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Alienating Your North. Critical News, 27th November 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 28, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, thenewghanaian@gmail.com and Iddi Muhayu-Deen

The northern region comes with its own challenges and joblessness. In-fighting and “skin” wars are not in the realm of modern politics and at the risk of breeding an “African Trump” it is important that we do not “drain the Paga” crocodile waters”.

As a true son of the north, I write this letter in grief and with heavy heart having followed your style of campaign in the north, which is dominated by religious and tribal bigotry. Interestingly, when you campaign in the southern part of the country, you talk about infrastructure (real or phantom). However, when you come up-north, your campaign message CHANGES from one of issues to TRIBALISM and SECTIONALISM. We, northerners feel highly insulted and outraged by such repugnant conduct. What do you take us for? Some zombies? We don’t deserve an issue-based campaign? Come on! Mr. President… Give us some credit.

We know your record in the north is NOTHING to talk about. Perhaps this explains why when you come to the north, you don’t talk about issues but rather TRIBALISM in order to take undue advantage of unsuspecting northern electorate.

For instance, on education infrastructure, you claim you are constructing 123 Day SHS across the country. Assuming without admitting that this wild claim is true, tell us how many of these schools can be found in the north of the country. As we speak, you have completed only ONE school in the entire 3 northern regions. Meanwhile, these are the regions that are lagging behind in development across all levels. And yet, you claim you have commissioned more than 16 of these schools in the country. With this clear DISCONNECT, how can you convince any sane northerner that you are committed to northern development? Such contradiction! Read the rest of this entry »

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On His Way Out. Critical News, 20th November 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 21, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, thenewghanaian@gmail.com and Iddi Muhayu-Deen

President John Mahama describes as an ABSURD NONSENSE claims by his political opponents that the Electoral Commission is scheming to rig the upcoming elections for him. He threw these blistering jabs last Thursday whilst addressing a rally at Funsi in the Wa Constituency of the Upper West Region.

President John Mahama describes as BALONEY [SILLY TALK] proposals by some 80% of Ghanaians that government should not use our oil as COLLATERAL for loans. He made this comment after the committee that was tasked to collate the views of Ghanaians nationwide regarding how to use the proceeds of our oil find, presented their Report to the government.

President John Mahama describes as USELESS controversy that was generated among the Ghanaian public in respect of where Late President Mills was going to be buried at the time of his passing. Meanwhile, this same controversy was started by him and his communicators, following their contradictory positions regarding the final resting place of the Late Prof. Read the rest of this entry »

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Toaso Violently . Critical News, 13th December 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 14, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, thenewghanaian@gmail.com

I admit I have lived my whole life with very little violence. When I listen and see the devastation in Aleppo, Syria, Afghanistan, Mosul, Burundi, Somalia and Northern Nigeria, I thank my stars that I am far removed from these countries and I don’t look forward to any of the Boko Harams, Al Shababs and Al Qaedas coming anywhere near close to my shoreline.

Increasingly I wonder whether religion has not become a platform for violence and whether politicians using religion as a means of promoting a certain brand of occupation are not the bane of our society and we should take a little more time and examine the way we worship and practice democracy in Ghana.

The answer is certainly not a dictatorship as we have lessons from JJ Rawlings and his team of violent men, as well as the CPP/NLM fights of yore, which became a flat plain for leveling off all arguments for which is a better unit of people. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Thorny Democracy . Critical News, 6th December 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 7, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, thenewghanaian@gmail.com

I haven’t had a chance to eavesdrop on conversations between strangers for a long time. It’s a favorite pastime, to sit on the adjacent table and actively listen to the arguments and illogic of lovers. Especially lovers, because you don’t have the history of the relationship; and you are always two steps behind understanding the purpose of the actions from both sides.

So this Saturday afternoon; matter!

I have wound up from Citifm’s “The Big Issue”, where host Umaru Sanda had stopped me from making my crowning statement on the position taken by EC Chair Charlotte Osei.

I was heading for a classic that John Mahama has kitted his Ford Expedition “gift” car, not with Akonfem in it, but with a machine gun, discovery given to us by CHRAJ in explanation for thwarting the impeachment of President Mahama, when the NPP had tried, albeit lamely, to saddle the President with a corruption charge.

Knowing now that the President has a car that has machine gun power, me being me, am now wondering how many other cars in the pool or even exclusively does the Presidential fleet have, kitted out with various types of weapons and grenades. And why would he want to do that anyway? Read the rest of this entry »

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