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My Cross Too Bare. Critical News, 15th September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 15, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Making a small stop at the local Engen station just before Weija, I met a most interesting person.  Kwayemu Mensah sells herbal concoctions with a skill that engaged my mind for close to 45 minutes.  Waiting for a quick oil change before my trip to Cape Coast on Saturday, which I abandoned when I got to Mankessim because the roundabout was choked to grid lock, Kwayemu was prescribing medicines to all around him, explaining his solutions, throwing in a few “ntosuo” prayers and his customers were lapping it up.

Previously, as I drove into the station, I was approached by a very attractive young twenty something swaying thirty-eight inch hips in stretch jeans and a Tee Shirt struggling to hold back perky breasts, who pitched me with a health shop flyer, offering herbal, massage and other solutions in direct competition to Kwayemu’s partially broken herbal basket packed with deep rust brown discarded Voltic bottles of fluid guaranteed to cure Kooko, erectile dysfunction, early ejection, general body pains, urine difficulties and any disease you could conjure. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Happened To Us? Critical News, 1st September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 1, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

It is over.  With a finality that left us numb and confused, Thursday morning, prepped for the 10am start, like many other Ghanaians I had a good breakfast with family, our mindsets tuned to a historical upheaval of one sort or another and we weren’t disappointed.  We had a historical event, it ended so quickly even the Petition and Respondent lawyers did not understand the verdict.  Watching aghast, both sides tried to digest the decision, neither the NDC nor the NPP realizing it was over.  So not seeing the NPP roaring a win, the NDC figured they had won and started waving white handkerchiefs.  Were Ghanaians disappointed?  What happened to us?  Accra went mute, Kumasi shut down, Takoradi just closed shop and the NDC party itself could only celebrate at their Headquarters.  The streets went silent and traffic flowed in an uneasy stream, reflecting Ghanaians’ response to the judgment.

We sat on tenterhooks from December when the NPP filed its petition to annul the results of the 2012 elections, we waited patiently through as much of the legal shenanigans as we could possibly imbibe and we waited as the Supreme Court Judges disrespected us for three hours until they filed in at 1pm for Justice Atuguba to fumble through his opening statement, his attempted apology failing abysmally to convey the sense of turmoil, which we all knew there would be, but in the end, on behalf of his fellow Justices, in less than fifteen minutes, they confused all Ghana and diminished our stature on the world stage.  Our singular chance to assert to Africa that dictators and politicians are finally displaced, replaced by law and justice went out the window with fifteen-minute justice deadness. All the admonishing and berating free speech advocates, the tough talk from the Bench in the run up, petered into a whimpered decision.  No explanations, our logic will be available in seven days.  See the Registrar. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 2012 Election Trial Is For Constitutional Rights And Sovereignty

