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King Rat. Critical News, 23rd August 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 23, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Let me spin you a story, from a long time ago in my life. Many decades ago as a young lad just entered Accra Academy in 1966, I was courted by an old friend, now deceased, to become a Boy Scout. Berko is long gone, but he made an impact on my life, especially because my recruitment into Accra Academy Boy Scouts was premised on the possibility that I might be good gay fodder for the leader.

I was very young and I dare say, a very sweet chap at the time, but very clear on my sexuality. Anyway, I was recruited into the scouts and rose to be it’s eventual leader and I dare say a very good scout in the end.

But this story is not about Berko, it is about Percival (his real name, also deceased), which story is sad, but very relevant in my today.

We were at camp in Aburi, camping and training for the upcoming inter-scout marching and activity competition and the stakes were high, we the incumbent champions the past three years wanting to stamp our authority on the event. Little did we know after we had pitched tents in the evening that this was to be marred with a major calamity.

Percival and me were the quartermasters for the weekend, and we had responsibility to keep the campsite clean and the scouts happily fed.

We had just finished the night meal and wrapped up with cleaning and storing and Percy was going to throw the discarded food into a hole and tidy up. I headed for my tent.

I didn’t get there. From behind, screaming and yelling, a person in extreme agony and distress. I grabbed a stick and cutlass and started running back towards the quartermaster tent, from whence the shouting. In my wake, Berko and a few others all scared but boldly racing to assist. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Hammah Head. Critical News, 10th November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 10, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Last week I thought things were going to get boring, and I underestimated the Ghanaian politician’s penchant to develop juicy stories.  I never really thought of Victoria Hammah as a political force and frankly the only image I have of her is the similarity of her backside to first lady Lordina Mahama.  In this regard, JDM has not failed in his consistency to showcase an African landmark to the world and has opened a new criterion for ministerial selection, exploited by Vicky’s NPP election rival Ursula Owusu.  Vicky Hammah once was a presenter on Multi TV and she says so herself, it was a tough challenge.

The news of her dismissal created a mass of media and political scrambling, proportional to advance and rearguard tactics.  Vicky’s intelligence is not a light boast.  She clearly knows what this politics is all about and the speed of her dismissal promptly shuts her door but puts a slack mouth in the open.  Government tacitly accepted some accuracy in her statements when she was terminated within hours after the tape went viral.  Even the BBC, bless their hearts, carried the story.  But will she holler further?  Is her head smart enough to filter through the mess she is in?  A ruined political carrier?  The conversation was innocuous enough, more gossip about Nana Oye and Rachel Appoh and her boss Omane Boamah to some extent, but it was the little tsunamis that must have made the dismissal. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Door Marked “Major Overhaul”. Critical News, 3rd November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 3, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This is the beginning of the most boring month in the year.  All we are doing is moving from one corruption scandal to another.  Nothing achieved, we talk, discuss, criticize, debate, analyse and get frustrated.  Our Government sits with the noise Buddhist fashion, leaves us to ruminate as if we know what we are talking about, leaves it there with us.  In spiritual parlance, we “sit with the silence”, JDM and his team “sit in jest”, waiting for time to play out as we forget the last antic and move to the next.

We just do not have redress mechanisms in Ghana to shift Government backsides into action.

I listened uneasily the other morning when the Deputy Chief at CHRAJ clearly told us CHRAJ is only beholden to itself.  Surrounded with so much fraud, it is embarrassing that Gallup should tell us we are now ranking corruption member in the recognized free press world.  3rd in pole position, and that was in early 2012.

The City and Country Waste judgment debt case, which is threatening to make Accra Mayor Vandepuye a Metropolis eunuch, is an unfortunate example of how helpless we are in the face of Ghana Corrupt Inc. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sun Always Rises From The East. Critical News, 29th September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 29, 2013

 

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I remember as a rookie auditor with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in the late 70’s we had the assigned task of reporting on the truth, Fairness or otherwise of the state of affairs of Ghana Water and Sewerage and State Construction Company.  With a financial audit, one of the key things you preserve is internal control procedures and safeguarding the assets of the company.

My task in 1977 was to audit the Central Stores and make a report on findings.  There is a procedure for doing this and I went through the paces.  Now, most importantly, you look for requisite authorized signatures, payment vouchers, copies of cheques, bank statements and evidence of payment for contracts etc.   But this is not an audit lesson, so here is the point.  I had a dilemma, because in my sample was a set of imported snow tires from Russia.  No documents to cover the purchase, but a payment to suppliers for delivery.  I had procedural problems and clear improper procedure.  The goods were part of my stock count and curious about when we would be able to use snow tires, I expanded my work to include any orders made from this supplier and subsequently all improper documentation, particularly any sole-signed documents by a key officer.  It was a messy affair.  I reported my findings to my manager, now an Omanhene, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II and received a most critical lesson in auditing. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Cross Too Bare. Critical News, 15th September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 15, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Making a small stop at the local Engen station just before Weija, I met a most interesting person.  Kwayemu Mensah sells herbal concoctions with a skill that engaged my mind for close to 45 minutes.  Waiting for a quick oil change before my trip to Cape Coast on Saturday, which I abandoned when I got to Mankessim because the roundabout was choked to grid lock, Kwayemu was prescribing medicines to all around him, explaining his solutions, throwing in a few “ntosuo” prayers and his customers were lapping it up.

