Kill the Neequaye-Tettehs like Mosquitoes

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 Source: Mensema, Akadu Ntiriwa

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

** Dedicated to Col. Roger J. Felli who was killed by Rawlings and his lunatics for taking a legal loan of 50, 000 “old” cedis to build a house in his hometown. And dedicated to the jobless single woman, who “stole” five fingers of plantain to feed his three children, and was jailed 5 years in prison.

“Meanwhile, Mr. Nerquaye-Tetteh, the controversial Chief State Attorney interdicted on the findings of the Economic and Organized Crime Office [EOCO] for his role in creating the avenue for bungling state officials to hand over the whopping GH¢51 million of state cash to Woyome for no work done, has sneaked back to the Attorney-General’s Department… he [is] playing the role of a Chief State Attorney without any official blinking, Mr. Nerquaye-Tetteh is, in fact, scheming to be named the next Solicitor-General of the Republic of Ghana” (Ghanaweb, June 17, 2013).

“The EOCO report said Mr. Nerquaye-Tetteh was the Chief State Attorney directly in charge of the Woyome case. [Nerquaye-Tetteh] admits that he drafted all the letters… concerning the transactions leading to the payments to Mr. Woyome…” (Ghanaweb Feb 4 2012).

“The EOCO report uncovered… that Woyome had paid a gigantic amount of GH¢400, 000 (¢4billion) into Gifty Nerquaye-Tetteh’s account” [after he had been paid GH¢58million]” (Ghanaweb Feb 9, 2012).

“Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh [writes that] ‘My only crime is that I allowed my wife to accept help from Mr. Woyome with regard to her business’” (Ghanaweb March 3, 2012).

The Nerquaye-Tettehs

Killers of the dream

Let us treat them

Treat them like pests

Like sanguinary pests

Blood-thirsty pests

Like Korle mosquitoes

Let us kill them

Kill them like MOSQUITOES

The Nerquaye-Tettehs

The educated thieves

Pen-armed robbers

In suit

In kente

In batakari

They are the killers

Of our dream

Of our hope

They are the creators

Of street kids

Of women dying in childbirth

Of families unable to pay school fees

Of jobless youth

They are builders

Of pot-holed roads

Of saddled electricity, water, oxygen

Oh! The elitist pen-robbers

Killers of the dream

Of our postcolonial dreams

Of managing our own affairs

Of our eternal self-sufficiency

Of Africanizing independence

Ah! Nerquaye-Tetteh

The pen-armed robber

Uses his bloody pen

Ah! Write to all of us

Judicial letter of dishonesty

Judicial letter of deceit

Ah! His letter of conceit

Just like indebting his wife

His collateral wife

His pawn

Prostituted to greedy Woyome

Gifting Gifty to greedy Woyome

Oh! For the gift of ten percent

Poured into Gifty’s ACCOUNT

Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh

Put up his wife for sale

Pawned his wife as pawn

Indebted to Woyome

The pawn-credit to steal

Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh

Steal millions of our cedis

The Nerquaye-Tettehs

The pen-armed robbers

The delirious foes

The vultures among us

That carcass our bodies

To feed on our body-politic

To canonize their thievery

As a right, birthright

As rite of their right

Elites who exploit us

Elites who imprison us

The impoverished

The marginalized

The disempowered

Let us treat them

Treat them like pests

Like sanguinary pests

The educated thieves

Who make us poor

Let us treat them

Treat them like pests

Like sanguinary pests

Blood-thirsty pests

Like Korle mosquitoes

Time to kill them

Kill all the Nerquaye-Tettehs


*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