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Single Spine Konongo Kaya. Critical News, 11th August 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 11, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Gyeeda.  I have offered to forward copies of the GYEEDA report I have seen and hopefully let Ghanaians get a taste of freedom to information, if it could only happen the way it is meant.  That Parliament rose to a break after not doing anything significant about our right to information is a question we should pose soon as they are back to waste more time (they said, not me).  The GYEEDA report is freely available on the worldwide web, so our President can keep his copy in the bosom of PV Obeng.  What we are asking now, is this the real deal?  I know there is a lot more on GYEEDA than I read in the “draft report” so I am NOT waiting patiently for the final version, which might never be released.  It will be another EOCO judgment debt final report.

And we are still out there borrowing money for development.  In Turkey this week, our Government is yet again lobbying outsiders for funds to build East, West corridors, and much more.  But internally, we can do more with tax collection and creative schemes.

When the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) launched its 5th Afrobarometer report, it starkly revealed that Ghanaians are very aware they have to pay taxes to support Government.  Even more importantly the survey reported that Ghanaians would willingly and unreservedly pay more tax if they could get good service from Government.  They also saw the Ghana Revenue Authority as corrupt.  The overarching conclusion is that Ghanaians are not averse to paying taxes, but they want the cedi pro quo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cocaine and Sandcrete Pillars. Critical News, 11th November 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 11, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My mother is 87 years old today and I am particularly thankful that she takes pride in, as she calls it, my “page 20” column.  I wanted to be a writer and poet and were it not for the rigidity of the school system in Ghana and market opportunities, I might have done just that.  In another place and time I probably could have penned a few clever sentences and made a living out of it.  My Great Grand Father left a legacy of writings and books and at one time he was himself a publisher with a press house.  As it turned out, I am a Certified Accountant with no regrets.  My mother also happens to be my political think tank and memory bank, taking me back in history many times to clarify why some persons are who they are, shaped by theirs and their father’s history.  Happy Birthday Mama.

So, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has a problem.  Her hearing has been adjourned to 16th November, and her picture is not on the ballot.  Seeing as we are voting in the first week of December, I don’t think she has a chance of getting her name on the list.  Her husband of many years also says he is tired of the campaign trail and would relish a chance to slow down or retire.   Were it not for President Mahama’s faux pas in bringing JJ back into the foray, I am certain he would have held back more.  You can see JJ is running out of steam.  I think this will be his last “jericho”.  But not Nana.  She has a case in court against the EC and will most likely follow through.  The next four years will tell if she still has enough fire in her belly for more political fights. Read the rest of this entry »

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PACmen Down, Kunbour Reigns. Critical News, 28th October 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 28, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We have 40 days left to election day and Prophet Daniel Nkansah has chosen this time, not to interpret God’s message of peace and peaceful elections to Ghanaians like all pastors are doing, but rather to implicate simple God-fearing election officers in ghc1,600 bribe money.  This appalling accusation is yet to get to court, but reports in the media say Daniel was arrested on Thursday and we have heard no more since.  The police have also interrogated the officials from the EC.  The genesis of his case is that he was asked to pay the bribe money to ensure his registration to contest as President of Ghana.  So he paid a deposit with a promise to pay the balance on due date, which he could not fulfill, thus the case made public ears.  The man who wants to be President does not know that he has a right to be registered once his papers are properly completed?  Well, this case is not before God, but Man and he will have no advantage because of his biblical standing.  Imagine if he were to become President! Read the rest of this entry »

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Mrs Junior Jesus, now Senior Satan, Disqualified?. Critical News, 21st October 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 20, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

You cannot take your eye off the ball for a minute and you cannot shut your ears to the debates.  Every week I like to remind Ghanaians that we are no longer trying at democracy, we are practicing democracy.

Free SHS is kicking some NDC butt.  President Mahama had an opening at his IEA Presidential Address, when 8-year old Angela Mensah, daughter of a taxi driver threw the schools issue into the mix with a question on peaceful elections. Read the rest of this entry »

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The NDC Is Not NDC Without It’s Core Values: Probity And Accountability

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 16, 2011

By Ben Ofosu-Appiah, Tokyo, JAPAN

With the NDC delegates conference in Sunyani over and the endorsement of  Attah Mills peace is supposed to return to the party and all factions are supposed to join hands, close ranks and work together in unity. However it is easier said than done and it looks like it is not going to be easy to mend fences.  The refusal of Nana Konadu to concede defeat, congratulate the winner, raise his hand, give a concession speech and pledge support to Mills for the 2012 campaign is something that is going to hurt the NDC as 2012 approaches. Nana Konadu should have been graceful in defeat and Mills humble in victory. Read the rest of this entry »

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90 Million Cedis and 90 Votes

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 10, 2011

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

The first salvo in the “Fonkar-Game” games left a wonderful ring tone with President Mill’s laugh in a history-making recording.  After the Government denied that they even had 90 million cedis to run a competitive campaign, the country exhaled a big sigh of relief and carried on with our bigger challenges.

But what was the Nana Konadu challenge really about?

A few said “Women power”, some said a “Rawlings hegemony” and for Fonkar itself, was it really a serious challenge against a Government they actually believed had lost its way after the 2008 elections?  Was this actually a political in-fight or did the Rawlings’ believe they would win this?  Many sources claim Rawlings would not do this unless he knew he had a more than a 50% chance of electing his wife. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critical News 18th July 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 18, 2010

The week in Ghana ends with the JoyFm political news program “Newsfile” now hosted by Kwaku SakyiAddo.  Last week, the studio raged with the Rawlings’ home situation after Nana Konadu had come on air to tell Ghanaians how she and his “Jerryship” were not living together because Government had until now not given them alternative accommodation.  Well, it turned out not to be exactly true, but the two and a half hour discussion took up most of the three-hour program and other news was left to fester till the this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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