The last time that I bothered to read about what this Akufo-Addo Government-wrecking SOB was up to, Tweedle-Dee was widely reported to have paid a very private, perhaps even a secretive, visit to the residence of Tweedle-Dum, the former President of the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana, so that these two political nuisances could huddle together in a risible bid to helping “The Little Man from Kyebi” find a definitive and lasting solution to the economic problems presently besieging the country. You know, in English Literature of the kind that I have been teaching for more than a quarter-century at the State University of New York Community College in Nassau County, right here in East Garden City, Long Island, New York, there is something called “The Woman in the Attic” literary motif. Tweedled-Dee is Ghana's political equivalent of the latter among the vanguard ranks of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In reality, however, nobody who really matters to the leadership of the New Patriotic Party takes Tweedle-Dee any more seriously than a pesky fly buzzing incessant around a blob of turd or junk-rich human excrement. The fact of the matter is that this gangling and shaggy mess of a former London-shoplifting, hooky-playing urchin, legend has it, has absolutely no worthwhile sense of the workings of taxation-levy policy, else he would not be making the sort of inexcusably asinine remarks that have been widely attributed to him by the local media or press. At 50-something years old, this self-infatuated patent psychological basket case is as desperate to make himself politically relevant as a decidedly effete Tweedle-Dum, whose scandalous performance record as the “inscrutably” coronated first postcolonial-born Fourth-Republican President of Ghana is his sole claim to fame.
You see, he smugly claims that Ghanaians have the memory capacity of poultry chicken but he can rest assured that absolutely none of us have forgotten that most shameful moment in the history of the first Sub-Saharan African nation to reassert its sovereignty from European colonial imperialism, when the Second-Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister held a standing-room-only attended government-unauthorized press conference in Ghana's capital of Accra and witheringly lambasted Kwame Gonja, the well-known sobriquet of Tweedle-Dum, for gleefully supervising the barbaric maltreatment of Chinese nationals resident in Ghana, most especially those engaged in the Galamsey or small-scale illegal mining industry who, by the way, according to the Second-Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister, in 2016, had been officially and categorically invited into the country by the leadership of the environmentally predatory National Democratic Congress.
I vividly recall having written and published an article about this most shameful moment in Ghana's postcolonial international relations history. Interestingly, a couple of years later when, after making a reference to my aforesaid article, a Ghanaian woman reader of the same resident in London, UK, challenged me to locate the article in question so she could authenticate my rather “outrageous” assertions by her own perusal and enlightenment, lo and behold, My Very Dear Reader, I would discover to my utter horror, shock and dismay that the aforesaid article had literally been taken down from the Internet! This is the sort of enviable press freedom that the Tweedle-Dum Posse has been pontifically bragging about in recent weeks, in the wake of the precipitous downgrading of press freedom by the globally renowned Reporters Without Borders media watchdog establishment.
Ghanaians have also not forgotten the fact that the Chinese government's allegedly riotous and rampant maltreatment of its nationals by the Tweedle-Dum regime, came on the heels of the widely reported flat rejection of an earnest request by Tweedle-Dum, at the time the substantive President of the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana, and his then Finance and Economic-Planning Minister, Mr. Seth Terkper, for the humongous loan advance sum of some $ 2 billion (USD). Legend has it that Kwame Gonja's loan request had been promptly and categorically denied by the Xi government because these two Judgment-Debt addicted racketeers could not back up their request with any worthwhile loan-expenditure plan or program.
Indeed, it has been credibly suggested that Messrs. Tweedle-Dum and Terkper had intended to use the flatly rejected loan facility to heavily fund Tweedle-Dum's 2016 Presidential-Electioneering Campaign. You see the man has absolutely no creative talent or genius for devising inventive or worthwhile ways of resolving the country's current considerable economic difficulties. Which is also why he has been lamely accusing Nana Akufo-Addo of having diverted COVID-19 Foreign Financial Assistance into the President's 2020 Re-Election Campaign. At any rate, our Akan-speaking sages of yore are often quoted to have been fond of saying that: “If Mr. Naked promises to gift you a bolt of cotton-print, kindly listen to his 'perfectly scrutable' name.”
Now, whoever said that the success or failure of the implementation of any tax-levy policy or system can be realistically and optimally evaluated in less than two months of such implementation must be living smack in a Fool's Paradise. Then also, whoever said that Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum have not been living smack in a veritable Fool's Paradise all the while that they have been pretending to be expert at something about which they know next to absolutely nothing about?
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
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