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Allieu Iscandari explains why he criticizes the Kamajors

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Subject: Re: John Leigh on Norman and co
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 21:07:46 07/26/06 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
“regardless of Atty. Al Iscandari’s harsh attacks on them”

Like you John I speak my truth loud and clear. I am not biased against the CDF and Hinga Norman, I have stated here and in other forums and will so state again, that the CDF had the best reason to fight for Sierra Leone. They perverted their cause celebre by reverting to tribalism, sectionalism, and party politics. Norman turned the kamajors into a south eastern SLPP supporting militia and it lost its lustre therafter as a Nationalistic group.

They should have been hailed as heroes but they lost that to sheer brutality. Have you spoken to anyone from Koribondo John? Well I have. And the stroies they told me of Kamajor brutality against INNOCENT NON COMBATTANT citizens was horrendous. Should they be absolved of war crimes that they committed in the process? If so then ALL the parties should be absolved of the war crimes that they committed and I can almost assure you that if that were to happen, the carnage that was the sierra leone war would more likely reoccur.

I have the same disdain for the kamajors, that I have for the indicted members of the AFRC and the RUF. If that would be of any use to you, I am an equal opportunity critic. I think that my disdain for the kamajors became more palpable when I realised that there were some on this site and other sierra leonean cyber fora who were advocating for the non indictment of the kamajor leadership purely on tribalistic basis and that got my blood HOT and it still is as I speak. Justice MUST be seen to be fair.

Go to freetown and ask those people who were victims of kamajor atrocities whether they should be released. A very good friend from Tikonko told me how Kamajors raped his mother and slit open his brothers chest cavity and took his heart out. Another told me of how one of his uncles was brutally murdered by kamajors in Tikonko because they were looking for the Uncles brother who was deemed to be an APC sympathizer. They killed him and killed a LITTLE boy who in fear pointed the Victim out as his father.

Crimes like that SHOULD not go unpunished. At least one consolation I have is that on the Hinga Norman issue you are on the same plane as your nemesis Charles Francis Margai. See you guys do have some similarities.

I hope as your investigations continue and you form new opinions based on new evidence, you would come to the realization that Hinga Norman sealed his own fate when he refused to take up the position as High Commissioner to Nigeria and threatened the stability of the Government with his armed hordes. At that point he became expendable and what better way to get rid of him than to say to the International body, “YOU GO GET HIM GUYS” for crimes againsrt humanity. Do you think that the Kabba government was unaware of the atrocities committed by the kamajors? They were and could have played footlose with his crimes had he goten out of the way.

In the final analysis anyone who has knowledge of the Hinga affair would realise that his AMBITION to become the head of state in sierra leone was his undoing. He had smelled power twicwe, once in 1967 and then as head of the kamajosia.

I predict that he is going to be found guilty and then sent to jail for a very long time in a far away place never again to see the shores of sierra leone alive and by the grace of the most merciful God we would have been spared another tyrant.

…AND JOHN LEIGH GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE

Subject: I AM TRAVELING
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 13:27:59 07/22/06 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 12.4.22.2

Message:
Dear Forumites:

I am presently traveling through several states and will be making
overnight stops here and there. Accordingly, after this present piece in
response to our short-tempered Dr. AL. N-W, I will be out of
circulation probably until next Wednesday or so.

In the meantime, I urge Dr. Al. N-W to please calm down and learn to
respond patiently and with specificity. If he wishes to debate, he must
furnish specifics, rather than sweeping generalizations not based on
facts but only on bald allegations with no proof as follows:

“Mr. Leigh,

I have read the trash that you labeled a rebuttal. I call it a trash
because it is replete with inaccuracies, falsities and faceless assertions
that can only be made by a dunce. I have therefore resolved that
prolonging a debate with a rat brain is not worth my time, hence I
declare a unilateral cease-fire. But before leaving you to wallow in your
usual unbridled shallowness and ignorance, which I have already
proven in my earlier piece, the following should be pushed into your
thick skull to avoid further misconceptions on your part:

_1. I am Creole but contrary to your misconception, I am not one of
those Creoles who never traveled beyond Waterloo. I attended the Bo
School ( Forms 1-5) and CKC (Form 6).” ETC.

