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I Accuse You. Critical News, 27th September 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 28, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Turmoil! A country struggling to find its feet and claim back its nobility, turns to its Coat of Arms and philosophically wonders, “where did we take the wrong turn”? Somewhere after the fight for independence and our fanaticism for dumping accolades of meaningless praise on leaders, we ignored the fair principles of equity and fairness in our lives.

Freedom and Justice. How many times haven’t we as a people taken pride of place in our lead as the Black Star and how many times haven’t we failed to follow through on justice and claim our right to fairness as should be in a modern democratic society.

I rail against any who say this country is not ready for a democracy and flail those who claim that we would be better off asking for white rule and a return to the colonial empire.

The mistake we have made all these years, is to allow the political class to keep repeating the “seek ye first the political kingdom and all else shall be added” mantra. Never was a more misguided clause echoed in a plethora of deliveries, to make it sound and mean right.

Look where it has gotten us? A forthcoming crusade from one the even more corrupt churches, should be held and called “Judgment Day Goats Miracle Crusade”. It will be fitting in today’s Ghana.

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Kpa Kpa Kpa Economics. Critical News, 16th November 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 17, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Have you ever had to drive through dark night? Night so dark you think someone has deliberately swapped the streetlights for dark fluorescent tubes and it is a mean darkness, engulfing you in some kind of horror movie?

That was Thursday night, driving from McCarthy Hill to a meeting at the Golden Tulip. The street lights, traffic lights, side lights and all other manner of lighting that could possibly help to navigate the way to the hotel and back, simply closed their beams and clothed the car in a dark eerie morass, only the occasional stroller caught the head beams of the car.

At some point I was sure I was lost and considered asking directions to a route I have followed hundreds of times in this short life. And that is what it felt like, that I was driving towards life’s end. Until I got past Kaneshie where there was some street lighting and pedestrians.

This is what ECG and its twin purveyors of “dark vada” have prepped for us. It is not good enough that we do not know when and if power will be available to work, now we are blessed with special night-light.

Not even the interest rates corridor could explain what we are going through, because I listened to the Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Kofi Wampah explaining once again why he had to increase the Central Bank policy rate two percentage points to 21% in order to hold down inflation in an economy where there is very little money circulating, costs are rising every month, Government is borrowing all the money and banks are complaining and yet reporting above-average profits. 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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