Archive for December, 2008

Govt. (plenty) vs Tsatsu (1)

Posted on December 23, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Sympathisers of the Free Tsatsu campaign breat out into song after an address from Tsikata's wife

Sympathisers of the Free Tsatsu campaign break out into song after an address from Tsikata's wife

Esther Cobbah, wife of Tsikata said justice for her husband rests in the power of God

Esther Cobbah, wife of Tsikata said justice for her husband rests in the power of God

After a string of odd rulings, the Free Tsatsu Tsikata movement last week chalked a small victory of sorts when the Court of Appeals returned the bail pending appeal application to the high courts.

The judges unanimously agreed that Tsatsu Tsikata should have had a copy of the original judgment convicting him of causing financial loss to the state before his bail application was heard.

But the appeals court judges refrained from ruling on the conduct of the their colleague on the high court, Justice Henrietta Abban. The judges said that Abban was not biased. Judges Mariama Owusu and Judge Gyaesayor  said that it was not the judge’s fault that he did not receive the judgment in time, laying the blame on administrative failures.

Tsikata is still recuperating at the Korle Bu hospital from an asthma attack he suffered on the night of Nov. 15.

Many supporters of Tsikata gathered outside the court room after the ruling and broke out into song. ‘Tsatsu, God dey oh” was the refrain of the supporters.

The high court date has not been set but since the courts take an end of year break this week, his bail application will likely be heard early in the new year.

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In Ghana!!

Posted on December 23, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Man in colors of the New Patriotic Party on an Accra street

Man in colors of the New Patriotic Party on an Accra street

 

Word up folks,

I am posting this from Ghana where I have been for a couple of weeks. The country is as alive as ever. This coming weekend we are having a runoff election for the presidency of the country.
It is very interesting observing the campaigning for this runoff after following so closely the elections in the US.

In Ghana, billboards and posters on lampposts are the signs that elections are taking place as opposed to lawn signs with the opponents names on it. You also hear some pretty interesting songs that the parties commission and use for their ads.

Another thing you see about Ghanaian politics is the different simple ways people use to announce their allegiances. For the NDC, its a continuous rolling gesture using the two index fingers which signifies change. (After Obama, there’ll be so many ‘change’ campaigns all over the world, I guarantee it. He would make more money trademarking it than any of his books.)

For the New Patriotic Party (NPP), it is a forward motion that is consistent with their slogan, “We are moving forward.”

You also have men who have painted their bodies with the colors of the various parties. It’s all very interesting.

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