Please point out specific items of “the trash” you asserted above that I
rebutted your piece with. It would also be proper for you to furnish
Forumites with specifics of the alleged “inaccuracies, falsities and
faceless assertions” that you claimed my rebuttal contained.

Did you say “faceless”? Who is hiding his face by concealing his
identity? I write ONLY under my true name in this forum. You choose
to hide under the Dr. AL. N-W moniker! Why? Are you ashamed of your
ignorant and shallow analysis? Do you suffer from an inferiority
complex? Your self-esteem must be very low, doctor!

Please note that I never described you as one of those Creoles who
never traveled beyond Waterloo” as you wrongfully accused me of.

Instead, I wrote in my rebuttal (please see the exchange below) that
“you SOUNDED like a Krio man (or one of those Creoles) who has never
traveled beyond Waterloo.”

Clearly, what I wrote and what you based your angery reply on are two
different statements! So your schooling in Bo is totally irrelevant in
your response to my rebuttal.“ Please be careful, doctor. If you want to
write about another’s purported “rage”, you ought not expose your
own short-temperedness.

NOW READ AND CORRECT YOUR ERRONEOUS QUOTE ABOVE as set
forth in my rebuttal as follows:

6. Dr. AL. N-W “ATTACK: “Interestingly, Leigh makes the above
remarks without any consideration of the possibility that Albert
Moinina could either have been born or raised in Freetown or that it is
a Creole forumite using the moniker Albert Moinina, a name with
origins in the Southern and Eastern provinces of Sierra Leone.”

THE LEIGH “REBUTTAL: You sound like a Krio man who has never
traveled beyond Waterloo because you do not seem to know your
country at all. You write with extreme pomposity but you are truly
ignorant. I cared nothing about Mr. Moinina’s tribe. What was on my
mind was his uncivil, unhygeinic writing. You are needlessly fixated on
Creoles vs. Kontriman. I am not._Sierra Leone is slowly and steadily
becoming an integrated society.”

Finally, you can’t now run away from this debate which you grandiosely
interjected yourself in, under your low self-esteem moniker, without
one more counter-punch from me. You began this thing against me. I
will end it against you and under my own true name.

Upon my return to the Forum next week, you are going to get bloodied
one more time- you narrow-minded Krio pompous idiot with your
stupid Creole vs. Kontriman fixation. You will learn that not everybody
possesses you dumb fixation, primitive prejudices and rubbish talk, Dr.
Dunce!

Thank you very much. – JL

 

 

PMDC inroads into South/East spark talks of end of SLPP hegemony

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

THESE DISCUSSIONS WERE TAKEN FROM THE COCORIOKO FORUM

Subject: Tribalism dissipates in Sierra Leone
From: Freetown boy
To: All
Date Posted: 04:12:17 07/26/06 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 88.159.67.240

Message:
The idea that our Mende compatriots are tribalistic has started to prove wrong by the establishment of the PMDC.Every town and village in the South East has started to embrace this new political outfit. The people in that parts of the Country have come to realise that nobody has a monopoly over their lifes.
Those of us who have travel/live in the South East believe that the inhabitants are the most hospitable people in the whole of the Country.
Countles of Mende people are God fearing and they are overly loyal. This is not to be misconstrued as a leeway for politicians.
Whether mende haters like it or not the PMDC is a force to reckon with as it will help bring back sanity in Sierra Leone’s politics.The mendes are not at all a bad group of people. They are loyal to a fault that is why we see a large number of aliens are settled in the South East. A Mende man will not mind to give his daughter to a stranger and he will go at great length to provide a space to build new home or give a land for farming.
If the Mendes are not nice they will not allow any stranger in their midst and some West African tribes will not have been integrated in Sierra Leone.
Those that are casting the Mende people as tribalistic need to go back to the drawing borad and assess their conscience.My sentiment is to dampen the mood of Mende bashers on this forum. If someone says that I am a Mende, it is not true. I just want to be objective and honest in my estimation of one of Sierra Leone’s progressive tribes.


