Traffic was insane this weekend! And Accra traffic on a regular day is already no joke. But with Ghana hosting the 59th Heads of States Meeting, I should not have been surprised.
I had not bothered to read what those potbellied, half-senile old farts were meeting about this time. Covid? The Single currency for ECOWAS? Mali? Who cares. Really? How does that help any of us? Especially since they haven’t even been able to manage their own problems back home.
Many parts of Accra had come to a complete standstill as promised by the communiqué sent out by the Ghana Police earlier. Motorists were advised to find alternate routes. Thank goodness for Google maps and the meandering bypasses led by trotro drivers whenever there was traffic…. I have learnt a few of these over the years.
I find it terribly sad that our lives are always inconvenienced, because of mismanagement, corruption, disorganization, just blatant incompetence and we are left on our own to figure out alternatives. This sums up a lot of our problems as a nation. No electricity? That’s on us to find an alternative solution like generators AKA “I Better Pass My Neighbour”, inverters, rechargeable lamps.
Bad roads? Those that can, invest in a 4×4, look for land where there is a decent road and pray a big man moves into the neighborhood so it’s maintained. No water? Get a borehole, harvest rainwater, pay for water to be delivered weekly etc. The list is endless and tiring! Our politicians don’t seem to care! And we are sadly being run and have always been by a bunch of kleptocrats who are part of a Kakistocracy.
I totally understand why people want to marry for papers or give birth to kids at all costs out of this cursed land. A meeting of heads of state from many failed nations in Accra to discuss how to solve regional problems. That’s a hoot! Since they are all doing so well in their fiefdoms.
Let’s forget the half-senile old farts and get back to my weekend, shall we? I have no idea what demon possessed me to go meet friends this Saturday morning, but I did. I was late for the meeting as was pretty much everyone else because we were stuck in traffic and in my case, for a good couple of hours. On my way back home around the palace mall area, a motor rider, whom I had seen in my rearview mirror earlier, drove in between my car and a small van.
The space was obviously not big enough for even a bicycle to squeeze through but this self-styled smart guy decided to wish his motorbike between my car and the small van. I heard the saddest sound ever as my front bumper was ripped off! The rider looked back, as my mouth opened in horror, confused and still processing the most stupid move I had ever witnessed on the road.
The rider just shrugged, weaved through two cars and rode off happy with himself to have escaped invectives and no doubt some hefty slaps, if I’d had my way. I felt so crestfallen not to have been able to unleash the kraken within, on him. I mulled later, on what I could have done differently. As for the rider, from my experience save for the slaps, and possibly confiscating his worn-out Boxer bike, there would still have been no joy when it came to right the wrong he had done.
I parked on the side of the road, adjusted the bumper to try and keep it from dragging on the street as I continued heading home, thinking of the money that I had to suddenly cough up on Monday morning to fix this mess. On the way, I saw motorists narrowly avoiding pedestrians and those accursed riders coming from the left, the right, overtaking from both sides in the full glare of the police. I thought earlier this month of the statements by both the Minister of Interior and the IGP after the bullion robbery.
“What we should know is that the criminals continue to change the modules and we have to be changing with them and the police is doing all it can. We have not lost control. I always want to emphasize that, we need to go to neighboring countries to see what is happening there, but we are not in the same league with them.
“We want to do better than we are doing now, but believe me, Ghana is safe; that is why all the other countries are running to Ghana.”
The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery
I’ve already forgotten the details of the IGP’s statement just that it was an equally useless one where he basically compared Ghana to other countries and said the only place that does not have crime is heaven.
Of course, in any right-thinking country, both officials would have resigned for such stupid comments but here in Ghana we will find an alternative route, keep them, and manage the problem…. until we go to another country and see or to heaven!
And how was your weekend….mine was sucky through and through!