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Addicted To Free. Critical News, 4th May 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 4, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Not sure if I should really care if Lt. Col. Gbevlo Lartey has been sacked, transferred or side swiped.  I am not his biggest fan, the way he handled security issues and I was increasingly becoming concerned listening to his views on how community issues demand the attention of National Security.  And I have a few burning issues in my “Kume Preko” history I could discuss with him, judicial process allowing and if my confidence in citizen protection was far enough above ground.

So when I read he was no longer Security Coordinator, I kinda hoped it wouldn’t be one of those messages Government would come out and deny.  But true, he is out and a replacement has already been announced, unlike Victoria Hammah’s replacement, which only came this week.

Our southern neighbor and until recently the largest economy in Africa South, is in election fever. The ANC is under considerable pressure, perceived as corrupt and not delivering election promises (it rings a chord) but they have very little danger of an election loss.  Moving ahead, Mandela’s ANC and concerns of SA losing its status on the World stage, since Nigeria rebased their indicators and upstaged them, has become an election issue.  And they will fight back while the Black Star is losing its luminescence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Some Things Not Etiquette. Critical News, 16th March 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 16, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Twice this past week I straddled between upgrading my cultural and eating ways, to bridge the divide between “under the tree” village style eating and serving fufu in finely decorated ceramic china bowls.

Recessed just a few feet from the roadside at Ayimensa on the way to Aburi, I was engrossed in spitting out chicken and akrantie bones, you know how we turn just slightly to the side of the bench and “phh, phh phh phh” to the dirt floor because there is no side plate for the bones?  How we lick the last bits of soup from our fingers, flex with a loud burp after sucking the second pure water sachet empty and announce proudly that we have done justice to the food?

Well, that was the vision I carried with me to the British Council Hall, met and dined next to Bice Osei Kuffuor; Obuor who I admire so much for filling Ghana with wonderful music during his time.  Konkontibaa is always a favorite, Julianna, Baby You Fine and many more.  These days our music has become so dominated by groin action, we don’t remember the great Hiplife era, which provided a rich tapestry of creativity for our artistes. Read the rest of this entry »

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In The Supreme Court, Governance Reloaded. Critical News, 30th December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 30, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

End of the year, the last Critical News of 2012 and next year starts off just as exciting if not more exciting.  We have traveled a very interesting path this year with economic success and political peace pipes, yet there is so much more needed.  Our oil discoveries are improving; we have $3billion of Chinese money to spend and looming judgment cases in court.  We have major legislation to enact for freedom of information, economic policies to change and another year fighting the banks for access to capital.  Industry has to grow and the Ghana Stock Exchange has finally announced that it will introduce a new Ghana Alternate Index (GAX) to encourage small and medium enterprises to list on the market.  All encouraging and exciting and we must show the will to change and implement.

So the New Patriotic party filed its challenge to the 2012 election results and Johnson Asiedu Nketia of the NDC said publicly that any idiot could go to the Supreme Court in Ghana.  Well, some idiots filed a petition to challenge, according to them, the idiocy of an attempt to manipulate the future of Ghana by his party. Read the rest of this entry »

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Judgment Debts, Gallopé, Gallopé. Critical News, 8th July 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 8, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I have to thank Nana Boroo for the inspired heading this week.  I was browsing You Tube for local content and found a 2010 Ghana Music Awards clip, with Nana and his team of dancers.  Refreshing recollections.   Aha aye butu butu this week.

Nana Addo and “All die be die”.  Once again the NPP Presidential candidate felt compelled to go open this can of worms.  This time we have more elaboration.  All die be die now means the NPP will not sit down and allow the NDC to cheat them out of their mite and they will respond if provoked.  However, they do not believe in violence and will go to any length to protect the peace of elections.  I have always accepted that the NDC was created from the (P)NDC, which was a stepchild of the AFRC, which was a violent junta bent on taking revenge on the officer corps of the military.  The NPP is of the UP party, which roots go back to the era of violent secession from the Colony and assassination attempts on Kwame Nkrumah.  The CPP traces its violent roots to the days of preventive detention, chieftaincy upheaval, terror brigades and a one party dictatorship.  Each party has its excuses for violence and has at one time or the other engaged in a fight for its right to vote without interference.  Now we have that voting right.  I don’t see those times as promoting violence.  One person’s, terrorist is another’s freedom fighter and our politicians have to get over this stigma and move on.  We have the right to cast a ballot once every four years.  It is our ultimate universal suffrage.  What we are clamoring for is fairness and no manipulation of the registers.  And we have a biometric register in place as a first step to get this done.  All Nana succeeded in doing was give the NDC’s Asiedu Nketia another opportunity to confuse issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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