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Preventable Diseases. Critical News, 26th October 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 26, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I watched, parked at a corner at one of Adabraka’s side roads, waiting for a noisy taxi driver who had been honking behind me for the last kilometer, rushing off to where, only he knew. I am being very cautious on the roads these days. All I seem to do is attract the ire of some policeman, despite cheekily suggesting to my arrestors that I would rather be prosecuted by one of the more attractive traffic policewomen.

If you not have noticed them, I have. We have a lot of authoritative policewomen minding the busy intersections these days. They are geared well and a no nonsense attitude makes them even more interesting to the male dominated society in Ghana.

I am waiting for lights to change. In four police stations this coming week, arrested for talking on my phone, jumping a red light, speeding on the way to Winneba and not carrying my license, which I unsuccessfully explained had been taken away from me on the Legon road a few weeks ago.

Conspiratorially a few friends suggested that it could be coordinated, but I refute that totally.

Anyway, the taxi is crowding me and still honking for me to jump the lights. He believes they are not working. I turn the radio up louder, drown the honking and chill.

In frustration he overtakes to move ahead. There is an okada speeding through the side also honking his horn for his claimed middle of the road. Taxi clips him and sends the rider off the bike, into an illegally positioned kiosk on the pavement. The damage is catastrophic. The rider’s leg is broken, his bike runs into the major road, skids and runs under a Toyota Prado, dragging it a few meters before grinding to a halt in the back of a small Tico taxi. The collateral damage is another story. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Coach A Middle Class. Critical News, 12th January 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 12, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

And he looked down and thought, I have done a good job.  I flogged the market women, burnt down their “kalabule” stalls, inspected and showed their genitalia to the world.  I asked my soldiers to take away all bank accounts above fifty cedis and none know where I kept the excess.  I ensured that any private enterprise that looked profitable collapsed so they cannot work against me by favoring the enemy.  I eliminated Nii Kwei, used him as a tool to kill judges who opposed me and I generated fear in the judiciary.  My world is clean from Lebanese and Indians, profiting from business over the years.  Even my town folk have been quieted down, they have not escaped my wrath, as I showed them a fast exit from this scorched earth.

All who challenged me have been silenced and the Amadeks are safely tucked away in a secret place only me and my 64 blues can tell.  My peace is guaranteed since I sent the thirteen back to their ancestors and my work has been rewarded with a peaceful nation whose cowardice guarantees my bravado. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 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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