For both professional gossipers [journalists] and those who consume their gossips, the past week has been overly packed with hot headline news. Talk of the Western Togoland Separatists, the National Democratic Congress’ National Chairman Ofosu Ampofo’s tango with the Police CID, Helena Huang gone missing, the National Communications Authority’s ‘fight’ with both Radio Gold and Radio XYZ and the teacher of Salvation Army Basic School, in the Eastern Region, allegedly murdered by six young men among others.
Personally, I have had people sending me messages on WhatsApp or relaying such to me in person to comment/write on one issue or the other. Just as I could settle on one of the aforementioned news stories, a friend of mine on Monday, May 13th 2019 drew my attention to something uttered by the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah on Saturday, May 11th, had told Atinka TV – on The Big Story – as monitored by starrfm.com.gh that, “I made that comment because I wanted to give hope to the mothers but I have been misconstrued. Maybe, people didn’t understand me. For timelines, I cannot say. I just want to assure everyone that the search is still on. We are not sleeping at all.”
Maame Yaa Tiwaa was speaking in relation to her earlier announcement that the CID together with the Bureau of National Investigations [BNI], after a thorough search, knew the whereabouts of the Takoradi missing girls.
Our elders say, we do not doubt claims by the woman who has ten children that she knows every single thing that happens at night. So, for a whole CID boss to have come out to claim she knew the dark world of the kidnappers and where they have kept the missing girls, who were we to have doubted her? Nonetheless, it panned out to be a mere joke of lies. We bashed Maame Yaa Tiwaa for such a shameful joke and for making the CID a cheap bowl for the world’s spit.
Indeed, our elders, again, say that a woman who bends over and exposes her buttocks to other women in the market sells her husband’s respect. Our CID boss has sold the respect of her office so cheap by ‘bending’ unnecessarily to freely show her ‘buttocks’.
At this juncture, we only thought Maame Yaa Tiwaa had learnt her lessons and would mind whatever she says thereafter. But hey, she appears to have bought the right to Daddy Lumba’s song Yɛntie Obiara – as she continues with her cheap talk; goofing as usual.
That, you made that comment because you wanted to give hope to the mothers [or the police as Graphic says]? Wow! Is COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa now a motivational speaker? Interesting! As Bishop Daniel Obinim would say, “aboro so” to wit; it is too much!
It greatly beats imagination that a whole Criminal Investigations Department of our country is so much engrossed in incompetence. From my monitoring of proceedings at the front of the CID, so far, if you [Maame Yaa Tiwaa] and your officers are better off than the cadet corps in our various Senior High Schools, it would be on the grounds that you have been taught how to fire AK47 and other guns.
Interestingly, Maame Yaa Tiwaa is much more determined to grab the seat of the Inspector General of Police [IGP] as David Asante Apeatu retires in three months.
“I don’t see why anybody should say women are not ready for the IGP position. Women could even do better than men. Leadership is all about how you manage the people you work with. Your ability to manage your human resource is what makes you a very good leader. The appointing authority will take so many things into consideration. It’s not about your gender. I’m more than prepared to be Ghana’s next IGP,” Maame Yaa Tiwaa told Atinka TV as captured by pulse.com.gh.
This gets my heart beating as fast as though a boxer is trying his punches on my chest.
Dear Maame Yaa Tiwaa, would you – in anyway – blame anyone advocating for all and sundry to totally condemn you like an outcast leper based on your recent track record of goofing laurels? Perhaps, the families of the Takoradi missing girls are not bellowing in anger as I expect, hence, your unending funfair of ugly noises of ‘found’ and ‘hope.’
Literal wizard, Chinua Achebe, in 1967 said, “Being a Nigerian is abysmally frustrating and unbelievably exciting.” Indeed, such is the feeling of being a Ghanaian. While we often get frustrated of happenings in the country, we take solace in Ghana being ‘unbelievably exciting’, hearing comments by people we call leaders including Maame Yaa Tiwaa.
Of a truth, it is highly unfair these leaders of ours actively compete with comedians like DKB, Foster Romanus and Clemento Suarez. I may have thought that comedy had no place in the operations of the Criminal Investigations Department but I may have been wrong. President Akufo Addo appointing Maame Yaa Tiwaa as the IGP would be a coup d’état on the profession of the DKBs!
By Solomon Mensah
The writer is a broadcast journalist with TV3/3FM. Views expressed here are solely his and do not, in anyway, reflect the editorial policy of his organisation.