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And Superman Left. Critical News, 25th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 25, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We have reached a tipping point on the voter’s register. The Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) have filed action against the police for the brutal beating and maiming of their marchers in a peaceful demonstration last month.

Not knowing what to do with the fall out from the march, the police had themselves initiated an accusation of unruly behaviour and deviation from the route as determined between them and the marchers.

The fact that the law is quite clear, in my opinion that you don’t need police permission in this country to go on a peaceful march, we will track this case and see how it rolls out. One thing the police should be clear about, this is not going to end with the LMVCA withdrawing their case. It will go to the wire, and of course with Justice Ajet Nasam on the road, there is enough hope that the system will hold its seams.

The honorable Justice has “escaped” from society for a few days, maybe months, we are yet to determine, but hopefully, others will now take their roles a lot more seriously and apply more diligence to the process of justice. I wish for the day when all the adjournments and delays will end and we will have faster justice.

I can’t believe we are still hearing the Abuga Pele and Assibit case after so many months and even as I was corrected by Fred Agbanyo on radio yesterday that Abuga has not been cleared in Chiana Paga to run for Parliament for the NDC, I take it with a pinch of salt, because I read it myself and it was very clear that a possible criminal had been selected to go to Parliament on behalf of the NDC party. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hammah Head. Critical News, 10th November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 10, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Last week I thought things were going to get boring, and I underestimated the Ghanaian politician’s penchant to develop juicy stories.  I never really thought of Victoria Hammah as a political force and frankly the only image I have of her is the similarity of her backside to first lady Lordina Mahama.  In this regard, JDM has not failed in his consistency to showcase an African landmark to the world and has opened a new criterion for ministerial selection, exploited by Vicky’s NPP election rival Ursula Owusu.  Vicky Hammah once was a presenter on Multi TV and she says so herself, it was a tough challenge.

The news of her dismissal created a mass of media and political scrambling, proportional to advance and rearguard tactics.  Vicky’s intelligence is not a light boast.  She clearly knows what this politics is all about and the speed of her dismissal promptly shuts her door but puts a slack mouth in the open.  Government tacitly accepted some accuracy in her statements when she was terminated within hours after the tape went viral.  Even the BBC, bless their hearts, carried the story.  But will she holler further?  Is her head smart enough to filter through the mess she is in?  A ruined political carrier?  The conversation was innocuous enough, more gossip about Nana Oye and Rachel Appoh and her boss Omane Boamah to some extent, but it was the little tsunamis that must have made the dismissal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Calabash Full Of Holy GYEEDA Water. Critical News, 26th May 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 26, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Sure as can be, we are back with the bad old days on all fronts.  Rains came down this morning; lights went out, making the already four-week drought of water from Ghana Water a more miserable existence.  My Chinese meter is still running double time despite a visit from some chief wigs of the ECG and I have to express my disappointment at Finance Minister Seth Terkper’s new moves to shore up his cash flow problems.

This is a collective resignation from protest.  Most Ghanaians I talk to are simply tired, worn out from our incapacity to move up another gear and drive an uphill agenda to tackle the myriad problems bedeviling us.  I had to buy a tanker-full of water, because I cannot live without it.  All week, we have had a pilgrimage of yellow gallons balanced on dainty eight to thirteen year old heads, miserably traipsing to the nearest oasis to fetch water before school starts.  Others choose “klempe tsinsin” as the Ga people call it, half the water spilling on the bumpy uphill pathways back before they start their day.

Yet my President is on a podium on Africa Union day, spouting about the African Renaissance.  His speechwriter forgot to tell him that you must at least have water and power for industry and even critically, citizens MUST have all the basic human necessities and then they can think, plan and live.  They will not pitch into any mirage-renaissance until they can wake up in the morning, look outside and not see their flooded gardens with gutters carrying the worst kind of non-degradable material, floating amidst black plastic bags of human excrement and step intrepidly into the day’s activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oleeee, Oleee, Olee, OYE. Critical News, 3rd February 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 3, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We went past another milestone when Parliament accepted that Nana Oye Lithur could be made Minister for Gender, Children and Social protection.  Like many other new descriptions and positions created so far by Government, I don’t know what that job entails, but I am glad Nana Oye was nominated and accepted.  We will debate the ministries issue later when Kwaka Baako comes back from New York, where he is chilling for a while.  But I will say here and now that President John Mahama has no problem with gay rights.  It has nothing to do with Mr. Solomon sitting to his left at his book launch, it has more to do with what I asked him at another book launch.  JDM believes in protecting citizen rights; that I know for a fact, because he knew where Nana Oye was coming from before he nominated her to ensure that the rights of the underprivileged in society would be catered, and I asked him and he clarified at a public event. Read the rest of this entry »

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