Subject: Re: Tribalism dissipates in Sierra Leone
From: Kateneh
To: All
Date Posted: 21:58:08 07/26/06 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-ae04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.117.8

Message:
I am not interested in casting judgement on Mende peolpe but to highlight the author’s false logic when he said that because Mendes are embracing PMDC it proves wrong the theory that Mendes are tribalistic. On the contrary by embracing PMDC it demonstrates that Mendes are no longer blind followers of the SLPP or that the SLPP is no longer the monolithic party of the Mendes.
For sure, a division has been created amongst the Mendes by the ascendancy of the PMDC which cuts into the political base of the SLPP and could be the cancer that brings the formidable SLPP to it’s knees.
The division amongst the Mendes is ideologically based and lasting. As the PMDC gathers more and more steam so does the chance of the SLPP become slimmer and slimmer for winning the next general elections.
The SLPP hopes it would fare well enough against PMDC to have a showdown with the APC in a runoff election, at which time the SLPP would hope Margai would blink and side with them. But would Margai want to desert the PMDC it painstakingly created? I think not. Would Margai want to see his foe, Berewa, at the helm of government? The answer is unequivocally no. Remember it is Berewa who wanted to put Margai away permanently by concocting treason charges against him. Berewa has proven to be a rattle snake that would stop at nothing short of injecting venom unto his enemies.

ubject: ALIEU ON TRIBALISM
From: Joe Luawa
To: All
Date Posted: 12:43:56 07/25/06 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4570f446.dyn.optonline.net at 69.112.244.70

Message:
“In 1999, when I was trying to file asylum for some mende people who were in California and were refugees from the war, One mende person gladly walked up to me and said how happy she was that “all dem krio dem bod ose dem dae burn nar freetown”.”

 

Why didn’t you mention the numerous creoles who called the war a mende war? Or all those who laughed when their brethren perished up country. Man, when it comes to the issue of tribalism, you have a one-track mind. You resent mendes for being mendes, period. Those who know you in cyberspace will agree with me. Why are your fights always with mendes – Sengbe, Sam-Foray, Patrick Muana, etc., etc? We are not going to change just because Alieu Iscandari is uncomfortable with our behavior as a cultural block. Tegloma, which you have been very critical of remains very formidable without your membership, my friend. There are various Salone Ethnic organizations in North America. I attended a big mandingo dance in a big US city last year and I had no problem with my mandingo brothers and their organization. In fact I even donated $100.00 toward the organization’s fund raising efforts. I look forward to attend this year’s fundraising dance. Just because you do not feel that you belong to a particular ethnic group in Sierra Leone does not mean that we all should feel the same way.

 

 

Further, being Sierra Leoneans does not mean we are a homogenous quantity. Sierra Leone is composed of different ethnic groups. This is a basic sociological fact that we have to accept. Within the context of Sierra Leone, we are Sierra Leoneans by nationality and not by ethnicity as you always blindly argue. Generally speaking, there is a great deal of inter-ethnic unity and goodwill in Sierra Leone. In fact although my observation may be unscientific, there is a rise in inter-ethnic marriages among sierra Leoneans. So your unhealthy habit of pointing fingers at mendes for tribalism without any concrete evidence to substantiate your bogus allegations is nothing but blatant bigotry on part, my friend.


Subject: Re: ALIEU ON TRIBALISM
From: SIMPLE ENGLISH
To: All
Date Posted: 13:02:52 07/25/06 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
“Why didn’t you mention the numerous creoles who called the war a mende war? Or all those who laughed when their brethren perished up country. Man, when it comes to the issue of tribalism, you have a one-track mind.”

