Tuesday , 16 January 2018

Time with Lisa: Dark clouds hang over Kasseh and we must fight it

Louisa Atta-Akpoto - the writer

Louisa Atta-Akpoto – the writer

Wednesday dawn’s tragic incident in Kasseh where the Musama Disco Christo Church pastor was shot to death by unknown assailants is very appalling and something must be done about it.

Kasseh, is a cosmopolitan town with people with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Kasseh, is the heartbeat of Ada. Kasseh, is the economic hub of Ada. My database as a voluntary worker for the Ghana Health Service ( Malaria Control) and other agencies enabled me observe that Kasseh is divided into: Kasseh kope, Clinic area, Market area, Police station area, First Star area and Kasseh Zongo.

A lot has changed over the years. Gone were the days we could walk around freely. Armed robbery is on the rise, rape, child prostitution, human trafficking, sakawa and the list continues.

Recently two incidents took place which got me worried. It was so shameful I kept quiet on them. The first happened on the 5th of March, 2017 around 9:00pm after the launching of my company, Divine Touch Multimedia. My crew and I came to my

The Kasseh Police carrying the dead body away from the crime scene

The Kasseh Police carrying the dead body of the Musama Disco Church Pastor, George Djehu Appiah away from the crime scene

house for dinner after which we went to see my cameramen off at the station. Unfortunately that day we didn’t wait for them to board a vehicle before leaving and there was light out too. Minutes after we turned around my phone was ringing I received the call and we quickly rushed to the bus stop. Someone snatched the phone of one of the guys and run off. All efforts to retrieve the phone proved futile. What I saw that day at the bus stop was unbelievable, kids yes kids. I choose to call them so because they are under 18yrs openly smoking weed. Let me leave the rest.

The second incident happened three weeks ago, upon a rumour I heard, I decided to investigate. I got a guy to approach the said person to bargain to spend the night with a friend coming into town for the weekend. We had a shocking revelation. This lady asked if the guy coming is ‘dosted’ as in money. Probing further we got to know it’s a business they’ve been doing (they go with the guys under the pretext of spending time with them. They observe them very well , drug them, then call their male counterparts to rob the unsuspecting visitors of their monies and valuables).

Going forward, we have to strengthen our security system. I am also of the view that we get Assembly members for the above listed areas to make it easy for monitoring and to ease the pressure on the current Assembly member. I urge my fellow youth in Ada and beyond to come together and see how best we can help our brethren. Some of these youth need role models to look up to.

I’ll also urge our MPs to come out with programs and incentives to train our youth in skills that will keep them off the streets. We need more Basic schools in Kasseh too because our population is increasing by the day. The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Let us gird our loins and put our shoulders to the wheel. We can do something before it’s too late.

Long live Kasseh! Long live Ada!! Long live Ghana!!!

Credit: Louisa Atta Akpoto

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