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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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Franklin Cudjoe’s Last Words for a Violence-Free Election

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 2, 2012

As has become the tradition with elections in mostly less predictable developing countries, prayer is not just the key to assuage our fears, it has become a nationally sanctioned profession of our faith even if we are not deserving of the mercies that flow from it since most of the time the prayers are not backed by God-intent.   However, we need it now even if for the sake of it.

So, Christians and Muslims must pray for peaceful elections. Elections are about making choices for progress. Simply cast your vote for the party or individual you believe shares your vision for respect, civility, progress and a predictable future. There is no need to perform this sacred function with violence. You must under no circumstance sell your vote for pittance, be it a car, a house, a bag of salt, cassava farrine, rice, because your life and choice are worth more than these.

Please demand from the buyer of your conscience what measures he will put in place to ensure a constant flow of these freebies to the critically disabled and more crucially how his activities can put money in your pocket to buy the very goods, health, insurance, your future and those of your relatives. Never sell yourself for a pot of gold. Be the gold from which all the glittering must light the path of darkness, despondency, poverty and disease. Ghana will be fine. God bless you all.

Franklin Cudjoe is founding President of IMANI

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