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Dear Tindana @ Tallensi. Critical News, 12th July 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 12, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Dear Tindana, pardon my effrontery, my shirt is still on my back this morning, but I figure, since I am so far away from you, I am safe to keep it on. I am in Accra as I write. But you need to hear this.

Our city was not gay enough this past week, so the NDC party invited their cousins in the NPP to go and join them in far away and hitherto peaceful Tallensi. For the rest of us, we were not invited to the by-election party, which result would really have no impact on the balance of power in the country and to which purpose, nothing would change the corrupt elements in our society, so we weren’t expecting anything more than a victory of one sort or the other. Even the PNC party made voluble noises, to as it were “watch this space”. We didn’t think much of it and we would not have showed up if we were invited.

But they all went. Anyone whose name was something in the NPP and NDC was there. Of course, Afoko and Kwabena did not dare show their faces within ten miles of the place, they being extra-non-communicado in the vicinity.

So we remained in our regions, thinking this would not affect us in any way. How wrong we were. Before the date was up, Freddy Blay from the NPP side had fired verbal salvos of a boycott or court action if they did not know who was going to count the votes.

We listened on the side lines and continued with daily chores, watching, preoccupied with Oko Vanderpuye’s continued destruction of the finest slums of Accra. He moved on from Old Fadama, I still remember it as Sodom and Gomorra, but hey, we have to be sensitive to illegality these days.

We thought, naively, that this was the usual verbal spittle and “polytricking” so we went merrily along the way, sitting at the tables, sleeping, waiting for “dum” to “sor” in the middle of the night so we could do some reading.

And before we knew it, we were in a war zone. The plot was laid and they were both in election heaven, where they yell at each other, accuse themselves of all manner of nonsensical plots and evil doing and take advantage of all of us naïve followers to enhance their corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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Words With Matter. Critical News, 31st May 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 31, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am watching the sketch artist on the sidewalk of Osu. There is a semi-circled crowd, every one of us caught in his gift as the creation comes to life with every stroke of his pencil. He is doing a simple drawing on two separate easels, side by side of each other.

He mimics every stroke on each one, equally dividing his attention to both of them so they all tow to life in tandem. His drawing is Oxford Street of Osu. The right easel is the right side of the road and on his left he captures that side, each easel showing the shops and fine detail the ordinary eye misses.

We glance up from the easel each time he makes a tiny revision and retains small detail; we with regular eyes murmuring how we missed the obvious.

But my attention is flitting from easel to the gorgeous damsel to my left, pretty beyond reality. Large eyes and luscious lips captured in an egg-shape face, which lights up each time she inhales in awe of the creationist, chatting animatedly to friends, used to her beauty, un-awed by this enchantment.

She herself is a fascinating statuette of proportions, a leg-length loose gown clutched in her left hand, failing to hide the figure beneath the dress. She is not immediately conscious of her allure, or maybe she is; every man in the half moon stealing glances even as they pretend to admire the creation unfolding before our eyes.

He is gifted by nature and she, our gift from nature; the two blending to demonstrate the wonder only a coincidence of nature can intermingle in a particular place such as we find ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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All Dead Have Died. Critical News, 19th April 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 20, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

NPP Presidential aspirant Nana Addo was on radio during the week. He chose Kwabena Duffuor’s Starr Fm, with Bola Ray as his significant other interviewing half to bare his soul a bit and also attempt some demystification of what happened in 2012, the election, the petition, and the eventual verdict, which some of us are still digesting.

I don’t believe the NDC won any election in 2012. Even with the bloated register and the padded numbers in the Volta Region, you can’t win an election on performance like we had. I stand firm that the Ghanaian voter has a bit more sophistication than what we see from the pink sheets and eventual results.

Until we do what Nigeria has done and go totally clean register and fully biometric, the results will never be acceptable. It is not impossible to mimic Nigeria; our politicians don’t want to do it in Ghana.

But if you missed the interview and write-ups in print, sorry. It carried in the Government media as well and I have to say I am beginning to see persons with spine reporting truth rather than propaganda. That public press seat cannot be easy, especially when your sector minister particularly skews stories to incredulity.

Nana Addo says he could have done more to explain “all die be die”. Well, with elections dearly departed, verdicts buried and goats now dead, it is a bit too late and Ghanaians are paying the price. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fear Not, NDC Got Your Back. Critical News, 15th June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I reconnected with my very good friend Adams during the week.  He called; we arranged lunch and met at the Imperial Peking to catch up on long past jokes from the Zoology department where we spent many an afternoon trying to understand snakes and snails, Legon-style.

It was a good lunch, we explored all the possibilities on the menu and finally settled for shrimp fried rice, soup noodles and wonton soup starter.  Made a big difference from my usual chop bar banku and okro soup or fufu from around the corner at Asylum Down.

Adams is an NDC faithful, comes from dedicated party stock and we were reminiscing about days gone by and the observed habits of the red ant from Mango and Neem trees; the things people discuss at lunch, eh?

We avoid talking politics, because we have had too many historical run-ins, but unfortunately, today’s lunch was to be an exception.

