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A Corruption of Perchers. Critical News, 28th September 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 28, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My story of the week. The IGP was looking for one Richard Frimpong Dardo for an alleged deal he made to host money. Apparently they had been looking for a while but never suspected that he could be the man behind Vicky Hammah.

Then luckily for them, Frimpong did the unthinkable and one morning refused a mounting request from Vicky. It precipitated a fight of sorts and Vicky sashayed to the police station to report domestic abuse.

Now I don’t believe the details of the story by a stretch of the imagination, because both Vicky and Frimpong said out of the ordinary things, but it is such a creative piece of work I can’t but admire the backlash for Frimpong. Vicky was on the path to the one million she so desires, and Frimpong’s perching on her back provided close to a quarter of the solution.

Oh Vicky, Frimpong, why did you fight about “sᴐri kᴐ pra”? Something all humans look forward to? Many a child has been brought to the world when the morning breeze is cool, birds are chirping and the air is fresh with newly released oxygen from trees and shrubs; when the earthy smell rises to meet every hiss and moan. Why?

I don’t know what the IGP’s other interests are in the case, but me I would just love to hear in detail, the backend of this case. Vicky, let’s me and you have a chat. Just holla! Read the rest of this entry »

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MERBAN Transformed. Critical News, 24th November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 24, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

There are serious issues to discuss this week and next, so forgive me if my humor does not burst through as normal.  I have a national budget to talk about, possible backdoor sale of a bank, a panel review of Supreme Court Judges’ involvement in the election petition and my own petition to CHRAJ on the GYEEDA program.

How can you find humor in these matters?  Maybe Vicky Hammah will have the last laugh.  She might be asked to party with the eight-member panel headed by Justice Date-Baah without the Attorney General’s gracious face, she excused herself for some reason, I hope it was a possible conflict of interest.

So I was in “The Skuup” on Friday, waiting for a car service to be completed and did the unthinkable, went to use the toilet.  WC had no seat cover, water was in short supply in the closet, but the floor was totally flooded and the door would not shut properly.  Don’t go there if you have a choice.  This is the toilet facility of an International Press Center, a meeting place for journalists and training ground for the discerning fraternity.  I won’t comment on the food, but hygiene in a toilet is so essential; I left very concerned that we should continue to allow facilities like that to be licensed by the AMA.  I rest my case. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reverse Gear. Critical News, 17th November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 17, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

If ever there is a clear visible indicator of economic downturn in Ghana, it is on the streets of Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Koforidua.

Accra, Saturday morning, driving from McCarthy Hill to Kaneshie, a trip that takes at least an hour, I was at the Obetsebi-Lamptey roundabout and on to the Graphic Road overpass in twenty-three minutes flat.  The usual hawkers selling neatly nestled “puna yam” propped in stiff arms, practicing balancing principles fashioned by poverty un-wants, were all sitting by the wayside, the fast-moving traffic making their morning trade temperate and disappointing.

I was heading for Osu Oxford Street, needed to get something interesting but useless for a visiting friend.  You know, the cloth bands with Ghana emblazoned, or a cheap mask, poorly finished and black polished, maybe a bangle of cheap brass, like that.

So I nearly go through Oxford Street without realizing it.  There is no traffic on the road, it is about eleven O’clock and I am elated, then suddenly my money and economic nose kicks in and I wonder why so light?  Now I am talking to all the vendors, trying to understand what it is.  Kwaku Seth, trying to sell me some cheap woven stuff for two cedis, gets fed up and abandons me after I ask more questions than make a purchase, Affum Essien (he took his last name from you know who) pumping me to buy a belt I do not need and Binka from Burkina Faso, in a wheel chair, hawking cheaply finished brass products, using his handicap for emotive selling.  Then the crown jewel of my morning popped up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hammah Head. Critical News, 10th November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 10, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Last week I thought things were going to get boring, and I underestimated the Ghanaian politician’s penchant to develop juicy stories.  I never really thought of Victoria Hammah as a political force and frankly the only image I have of her is the similarity of her backside to first lady Lordina Mahama.  In this regard, JDM has not failed in his consistency to showcase an African landmark to the world and has opened a new criterion for ministerial selection, exploited by Vicky’s NPP election rival Ursula Owusu.  Vicky Hammah once was a presenter on Multi TV and she says so herself, it was a tough challenge.

The news of her dismissal created a mass of media and political scrambling, proportional to advance and rearguard tactics.  Vicky’s intelligence is not a light boast.  She clearly knows what this politics is all about and the speed of her dismissal promptly shuts her door but puts a slack mouth in the open.  Government tacitly accepted some accuracy in her statements when she was terminated within hours after the tape went viral.  Even the BBC, bless their hearts, carried the story.  But will she holler further?  Is her head smart enough to filter through the mess she is in?  A ruined political carrier?  The conversation was innocuous enough, more gossip about Nana Oye and Rachel Appoh and her boss Omane Boamah to some extent, but it was the little tsunamis that must have made the dismissal. Read the rest of this entry »

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