Today I heard something which frankly pissed me off. It pissed me off because, well because I'm easily pissed off and ALSO because it involved the Accra Metropolitan Authority and the Mayor - a person who is not elected, when I think it is paramount that he is. Unfortunately for him, everything he does in that occupation will be analysed. You've gotta be sure you've got your shit about you if you're going to come into office un-democratically selected with a sort of what-I-say-goes-and-I-only-answer-to-the-President attitude. I won't say that everything he has done is bad but his handling of the hawkers in the past 4 years has been next to appalling.
I remain very indifferent about hawkers. On the one hand, I appreciate getting my newspaper 'on the go' but I don't like the noise, or the running alongside your car or the selling of food on the roadside (that might be a result of my UK upbringing don't hold it against me!) I fear for their safety and I don't like the social connotations the whole event seems to portray. The idea of poorer people running alongside coaches, trotros, 4x4s for just a small transaction frustrates me, it lacks dignity. But the hawker industry is massive and the problem is not the people but the lack of regulation.
When the Mayor shows me his alternatives I will stand right by his side screaming "Oya Com Ouutttt!" and when he shows a statement by the EC declaring him democratically elected to the post he now occupies I will stand by his side and remind the people that they voted for him, but so far, neither is true and for as long as this remains the case, I suggest he and his AMA, return to the drawing board and let the people of Accra live in peace.