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Cassava Thief Isn’t WOYOME: No Party/”Tribe”
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Cassava Thief Isn’t WOYOME: No Party/”Tribe”

Thu, 7 Jun 2012 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“Kofi Safo, a 26- year- old ex-convict, was on Friday sentenced to 10 years

imprisonment for stealing [25] cassava [plants] from a farm at Kwahu Bepong by an Mpraeso Circuit Court. Safo, who had just returned from prison after serving a five-year sentence for stealing, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced on his own plea” (Ghanaweb June 2, 2012).

Ten years in jail

For stealing cassava

Public celebration & freedom

For stealing 51 million from the state

They get state burial

For predatoring 51 million cedis

For predatoring Hotel Kufour

For predatoring CASHPRO

For predatoring Nsawam Cannery

There is no NDC

To shield you

When you are a cassava thief

There is NDC

To shield you

When you are Woyome

There are no Segbefias

To defend you from the Castle

When you are a cassava thief

There are Segbefias

To defend you from the Castle

When you are Woyome

There are no protestors

To come to your aid

When you are a cassava thief

There are protestors

To come to your aid

When you are Woyome

There are no chiefs to call you “our son”

They won’t abandon their regional poverty

Ah! To support you

When you are a cassava thief

There are chiefs to call you “our son”

They forget their regional poverty

Hmm! To support you

When you are Woyome

Pen-armed robbers are free

Administering justice

Justice in flight

Soaring like vultures

Over prey

With savage glee

Lacerating justice

Ah! Ghanaian justice has it

Like the vulture

It has its prey

Has its prey

The poor

The marginalized

The unconnected

The benighted

The illiterate

The ones in the backwater

They get 1000 seasons in jail

For taking one tuber of cassava

For taking one finger of plantain

The pen-armed robbers

The killers of the dream

The vultures among us

They get full pension

They get honor

They walk free

Pen-armed robbers

Who rob us

Who lacerate our hearts

Ah! Their tyranny of orthodoxy

*Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained

oral historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in Pennsylvania

with her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college in Maryland. In

her pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist hyperbolic, satirical”

poetry. She can be reached at akadumensema@yahoo.com

**My poems and essays on Ghanaweb and elsewhere must not be reproduced in full or in

part for any academic or scholarly work without my written permission.

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.