Kwaw Kesse Throws More Light on his Prison Ordeal


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Hip-Life musician, Kwaw kese, has thrown
light on his experience at the Kumasi Central
Prison, where he was remanded for allegedly
possessing narcotics.
The award-winning artiste shared his
experience Tuesday on Accra-based Joy FM’s
‘Super Morning Show’.
Read Kwaw Kese’s account below:
“I slept in a cell with about 70 people. This
was like a normal single room. There were
only 3 beds which were reserved for the cell
leaders. We lie on the floor, packed like yam.
They will ask if you want to sleep the yam
sleeping or the monkey sleeping.
With the yam sleeping, they are packed like
sardines. The monkey sleeping, you sleep with
your legs on your chest.
People have done that for so many years and
they are just there, on remand. The toilet is in
the centre of the room. It showed me
something – the people are so clean; the room
didn’t smell.
In the night, people ease themselves and at 6
am in the morning, the toilet is opened.
Imagine about 800 people in the remand
prison using only 4 toilet facilities.
It is full to the brim and faeces fall on the
floor. Someone pounds it like fufu. This is the
same place that people sit to cook and bath.
It’s crazy. It was there that I realized that I
am in a different planet; the way human
beings are being treated.
There is this banku that is dropped in the sun
and if you like it, you go for it.
you see that the people who go for this food
are hopeless.
The soup will come in the next 3 or 4 hours. I
don’t know why it’s this way. If you are being
paid Ghc 1.40 a day, what do you do with
that? Not all of them come out and get the
chance to come on radio and tell their story.
This is inhumane. I spoke to someone who
was 70. He said he was going from the farm
and saw police chasing some people like they
were smoking and the police ambushed them.
He doesn’t know his offence. He has been
there for 3 months.
Some people have been there for 3-4 years
because they don’t have anyone to take them
to court. The prisons are like a hospital.
Anybody can end up there. If it’s meant for us,
we should feel a bit comfortable when we are
there. Ibrahim Adam and former president
Kufuor have been there before.
Not everybody in prison is a bad person or a
criminal. It’s a correctional facility, not a
dungeon. If it turns into a dungeon, it may
come back to haunt us.
I want to share love with the prisoners on
Valentine’s Day and put smiles on their faces.
I want everybody to come on board.
They need us. People should think about this
and try to support and make the prisoners
happy people. To the youth in Ghana, I would
like to say, focus on whatever field they are in.
do whatever you can to stay out of prison.”

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