The man was not talking about what creoles said to him he was talking about what mendes said to him. Understand.

“are your fights always with mendes – Sengbe, Sam-Foray, Patrick Muana, etc., etc?”

You obviously were not around the forums when the first shots were fired by these people you named against Alieu, or are you just as similarly “one track minded” when it comes to Alieu, who by the way has a lot of people in cyberspace that read and appreciate his writings right here in freetown.

“In fact I even donated $100.00 toward the organization’s fund raising efforts.”

So what does that have to do with the issue on the ground. Wow you donated a whole one hundred dollars, you must be RICH. Out here in sa lone man dem daer suck ear bra dat nar two month pay bra.

Bottom line is whenever Alieu iscandari is attacked in a gutter manner, its always by a mende guy like you. So who is the tribalist?

 

Sierra Leoneans have forgotten that they ever had electricity

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Subject: Sierra Leoneans have forgotten that they ever had light
From: Lt. O’Sonkro Sorie Kamara ( OSK) : Brigade HQ
To: All
Date Posted: 15:41:48 07/24/06 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac91e3ac.ipt.aol.com at 172.145.227.172

Message:
The SLPP has been in power for 10 years and we have started to forget that therewas anything in our country called electricity.

At least during APC days, there was load shedding. We saw electricity, but today, some children do not know the meaning of electricity because they have not seen one.During APC era, Freetown was the pride of West Africa, clean, beautiful and buildigs maintained.All the high rise buildings , like Bank of Sierra Leone, Law Court, National Insurance, Yuyi Building etc were built by the APC. NAME ANY ONE DEVELPMENT UNDERTAKEN IN FREETOWN BY THE SLPP.NONE. Look at our roads.

Under APC, Sierra Leone had one of the best road networks in West Africa .Today, because of neglect by SLPP, we have the worst road network.We had big and luxurious Mercedez Benz buses.

Even the Guineans and Liberians envied us. SLPP has done nothing for Sierra Leone .So why do the SLPP losers rationalize your flunky party’s failure by comparing yourself to APC ? Look, SLPP is the worst administration we have had ever in Sierra Leone.Even the NPRC in 5 years developed Sierra Leone. What has SLPP done in 10 years ? We want you to tell us.

Look at us in the barracks. We enjoyed the army better during APC days.Now we cant even wear good uniforms or feed our families and you talk about SLPP being better than APC ? YOU DESERVE TO BE SHOT.

PPRC damns PMDC petition: Clears Berewa for 2007 election

Monday, July 24th, 2006


Abdul Karim Koroma

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) Friday damned the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) petition ruling that Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) leader and Vice President Solomon Ekuman Berewa is qualified to contest for the office of the president while he is still Vice President of Sierra Leone.

The ruling was communicated in a letter dated 21 July, 2006 and singed by the Commission’s three Commissioners – R.A Ceaser, M.B. Williams and C.A. Thorpe- and addressed to the Interim Secretary General of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC).“As an ordinary citizen, Solomon Ekuma Berewa is qualified to become a member of parliament. But while serving as Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, he cannot become a member of parliament at the same time,” the ruling states and continued, “ this is so because of the existence of the separation of powers; as no one individual citizen can become a member of any two or all three arms of government simultaneously, that is the Legislature which comprises the Speaker of Parliament and Members of Parliament, the Executive comprising the President, Vice President and Cabinet, the judiciary comprising the Chief Justice and members of the Superior Court of Judicature.”The letter maintained that “because of the aforementioned, the PPRC is of the view that Berewa is qualified to contest for the office of the presidency of the republic of Sierra Leone .”

