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Outsourced Lying. Critical News, 29th March 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 29, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Thirty-seven years to the day Monday 30th, Ike Kutu Acheampong declared the results of his Union Government concept, which he claimed had been endorsed by the majority of Ghanaians in a general referendum, administered by then Electoral Commissioner Justice Abban, who “disappeared” for a few hours only to resurface amidst rumours he had abandoned his position.

In that giddy period, cowered Ghanaians hung on desperately for a few honest men, and in this instance, a political future hinged to the People’s Movement For Freedom and Justice, Dr. Bilson’s Third Force and the Front for Prevention of Dictatorship.

Justice Abban sought refuge with the Catholic and Methodist priests, Kojo Amissah, Hilary Senoo and Awotwe. Our democracy had been bullied into submission by the Military dictatorship of Kutu and but for the likes of the Association of Recognised Professional Bodies and some determined politicians, the nightmare of a misguided dictator, might have turned Ghana’s history a different direction.

Now we reflect on how excessive opportunity opened to another and even more vile dictator, whose self-fulfilling leadership left us with a looping history, shrouded truths in the cloaks of a revolution.

Kutu’s sole purpose was to win the Union Government idea, where no party will exist in Ghana, all politicking except his, would be banned and government would be in the hands of some so-called high council.

Well, it never happened because of a few stalwarts, but our world was taken over by the lies of Jerry Rawlings and his band of merry brigands, seeking revenge wherever. In the end they shot people without trial, abducted and murdered high court judges and “disappeared” many families with extra-judicial killings, paving the way for an annual ritual of meaningless rhetoric in an equally meaningless revolution. Read the rest of this entry »

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I 6th March Not. Critical News, 8th March 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 10, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The American is a freedom fighter, a go-getter and a person of courage. Brits are known for their stiff back and upper lip and are pursuers of right and justice. The Germans are hard workers and great engineers. Swiss are precision oriented and private. You can just as well describe Chinese and Japanese in their own way and skin.

And the Ghanaian?

I so struggled with a description for my Ghana-self and others who are Ghanaian just like me, but I was clearly looking in the wrong zongo.

The whole of my 6th March was captured behind a dvd player, watching a series of memorable movies, looking for the substance of the Ghanaian. I reviewed my connection with Gandhi, took a long walk to freedom with Mandela and fought a great battle with Chaka “Zulu” kaSenzangakhona. And in the process I missed the great march at Independence Square.

I have no movies of the great nation Ghana and how it came to be.

But I hear there were military people, police band and fire service, prisons service people, armored tanks and cars, a platoon of Special Forces and a buffoonery of masqueraders. The school children came, marched in the sun, no headscarves and headkerchiefs and fainted as they always do.

Then Prezdo stood on the back of the open-air car, saluted everybody and finally gave a rousing speech to urge the people on to the new level of “dumsor” and how to use it to counter religious conflict.

I was not there and you too were not there, so I am only recounting what I have been told and I am no wiser. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cocaine and Sandcrete Pillars. Critical News, 11th November 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 11, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My mother is 87 years old today and I am particularly thankful that she takes pride in, as she calls it, my “page 20” column.  I wanted to be a writer and poet and were it not for the rigidity of the school system in Ghana and market opportunities, I might have done just that.  In another place and time I probably could have penned a few clever sentences and made a living out of it.  My Great Grand Father left a legacy of writings and books and at one time he was himself a publisher with a press house.  As it turned out, I am a Certified Accountant with no regrets.  My mother also happens to be my political think tank and memory bank, taking me back in history many times to clarify why some persons are who they are, shaped by theirs and their father’s history.  Happy Birthday Mama.

So, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has a problem.  Her hearing has been adjourned to 16th November, and her picture is not on the ballot.  Seeing as we are voting in the first week of December, I don’t think she has a chance of getting her name on the list.  Her husband of many years also says he is tired of the campaign trail and would relish a chance to slow down or retire.   Were it not for President Mahama’s faux pas in bringing JJ back into the foray, I am certain he would have held back more.  You can see JJ is running out of steam.  I think this will be his last “jericho”.  But not Nana.  She has a case in court against the EC and will most likely follow through.  The next four years will tell if she still has enough fire in her belly for more political fights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Congress of the Congressors. Critical News, 13th October 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 14, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This week I must start from where I usually end.  “Ghana, aha aye de papa”.  We are in democratic turbulence, good mayhem, sanity tinted with shades of crazy.  Some people are losing it, others are befuddled and some of us are watching from the sidelines, observing history unfold.  I was a mature young man in 1972 when Kutu Acheampong staged his thoughtless coup.  I was old enough through the Rawlings 1979 treason putsch and I have tagged along with the politics of this country since.  We are in a democracy, the experimenting is over. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critical News, 25th October, 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 3, 2010

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

Jerry “Oedipus” John “Rex”.  Now here is a conundrum.  I seem to be caught in a whirl, writing about these puzzles all the time these days.  Either that, or I do “riddle-riddle”?  RIDDLE!  “What name do you give to a founder of a political party who is so pissed off he won’t even talk to his hand picked successor?”  Answer, “His Jerryship”! And he is very upset with the people he owns.  They dare to go about making false statements about him and peddling untruths.  Not enough that their leader Prof. Mills has abandoned the path of NDC probity and accountability and is out there disrespecting his Jerryship.  I published His Jerryship’s full statement last week, please read it in full for history’s sake.  So JJ is upset with Mills as he was with Kuffuor and all others who have preceded him in Government and he will be upset with Nana Akufo Addo, should he win in 2012.  But TV Africa with Fred Chidi on “Matters Arising”, put on a very interesting panel.  Alhaji and Alhaji – Rawlings critic, Ras Mubarak – confused militant and Kobby Fiagbe, editor of The Lens.  With Ras attempting an interpretation of JJ, which these days means accusing everybody of something without saying clearly who or what, this time tried voice and body mimicry as well.  I am afraid I didn’t really grasp the essence of his analysis and I gave up listening to him after a while.  Alhaji however, was very emphatic that all this was just gassed up for public benefit and concluded that JJ and Konadu cannot afford to carry on without the NDC.  Come 2012, he predicts a convergence of views and a single team candidate, who will NOT be Nana Konadu.  She denies she is vying for president.  But what do you call a woman president these days?  Presidentess?  Well, Nana wants to be one of those, I think.  Her 15,000 posters are all over parts of Ghana.  Can her husband handle that?  We might never live to see.  So we left the TV current affairs program with no time left, as usual, after all the radio stations had aired versions of public commentary and noise.  I am not sure if the Rawlings’ have done themselves any good this week.  We seem to have a seasonal event every month from them. We just got over the fire event, the in-law home event, the Herbert Mensah event, the AU event (Mills congratulated JJ on the front page of the Daily Graphic, probably secretly hoping he would go and pitch camp in Somalia, alas it did not happen!) and now we have this NDC event.  Two more months to the end of the year and we could yet have another one. Read the rest of this entry »

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