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SAMA BANYA IS ALWAYS THINKING TO ELIMINATE SINCERE POLITICIANS

Monday, February 14th, 2005

February 14, 2005

Editor

Cocorioko

My Dear Kabs,

I was astounded and probably amused this morning as I read through comment supposedly made my by Sam Banya about Moijueh and John Leigh. Of the latter two, I probably have more admiration for ngor Moijueh since ngor Leigh cannot afford to stay put inFreetown and take up issues with Puaweei and others.

But, specifically to Ngor Sama. Here you go again Puaweei. Everyone knows that you’re a here-be all in national politics. Yesterday was APC now is SLPP. You never even spared the NPRC boys with your usual sterling performance at the National Lottery. Your first ministerial appointment under Tejan was botched in parliament because of that good old supplementary service at Lotto. Everyone knows that you’re a symbol of progressive backwardness in politics, have a notch for financial corruption, spin and everything that is wrong with the old mighty SLPP and its entire leadership. After joyously serving with the now ?everything wrong with Sa. Lone APC’ in various capacities what do you think we can expect from you and the likes of TJ and Solo.B. Nothing but absolute  corruption, and, with impunity too.  What is the talk about launching the ?Anti corruption strategy ‘nonsense. All we have heard from your advised Tejan kabbah is all but the same paper talk to fool people about how best things will be next tomorrow. All is just a sham and believe me none is going to listen this time.

Ngor Banya, please correct me if am wrong, but you seem to have a chronic nostalgia for your APC sunshine days. You’re always thinking of how to either exclude or eliminate sincere and hardworking political rivals. Anyone with honest way of thinking other than your crooked and malicious way of politics should be kicked out. So now after maneuvering TJ for nearly a decade of not only bad governance ,but the worst national economic index in every sphere of national life ,you’re now back at it again with ngor Solo.B What do Moijueh kakai had to cross check with you ,nothing for your correction really.  The only thing you may be eligible to lecture others on politics now is how to replicate the ekutay tactics of retaining power. So your machinery is hard at work writing party rules that could eliminate anyone you and Solo.B perceive a potential threat.

One thing I can state about people of your kind is that you think you will ever remain fooling everyone around with your long tall talk about party policies .Damm you, you’ve not an iota of regard for principles and policies. Tell me what has been your modest contribution to the national life since you left Nongowa for the APC party politics. Nothing besides blaming Pa. Shaki and others. yet you never resigned or declined a single appointment under that nefarious leadership. The only thing in your political resume under the TJ- solo B led SLPP is chorus singing of ?anything the pa says’. That is all .No wonder why under your political tutelage the President has performed so worst that he smells rubbish every where he go in Freetown. Everything Sa.Lone is going down okra lane. Nothing progressive stands. Despite being a medical Doctor, it’s under your party leadership and principal adviser to HE. that we’ve recorded the worst infant mortality rate, in total the worst on the UN WHO’s list, the worst child labor category, the least on the economic index and the least in everything besides corruption. So Puaweei tell me what is your stewardship to the people of Sierra Leonebesides nocturnal party rival elimination meetings, and how best to jail those who critique you and your government’s way of conducting the state of Affairs.

I really don’t know you much but one thing I can say without a single reservation are that you’re corrupt, divisive, backward and repressive. You and the TJ’s’ continue to deny financial corruption, but every single foreign diplomat has talked about it and the fourth estate (a section of society you hold in contempt because of what they write about your poor performances) continue to hammer it home to no avail. Tj deny that his government is corrupt, but at the last convocation up mount Aureole he spanned that; and these days most of his official speeches is replete with talk about corruption and you all continue the APC bashing. Who then is corrupt? It appears we need some soothsayers or lot of ?jinna musas’ to find out who is doing the corruption thing.

Anyway, my advice to you this time round is not to venture to maneuver the guiding principles of that party. And by the way when did you actually return to the SLPP and, without doctoring the pages, when did ngor Solo.B and his boss enlist in the party.

And one thing, you really have no focus other than playing pranks with the lives of so many patriots who sacrificed their lives to save the nation and especially the party. But the only spectacle in your focus these days is how to eliminate potential alternatives to your corrupt regime within the party in your unmasked effort to install Solo.B despite the fact that you all have nothing to show for your stewardship since your inception to power. During the rebel days all you did was to lie on the war. But thanks God, a tiger is always a tiger, even if it changes skin color or texture it still remained a tiger. That’s you ngor Banya .You do nothing but sit in the political angles and determine where the wind is blowing. But if you would like to reply to these facts, please start from your stewardship narrating for the public what you did at the lottery and why were you rejected by parliament on Kabbah’s first appointment in 1995, and who is really corrupt in Sierra Leone. For all of you continue to deny corruption labeling critiques as rumor mongers, liars,’ detractors and so on. But just how soon have all your ministers built mammoth palaces, sent almost all their children abroad. Tell me who is corrupt. Forget about misleading statements. At least the APC had a party HQ and you should actually bless the Margais for the office space though you seem to eliminate them from the party. But trust me the fight on.