The PMDC had written a letter of petition on 16 th June citing Section 6(1) (2a) 2(e), 14 (1) & 76 (1)(h) of ActNo. 6 of 1991.The PMDC petition emphasized strongly Section 14(1) of the Political Parties Act No. 3 of 2002 (As amended) which provides:- “A political Party shall not have as a founding member or as a leader of the party or a member of its executive body whether national or otherwise, a person who is not qualified to be elected as a member of parliament under the constitution;” and Section 35(4) of the constitution of Sierra Leone Act No. 6 0f 1991 which states “no political party should have as a leader a person who is not qualified to be elected as Member of Parliament;” and Section 76 (1) (h) which states no person shall be qualified for election as a Member of Parliament “if he is for the time being the President, the Vice President, a Minister or a Deputy Minister under the provisions of this constitution.” Vice President Berewa on his part had responded to the petition in a longish letter dated 30 th June stating among other things that “…there is no merit whatsoever in that (PMDC) petition and that it has been filed only for the purpose of confusing the electorate and also to allow the PMDC to escape from the arduous and impossible task it now has to win the electorate to its side.”

SLPP, PMDC GO HEAD TO HEAD FOR CONTROL OF CRUCIAL STRONGHOLD OF BO

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

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CHARLES MARGAI

Story : Soribah Kalokoh in the Provinces
Bo , the capital of Sierra Leone’s Southern Province , had for long been regarded as one of the traditional strongholds of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP) ,but the party is facing a tough challenge for control of this all-important town from the newly-formed People’s Movement For Democratic Change ( PMDC ).

While it is true that the SLPP still holds control of the majority of prospective voters n this town, the PMDC has eaten into their lead significantly and if the new party campaigns here strongly ahead of next year’s General Elections, the SLPP will find it difficult sweeping the town as in previous elections.

Our correspondent from the provinces, Mr. Soribah Kalokoh , spent three days in Bo after the recent visit to the town by Vice-President Solomon Berewa .He said he sounded the opinions of people at Coronation Field, the Bo Lorry Park, The market, Kulanda Town, Samami, Bo.No 2, New London and the villages Kebbie Town, Falaba, Jorma , Limba Corner and Fulawahun, and what he discovered was that both the SLPP and the PMDC were still very much in the race to take the town. Neither of them has established a clear-cut ascendancy. “Bo at the moment is a divided town between the SLPP and the PMDC “, Kalokoh revealed.

Kalokoh conceded that the Vice-President’s support base was very strong since indeed Bo will vote SLPP , whatever the case, in normal circumstances but Kalokoh said he discovered a lot of dissatisfaction in the people , especially with the government’s handling of the Hinga Norman case. “I saw people who are still angry with what they suffered at the hands of the rebels. One man in Jormah Village swore on his Poro Society that if Hinga Norman was jailed , while those who inflicted pain on his fellow villagers went free, he will revenge one day “, Kalokoh wrote.

Kalokoh described Bo as a town already overcome by waves of fanaticism for next year’s elections. He said that it was amazing that even though the start of official electioneering campaign has not been declared , Bo is already in the haze of elections fever. In some communities, it is the green color and the Palm Tree that hold domain and in others, it is the orange color and the broom, Kalokoh went on.

 

Christiana Thorpe foils the SLPP’s grand plans to rig 2007 elections

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Culled from Standard Times

What many observers have seen as a grand plan to rig the 2007 national elections has failed, as the chairperson of the National Electoral Commission Ms. Christiana Thorpe has taken her stance, which is opposed to allowing the National Identification Cards to be used for voting in next year’s elections.

Political analysts have observed that the attempt by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Pascal Egbenda to lure the National Electoral Commissioner into the belief that using the national ID cards will be cost-effective has a hidden agenda that is not unconnected with vote rigging.

According to Ms Christiana Thorpe, the minister went ahead to make the idea of voting with National ID cards public without the consent of the National Electoral Commission. She considered this move as misleading and unfortunate. Indeed it is not the place of the minister to prescribe any method by which NEC should conduct the forthcoming elections.

NEC as an independent body, is supposed to know its responsibilities, know what is good and the safe methods required of running the 2007 national elections.
‘Ms. Thorpe and her team are no doubt au fait with Sierra Leone’s electoral process, legally or otherwise’ a member of the SLPP remarked. What is the minister’s problem?” Ms Thorpe asked.

