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Let Me Chalice You a Penalty. Critical News, 10th February 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 10, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Former Deputy Attorney General, Ebo Barton Oduro is either very smart or he operates from the point of view that there are plenty stupid Ghanaians, including his fellow MPs at the Vetting Committee.  First he refuses to accept that there is a difference between an education qualification and experience gained from practicing at a profession and then he blocks all questions that could lead to some discussion on judgment debts.

True to his record he reinforced his position that there is no point making fine corrections to poorly presented documents.  After all, the NPP have boycotted the session, who cares about what the rest of Ghana thinks?  His job is to vet and vet and if the opposition does not care, why need he explain to Ghanaians who elected him to that seat?  The Ministers will be passed through anyway.  Do we need to prolong the agony?  Same style with the Woyome decision, no case to answer.  It is a pity that we are not more incisive when it comes to such matters. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Cane A Mosquito. Critical News, 20th January 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 20, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We are in dismal shape really.  So much of what is happening in Ghana at this time makes for momentary reflection on what for and why a returnee would trip back home only to sit and wait for water to run through the taps and intermittent electricity hold you ransom in simple everyday tasks, yet saddled with the same level of workload you find in the West.  I paint a positive picture when friends ask whether it was worth making the trip back home three years ago, but deep down, I think we lack the capacity to do the necessary to leapfrog the constrictions we face everyday.  Some persons are fully loaded with aircon, generators, brand new cars, mucho cash from where you cannot tell, and they stroll through the challenge of Ghana with ease.  In the middle-income bracket, it is a struggle.  At the low subsistence end, it is ignorant bliss in church activity and community “nkomo”.

But wow, we are in a dilemma for legitimacy.  Both political parties are looking to upend each other on the basis that what you have done we also have a right to do or even worse.  No regard for the daily political diet of Ghanaians, our needs are subservient to those of the political elite, who think that insulting each other will eventually win them the Order of The Volta. Read the rest of this entry »

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