Monday, February 14, 2011

The Dead among the Living in the City of Accra

How a private funeral parlour came to be knocked together in an upper middle class residential neighbourhood roundly reflects all that is awfully amiss with Ghanaian society. (See here)

The delay by the city authorities to dispose of this deathly delict foreshadows why we might as well all be dead just like the cadaver sleeping in the morgue. Nothing is changing here.


  1. Bureaucracy, democracy work hand-in-hand most of the time in Ghana. Who is in charge? and the one in charge will point to someone else. Nothing gets done.

  2. Not just bureaucracy but also cronyism. Who knows the owner? lol. Bribery and corruption. Let's see what happens

  3. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu15 February, 2011

    My doctor sister just told me she got her driving licence without sitting for test of any sort, just because the instructor reckoned she'll be too busy. NY, who checks things in Gh? Terrible. (She's visiting for a week, NY).

  4. @ abyss:

    You are abs right. And then there is another reason the buck stops with nobody. I have seen people build in waterways and other unapproved places, who will show you a genuine building permit if you ask for one! Another reason nobody accepts responsibility to stop such indiscipline is corruption.

  5. @ Nana Fredua-Agyeman:

    Exactly my point. If there is a morgue in a residential area (which should not be there according to zoning rules) why must the local authorities set up a committee? The offensive structure stills stands there. Use the procedure you have to bring down the structure. Then you can set up your committee to pretend that you want to catch the culprit who connived with the morgue owner to 'approve' the building in a residence. And you are right that nothing will happen. Even if anything happens, it will take a very loooooooooooooong time. How could a person have even conceived the idea to do this? Although in London, you have to admit, that you can see a private funeral home right next to a food joint.

  6. @ Kwame Mensa-Bonsu:

    Giver her the best of my love. I know of other examples of people being permitted to skip all manner of tests (including the mandatory eye test for the driving licence).


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