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Timidity Is The New Revolution. Critical News, 11th May 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 12, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I posted a very historical “Lest We Forget” piece on my Blog this week, written by a very good friend Kwasi Gyan Appenteng.  Down memory lane to 1983, he strolls through time with palpitating nostalgia that hit hard and made me reminisce about times gone by, when revolution meant violence and student agitation shut down the University for two years.  When I first saw the email subject matter, I thought, great, Kwasi has not forgotten Kume Preko and the murder of Ahonga and Ahulu, when we marched against economic hardship and VAT on 11 May 1995, but alas his hike was different.  I found this recount of the crimes by ACDR’s (revolutionary guards as then called) a not-to-be-forgotten history of what happened that day.  It is a painful Marxist memory of Ghana, after the nebulous Nkrumaism, which masked cult worship as an Africanus paradigm but really meant constitutional dictatorship.

This publication from Modern Ghana.com is short enough to repeat verbatim and carries the key mixes then and today.

The article was headed

“KUME PREKO” On CNN, BBC” Read the rest of this entry »

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Akatamanso Over Rotten Planks. Critical News, 2nd September 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 2, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I breezed past Mantse Agbonaa last week for the NPP rally.  It was jammed, and as usual the uncouth motorbike gangs were riding rough and claiming street ownership, no rules, no regulations, scared policemen, watching from a distance.  I got into a minor scuffle with a group of them bursting through the windows of a car, hazards and lights on, with horns blaring as if there was an ambulance call.  I refused to pull to the side of the road and that started the scuffle.  I was lucky that afternoon.  My gray hair was in full bloom, no haircut for 3 weeks.  End of story, some sensible official bystander pulled me away and calmed them down.  It left me thinking this election violence is the real deal.  I am going to find a driver/bodyguard.  These gangs are spiraling out of control and becoming a problem for the MTTU. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ablakwabish, Mills and The Resurrection. Critical News, 1st July 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 1, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I have two “did they hear me’s” this week.  Martin Amidu has taken up personally what they would not allow him to do as Attorney General.  I said a couple of weeks back that Martin must give back to the tax payer through his vigilante crusade, what we paid for him to become a lawyer.  This week, I read his salvo to the Supreme Court, I am still grinding my way through it, but I think the gist of his petition does what the AG should be doing to ensure that Agbesi Woyome is essentially prosecuted to the fullest and is clearly found guilty (paraphrasing mine).  So, I feel vindicated.

When the Supreme Court fixes a date for the hearing, I urge all Ghanaians to make their way to the Court halls and I dare Government to declare a holiday and place large screen TVs out in the gardens for the spill over.  I dare Government.  We will have our own Martin day and the taxpayer’s money will not have been in vain.  Will other “Martins” please stand up?  We need you now. Read the rest of this entry »

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President Mills Cannot See The Problem

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 26, 2012

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

As far back as July 2009 I wrote a piece on the Quality Grain Rice saga, which triggered a $22million loss to the Government of Ghana.  I wrote that piece under a series which I themed “A Guide to Corruption”.  The link to the article is here.  http://www.modernghana.com/news/230489/1/a-guide-to-corruption-in-ghana.html

When Mr. Atta Mills was made Vice President and put in charge of the economic management team, he inherited the Quality Grain Rice project. He later testified to a court presided over by Justice D. K. Afreh in April 2003, that “ …. throughout my four years as vice president, there was no project which occupied more of my time than this Quality Grain Project”.

There were many red flags all over the case at the time and they were all ignored.  The government failed to join in several suits against Ms. Cotton.  They (Government) did not accept the FBI’s (who finally prosecuted and jailed Ms. Cotton in the USA) invitation to sue Ms. Cotton.  Prof. Mills said the reason for inaction was because the Government “had a “trump” card” – a deed of indemnity and a floating charge on assets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stigmatization: a diversionary political strategy

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 2, 2012

By Prosper Yao Tsikata

The recent revolting development in Ghanaian politics, whereby stigmatization of certain individuals for perceived or real “abnormalities” is fast becoming a diversionary scheme to distract from the gigantic developmental issues that confront our country.

When news broke out in the run-up to the 2008 general elections that then National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, John Evans Atta-Mills, was sick and hallucinating, party aficionados saw it as a propagandist scheme by the ruling government to stigmatize him in order to declare him unfit for the highest office of the land. While there are constitutional provisions that prohibit the sick from holding office, especially if the sickness potentially impedes his/her ability to discharge the duties of the presidential office, the accusation could be regarded as speculative in the absence of any tangible evidence. 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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The NDC At The Crossroads: Unattractive And Just Another Political Party Without Rawlings

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 13, 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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January 2011: Half – time for the Professor’s Presidency

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 6, 2011

By Prof. T. P. Manus Ulzen, tulzen@yahoo.com

The Mills administration is at about the half –way mark of its mandate. Yes, mandate is the word. With a margin that sent the Bush – Gore election to the Supreme Court in Florida, Ghana showed the world that we at least understood democratic elections. However, the nuances of democratic governance seem to have escaped us over the last two years. 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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