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The Car/Tractor Thievery MPs: Our Inept Elitist Plague

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

Ghana’s Parliament has officially written a rejoinder to the Editors of

Africawatch Magazine expressing discontent about its recently published

political performance index which included MPs. The Africawatch’s grading of

Ministers of State and the Executive, has generated a lot of discussions and

vitriolic attacks from MPs who scored poor marks per the ratings (Ghanaweb

October 26, 2010)

Africawatch said it all

Sermonized on behalf of millions

Millions of silenced Ghanaians

Impoverished, benighted

Poverty-baked Ghanaians

Represented by selfish MPs

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

Africawatch said it all

MPs like birds with broken wings

Sauntering to the precipice

Hurtling on winds of anomy

Gasping for political breath

Free fall onto rocks of chaos

Chasing after cars/tractors

Cars to map out Volta Hall

Charting avenues of debauchery

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

Who only wait in Parliament

Posing as sentries of democracy

Poised in arrogance

Posing in a crucible of filth

Pivoting car dreams as hope

Piloting hopelessness

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

Their hopeless achievements

Sunning on cars

Mooning in cars

Brimming in cars

Their only teamwork

Is making policy on car loans

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

MPs go find fruitful things to do

Look at the eyes of the sun

Discuss our beautiful garbage

Garbage that has entombed us

Buried Parliament House

Discuss our poor healthcare

The stench of Korle-Bu wards

Odors emanating from 37 Hospital

Decaying Tetteh Quarshie Hospital

Putrefaction gracing Efia Nkwanta

Dilapidated Okomfo Anokye

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

Africawatch said it all

Go discuss our poor roads

Discuss the rising cost of living

Discuss schools under trees

Discuss teeming street kids

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

MPs silenced by cars

Cacophonic car engines

Loans mourning for repayment

Loans birthed every four years

Loans granted every four years

Cars in mud-pit called roads

MPs who chair all chairs

Except their chairs in Parliament

MPs who chair all chairs

Funeral chairs

Child-naming chairs

Marriage chairs

Birthday party chairs

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

MPs with car-go mentality

Cars are the only thing they fight for

Cars to be showcased on cratered roads

Cars to supervise school under trees

Cars as women die in childbirth

Cars as our hospitals become morgues

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

Hollow wo/men

Shallow wo/men

Silent MPs

Who dream about cars

Whose voices sound like car horns

Cacophonic voices

Our hopeless MPs

The every-four-year car thieves

Whose only achievement

Consensus, non-partisan flame

Is making policy on car loans

Africawatch said it all

Sermonized on behalf of millions

Millions of silenced Ghanaians

Impoverished, benighted

Poverty-baked Ghanaians

Represented by selfish MPs

*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.