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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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Illicit Drugs And Politics – The Way Forward Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 29, 2010

By Georgette Dede Djaba, LLM Solicitor, London ,  29 November 2010

I have been extremely fascinated by developments over the past week in Ghana with regard to illicit drugs and Politicians.

On the one hand, in the red corner, we have heard the indefatigable and formidable lawyer and politician, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stating categorically that he has never done drugs and in the blue corner, Hon. Ama Benyiwa Doe MP, Minster for Central Region stating that all NPP members are drug peddlers.  What is the perception of Ghanaians abroad?

Our community based radio stations in London, in particular Focus Radio were jammed with callers asking Nana to provide a medical report to silence his critics such as the controversial maverick politician/comic Kofi Wayo called for proof of Nana’s assertion by way of blood test and current medical report.  Medical reports are confidential in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Guide To Corruption (4). President Mills Cannot and Will Not Do This!

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 28, 2009

You can read all about the Mabey and Johnson judgment from the leading websites on Ghana. Each carries the story and details what I said in an earlier breaking news alert of August 7th. At the time, I wrote about the impending implosion and chronicled the history of the Mabey and Johnson bribery of NDC executives in another Guide to Corruption. Since then we have waited patiently for September 25th and this is just the beginning. I will dare to suggest that President Mills will make a show of investigating the issues involved and former President JJ Rawlings will pretend that all this happened under his nose and he knew nothing of it, even though his senior cabinet ministers were in the thick of it, and so was his wife.

President Mills has allegedly asked the Attorney General Betty Mould Iddrissu to investigate the Mabey and Johnson case in Ghana and spare no one found guilty of the offences established by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office.

Sydney Casely-Hayford

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A guide to Corruption (2) Mabey and Johnson

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

This past Friday, August 7, 2009, the case against Mabey was postponed, to be heard on September 25th this year. The UK has to prove that it is taking these corruption charges seriously, coming in the wake of their refusal to investigate the BAE’s Saudi Arabian arms deal and other cases presently before the UK SFO. One major disclosure made by Richard Alderman, Director of UK SFO is that Mabey and Johnson has agreed to pay “reparations” to both Ghana and Jamaica for bribery offences between 1994 and 2000. This admission immediately attaches guilt of some wrongdoing. How much was given, and who was bribed on our (Ghana) side is detailed in the UK SFO submission to the court, but unfortunately presiding Judge Rivlin chose to gag the press. The information is available, we just cannot broadcast in the public yet. But it will come out. The pressure is on the NDC government to accept this reparation.

Sydney Casely-Hayford

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