JJ Stop Ya Na Lies & Tell us About Killing the Judges

Thu, 2 Jan 2014 Source: Mensema, Akadu Ntiriwa

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.


JJ the tribalist is inciting the North against the NPP

Anytime JJ goes to the North he incites them about Ya Na

That the NPP killed Ya Na

Anytime JJ goes to Akanland he forgets about the killing of Akan judges

The Akan judges he killed with his Ewe kinsmen

“The Dagbon Consultative Congress (DCC) has advised ex- President Rawlings to

reflect on the enormous number of precious lives lost during his ‘sadistic

pseudo-revolutionary era’ and desist from further muddling in the Dagbon crisis.

It noted that the Dagbon crisis had reached its outrageous proportions mainly as

a result of the intransigence and uncompromising posture of ex-President

Rawlings… The DCC was reacting to a statement made by Rawlings to the effect

that he knew the so-called murderers of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani. ’” (Ghanaweb, June 13,


“ [JJ] accused the NPP of masterminding the murder of the Ya-Na Andani to

prevent public resistance over the NPP's fraudulent victory in the 2000

elections and also engineered the murder of Mobila in 2004 again to prevent

public resistance against their fraudulent victory in 2004 and thus cowed the

populace to submission” (Ghanaweb, July 1, 2008).

“Former President Jerry John Rawlings has been cited as a key player in any

fresh investigations into the murder of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II. According to a

report carried by the Daily Dispatch newspaper, police officers charged to

further investigate the Ya-Na murder case are likely to collaborate closely with

former President Rawlings. He has over the years indicated that he has a fair

idea of who the killers are” (Ghanaweb April 1, 2011).

Former President Jerry Rawlings says this is the time for the people of Bawku to demand justice on the death of the Ya Na, as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not be in power forever. Addressing the people of Bawku at the 26th Anniversary of the annual Samanpiid festival celebrated by Kusasis in the Kusaug traditional area of the Upper East Region, ex-President Rawlings questioned why the people of Bawku have gone quiet on the issue of the Ya Na (Ghanaweb, December 30, 2013)

SLAINED JUDGES: Hmm! Ya Na, you are very lucky

BUTCHERED YA NA: Oh! Judges why am I the lucky one

SLAINED JUDGES: Ya Na, JJ knows your killers – the NPP

BUTCHRED YA NA: No JJ is covering up his own crimes & tribalism

SLAIN JUDGES: Ya Na tell JJ to reveal our killers too to Ghanaians

BUTCHERED YA NA: Don’t mind JJ he caused the 1994 war

SLAINED JUDGES: Eh! The Konkomba-Nanumba war too

BUTCHERED YA NA: JJ made promises to Konkombas

SLAINED JUDGES: Oh! We had been killed by then

BUTCHERED YA NA: JJ never fulfilled that promise

SLAIN JUDGES: And what was the promise

BUTCHERED YA NA: To give the Konkombas political autonomy

SLAIN JUDGES: Northerners are being exploited by JJ & NDC

BUTCHRERD YA NA: Eh! Judges don’t say that JJ will kill you

SLAIN JUDGES: Oh! Ya Na JJ can’t kill us twice

BUTCHETED YA NA : Rest in Peace Akan Judges

SLAIN JUDGES: You too Rest in Peace Ya Na

JJ’s honorific lunatic poise

Withering flower in darkness

Dead petals rising to the sun

He who knows all murderers

The killers of Mobila

The killers of Ya Na

The serial killers of women

The killer who knows all killers

But not killers of the Akan Judges

The Akan judges he killed

Oh! Ghanaians

Time to stand up to JJ

Time to end JJ’s noise

His holier than thou life

Time to abort JJ’s amnesia

Time to douse JJ’s fireball

The Ridge fireball that burnt all

Time to suffocate JJ’s social arson

JJ the probity man

The transparency man

The accountability man

He who has bedazzled all

He who has stolen nothing

He who loves the mmbrowas

But he who is hiding from it all

Hiding behind IDEMNITY clause

The keys to the two Fiat Jeeps

The deadly Fiat Campagnolas

The infamous vehicles of death

Used in abducting the Judges

The keys were on JJ’s dining table

Yet JJ knows nothing about it

The Amedekas got the keys

JJ’s supreme death squads

Roaming like night vampires

In Alavanyo, Sogakope

Abducting JJ’s opponents

The macabre death squads

Garlanded with human blood

Summoned with happiness

Marched to JJ’s House

Invaded JJ’s compound

Stormed JJ’s dining room

Picked up the car keys

JJ’s official residence

Guarded by armed soldiers

Secured by armed sentries

Yet JJ knows not the killers

Not the killers of the Akan judges

Hypocritical murderer

The killer who knows all killers

The owner of the murderous key

Car keys were chained to JJ’s house

Chained to the Rawlings’ dining table

Chained in their secured house

The modern Castle murderer

Sent hundreds to their graves

Of Kutu and others

Of BB Bismarck, Yeye Boy

Holier than thou

Mesmerizing wreck

The killer JJ is at it again

Trumpeting confusion

Devising divisiveness

Nursing rabid fear

Furnishing anger

Threatening peace

Flowering decadence

Stirring confusion

Arson-ing ethnic divides

The killer who is still killing us

*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 Ntiriwa