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05.10.2022 Feature Article

Are we becoming a banana republic reeling from rule-by-clever-idiots?

Are we becoming a banana republic reeling from rule-by-clever-idiots?
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Feeling incredibly weak recently, dear critical-reader, I decided to go for my annual medical check-up, to find out what possibly could be the root-cause, of that worrying new development, physiological constitution-wise.

I was horrified to discover that I had actually contracted a very, very bad-case of typhoid - a truly horrific infection: which I wouldn't wish on even my worst enemies. Hmmm, life...

I was incredibly lucky that the diligent young physician assistant, who treated me, did so with such empathy and patience - despite the pressures it was so obvious, to one, that virtually all the staff there face, daily, having to find ingenious ways to serve so many marginalised financially-challenged individuals, well, as is humanly possible. Kudos to all of them. I salute all of them - particularly Physician Assistant, Joseph Ofori, who impressed me so much, and to whom I shall be eternally grateful, for saving the ebbing life of a cantankerous old man, in the twilight-years of his allotted time-span, on this plane.

As someone, who was lucky enough, in better days, to have the private-sector's Finney Hospital, as my go-to healthcare facility, I was glad that the Catholic Health Department's St. Gregory's Catholic Hospital, at Gomoa Buduburam's Camp Liberia refugee settlement area, was sufficiently well-resourced, enough, to serve one.

Like many other retired folk, one has had to downsize most aspects of one's daily existence - because of the hydra-headed, inflation-induced acute-cost-of-living crisis, now being faced by virtually all in our country, rich and poor alike. My rent, for example, has gone up from a little under GHc500, to a wealth-wrecking GHc1000 - now the going-rate for houses with that size of floor-space. Hmmm, ey3nsem piiiiii, oooo, Ghanafuo.

To ensure that the typhoid epidemic raging across Gomoa Buduburam, and its environs ends quickly, when fully recovered, one will now start focusing on launching a social media campaign, to stop the shameless Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), from continuing to pump incredibly dirty water, through its distribution pipeline network (especially in our State Housing Company estate, at Gomoa Buduburam), and has the gall to charge for that health damaging dangerous water, too. Abominable. Unpardonable. Unspeakable.

In light of all the above, the question that the wise and aspirational Africans living in our homeland Ghana have to ponder over is: Now that we are experiencing rule by clever-idiots, are we heading towards becoming a banana republic, anaaa?

Most of the members of Ghana's public-sector's professional classes, now appear to be focusing their creativity, mainly on generating nokofio-brown-envelope-cash opportunities - not on the work they were employed, in the first place, to do for the common-good of the masses in Nkrumah's Ghana. Pity.

Ghanafuo, clearly, we are heading towards becoming a banana republic, and reeling from the egregious-consequences, of experiencing rule-by-clever-idiots. Hmmm, Oman Ghana - enti y3wieye paaaa enei? Asem kesie, bi, ebeba debi ankasa, oooo. Yooooooo...

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