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 4, 2013

By ERIC EDUSEI, Virginia, USA

If anybody had predicted that a black person would become the leader of the free world (the United States of America) in my life time, I would have labeled that person as a dreamer. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, he never believed that he would be vanquished because Birnamwood to high Dunsinan (trees and land) could not possibly move against him. Although, it seemed impossible it did happened. What is strange under the sun; where are historical figures like Saddam Hussein and Muhammad Gaddafi in our lives today? We know in our biblical history where Lazarus was restored to life having died for four days which reinforces our believe that with God everything is possible. This ‘Trial of the Century’ should not shock any one because it is only an attempt to ensure sanity in our democracy, guarantee fundamental fairness and a promise of better life for generations to come. It is not about NDC or NPP but the restoration and preservation of our sovereignty to elect our leaders. It is our right and we demand it.  The revolution to emancipate this nation from corruption; ensure sanity and accountability is still ongoing because we cannot as a country allow few disgruntled people at the Electoral Commission to manipulate our electoral process and decide the fate of over 25 million people. This is ridiculous and unacceptable, and I thank everybody who is in the mill to fight this monstrous canker. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cancel The Budget, Who Used A Power Point?. Critical News, 7th April 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 7, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This week, we started chucking out the Chinese Galamsey operators and President Mahama had to set time aside to reassure our Asian friends that we do appreciate them and we want them to stay and work with us.  He couldn’t be more wrong and this is where I have problems with my President.  He is a history graduate and I expect that he will at least remember some stuff that happened in our past.  I recall something about Chinese and Ashanti Goldfields and mining in Ghana from the history I read so I delved into it, and yes, we do have a history.  After the British expedition to Kumasi and the removal of Prempeh in 1896, the Government hoped to open up the new Ashanti territory for exploration (which was the reason the British wanted to conquer Ashanti in the first place anyway).  Several treaties were signed and legislation passed to encourage British companies to come in and “rape” the gold.  This led to the formation of Ashanti Goldfields in 1897 by EA Cade.  But it went further.  TE Bowdich had previously painted a tantalizing picture of mineral wealth in Ashanti when he gave vivid detail in his “Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee“ in 1819.  In 1897 there was an attempt at public enterprise when then Governor Sir William Maxwell was authorized to spend 1,000 on a scheme for alluvial gold mining, complete with imported Chinese miners and prospectors.  It was a very unpopular promotion.  The idea had been canvassed many times before by others on the grounds that it would “stimulate the lazy African to competition” (CO/96/218); by the District Commissioner at Axim, followed by the Colonial Office enquiries to Hong Kong in 1889.  Again, Maxwell in a memo on “Coolie Immigration to the Gold Coast”.  But in an Op-ed on 20 October 1897, The Gold Coast Express bucked this idea, and on behalf of its people, said “We do not want the “celestials” in West Africa on any account …. China is large enough surely for her own people”.  That is our mining history with the Chinese.  So if they (Chinese) are not feeling too comfortable in today’s Ghana, it is a deep-grained problem.  Now, we need their money so we accommodate their disregard of our laws.  But you have to go and try and live and work in China to experience how they treat African immigrants there.  Ghanaians have no special place in the hearts of the Chinese, our gold holds the attraction and our poverty holds back the legislation necessary for us to create win-win regulation to control reckless exploration and river pollution. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Want To Be Mayor. Critical News, 13th January 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 13, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Of Accra.  But before I start making the case, the Supreme Court opened the NPP petition challenging the election results and possible cheating by the NDC and the Electoral Commissioner.  The NDC has filed to be joined in the fight because they believe the future of President Mahama is tied to the fortunes of the Party and they want to argue that case before the court with no other lead person than Tsatsu Tsikata.  That choice is quite symbolic, meant to scare the NPP defense.  Tsatsu carries the reputation of a jurisprudence expert and previous encounters with the Supreme Court have been a bruising challenge.  And he is the top gun in their legal petition for this. Read the rest of this entry »

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In The Supreme Court, Governance Reloaded. Critical News, 30th December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 30, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

End of the year, the last Critical News of 2012 and next year starts off just as exciting if not more exciting.  We have traveled a very interesting path this year with economic success and political peace pipes, yet there is so much more needed.  Our oil discoveries are improving; we have $3billion of Chinese money to spend and looming judgment cases in court.  We have major legislation to enact for freedom of information, economic policies to change and another year fighting the banks for access to capital.  Industry has to grow and the Ghana Stock Exchange has finally announced that it will introduce a new Ghana Alternate Index (GAX) to encourage small and medium enterprises to list on the market.  All encouraging and exciting and we must show the will to change and implement.

So the New Patriotic party filed its challenge to the 2012 election results and Johnson Asiedu Nketia of the NDC said publicly that any idiot could go to the Supreme Court in Ghana.  Well, some idiots filed a petition to challenge, according to them, the idiocy of an attempt to manipulate the future of Ghana by his party. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critical News, 22nd August 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 23, 2010

There couldn’t have been a better week for democracy in our Ghana, this week.  The NDC party, not the Government, went on public record to state their intention to clean the judge’s benches and served notice to the Chief Justice of her perceived bias in recent rulings by the judiciary.  Following the decision to allow Kwadwo Mpiani and Wereko Brobbey to walk without a recommendation to formally charge them with any offence, the judges explanation of his understanding of the law, so completely baffled both opposing sides that the NPP claimed it as a vindication of their innocence and the NDC took up arms against the law.  The pity of it all is that the NDC party, which has not been able to dissociate itself from the Government, thought they should threaten mayhem and cause fear and panic across board by resurrecting the murder of judges under the (p)NDC, which no adult of voting age in Ghana has forgotten.  We are reminded of this event every time we pass in front of the Courts in Accra. Read the rest of this entry »

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