’s accept how easily you can be misquoted for thinking about a peculiar trait or habit in a different light.

I had the distinct honor and duty to sit on the same panel with two gentlemen from both sides of the political divide. KT Hammond and Kojo Adu Asare.

You know I have a particular distaste for giving people accolades they have not earned. A beauty queen is selected for her beauty. A first class degree is given to those who show excellence in academia and a lawyer earns the title “learned” out of respect for making his mark at the Bar. A scholar is not called that for nothing.

I am prejudiced against Ghana’s politicians. I have asked them all and separately to tell us what they have achieved for us as political groups, mandated to run the affairs of this country and am still waiting for answers. When I look at how Singapore, Malaysia, India, China and Brazil have created so much pride, I ask our servants in the House, how far with all their strategies and deliberations?

Should I still be waiting for ROPAA to be initiated, despite the fact that it is law? Should I still be hanging on for Parliament to remove the taxes such as TOR levies and others to make fuel more affordable? Am I still waiting for the Freedom of Information Bill to become law and for the Private Members bill to be tabled and voted, so some persons other than handpicked cabinet ministers can initiate law?

Seth Terkper came to hint at bad times to come. He was on radio to tell us how the world economy is going to depress and how our three key sources of foreign income are drying up because of stifling international prices. Read the rest of this entry »

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