MADINGHANA’S ONE AND ONLY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: PART 6

Posted on February 1, 2011

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Still with me? Why? Don’t ya know that like everything here it will just fizzle out…

But thanks….

Dateline Kumasi: Thursday, January 27, 2011
THE SITUATION:

In follow-up to Monday’s non-meeting, and not to let anybody think that their usual strategy of stonewalling would work I went back to the authority-in this case the City Engineer’s office-to submit a letter of reminder. It was strong to further emphasize that we are not prepared to let this situation go away like all situations do….

Allow me an aside: I’ll never forget an expatriate who speaks fluent Twi and Dagbani explaining to me that the word for ‘government’ is the same for ‘wall’. The etiology is government was once located behind a wall…the walls of Cape Coast Castle. Interesting aye? I mean isn’t it.

Anyways back to the letter:

Four Villages Inn
P.O. Box KS 3374, Kumasi, Ashanti
Ghana, West Africa

Charity & Chris Scott
Location: 412 Old Bekwai Road, Daban
Phone / Fax: 233-(0)3220-22682
Mob: 020-766-7559
E-mail: scottash@hotmail.com
Blog ;www.madinghana.wordpress.com
website : http://www.fourvillages.com
January 27, 2011
Mr. Adu Mensah,
Assistant City Engineer, K.M.A.
Kumasi
Dear Sir,
FOLLOW UP ON POSTPONED MEETING CONCERNING REQUEST FOR LETTER TO ALLOW E.C.G. TO CUT SERVICE TO APETESHIE BAR
My wife and I would like to remind you that we await your call to meet with Nana, the fetish priest that owns the apeteshie bar called The Point located in no-man’s land in this first class residential zone.
Needless to say, we were left speechless when you informed us that Nana holds a valid TEMPORARY STRUCTURE PERMIT and we would have to wait until it expired. We were surprised as well that the official from the Development Control Unit who visited The Point and said he saw the permit could not give us the date of expiry so we would know when to approach your office again. What’s more we were perplexed why that same D.C.U. officer informed us after his visit to The Point that he had given The Point two weeks to leave the land.
Sir, Nana is at his bar and the sooner this situation is concluded the better.
I enclose the newspaper article reporting the ugly event that took place behind our first class guest house. To be frank, the reporter lends the same shameful false respectability to Nana that the K.M.A. has over the eleven years we have protested The Point’s presence in this first class residential zone.
I implore you to read my blog, see address in letterhead. The entries ‘MADINGHANA’S ONE AND ONLY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION-PART 1 onwards pertain to this situation.
Yours truly,

Chris Scott, Manager
c.c. Mr. Essiamah, In-Charge, D.C.U.
c.c. Lawyer Tony Osei Poku, K.M.A. Lawyer
c.c. Mr. Ekow Samson, Regional Manager, Ghana Tourist Board
c.c. Mr. Tasford Agyekum, Chairman, Ghana Hotels Association

Stapled to the letter is a photocopy of the Daily Guide story on the incident at THE POINT

Strong enough? No! Everything bounces off Kumasi authority like water off a duck’s back.

So, at the Assistant City Engineer’s office, I see him-what a nice chap. I show him the Daily Guide article-the actual newspaper. He expresses his surprise at the false impression the reporter gives of the apeteshie bar as a house! I crack my joke that I can now sack the FOUR VILLAGES INN security firm, G4S reputed to be the best in Ghana, since no thief is going to come anywhere near THE POINT! And Mr Adu Mensah has a good laugh. Then, surprisingly, he calls for his assistants to go to the apeteshie bar and bring the owner. I tell him that the meeting is supposed to be arranged so that we are all present…Charity included.

From the Assistant City Engineer’s office, I go down to see Mr Essiamah, officer -in -charge, of the Development Control Unit. He is not present. I leave him his copy of the letter and get his phone number.

From there, it’s off to the K.M.A. offices in Adum, to give a copy of the letter to Lawyer Osei Poku, a friend and fellow Rotarian, who I meet saying, “This should be of interest to you.” Then I go to the Ghana Tourist Board to leave a copy of the letter for Mr. Ekow Sampson Regional Manager and then to Clafum Guest House fortunately nearby Four Villages to leave Mr. Agyekum, Chairman of the Ghana Hotel Association, his copy.

NOW DO YOU SEE WHY PEOPLE FIZZLE OUT….

In the afternoon I phone both Mr Essiamah and Mr Samson and talk to them both asking them to come around.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27TH TO TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1……..SILENCE

COMMENTS:

1. Think of the situation….apeteshie bar….dead body…..how blatant can a plea for intervention and support be!
2. There is no difference between 1. the newspaper reporter who gets his story at the police station giving the guy who pulled the trigger respectability and thus credibility…..where none is deserved
2. the police who do not carry out any investigation which, ONE WOULD THINK, would start by canvassing the neighbourhood
3. the municipal land use authority-not taking action on an apeteshie bar in no-man’s-land in a first class residential zone
4. the Ghana Tourist Board official

NONE OF THEM VISIT FOUR VILLAGES INN OR THE SCENE OF THE CRIME. IN SHORT, AVOIDANCE MEANS THE ABSENCE OF THE RULE OF LAW.

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