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The Rains Came Down, and. Critical News, 11th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 11, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This week, it rained. Two days of not what you would call relentless downpour, but it rained. I say for a country that is in the tropical zone, it was normal rain for two days.

But as if to test the drains and the waterways that E&P has fixed, and as if to give us a chance to expose more corruption, the rains came down and the floods went up; the rains came down and the floods went up, and the storm drains came tumbling down.

If you remember that well-aged nursery rhyme you can hum the words and understand how much these little childhood songs were meant to shape our world and remind us every time of the simple things we must do in life. A stitch in time saves nine? Rain rain go away? They are worded for a reason; reasons we have washed under waterways because we don’t see the wisdom in them any more.

Many advisory dance tunes, relevant in today’s Ghana, will be made political in a few months as we skate unwillingly to another euphoric December, when we should be lamenting our popularity contest through an electoral register with registrants from the ECOWAS fraternity.

Nkrumah Circle as usual, was flooded to the hilt together with all the flood prone areas, and this wasn’t a major storm. I was caught in it for an hour between The Times junction and Nkrumah circle. When I arrived at the small bridge over the Odaw River, it was rising and starting to rapid. Even as I longed for a dinghy to float to the confluence of the Korle Lagoon, the stench that told me “cholera” reined in my adventurism and stopped me numb in my car seat. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Useless Vote. Critical News, 4th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 4, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We have to vote because it is the only way we can remove a government in Ghana. The other methods; votes of no confidence, impeachment, and if you want to follow JJ’s example or even maybe Antwi’s way, we won’t hail you. So we are stuck. Somewhere between Kulungugu and Half Assini, we have no say in how we remove a non-performing government.

That is where we are and that is what makes the voting matter so very important, we cannot even start jesting and being opaque with anything voting related.

I would like to hear the new Electoral Commissioner come out and tell me what she believes in. A few people have told me I am rushing the issue and she is demonstrating her capacity. But what I am saying is, no!, we must hear straight from her mouth what she believes in.

When she was offered the position and before she accepted, didn’t she know the register was the most contentious issue in our voting? I am not on the cards to be given any appointment by this government, but I will sure as hell not take any position or job offered by anyone, especially if it is for reward, if I am not clear that my vision dovetails into the offer and the philosophy of the employer.

So I think she should come out boldly and say whether she believes that the register is her critical task at this time and she will do everything to make sure we have a register that is not contentious in the after-vote event. I would like to hear her mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Pin an Unconstitutional Tale. Critical News, 3rd March 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 3, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

A couple of police died in a river, trying to prevent illegal Galamsey miners from ruining the environment.  Reading the story, I wondered whether President Mahama’s visit to the Western Region and his subsequent visit to the families of the service men would get Government to sit up and resolve this menace.  But read this story from May 2012 in the Ghanaian Chronicle and ask yourself whether there is additional mystery to resolving this Galamsey.  We know how it works, we have a law in place and yet we still cannot find the will to fix the greed.  Now we are chasing Chinese people all through the villages, trying to out them with cudgels and knifes.

Even better, just to see how entrenched our traditional and cultural beliefs go, and how we are despite all our Christian values, striking workers of the Sofoline Interchange Project say they are not going back to work until their leaders reverse a curse invoked to bind them all to their demand for a salary increase by preventing them from returning to work prematurely.  The Union leaders apparently invoked the Antoa Nyamaa deity to deal with anybody who goes against the group’s decision to strike.  A day after China GEO-Construction, their employers, agreed to a 25 per cent salary increase, workers would not return to work until the curse is overturned.  So, Chairman of the Construction Workers Union Rudolph Asoala has started arrangements to get the curse overturned.  The Personnel Manager of the company, who is a chief, is leading the workers to the Asantehene’s chief priest to have the curse reversed.  Last time I heard, we are a Christian country. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inhale, Hold it, Hold it ……… WOYOME! Critical News, 23rd December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 23, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This past week Mr. J. K. Zormelo was moved to insult me for bringing up what I considered critical news for the week.  He posted a comment to my blog, labeled me a “bigot” and a “very bitter person”.  Read it here.  I was amused and provoked enough to reply his comment.  I hope I got it right, but sometimes writing a piece does not cover all the thoughts adequately and it can turn long-winded and tortuous, but I am impressed that he wrote and gave me an opportunity to explain a little more of my thoughts.  You are welcome Mr. Zormelo.

