Your left and went to spend Christmas in Dubai. Whilst the fellow citizens you left behind were working out the implications of new fuel prices, a new VAT rate, higher prices for water and electricity.Every palm wine and akpeteshie bar; every restaurant and fufuo and tuo joint; every shade tree under which draughts or oware is played; every dusty ground that is breeding the next Muntari; every hospital waiting area and every market bargaining corner, was awash with intense discussion of your Government’s incredible deeds:Was it really true that the same Zoomlion that woefully cannot collect Accra’s refuse, was allowed to form companies that obtained lucrative contracts under GYEEDA?Did amounts disbursed by GYEEDA to so-called contractors for no work done really amount to hundreds of millions of Cedis?Did SADA really spend millions on the non-breeding of guinea fowls?And whilst GYEEDA and SADA were still on everyone’s lips, did your Government’s Revenue Authority really dispense scores of millions of Cedis to a company which had not yet collected a penny’s tax for the Authority?
You hate corruption, you claimed. Because corruption amounts to mass murder.Corruption amounts to mass murder? And you cannot arrest people suspected of “mass murder”?Which lawyer told you that? Mr T…. ?Mr President, go to any police station in the country. Go to the counter-back and ask some of the people you see, why they are languishing there.You will hear, Sir, things like “my master said 130 Cedis had vanished from his bag and he thinks I stole it!!”“The police stopped my taxi and I could not produce my driving licence and they said I didn’t have one, so they put me at counter-back!”“A fraud complaint against me is yet to go to court, but the police said I would interfere with witnesses if I was bailed, so they put me at counter-back.”Mr President, people who are SUSPECTED of committing such minor crimes, fill the jails and even prisons of this country. But those who are suspected – in your own words – of committing crimes that amount to mass murder, to wit, stealing huge public funds that could be used to: buy medicine for our hospitals; buy books for our school children and students; repair the roads that are used by lorries to bring food to markets and also promote other economic activities by making it easier to move from one town to another; provide the funds that can make it easier for our security organisations to protect us; buy the correct type of vehicles to collect rubbish from our cities’ streets and prevent the gutters from stinking to high heaven; buy pumps and other machinery that can dig boreholes to provide our rural dwellers with water, or beef up the water supplies of urban areas like Takoradi (which today, is learning what the residents of Ashale Botwe and other areas of Accra have known for years, namely, that publicly-supplied water is a luxury to be enjoyed only by a few! ….
You can see huge sums of money pocketed from Government coffers in a myriad of corrupt contracts and other operations. But you only attack the culprits with your lips.
\But all you ever do, Mr President, is to say, I will do this! I will do that!
I hereby award you the Order of the Clanging Cymbal, First Class Division.
(By the way: Translation of “Clanging Cymbal” — for those who are challenged in English – is “Empty barrels make the most noise!”