So I was recanting how I recently noticed trains of Solenopsis invicta (or red fire ants for those of you who did not take zoology seriously), in single line convoying from one end of my driveway to the other.  I found this rather strange, because red ants don’t often leave their residencies, preferring to create mounds to protect their Queen.

They are a very busy lot, strategically organized in defense and attack.  Created not to die too easily, they breathe through a system of tracheal tubes, able to revive gases to the double bulbs connecting internal organs and tissue.

So we are being academic and really getting into the subject when we are interrupted by a group of Daily Guide readers who recognize me from my page 28 column and also a few appearances on TV.

I end courtesies and return to Adams, who pops me a left hook question, throws me off and I reel back, bowled over.

“Have you heard that Nana Addo will be using a helicopter for his campaign this year?” Read the rest of this entry »

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A Better GYEEDA Agenda. Critical News, 8th September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 8, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Sometimes you have to give credit where it is due, sometimes you leave things alone, sometimes you have to call people to task and sometimes you simply throw your hands up in the air in despair and move on.

This week, congratulations to ECG for stepping to the grid.  I tried to recall the last time I had a power outage and I failed.  We have fixed something at the powerhouse and I am pleased to note that the people’s voice made a difference to this cause.  Had we not persistently called Government out, we would still be sitting in it.  So I appreciate the ECG response but they should not forget that billing issues are still awkward and response times when we have critical failure is still on their doorstep.  We still have voltage and current levels to fix, but I think there is now focus at the company, so until we fix the cheap Chinese meters, improperly calibrated and running at faster rates than tariffed, we have a ways to go yet.

I am also taking my hat off to Ghana Water.  Again, we have had good supply and maintained a steady quality to homes (mi dzi mi fie asem).  Billing errors and late posting to customer accounts still bedevil us and I hope they are looking at resolving this with some electronic payments of sorts.  The technology is available, so make the investment and reap the benefits in the medium to long term. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Extremely Confused Ghanaians. Critical News, 5th May 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 5, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My early morning dare to the Ghana Water Company has become a ritual.  I turn on the tap, wait and listen to the rushing sound of air, sputtering, stuttering, pushing and fizzing as if water will follow through.  I watch the pathetic attempts, my expectant face screwed up in disgust, one part hoping that water will eventually stream through, the other knowing full well that it is simply a ritual I follow.  These days I am particularly upset because they sent me a bill for three hundred cedis for air supply in January and February.  I am preparing to go and do battle on logical grounds and I must win.  Alternatively, I am determined to stop using Ghana Water altogether and start digging a borehole.  My state of mind, Fed Up!

Similarly I am fed up with The Ga South Municipal Assembly, where McCarthy Hill finds its unfortunate self, kiosks creeping up on every available sidewalk.  I recently cleared the frontage of the house from grass and weeds, it looked so degenerative and I felt compelled to de-weed.  Two weeks after, someone starts putting up a kiosk on the cleared area.  I report this at the Municipal Assembly. Four weeks later I am still waiting for them to show up.  Very like the dug-up silt from the gutters, dumped on the pedestrian sidewalk, done a year and more ago and now a permanent direction icon.  You know how it goes.  When you get to the junction, look for where the sand from the gutter is placed, count to the fourth one and turn right.  The house is the blue gate with Matthew 23:25 and the Star of David.  I have reported and reported and reported, I have “reporting fatigue”, which is what they know will eventually happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Supremus Rex, Waddup With The Archeology? Critical News, 21st April 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 21, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am sitting on a bench, my back against a wall at the Weija DVLA office, waiting to be called.  My castigation for not coming forth with the required “aseda” if I am to get my lost licence replaced today.  Forty-seven minutes into purgatory, I am watching Dufie (not her name at all, I have nicknamed her such, a reminder of another Dufie I know elsewhere) trying to sell Malta Guinness to all and sundry.  She is a very attractive girl, beautiful large eyes set in an oval face, held up by a not too long neck with a slight wrinkle and a body that can match Alicia Keys.  She is wearing black spandex just to below knee level and a tight fitting top with “I Love NY” emblazoned just below her thirty-six “D” cup.  She has a nice strut, an exaggerated double bump when she heels up.  She knows I have been watching her this past half-hour and I am deliberately staying with the view.  It is a nice diversion from the seething anger I am holding down from this cesspit of bribe-taking staff fleecing desperate customers of their “deperado” money, a need that has to be plugged even though a right to be demanded.

I am where I am because I insisted on my right to pay the listed fee at the cashier’s desk and not part with cash to an officer in a small office, where all they were doing when I arrived at 11am was eating “pregnant women only” community waakye.  I have been approached by at least three people, asking if they can help me in any way.  I refuse persistently, so Dufie is now joined as my unvoiced companion in a fight against the establishment she has not thought of bucking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tabular Presentation of Petitioners (NPP) Evidence

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 21, 2013

Following the initial affidavit filed by the Petitioners in the Voting challenge to President Mahama’s announced Presidential win, the NPP team filed amended figures on day 3, removing some of the non-critical elements of their case.  This table compiles all the changes and what evidence is affected including their conclusions from the adjustments.  It buttresses the case and is an important document to enable the non-number crunchers to appreciate the extent of the case.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE TABLES

Presentation of Evidence New Tables 1

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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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