Next Sunday I will write the final Critical News for the year.  The NPP would have filed their case by then and we will have a lot to “talk” about.  Before then I am looking ahead and wondering.  What happens if the NPP presents a solid case and convinces the Supreme Court that it was a fraudulent election?  The judges have one of three actions to make.  Ask President Mahama to step down and out, direct for a re-vote, ask that President Mahama stay on as President and the EC must ensure that we have a clean and no-rigging protest in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Have a Same New President. Critical News, 9th December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 10, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My prediction was entirely wrong.  The exact opposite of what I thought would happen is what went down but I am not embarrassed to say that I was off point.  Until 10 pm last night, we were not sure there would be a recount in some constituencies and whether or not we would be in a crisis.  But Dr. Afari Gyan came out to announce John Dramani Mahama as the new President elect and so we are there.  Well done, Mr Mahama.

And well done also, to the NPP party and Mr Akuffo Addo.  It was a hard fought battle and the spoils of the fight went the other way.  It could have been his chance, but not this time.  He might have another shot at it if he can handle the next four years as an opposition leader.  The NPP will look at the drawing table and decide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jarreth Merz’s Movie : An African Election

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 2, 2012

ADDRESSING THE FLAWS OF ORGANIZING ELECTIONS IN AFRICA By Ben Ofosu Appiah

After watching Jarreth Merz’s internationally acclaimed movie, An African Election, and all the commentary and interviews about it, I realized how close we were to violence in 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections. One interview that caught my attention was the one conducted by Paul Adom Otchere of Metro TV. The interviewer made a lot out of having cameras in the EC strong room and I ask myself: What’s the fuss about having cameras in the EC strong room?

Jarreth Merz did a great job by filming the EC strong room during the 2008 elections for his acclaimed movie; “An African Election”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critical News, 8th August 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 9, 2010

Finally, NDC put the STX deal to bed.  Came at the expense of the Ghanaian voters, who put the NPP parliamentarians in office to debate issues on their behalf, only to find that they walk out of most critical discussions.  The NPP “honourables” have still not got the tactic of filibustering an issue and allowing time to work with them.  They walked out of the final debate in parliament because they could not meet the Speaker’s one hour imposition for final review of the housing deal.  Poor show, they can do better in my opinion!  Now the contract has been passed and all we have to do is wait to see how Government proceeds to build the 30,000 houses for security personnel.  All they could do was wish the Koreans “good luck with this one” Read the rest of this entry »

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Campaign 2008

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 9, 2008

NDC CAPTURES PRESIDENCY, NPP RETAINS PARLIAMENT
This will be the likely outcome of the 2008 General Elections in GHANA if it is free and fair according to my research. While many dread such an outcome. I am all for it. Why? Because I think that will be the best thing ever happened to our democracy. It will strengthen Parliament to play its critical role in Nation building. The current Parliament is too weak to play any effective role in national development. It has abandoned its role as a check on Executive power. It is not performing its role of being the controller of the purse rather it exist to just rubber stamp Executive acts without any critical examination and debate. It fails to check abuses, it does not invite Ministers to Parliament for hearings, and has no power to act when people like Wereko Brobbey treat the house with contempt. A parliament controlled by the opposition is our surest bet in reducing governmental corruption.       

My conviction of the outcome of the 2008 general elections is based on the fact that the advantage enjoyed by the NPP in the last presidential elections has been eroded by failure of government to honour its promises, rise in poverty, the energy crisis, armed robbers terrorising people, large army of unemployed youth who the NPP led government has failed to create jobs for.

Ben Ofosu -Appiah, Political Analyst

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