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If I Were To Buy A Bank. Critical News, 15th December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 15, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Don’t we have a saying in our culture that goes “you only see the length of a frog after it is dead”?  I don’t want to harp on death ‘cos Madiba left us after a very well-lived ninety-five and as an avid follower and believer of his life, may I say “damirifa due”.  To say I admired Mandela would be an understatement.  All my life I wanted to meet and shake his hand and I never did anything positively to live the dream.  Now, gone and dearly departed, I am left cross-eyed, looking for the next African icon and I know not whence to start, but certainly not here at home.

Democracy.  This past week, Henry Djaba, father of NPP National Women’s Organizer Otiko Djaba plus a few many siblings, died.  He lived a good life I understand, and died a well-respected person in our society, considered rather wealthy throughout his long walk through time.

But I was neutered when I heard that the NPP polling and constituency executive elections were to be postponed in the Eastern Region in order that Otiko could celebrate her grief.  I had not focused on how large and long Henry Djaba was in death, that the NPP chose to halt a scheduled democratic process of such critical importance in order that a funeral ceremony, which is going to run for days if not months, could be attended by one of theirs. Read the rest of this entry »

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MERBAN Reloaded. Critical News, 8th December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 8, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

JDM is in the Merchant Bank saga, big time.  Whether he likes it or not, he placed himself there when he did not follow his own code of ethical guidelines, with which he expects his ministers to conform.  Unless it is one of those politician things where you say something or develop a regulation or rule simply to assuage the populace with no intention of ever monitoring the code.  And we have several of such in Ghana.

But how different is Vice President JDM from President John D Mahama?  Does the President carry different ethics now than what he once had as Vice President?  The NDC Government has tried all week to separate the President and the previous Vice President as of different ilk.  From what they say, he followed what his then boss President Mills wanted done, the obedient assistant rather than the upright, confident, ethically opinionated, highly moral President we now have. Read the rest of this entry »

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MERBAN Transformed. Critical News, 24th November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 24, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

There are serious issues to discuss this week and next, so forgive me if my humor does not burst through as normal.  I have a national budget to talk about, possible backdoor sale of a bank, a panel review of Supreme Court Judges’ involvement in the election petition and my own petition to CHRAJ on the GYEEDA program.

How can you find humor in these matters?  Maybe Vicky Hammah will have the last laugh.  She might be asked to party with the eight-member panel headed by Justice Date-Baah without the Attorney General’s gracious face, she excused herself for some reason, I hope it was a possible conflict of interest.

So I was in “The Skuup” on Friday, waiting for a car service to be completed and did the unthinkable, went to use the toilet.  WC had no seat cover, water was in short supply in the closet, but the floor was totally flooded and the door would not shut properly.  Don’t go there if you have a choice.  This is the toilet facility of an International Press Center, a meeting place for journalists and training ground for the discerning fraternity.  I won’t comment on the food, but hygiene in a toilet is so essential; I left very concerned that we should continue to allow facilities like that to be licensed by the AMA.  I rest my case. Read the rest of this entry »

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