Previously, as I drove into the station, I was approached by a very attractive young twenty something swaying thirty-eight inch hips in stretch jeans and a Tee Shirt struggling to hold back perky breasts, who pitched me with a health shop flyer, offering herbal, massage and other solutions in direct competition to Kwayemu’s partially broken herbal basket packed with deep rust brown discarded Voltic bottles of fluid guaranteed to cure Kooko, erectile dysfunction, early ejection, general body pains, urine difficulties and any disease you could conjure. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Happened To Us? Critical News, 1st September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 1, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

It is over.  With a finality that left us numb and confused, Thursday morning, prepped for the 10am start, like many other Ghanaians I had a good breakfast with family, our mindsets tuned to a historical upheaval of one sort or another and we weren’t disappointed.  We had a historical event, it ended so quickly even the Petition and Respondent lawyers did not understand the verdict.  Watching aghast, both sides tried to digest the decision, neither the NDC nor the NPP realizing it was over.  So not seeing the NPP roaring a win, the NDC figured they had won and started waving white handkerchiefs.  Were Ghanaians disappointed?  What happened to us?  Accra went mute, Kumasi shut down, Takoradi just closed shop and the NDC party itself could only celebrate at their Headquarters.  The streets went silent and traffic flowed in an uneasy stream, reflecting Ghanaians’ response to the judgment.

We sat on tenterhooks from December when the NPP filed its petition to annul the results of the 2012 elections, we waited patiently through as much of the legal shenanigans as we could possibly imbibe and we waited as the Supreme Court Judges disrespected us for three hours until they filed in at 1pm for Justice Atuguba to fumble through his opening statement, his attempted apology failing abysmally to convey the sense of turmoil, which we all knew there would be, but in the end, on behalf of his fellow Justices, in less than fifteen minutes, they confused all Ghana and diminished our stature on the world stage.  Our singular chance to assert to Africa that dictators and politicians are finally displaced, replaced by law and justice went out the window with fifteen-minute justice deadness. All the admonishing and berating free speech advocates, the tough talk from the Bench in the run up, petered into a whimpered decision.  No explanations, our logic will be available in seven days.  See the Registrar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reviewing Your Election Posture. Critical News, 25th August 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 25, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This week’s piece is the final build up to the Election Petition.  There is no need for a recap of all that has happened, how it started and what has or not been said.  We are at the end and the only interest for any Ghanaian is what the Bench of Judges will say on Thursday.  This case has given Ghanaians an opportunity to practice our well-touted hallmark of patience and political tolerance.  In the end, the religious peace-hijack has petered out, in my view a lack of message sincerity and a lame attempt to cash in on the gullible poor and underprivileged.  By the time this Critical News piece hits the airwaves and print media we will be counting down the last hours to delivery.

Which way will the verdict go? Read the rest of this entry »

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Single Spine Konongo Kaya. Critical News, 11th August 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 11, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Gyeeda.  I have offered to forward copies of the GYEEDA report I have seen and hopefully let Ghanaians get a taste of freedom to information, if it could only happen the way it is meant.  That Parliament rose to a break after not doing anything significant about our right to information is a question we should pose soon as they are back to waste more time (they said, not me).  The GYEEDA report is freely available on the worldwide web, so our President can keep his copy in the bosom of PV Obeng.  What we are asking now, is this the real deal?  I know there is a lot more on GYEEDA than I read in the “draft report” so I am NOT waiting patiently for the final version, which might never be released.  It will be another EOCO judgment debt final report.

And we are still out there borrowing money for development.  In Turkey this week, our Government is yet again lobbying outsiders for funds to build East, West corridors, and much more.  But internally, we can do more with tax collection and creative schemes.

When the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) launched its 5th Afrobarometer report, it starkly revealed that Ghanaians are very aware they have to pay taxes to support Government.  Even more importantly the survey reported that Ghanaians would willingly and unreservedly pay more tax if they could get good service from Government.  They also saw the Ghana Revenue Authority as corrupt.  The overarching conclusion is that Ghanaians are not averse to paying taxes, but they want the cedi pro quo. Read the rest of this entry »

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M’Luds We Are Not Tired, Just Challenged. Critical News, 14th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 14, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am a sore loser in football.  The French or what we were expected to accept as a French side eventually won the Under 20 FIFA tourney on Saturday.  Watching their black players stop all our brilliant moves from the flanks and especially Pogba holding Assifuah and Acheampong to the berth, only made it worse for me when I got to know that Pogba is of Ghanaian origin.  For long we have struggled to control the age thing in the Under 20 and Under 17 games, but I think it is now time to look at ethnicity as another feature to control.  French people are not colored black, so to field a team with 9 black players and a mixed race goalkeeper, who was the key reason we could not get the ball into the net, increased my pain considerably.  These “Senegalovarians” (young men from Senegal, Togo, Mali, C’ote D’Ivoire) they sported were bigger, tougher, faster and seemed to be under some kind of spell to win this competition.  Even our prayers right there in the middle of the pitch could not blind their keeper; divine shots from the Golden Boot, coming at him from all sides.  Look, Americans are a mixed race, British are one third black, Chinese are never black and French people are predominantly white.  We should not change the order of nature just to win a FIFA cup.  I am a sore loser in football. Read the rest of this entry »

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