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Opinions of Friday, 15 October 2010

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.

JJ Stop Lying: You Have Never Belonged to the Masses

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“Former President Jerry John Rawlings says his criticism of the ruling NDC
government is nothing personal but a result of the latter’s inability to pursue
the agenda the electorate voted for. The former president said: ‘When I speak I
do not speak for myself. I speak for the suffering masses who, though not
expecting magic overnight, also see no light at the end of the tunnel because
the status quo the NPP left behind is intact!’” (Ghanaweb October 10, 2010).

JJ in his lunatic throw up
Of self-conceits
Of self-importance
Of self-elevation
Of self-contradictions
The iconic vulture in space
Soaring on deceitfulness
Claims to speak for the masses
His rhetoric of revolution
Is the bane of “tribalism”
His rhetoric of the masses
Is the bane of elitist thievery
JJ the Obonsam Fireman
One man fire service
Has sat on the masses’ back
Barking his rags-to-riches

JJ sees the NPP as Kufour
JJ hates Kufour, the Asante
Kufour outperformed JJ
Kufour’s 8-year achievements
JJ’s 19-year historic failures
So JJ’s hates Jubilee House
So Mills lives in the Dungeon

JJ the eternal daydreamer
His benumbing bastardies
His grandiose speeches
His vacuous tantrums
His filthy-ing of “tribalism”
His mercurial contradictions
The free-loader of our time
Cast in the mold of deceit

JJ the tin-god of a people
Their cargo-cult of politics
Their vehicle of “tribalism”
JJ lives in his own mind
He has his own set of rules
One for himself
One for all Ghanaians
JJ the sanguinary despot
Claims to speak for the masses
Has never lived like the masses

The masses buy their food
JJ does not buy his food
JJ is supplied by the state

The masses pay for energy
JJ has had it free since 1979
JJ has had free electricity
JJ has had free kerosene
JJ has had free matches
JJ is free to be a FIREMAN

The masses pay for housing
The masses rent their homes
The poor masses live on streets
The masses never burn homes
JJ has had free housing since 1979
JJ has mansions, palaces, huts
JJ wants free accommodation

The masses travel by trotro
JJ travels in bullet proof cars
The masses never took 16 cars
JJ has a jet-setting lifestyle

The masses wear used items
Used underwear
Used brassiere
Used socks
Used shoes
JJ wears posh designer items

The masses are uneducated
Their children are uneducated
JJ’s kids went to Preparatory
JJ educated his four kids overseas

The masses get ten years for Wee
JJ smokes it free on state budget
The masses drink akpeteshi
JJ drinks imported whiskey

The masses never insult Mills
The masses can’t insult JJ
JJ insults everyone anytime
JJ called Acheampong names
JJ called Liman names
JJ called Kufour Ata Ayi
JJ calls Mills names
Atta the Bastard
Atta the Snail
Atta the Mortuary Man
Atta –who-born-dog

Possessed by spasms of bigotry
JJ the sanguinary despot
Claims to speak for the masses
Has never lived like the masses
It is JJ’s con-artist’s craft
The craft of lunatic self-acclaim

*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

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