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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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After The Evidence, The Real Truth. Critical News, 21st July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 21, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Cape Coast city center stinks.  Once the Crown Capital, the roads surrounding and between Kotokraba market carry a putrid smell of rotting debris and fish commingled with body smells and heat that does not easily welcome the sensitive tourist.  The travel to Cape Coast is still an excellent one and commonsense driving (except for Mankessim) makes it easy and incident free, until the directionless city and stench hit you and the roads fail to impress.  Poverty engulfs you in Cape Coast.  It is unfortunate and it is sad, because it has all the trappings of the best tourism in Ghana.

However, it does not compete with the rot yet to be made public from the GYEEDA report suppressed by Government, contrary to what we heard when the commission of enquiry was set up.  Also totally contrary to the Government that pledges an open and transparent dialogue with the citizens of Ghana.  From what I know about GYEEDA, the corruption runs deeper than this Government will ever reveal.  The key ministry responsible was Youth and Sports.  Akua Sena Dansua, Rashid Pelpuo and Kofi Humado each at different times as Ministers, signed these contracts without much oversight.  Most of these contracts are yet to be executed and the sums of money involved are clear.  Read my earlier disclosure from here.  The GYEEDA modules are not sophisticated.  Actually they are rather frivolous and clear mechanisms to siphon money from other funds for other purpose.  The Mahama Government is most complicit in this.  They either knew or were a part of the schemes or they did not, which is even worse, because it was right under their nose, within their own Ministries.  Both Deputy Ministers of Finance Seth Terkper and Fifi Kwetey as well as the Central Bank Governor were all part of and are all still in this Government.  The Civil Service structure is still in place and they know what went down.  Former Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor is pretending he is out of Government and thus had nothing to do with anything, praying none ask him a question.  But we are going to go there, just as we are going to look at LESDEP, YESDEC, Beach Brigade and many other social protection schemes not accounted for.  And whilst I am here, let me say that there is also a ghc552million discrepancy in Government’s accounting that has not been explained. Read the rest of this entry »

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