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My Useless Vote. Critical News, 4th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 4, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We have to vote because it is the only way we can remove a government in Ghana. The other methods; votes of no confidence, impeachment, and if you want to follow JJ’s example or even maybe Antwi’s way, we won’t hail you. So we are stuck. Somewhere between Kulungugu and Half Assini, we have no say in how we remove a non-performing government.

That is where we are and that is what makes the voting matter so very important, we cannot even start jesting and being opaque with anything voting related.

I would like to hear the new Electoral Commissioner come out and tell me what she believes in. A few people have told me I am rushing the issue and she is demonstrating her capacity. But what I am saying is, no!, we must hear straight from her mouth what she believes in.

When she was offered the position and before she accepted, didn’t she know the register was the most contentious issue in our voting? I am not on the cards to be given any appointment by this government, but I will sure as hell not take any position or job offered by anyone, especially if it is for reward, if I am not clear that my vision dovetails into the offer and the philosophy of the employer.

So I think she should come out boldly and say whether she believes that the register is her critical task at this time and she will do everything to make sure we have a register that is not contentious in the after-vote event. I would like to hear her mind. 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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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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Let Us Nullify MPs Common Fund (Constitutional Amendment Needed)

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 13, 2012

By ERIC AGBESI DZOKOTO, Eric Djagbesiydd@yahoo.com>

Discerning citizens have watched with glee since the inception of the Fourth Republic the utilisation of the MPs Common Fund, which was provided for in the 1992 Constitution and institutionalised. It has become a largesse for the political class. Where is the accountability element? Some of us did not wish that the democracy   How come that the framers of the Constitution and the Consultative Assembly did not leave MPs to concentrate on their core business of law making and playing their watch door roles or oversight responsibility of the executive branch of state. In fact, there is too much wastage of state resources by our so called leaders across board and it is high time Civil Society Organisations wake up and confront the seeming monitisation of the Ghanaian polity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critical News, 25th October, 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 3, 2010

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

Jerry “Oedipus” John “Rex”.  Now here is a conundrum.  I seem to be caught in a whirl, writing about these puzzles all the time these days.  Either that, or I do “riddle-riddle”?  RIDDLE!  “What name do you give to a founder of a political party who is so pissed off he won’t even talk to his hand picked successor?”  Answer, “His Jerryship”! And he is very upset with the people he owns.  They dare to go about making false statements about him and peddling untruths.  Not enough that their leader Prof. Mills has abandoned the path of NDC probity and accountability and is out there disrespecting his Jerryship.  I published His Jerryship’s full statement last week, please read it in full for history’s sake.  So JJ is upset with Mills as he was with Kuffuor and all others who have preceded him in Government and he will be upset with Nana Akufo Addo, should he win in 2012.  But TV Africa with Fred Chidi on “Matters Arising”, put on a very interesting panel.  Alhaji and Alhaji – Rawlings critic, Ras Mubarak – confused militant and Kobby Fiagbe, editor of The Lens.  With Ras attempting an interpretation of JJ, which these days means accusing everybody of something without saying clearly who or what, this time tried voice and body mimicry as well.  I am afraid I didn’t really grasp the essence of his analysis and I gave up listening to him after a while.  Alhaji however, was very emphatic that all this was just gassed up for public benefit and concluded that JJ and Konadu cannot afford to carry on without the NDC.  Come 2012, he predicts a convergence of views and a single team candidate, who will NOT be Nana Konadu.  She denies she is vying for president.  But what do you call a woman president these days?  Presidentess?  Well, Nana wants to be one of those, I think.  Her 15,000 posters are all over parts of Ghana.  Can her husband handle that?  We might never live to see.  So we left the TV current affairs program with no time left, as usual, after all the radio stations had aired versions of public commentary and noise.  I am not sure if the Rawlings’ have done themselves any good this week.  We seem to have a seasonal event every month from them. We just got over the fire event, the in-law home event, the Herbert Mensah event, the AU event (Mills congratulated JJ on the front page of the Daily Graphic, probably secretly hoping he would go and pitch camp in Somalia, alas it did not happen!) and now we have this NDC event.  Two more months to the end of the year and we could yet have another one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Politicians Stealing in the name of Politics

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 17, 2010

By Dr. Kwasi Asamoah

This is a short article, but I am using it to address the legalized stealing that has become culture among our elected officials in both the NDC and NPP governments, especially the NPP government of yesteryear.  Most of them have become CAREER CORRUPT CRIMINALS (CCC) and do not deserve to be called HONOURABLES.

We should stop ALL politicians from encroaching on public lands. We do not vote them into office for them to scramble to acquire public lands to the disadvantage of the ordinary Ghanaian and Mother Ghana. Read the rest of this entry »

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