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And Superman Left. Critical News, 25th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 25, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We have reached a tipping point on the voter’s register. The Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) have filed action against the police for the brutal beating and maiming of their marchers in a peaceful demonstration last month.

Not knowing what to do with the fall out from the march, the police had themselves initiated an accusation of unruly behaviour and deviation from the route as determined between them and the marchers.

The fact that the law is quite clear, in my opinion that you don’t need police permission in this country to go on a peaceful march, we will track this case and see how it rolls out. One thing the police should be clear about, this is not going to end with the LMVCA withdrawing their case. It will go to the wire, and of course with Justice Ajet Nasam on the road, there is enough hope that the system will hold its seams.

The honorable Justice has “escaped” from society for a few days, maybe months, we are yet to determine, but hopefully, others will now take their roles a lot more seriously and apply more diligence to the process of justice. I wish for the day when all the adjournments and delays will end and we will have faster justice.

I can’t believe we are still hearing the Abuga Pele and Assibit case after so many months and even as I was corrected by Fred Agbanyo on radio yesterday that Abuga has not been cleared in Chiana Paga to run for Parliament for the NDC, I take it with a pinch of salt, because I read it myself and it was very clear that a possible criminal had been selected to go to Parliament on behalf of the NDC party. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rains Came Down, and. Critical News, 11th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 11, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This week, it rained. Two days of not what you would call relentless downpour, but it rained. I say for a country that is in the tropical zone, it was normal rain for two days.

But as if to test the drains and the waterways that E&P has fixed, and as if to give us a chance to expose more corruption, the rains came down and the floods went up; the rains came down and the floods went up, and the storm drains came tumbling down.

If you remember that well-aged nursery rhyme you can hum the words and understand how much these little childhood songs were meant to shape our world and remind us every time of the simple things we must do in life. A stitch in time saves nine? Rain rain go away? They are worded for a reason; reasons we have washed under waterways because we don’t see the wisdom in them any more.

Many advisory dance tunes, relevant in today’s Ghana, will be made political in a few months as we skate unwillingly to another euphoric December, when we should be lamenting our popularity contest through an electoral register with registrants from the ECOWAS fraternity.

Nkrumah Circle as usual, was flooded to the hilt together with all the flood prone areas, and this wasn’t a major storm. I was caught in it for an hour between The Times junction and Nkrumah circle. When I arrived at the small bridge over the Odaw River, it was rising and starting to rapid. Even as I longed for a dinghy to float to the confluence of the Korle Lagoon, the stench that told me “cholera” reined in my adventurism and stopped me numb in my car seat. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Useless Vote. Critical News, 4th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 4, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We have to vote because it is the only way we can remove a government in Ghana. The other methods; votes of no confidence, impeachment, and if you want to follow JJ’s example or even maybe Antwi’s way, we won’t hail you. So we are stuck. Somewhere between Kulungugu and Half Assini, we have no say in how we remove a non-performing government.

That is where we are and that is what makes the voting matter so very important, we cannot even start jesting and being opaque with anything voting related.

I would like to hear the new Electoral Commissioner come out and tell me what she believes in. A few people have told me I am rushing the issue and she is demonstrating her capacity. But what I am saying is, no!, we must hear straight from her mouth what she believes in.

When she was offered the position and before she accepted, didn’t she know the register was the most contentious issue in our voting? I am not on the cards to be given any appointment by this government, but I will sure as hell not take any position or job offered by anyone, especially if it is for reward, if I am not clear that my vision dovetails into the offer and the philosophy of the employer.

So I think she should come out boldly and say whether she believes that the register is her critical task at this time and she will do everything to make sure we have a register that is not contentious in the after-vote event. I would like to hear her mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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