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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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Smockless JDM on Water Day. Critical News, 24th March 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 24, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

A case from my Grandfather’s archives caught my attention and set me on an aerial trip to Ho in the Volta Region.  It is not a very nice city when you look at it from the Google skies and I will make a trip there soon to see if Google have the right place located on Maps.

The story.  From the Daily Graphic of July 11, 1958, a person was said to have told the Assize Court that he was informed by a fortune teller at Atakpame in the Ho District, that one Bukari, his half brother, was bewitching him, and as he did not want Bukari to kill him first, he was influenced by the devil to kill him.  He acted on heresy and without any proof as to the truth of what he had been told by the Fortune Teller, who might have been paid by another, he killed his brother.  Notwithstanding Defense Council’s plea that his client acted under “insane delusion”, he was sentenced to death.  The Fortune Teller still lives after destroying two lives.  A Ghanaian bench adjudicated this case. Read the rest of this entry »

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Corruption and the fabric of our Existence

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

By Mike Mensah-Bonsu, former National Chairman of PNC and staunch Nkrumahist

I think we shall be doing our country a great disservice if we single out Mr. J.J. Rawlings as a ‘betrayer’ of his own rules.

Similarly, I do not agree with the imprisonment of Mr. Tsikata on the basis of corruption even though “there may be” clear proof of wrongful doing.

My comments are in no way intended to defend or attack these gentlemen in question. However, I firmly believe that vindication can never be the best form of justice and of resolving problems in our society, otherwise we may have to ‘get rid’ of many people – we have far too many corrupt men and women in Ghana – singling out “scape goats” is not the answer. The killing of the Honourable Judges, Afrifa, Kotoka, Achampong, Akuffo, Yaw Boakye, Felli, etc., etc., is still haunting the Nation – the result of vindication.

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