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Preventable Diseases. Critical News, 26th October 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 26, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I watched, parked at a corner at one of Adabraka’s side roads, waiting for a noisy taxi driver who had been honking behind me for the last kilometer, rushing off to where, only he knew. I am being very cautious on the roads these days. All I seem to do is attract the ire of some policeman, despite cheekily suggesting to my arrestors that I would rather be prosecuted by one of the more attractive traffic policewomen.

If you not have noticed them, I have. We have a lot of authoritative policewomen minding the busy intersections these days. They are geared well and a no nonsense attitude makes them even more interesting to the male dominated society in Ghana.

I am waiting for lights to change. In four police stations this coming week, arrested for talking on my phone, jumping a red light, speeding on the way to Winneba and not carrying my license, which I unsuccessfully explained had been taken away from me on the Legon road a few weeks ago.

Conspiratorially a few friends suggested that it could be coordinated, but I refute that totally.

Anyway, the taxi is crowding me and still honking for me to jump the lights. He believes they are not working. I turn the radio up louder, drown the honking and chill.

In frustration he overtakes to move ahead. There is an okada speeding through the side also honking his horn for his claimed middle of the road. Taxi clips him and sends the rider off the bike, into an illegally positioned kiosk on the pavement. The damage is catastrophic. The rider’s leg is broken, his bike runs into the major road, skids and runs under a Toyota Prado, dragging it a few meters before grinding to a halt in the back of a small Tico taxi. The collateral damage is another story. Read the rest of this entry »

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