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18.01.2017 Opinion

Dancing To The Political Rhythm!

By Daily Guide
Dancing To The Political Rhythm!
LISTEN JAN 18, 2017

A broom is drearily sweeping up the broken pieces of yesterday’s life” – Jimi Hendrix

I have a very discordant voice when it comes to singing. In other words, I'm not a good singer. Neither can I claim to be a good dancer. I dance so clumsily that I always feel discouraged to step onto the dance floor. But not when it is a political tune like “Nana ye winner” or “Onaapo”.

You heard right, Abusuapanin. I do not hesitate to dance to any political tune because no one cares how beautiful or bizarre one's dance steps are. What matters is that there is a movement. I therefore lift my “konkonsaic” pen today to dance to the political tunes being dished out by our political actors.

Son of Man, I'm told, has finally gotten a roof under his head at Airport Residential Area (Kawukudi). After causing a lot of hubbub with his shameful request to be allowed to continue staying in his official bungalow, Mr Ogwanfunu finally withdrew the request. I'm particularly happy that common sense has finally taken control.

But come to think of it, was the request necessary at all? If he has a residence at such a plush area, why the request to continue staying in a government bungalow? Greed is indeed a very serious disease.

As for those saying there was an agreement, let them be informed that the so-called agreement has no legal legs to stand on. So Otumfuo being a witness to such an agreement does not validate it. In any case, I don't believe there was any such agreement. After all, you and I were not there!

Prior to the overwhelming endorsement my compatriots gave President Akufo-Addo and his party at the December 2016 polls, many were those who said they wouldn't sleep under his presidency. Well, he is now the president and I cannot help but wonder how they have been spending their nocturnal hours under his presidency. Perhaps, they have resorted to the use of sleeping pills to induce sleep. Or have they been keeping wake for the past ten nights with the help of Onaapo bitters?

One of such characters is Massa Kwesi Pee. He has for years claimed the new President was his friend. Ironically, he does not say anything good about his so-called friend. Indeed, if all friends are like Massa Kwesi, who needs an enemy?

Massa Kwesi was heard on radio last week ranting and raving like a rabies-infested dog. His beef is that President Ogwanfunu had done well for this country and shouldn't be lampooned. He thus entreated the former President to protect his legacy.

Legacy? Which legacy is Massa Kwesi talking about? Is it the culture of impunity by the sharp-teethed babies? Is it the encouragement of appointees to line their pockets by inflating the cost of projects at the expense of the state? Or is it the “create, loot and share” schemes by his appointees?

Talking about appointees brings to mind the recent ministerial appointments by President Akufo-Addo. As expected, the opposition saw nothing good from it. Not only did they criticize the creation of the six new ministries, but also claim most of the appointments were “jobs for the boys”.

I've heard and read many responses to the criticisms by Zu-za. But the one I consider very apt is the response from Rapper Kwame A Plus. He wonders how Zu-za could have the moral right to criticize the President's wise appointments when both Atta Mills and Mr Ogwanfunu had ministers of state at the office of the president doing nothing.

You remember Hon “Chooboi” Ankrah, don't you? He was the bloke who went dishing out freebies in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup and came crying like a baby at the Commission's hearing. After buying one kenkey for USD20 and paying USD20,000 to the person who directed him to the pepper and fish store, was he not shielded by the President and made to continue as a minister without portfolio at the Presidency?

I do not care if President Akufo-Addo's government is large or not. What matters is for efficiency to be improved and corruption brought to the barest minimum. Indeed, my compatriots would prefer a large, incorruptible and efficient government to a lean, incompetent and corrupt government. After all, is corruption not the biggest source of our poverty and underdevelopment?

In the meantime, the presidential broom has started sweeping. The MMDCE's have been swept. Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni has also been swept from the COCOBOD. The amount of rubbish under Dr Opuni's feet, I was told, could be the envy of Mount Everest.

As we wonder where the presidential broom would sweep next, I can hear the Onaapo song blaring from the stereo of a neighbour. You know I cannot resist political songs, so please allow me to go and exhibit my dancing skills.

See you next week for another interesting konkonsa, Deo volente!

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