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All Dead Have Died. Critical News, 19th April 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 20, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

NPP Presidential aspirant Nana Addo was on radio during the week. He chose Kwabena Duffuor’s Starr Fm, with Bola Ray as his significant other interviewing half to bare his soul a bit and also attempt some demystification of what happened in 2012, the election, the petition, and the eventual verdict, which some of us are still digesting.

I don’t believe the NDC won any election in 2012. Even with the bloated register and the padded numbers in the Volta Region, you can’t win an election on performance like we had. I stand firm that the Ghanaian voter has a bit more sophistication than what we see from the pink sheets and eventual results.

Until we do what Nigeria has done and go totally clean register and fully biometric, the results will never be acceptable. It is not impossible to mimic Nigeria; our politicians don’t want to do it in Ghana.

But if you missed the interview and write-ups in print, sorry. It carried in the Government media as well and I have to say I am beginning to see persons with spine reporting truth rather than propaganda. That public press seat cannot be easy, especially when your sector minister particularly skews stories to incredulity.

Nana Addo says he could have done more to explain “all die be die”. Well, with elections dearly departed, verdicts buried and goats now dead, it is a bit too late and Ghanaians are paying the price. Read the rest of this entry »

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Decidedly Red. Critical News, 12th July 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 13, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Hope soared on Saturday in West Legon.  I am in the neighborhood to meet a good friend and I can see four young girls at the side of the road, nearly opposite the gate where I will turn.  They are looking through notebooks and clearly comparing notes and having a conversation of sorts.  No phones, no iPads.

I turn and park in front of the large closed brown gate and toot my horn once.

I answer a call and getting into the conversation I see the group of four in the rear view mirror hesitatingly making their way to the car.

I roll down the side window and Cecelia, Serwaa, Abigail and very cute Amina (she will break some hearts in a decade) politely ask if I will support them with their school outing.

It will cost thirty cedis each.  I think hundred and twenty cedis I am not prepared to fork out, so I probe the event further.  It sounded genuine enough, but, says Serwaa, (she is a head taller than the rest and team leader) “we have already collected some, we have to contribute fifteen and the school will add the remainder”.

Ok, so this is now sixty cedis.  Well, I can bite that on a Saturday morning, and I reach for my wallet.  I count sixty cedis, before cute Amina, with laughing eyes, dimples and the most vivacious smile I have seen in decades, says, “you don’t have to pay for all.  We already have some, so you can help with anything more”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shadows and Roosters on an Umbrella. Critical News, 24th November 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 25, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am not going to comment on Hassan Ayariga.  I take umbrage with those in the People’s National Party (PNC) who made him a presidential candidate.  Comic relief aside, I think it is high time we shifted the blame to the king makers.  They should be ashamed for asking Ghanaians to consider a candidate of such patchiness for president.  He won the Tornoo of the week again on Joy fm’s Weekend City show.

But Joy did poorly on Newsfile, not allowing an extra five minutes on Saturday to establish real truths on pertinent issues of Nana Addo’s qualifications amid mischief making by Felix Ofosu Kwakye, who I have concluded is simply a semi-educated NDC foot soldier.  Closer to Election day we are degenerating into an abyss of hollow thought, which I find rather distasteful.  There are levels of political discourse at mezzanine points you expect decorum and civility to guide discussions and combative deliberation.  It could be desperation driving us to silliness and I hope the issues drive us more into creativity than this stupidity of whether one left out an item in their CV.  In my world, when you submit a CV, you highlight your achievements and record of success, not your failures.  Not sure if Kwabena Agyepong held his cool after the program, he sounded livid during a hot exchange with Mr. Ofosu Kwakye.  And then of course, this week Ablakwabish raised his right to be heard, making fodder of a discourse between Nana Addo and debate moderator Kojo Oppong Nkrumah after the presidential debate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ablakwabish, Mills and The Resurrection. Critical News, 1st July 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 1, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I have two “did they hear me’s” this week.  Martin Amidu has taken up personally what they would not allow him to do as Attorney General.  I said a couple of weeks back that Martin must give back to the tax payer through his vigilante crusade, what we paid for him to become a lawyer.  This week, I read his salvo to the Supreme Court, I am still grinding my way through it, but I think the gist of his petition does what the AG should be doing to ensure that Agbesi Woyome is essentially prosecuted to the fullest and is clearly found guilty (paraphrasing mine).  So, I feel vindicated.

When the Supreme Court fixes a date for the hearing, I urge all Ghanaians to make their way to the Court halls and I dare Government to declare a holiday and place large screen TVs out in the gardens for the spill over.  I dare Government.  We will have our own Martin day and the taxpayer’s money will not have been in vain.  Will other “Martins” please stand up?  We need you now. Read the rest of this entry »

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