P/NDC-ing “Tribal” Politics: The Lies of Martin Amidu

Sat, 4 Sep 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

Sunyani (B/A) Sept. 3, GNA - Mr. Martin Amidu, Minister of the Interior on

Thursday charged recruitment into the country's security services must not be

based on any form of favouritism and partisan considerations. He was accompanied

by Alhaji Salifu Osman, acting chief director of the ministry, Professor Claver

Nyathi, Chief Governance Adviser, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in

Ghana, Mr. Francis Azuimah, Peace and Governance Programme Officer, UNDP also in

Ghana, Mr. Mumuni Abdulai Bawumia, Director, Peace Desk at the MoI and Mr. Kudjo

Dabri, Public Affairs Director of the Ministry (Ghanaweb, September 3, 2010)

With armories of lies

Oh! Atta Mills’ NDC

They milk poverty

Their metaphor of power

Vultures in our midst

Political scavengers

Educated thieves

Elitist hypocrites

Enslaving the masses

Frying their brains

The minds of the masses

Our archives of trauma

Martin Amidu

Accompanied by non-Akans

Alhaji Salifu Osman

Yes SIR, I am a non-Akan

Claver Nyathi

Yes SIR, I am a non-Akan

Francis Azuimah

Yes SIR, I am a non-Akan

Mumuni Abdulai Bawumia

Yes Sir, I am none Akan

Kudjo Dabri

Yes Sir, I am a non-Akan

Martin Amidu smiles

Tells us all is well in Ghana

No “tribalism”

No favoritism

No nepotism

No patriarchy

Our armed forces are not “tribalized”

Blind Mills can’t see his officials

Deaf Mills can’t hear his officials

Mills can only smell

Smells officials wear kinship odor

And Rawlings is laughing

All the way to firing “tribalism”

From Ridge to Alavanyo

Never calls Mills’ tribalism into question

But JJ Rawlings

Foams at the mouth against Mills

JJ has patented it all

All the derogatory anti-Millsims

Mills is a thief

Mills is slow

Mills is a snail

Mills is incompetent

Mills the son of Who born rabid dogs

Mills the mortuary Atta man

Mills is a political parvenu

Mills is a sick man

But Mills’ politics is not “tribalism”

JJ loves it all

He loves Mills’ tribalism

His kin-groups at the helm of affairs

The fulfillment of Awonoor’s prophecy

That one day Akans would be no more

Truth be told

Army has no Akans

Navy has no Akans

Air Force has no Akans

So let us all go

Go to the Castle

Non-Akans reign

Go to all boards

Non-Akans reign

Go to the Ministries

Non-Akans reign

Go to Customs

Non-Akans reign

Go to Kotoka

Kotaka’s kinspeople reign

Mills has given all to non-Akans


Killers of the dream

Elitist predators

The Amidus among us

Walk with their kinsmen

Struts the stage with their kind

Yet talk about equal opportunity

Yet claims all is well in Ghana

*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.