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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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Waking Up To The Price Of Corruption

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 23, 2012

Ben Ofosu-Appiah, Tokyo, Japan.

South Korea went from a poor country devastated by war to an OECD member in 50 years. In the same period of time Ghana went from a country with a high potential for take off to one that stagnated at best and standards of living declined or backwardness.

About $500m of public funds are embezzled or misappropriated every year even when over 40% of the people live below the poverty line ($1.25/day). Majority of people do not have electricity, clean drinking water, and access to primary health care. Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inquiries since 2000 have seen billions of dollars of state money misappropriated but very few prosecutions and negligible success in retrieving these stolen cash. Corruption destroys development and we all, I believe want our country to develop to become an advanced society with just opportunities for all. Dissipation of national revenues through corruption has left little legacy of development. Read the rest of this entry »

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Woyo 2 PaC, and NDP Protagonists. Critical News, 16th September 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 16, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We finally did what Ghana does best when we are in dire straits.  We deflected the intervention to the Clergy and a “Collective National Consciousness” to resolve a looming constitutional crisis with religious persuasion.  After the TUC, CDD, GII and others including former Finance Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo added their pleas, the Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, chose to stay with the law.  “District-Four-Five” has dragged Parliamentarians to work during their break, with complaints from many of them that there really is no work to do.  This week, we lost a couple of days because papers for discussion were not ready and therefore no business could be traded.  Then again we had no quorum in the house and Parliament failed to sit.   The NPP minority claim the only reason Parliament is back is for CI78 to mature.  The NDC say there is other business, yet when Parliament was recalled, I distinctly heard the Government side say it was to ensure that the CI78 would get the mandatory 21 days sitting.  This week, I have had it up to my chin about this 45 districts matter.  The Supreme Court has set Wednesday 19 September to hear the interlocutory injunction to stop Parliament from discussing CI78.  There are several other cases piling up on the same and related matter and the Supreme Court has to rise to the level of conscious urgency we require.  This is not the time to stay within a strict holiday regime. Read the rest of this entry »

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Campaign Waiver. Critical News, 22nd July 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 23, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am weary this week.  The Woyome case is not moving at an adequate pace, and because I am hoping that some big names will be dropped so we can move the democracy process ahead, I am weary with the slowly developing case.  The Supreme Court is also yet to fix a date to hear Martin Amidu’s challenge on the illegality of the case (Woyome) and it looks like we are heading for a limp Parliamentary recess.  Parliament rises next week, due back in October, and we do not have too many calendar days to voting day.  I love it when Parliament recesses with mega issues to close the year so when the Minority in Parliament created a big palaver this week to do with a Constitutional Instrument regarding the creation of 45 new districts, I kind of perked up a bit.  But I am weary.  Water issues, electricity dom so, dom so, judgment debt here today, challenged tomorrow?  I am feeling the grind of non-deliverables. Read the rest of this entry »

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