Minister Egbenda’s cost-cutting prescr1ption has created a lot of suspicion as there is an on going process involving snapping thousands and thousands of people nationwide under a so called grassroots association.
The danger about the exercise is that only one passport size picture is given to each person snapped.
The rest and negatives of these pictures are not given to the owners.
Sources close to the SLPP explained that the registration of members under the grassroots organization is to give each and every registered member a soft loan of five hundred thousand Leones (Le 500,000) under the micro credit scheme. “Those who agree to vote for the SLPP” an insider said.

Many believe the micro credit talk is just a cover up and that the whole business has political undertones. The people are asked to pay a registration fee of eight thousand Leones and buy a T-shirt for ten thousand Leones as preconditions for the loan, sources explained.

Already, tension is allegedly building up among those that have registered for over three months now and have not received a cent.

However, sources close to the Hill Station/Regent and Fergusson Street headquarters of the grassroots association say the loans will be dished out after a grand launching ceremony expected to be done by the vice president, Mr. Solomon Berewa who is allegedly the godfather of the grassroots movement.

A veteran politician who wanted to know about the micro credit scheme asked where will the money come from to give thousands of people the sum of five hundred thousand Leones each. Furthermore, he wanted the issue of micro-credit is brought to the people at this time when elections are gradually approaching. Critics of the “grand micro credit plan” opined that the micro credit plan is an insult to the intelligence of the people of Sierra Leone. “It is possible the un-educated literate teachers who are sheepishly championing this movement out of greed and selfishness are not conscious of that” the veteran politician remarked. “Ms. Thorpe should be very watchful and keep up the good work” he advised.

Sierra Leone and the Number 7 factor

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Subject: SIERRA LEONE AND THE YEAR ENDING 7 WHAT WILL HAPPEN 2007?
From: POSITIVE SALONEMAN
To: All
Date Posted: 02:58:01 07/20/06 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: s0106000d88e139b1.wp.shawcable.net at 24.77.251.138

Message:
Dear All,
The first part of this email has been going around without a solution. A
solution has been added for hope sake. Now read both parts and make up your
mind what you will do. What Happens affects all Sierra Leoneans Whether we
live abroad or not.

Here Goes………

In 1937, an outbreak of Small Pox led to the catastrophic death of
thousands of Sierra Leoneans.

In 1947, an earthquake took place in Sierra Leone

In 1957, the first political upheaval between Milton and Albert Margai set
the pace for bad governance when the APC party formed three years later
came in to steal the show

In 1967, for the first time in Africa, a ruling regime was
narrowly voted out of office by an opposition party which sowed the seed of
everything that represented bad governance in Sierra Leone

In 1977, a wide spread student demonstration across Sierra Leone adversely
affected the political base, physical infrastructure and the economy of
Sierra Leone, which almost brought down the APC regime

In 1987,
the pace was set for Sierra Leone’s First Vice
President, Attorney General and Minister of Justice – late Francis Minah –
to be executed after a controversial treason trial.

In 1997, the notorious AFRC junta seized state power and held Sierra Leone
to ransom for nine months amidst national and international outcry.

In 2007, guess what will happen???

Solution
Power will change Hands!!!!

The word of God says “if my people who are called by my name shall humble
themselves and pray, turn from their wicked ways and seek my face then I
will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land”

This is not the time to send emails that cause fear in our hearts but this
is the time to spread the good news that a new beginning is coming for
Sierra Leone.

God is about to turn our mourning into dancing,

Our sorrows into Joy.

The 7th year of every decade will no longer be a year of sorrow and
devastation for Sierra Leoneans but from now on it will be a YEAR OF
Jubilee.

We will have course to praise our God and DELIVERER , RESTORER, REBUILDER,
HOPE, HEALER,PROVIDER, AND PROTECTOR.

We Turn back every negative word that has been spoken against Sierra Leone
concerning the 7TH year.

