5/7/2012 3:02:11 PM -
I've had the occasion to tell you and my compatriots that ours was a country full of jokers. I still stand by those words because nothing new has happened to make me change my mind. Indeed, it is becoming more obvious that those at the helm of affairs today are nothing but a bunch of jokers.
A friend and I boarded a taxi last week and chanced upon an interesting show blaring from the speakers of the car's radio. What station it was, I could not tell. Apparently, the presenter was bored and wanted to spice the show with a comic interlude. And what a great comic interlude it was!
It was a recording of a recent parliamentary proceeding with the 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Doe Adjaho, in the chair. In the course of a serious debate, the Hon. Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu North dropped a bombshell. He alluded that Hon. Hackman Owusu Agyemang had said the 1st Deputy Speaker was a man whose words should not be taken seriously.
In comes the 1st Deputy Speaker, 'Hon. Hackman, did you say that?'
'Did you call me to speak?' Hon. Hackman replied.
Hon. Adjaho repeated the question and Hon. Hackman repeated the answer. The Kokonsa MP for Ketu North then came in and reiterated his earlier claim.
A visibly infuriated Hon. Adjaho then told Hon. Hackman that he expected him to know better and not answer the Speaker's question with another question; but Hon. Hackman stood his grounds. The Konkonsa MP then butted in and said, 'He said it; he said it.'
At that moment, the three of us in the taxi, my friend, the driver and I, could not help but burst into laughter at the comedy being played out by our legislators. 'What a joke!' my friend exclaimed.
When I later pondered over the drama, I wondered if the 1st Deputy Speaker would have acted the way he did if the Konkonsa MP had told him that a colleague MP had bad-mouthed the leader of the main opposition party. The obvious answer is NO. He most probably would have ruled that the Konkonsa MP was out of order and kill the matter once and for all.
Come to think of it, assuming he did say what the Ketu North MP accused him of, do you think Hon. Hackman has any justification in saying so? Just reflect upon the past performances of the 1st Deputy Speaker as Chairman of the Appointments Committee and when he sat in for the Speaker and tell me whether Hon. Hackman was justified or not. I have an opinion but I will shelve it for fear of being killed with a bulldozer. You know I'm but a small fly.
Oh, yes! Ours is the only country where even a sledgehammer is considered too small a tool to use in killing a fly. The tool used in killing flies in this country is a bulldozer and operated by no less a person than the Vice-President himself.
Coming at the heels of the 'Kill-a-fly-with-bulldozer' theory was the Chief Constable's assurance that his outfit would stem the tide of indiscipline that has afflicted the nation in recent times. It is very refreshing to hear assurances from the IGP, but I dare say assurances are not enough.
At the peak of lawlessness in Odododiodio, the best protection the IGP could offer the victims was assurance. Unfortunately, his assurance could not protect them from the mayhem unleashed by the Nii Lantey-led thugs. Certainly, to such victims, assurances from the IGP could be nothing but unadulterated comedy.
The IGP has a herculean task of convincing me and my compatriots of the genuineness of his assurances to protect all of us, irrespective of party colouration. I doubt if the victims of Chereponi rambo, Akwatia jihadists and Agbogbloshie assassins would take his assurances seriously.
Assurances and promises are good, but the IGP should please spare us because assurances and promises are for politicians. All we need is for the police to enforce the law without fear or favour. Anything short of that is pure comedy.
I've time without number heard some of my compatriots say that some people are beating war drums in this country. Surprisingly, I've not heard the sound of any such drum. Maybe my rabbit-like ears have lost their hearing power. Or maybe I'm living in another country.
Obviously, calling on the police to be fair and just in the performance of their duties cannot be said to be beating war drums. Neither can anybody refer to calling on one's compatriots to stand up for their right as an act of treason. Indeed, only jokers and comedians will say calling on the police to be fair and entreating one's compatriots to stand up for their right amount to beating war drums.
Abusuapanin, we all know that 'mouth no be gun'. However, the reverse is the case in the land of jokers. So do not be surprised when you hear that your beloved nephew is charged with treason, genocide and terrorism for speaking his mind. Indeed, is it not only in this country that vice-presidents gleefully kill flies with bulldozers?
You see, anybody can kill a fly. But it is only a comedian who will kill a fly with a bulldozer. Massa, I love living in this country because it is never short of comedians!