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Executive Mandates

written by: Nsah Mala

@nsahmala1

 

In any country on earth,

once political surgeons

butcher limits to executive mandates,

using the term constitution becomes

a democratic blasphemy,

a constitutional sacrilege,

a political abomination,

a demoncrazic neologism,

a dictatorial normalcy.

 

No limits on mandates means

as long as I am alive

and can rig.

Now I am king; wait until I go.

 

Worst is when electoral organ

is subsection of a royal party;

when all village titleholders

pay blind allegiance to Igwe

and are obliged to meddle in

feather counting. Can add feathers!

Aren’t they landlords? Civil chefs!

And we keep renting our land!

 

In such contexts,

ballots lose their validity;

they become as useless as

raised fingers of a corpse

in a family meeting.

Going to polls loses its allure;

it becomes sheer rehearsal

until when democracy rises again

like Jesus Christ

or when Igwe gets missing.

Long live the King!

 

(© Nsah Mala, St Andrews)

Nsah Mala

Nsah Mala

Nsah Mala is the pen name for Kenneth Toah Nsah, a Cameroon-born poet, author of three poetry collection: Chaining Freedom (Miraclaire Publishing LLC, 2012), Bites of Insanity (Langaa RPCIG, 2015) and If You Must Fall Bush (Langaa RPCIG, 2016). His short story “Christmas Disappointment” was among ten winners in a short story competition organized by Cameroon’s Ministry of Arts and Culture in June 2016. In December of the same year, his short story “Fanta from America” received a Special Mention in a short story competition held by BAKWA Magazine. His poems and other writings have been featured (or are forthcoming) in anthologies and magazines in Cameroon, Canada, India, Nigeria, and South Africa. He holds two degrees in (Teaching of) English and French and is currently studying for the Erasmus Mundus Masters Crossways in Cultural Narratives in France, UK and Spain.
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