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Indemnity for The Mike Oquayes, Not for JJ

Sat, 3 Dec 2011 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“The second deputy speaker of Parliament and NPP MP for Dome Kwabenya, Professor

Mike Ocquaye, has once again rejected suggestions for the indemnity clauses in the

1992 constitution to be removed. The Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Graphic reported

that the Constitution Review Commission has recommended the expunging of the clauses

that seek to protect all coup makers from prosecution, in its report expected to be

presented to President Mills on December 12. The indemnity clauses of the 1992

Constitution have shielded coup makers in Ghana including ex-President J. J Rawlings

from possible prosecution for acts and omissions committed during their reign”

(Ghanaweb November 30, 2011).

Mike Ocquaye has it all

Pimping wealth for himself

Retailing poverty for all

From politricking politics

Like all pen-armed robbers

Garlanded in folly suits

Mike Ocquaye has it all

Mansions in Dome-Kwabenya

Hotels in Dome-Kwabenya

Dome-Kwabenya has nothing

It has beleaguered gutters

It has pot-holed roads

It has poor electricity

It has poor sanitation

It has no health centers

These are his indemnity

The Mike Ocquayes

The educated thieves

They treasure Indemnity

Treasure it more than JJ

Indemnity is their oxygen

In the sadistic mirror of guilt

Oquaye evokes Indemnity

Mike Ocquaye’s Trojan virus

Of safeguarding Indemnity

Of militating against coups

Of nursing national stability

Ocquaye makes JJ the SAINT

The saintly SAINT of Ridge

JJ makes Ocquaye the SATAN

The SATAN of Dome-Kwabenya

The SATAN of graft, greed

Of the greedy bastards

Of the pen-armed robbers

Ocquaye, the old professor

The petal of yesteryear

Who used to wear faded khaki

Who used to wear aging sandals

Beaming in a bored car

Straddling roads of uncertainty

Today the poor Ocquaye is rich

Rich and enriched by politics

Rolling along in new cars

Tied to a tired colonial tie

The old Professor has it all

Let us be bold, bold, bold

Bold to call them thieves

The pen-armed robbers

Garlanded in indemnity suits

Bloating with big Englishes

Worse than armed-robbers

Sadistic pen-armed robbers

They who kill in the millions

They who kill slowly

Killers of the dream

Chameleons of wealth

Elitist educated thieves

Who enrich themselves

Who kill the masses

Bureaucratic mosquitoes

That suck the masses dry

That dehydrate the masses

Like grass in Harmattan

That dehydrate the masses

Of empowerment

Of conscientization

Of enrichment

The old rolling professor

The petal of yesteryear

The sage of political science

Who used to wear khaki

Who used to wear aging sandals

Beaming in a bored car

Straddling roads of uncertainly

Today the poor Prof is rich

Rolling along in new cars

Masquerading in suits

Tied to a tired colonial tie

Go to Dome-Kwabenya

Go and count the mansions

Several huge mansions

On acres of land

Mansions from politics

Ocquaye’s mansions

Ocquaye’s hotels

Mansions he didn’t have

Not as a poor Prof

In the mirror of guilt

Evocation of Indemnity

Makes JJ the SAINT of Ridge

Makes Ocquaye the SATAN

Satan of Dome-Kwabenya

The Satan of graft, greed

Of our greedy politicians

Of the greedy bastards

Of the pen-armed robbers

The killers of the dream

*Akadu N. 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

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.