Please tell us something better.  Lonta. The days of scaring cowards away from the party with phrases or otherwise is gone .Now is the time for reality check.  We should avoid the schematics and get down to the reality of it so that every Sierra Leonean will have a say in who can govern him/her and how. But much more holding people responsible for their poor performance at the helm of power.

Sincerely,

Hashim K.Daboh

Philadelphia/USA

 

Eyadema dies in plane on wat abroad for treatment

Saturday, February 5th, 2005

EYADEMA DIES IN PLANE ON WAY ABROAD FOR TREATMENT

Saturday February 5, 2005

The page has closed on another brutal chapter in the chequered history of political dictatorship and repression in Africa. Gnassingbe Eyadema, the man who ambushed the incumbent Head of State in broad daylight and shot him dead with his pistol  , died today in a plane rushing him abroad for medical treatment.

When the then Prime Minister  of Togo, Sylvanus Olympio refused to take back into the  Army 626 veterans of French wars,  the then Sergeant Etienne Eyadema quarrelled with him and settled scores by killing the Chief Executive  in cold blood on January 13, 1963  , paving the way for a return to power by  Togo’s first Premier Nicholas Grunitzky who had been upended by Olympio in 1960.

The ruthlessly ambitious  Eyadema then kicked Grunitzsky out of power in a bloodless coup on April 14, 1967 , setting the stage for the long, heartbreaking decades of political dictatorship and repression that have marked the history of the little West African nation. Eyadema banned all political parties, suspended all democratic processes and imprisoned all political opponents.

Eyadema became the longest-serving African leader by stealing election after election and keeping opponents mesmerized by an iron fist that was both cruel and merciless .Now that he has died, debates will definitely be renewed about the futility of power , vis-a-vis the brevity of human life and the worthless endeavour ofseeking  glories that would be left behind one day. Even more, Togolese will strive to put their nation back on the right track, but any hope of  a meaningful change has already suffered a hit as  the President’s son, Faure Eyadema, has already been named his successor , breaching the constitution which stipulates that the Speaker of the House should replaced an incumbent upon death or incapacitation.

This constitutional blunder may open the way for a military coup and more power struggles and political instability in the impoverished landlocked African country.

Grim Audit report : How long will President Kabbah’s government continue to play ducks and drakes with the country’s money ?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2005

EDITORIAL COMMENT

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PESIDENT TEJAN KABBAH : GOVERNMENT SO CORRUPT

Thursday February 3, 2005

The recently-released audit report in Sierra Leone is causing a firestorm of anger and disappointment all over the world, wherever Sierra Leoneans may be found. The report , which is a graphic exposure of how we have been playing ducks and drakes with money meant to develop the country and alleviate the suffering of the masses is a disgrace to the Tejan Kabbah SLPP government.

Now Sierra Leoneans know for sure that corruption and wilful mismanagement of the economy did not die with the much-maligned APC government or ruthless NPRC military junta. Indeed, as the TRC report warned, the SLPP government may be as worse as the APC–or even the worst ! ! ! How President Kabbah, who held so much promise when he came to power, could now supinely preside over a kleptomaniac government is beyond everybody’s understanding. Where are all the lofty promises ? Has Kabbah nothing at stake ?

Wilful waste causes woeful want and if there was anybody still searching for the reasons why Sierra Leoneans are suffering at home and all over the world where they have been dispersed by the greed and wickedness of their leaders , the audit report should provide answers.While millions of citizens look up to those they have put in power to run their country well, what is happening in Sierra Leone is SQUANDERMANIA at its most heinous . It is “you chap-I chap-palaver finish ” .

For how long will President Kabbah let the grass grow under his feet ? For how long will this rampant feasting on the people’s money continue unchecked in Sierra Leone, while the majority suffer ? Our frank opinion is that before they invest a single cent in Sierra Leone again , donor nations and stake-holders should flood the country with their own expatriate financial experts and expediters to control the money they send into that roguish country. If our people are possessed by demons that make them want only to steal, they must be denied the opportunity to have access to foreign loans and other financial investments in the country.

The audit report is a shame. Every ministry was found wanting. Huge sums of money were never accounted for or ever recorded . Where did all the monies go ? If Kabbah is a serious man, this audit report should lead to criminal prosecutions because economic crimes have been clearly committed. When will we ever pretend to be patriotic even once ?

READ COCORIOKO FOR MORE DETAILED ANALYSES OF THIS SHAMEFUL AUDIT REPORT.