Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blowing The Cash In The Name Of Kwame Nkrumah!

The level of hypocrisy in Ghana is so amazing that sometimes one is tempted to throw up. I understand that an amount of 40 billion old cedis is being spent on the birthday celebrations of Ghana’s former President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

According to Prof. Akilagpa Sawyer, the chairman of the committee overseeing the anniversary, so far they are ‘within budget’ and they expect to be within budget for the year that the program would take.

Hear him, “The committee will not go beyond its budget. We are still under budget and intend to be under budget for the year.”

But I ask, is it very socialist in orientation to be spending 40 billion of public funds on a birthday anniversary, even for a former President, when the nation of Ghana is so broke that many people are going to bed hungry?

I may not be a socialist (as some hypocrites claim to be) but it breaks my heart when I travel along the streets of Accra at night to the sight of women, men and children sleeping alongside our thoroughfares.

I wonder how many hostels can be constructed by forty billion cedis for the homeless people of Accra.

Surely, the number must be many indeed! And what better way can we manifest the birthday of somebody like Kwame Nkrumah than by using it to improve the lives of the poor?

But I guess that that is not part of the plans for the ‘socialists’ who are organizing the celebrations!

Hypocrites and parasites!

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