A Country Where Lunatics Are Prosecuted

A man was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison custody for attempted assassination of the president. According to the story, the man (who was showing signs of mental illness) was found in a church where the president regularly congregates. The president was not in church that particular day but the man was alleged to have entered the church with a weapon concealed in his pants (underwear) and comfortably sat as a congregant.

During the sermon he was reportedly acting suspicious so the presidential guards arrested him and he was subsequently arraigned and sentenced within 48 hours. Now the question is what kind of assassin will attend church, with the intention of killing the president, have his (undisclosed) weapon concealed in his pants and continue behaving suspiciously. The inability of the police to disclose the weapon he was carrying made many people conclude that they are making a big case out of slight evidence or none.

As a result of pressure from civil society and the general public, a recent medical test was conducted and it confirmed that the man indeed was clinically insane and so many people hope that he will be released and placed on medication. But we are told there will be a retrial. We don’t want Ghana to be the first to prosecute lunatics. The law on the legal process is very clear – that for an accused to be arraigned before court, proven guilty and sentenced, he must be of a sound mind. Here is a man who is not of a sound mind yet is being prosecuted. Ghana is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 in Paris, which includes the rights of the mentally-handicapped.

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Only Africans Can Help Africa

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What is all this noise I hear about Ebola eventually wiping out half of Sub-Saharan Africans? Has bribery, corruption and negligence not already done that? The hypocrisy is just unbearable for me. I was born in Africa, I have seen the evil effects of corruption, in fact I have lived the consequence and I tell you that corruption and bribery has killed more people in Africa than Ebola and HIV combined. Only that Ebola takes, about 21 days whereas corrupting takes a longer time and often death counts are not documented.

The higher animals lie in Jacuzzis and drink champagne every morning. But they are trying to tell us not to eat bush meat, not to have sex and even to avoid getting close with friends. These are the only things left for the enjoyment of the rural masses. Now fear nothing my brothers and sisters. We shall soon find a cure for Ebola – I have already sensed it.

But what of our other brothers of the human family who are dying slowly in prisons, in mines, in war zones, in stuffy factories etc because of circumstances beyond their control. Is that also not about the same death? what about the little children who suffer malnutrition, mothers who die of childbirth complications and fathers who not only die this day but every other day out of penury. Why are we ignoring that? Corruption and bribery is as much an emergency as Ebola. The 3000 troops of the United States Africa Command to be sent to Liberia is not only good for controlling and possibly eliminating the Ebola virus but also good for treating corrupt politicians who more or less are like viruses.

Every minute, perhaps second, some greedy-son-of-a-bitch somewhere is pocketing funds meant for the development of rural communities. But alas! There is hope in reality, in as much as everything – good or bad – happens for a reason. An aid to African people can only penetrate through local self-help projects and recognized non-governmental organisations. A frontal assistance through central governments will fail utterly in reaching the masses.

Monies will always disappear into deep strange pockets and no one will be arrested, even in the face of documented evidence. I always wonder why International aid agencies are not trying other strategies to help solve African problems at the roots. Moreover, let a son or a daughter of a politician be infected with the Ebola virus and you will see how swift actions will be taken without any international assistance. Honestly speaking, all these prove that either we are not capable, or we are capable but lack the willpower of handling our own affairs.

The vast majority of people – ordinary citizens of most west African countries are only as good as cattle to their governments. The “cattle farmer” saves them from Ebola, Cholera, Malaria, HIV, whatever, only to reattach the yoke and resume his ride. Indeed, these people  need not only be freed completely from diseases but also bad policies and African vampire-politicians. Bottom line is that only Africans can truly help Africa.

The “Opium”

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Religion has injected stupidity into our men

And has turned our women into suckling babies,

So that they cannot tell the sky and the earth apart.

As for our leaders, the least said the better.

Very soon all the churches will be empty.

No man or woman will pass by to pay his or her tithes.

The drums and the bells will be silent like eternity,

The communion and the wine – so called body and blood

Will remain shut in their boxes – we are not vampires.

These greedy, hypocritical evangelists will no longer feed well.

It’s coming; it has already started in distant lands.

Alas! The opium will stop working.

Know! you poor mortals –

There is a god inside every man.

 

Africa Is A Beautiful Place

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The birds, the trees,

The animals and the people –

There is nowhere like Africa.

But of course it depends on

 

How one looks at it.

When you go to the restaurant

And a menu is presented,

You decide what you must eat.

 

It is the same with knowledge,

Especially about Africa.

To me, Africa

Means Abundance…

In Search of a Good King

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The Strivers are allowed every four years,

To choose which of the Kings must rule,

This season,

There are one and many men,

Some tall and hairy,

Others short and bald,

Some quiet and unassuming,

Others noisy and presumptuous,

Still, they all claim to be good kings,

I cannot tell which of them is a good king,

But I can tell which of them will become fattened and pomp,

By the end of his throne,

They all will.

And the servants – the poor servants,

With nothing going for them,

They must continue in their mining pits,

Day and night in pity and in hope,

For a good king who will not eat,

Until his servants have eaten.