God Says,
Behold I am doing a new thing,

Old things have past away,

Behold all things have become new………..

I call upon everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus to rise up in prayer
and make a difference.

Talk is cheap but only prayer changes things.

This is not the time to play church but the time to be the church.

It is written in Isaiah 45:
‘I will give you the authority to take power away from kings.

It is time the Principality over Sierra Leone responsible for the 7th year
devastation be striped and disarmed. Who is going to do it.

You can make a difference.

Take a short time to pray for Sierra Leone today.

If you love Sierra Leone and believe that Prayer changes things,
Then send this to all Sierra Leonean you know so we will all pray for our
beloved country.

To Sierra Leonean abroad even if you are now a British, American, or
whatever citizen remember that you are African and above all you were a
Sierra Leonean before you naturalize so please let all of us pray for our
sweet mama Salone.

We have it all but we need to change our attitude towards the country,
work, thinking etc.

2007 Will rewrite the history books in Jesus’ Name
AMEN

May God Bless and Protect anyone that will read this message and pass it
on to other Sierra Leoneans.

With this we can make the difference. Don’t forget it is what you confess
with your mouth that will come to pass, so we all should confess positive
things for our Beloved Salone.

Who betrayed the CDF ?

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Subject: WHO BETRAYED THE CDF – A response to the Honorable John Leigh
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 23:32:51 07/20/06 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Lets face it, I am unlikely to everr agree with you on this matter. – JL

Aint that the truth John. We must agree to disagree and still maintain respect for each other unlke some of the people on this forum who are one track minded.

Suffice it to say that having seen the evidence against the CDF particularly I am particularly wary of any assertions that Hinga Norman is a Sierra Leonean hero, an SLPP one may be. His record of political intervention on behalf of the SLPP is an open book. Hinga was not fighting for sierra leone, he was fighting to maintain the political hedgemeony of the SLPP.

I bothers me greatly when you allud that because somehow he was a part of the victorious side in the war, that his crimes perpetuated against humanity in contravention of the Geneva Convention should somehow be forgiven and that the crimes of the losing side should be prosecuted. That is not the way the law should operate. The law should operate in a manner such that Justice must be blind. All who have committed crimes MUST be punished their standing in society notwithstanding.

It is ironic that those who advocated most for a war crimes tribunal were the most voiceferous advocates for some kind of amnesty for the Kamajors. That my dear sir makes no sense to this writer. The bottom line that most people do not understand is that Hinga Normans arrest had a little bit of what you have so aptly described as “kukujumuku” politics. Norman was overly ambitious and he had many men under arms. He posed a threat to the Kabba Administration and he had to be sidelined. The ONLY way he could have been sidelined short of being killed was to make it appear that it was the international community that indicted him. Clear and simple.

What better way to get him out of the way, than to have him be indicted and prosecuted for war crimes which the government that he supported KNEW he was allegedly committing. Stories are rife in Freetown of Kamajors atrocities. There are stories of how they killed people in Freetown because they claimed that they “smelled” like rebels. Most of these people were innocent citizens. There was testimony at the special court which made my body run cold. The witness testified that some alleged members of the RUF had been taken prisoner. The witness testified that they were ordered to kill them all and they subsequently opened fire and killed all of them. This is a war crime and it falls within the ambit of the crimes for which the special court was set up to prosecute. This is all public records now sir.

You may call them genuine heroes Mr. Leigh. To me and most of their victims they are VILLAINS of the worst order. My childhood friend Ade Turay the son of a well known engineer at PWD MR. Len Turay (late) was taken by Kamajors and placed in the trunk of a vehicle and that was the last anyone ever saw of him. My investigations have shown that he was killed in cold blood by his captors at Cockeril Military headquarters as a COLLABORATOR. By the way do you know who coined that word? Just like we all know that the term coupligans was coined by you, the term COLLABORATORS was coined by Mr. Berewah and after the overthrow of the AFRC regieme many people were accused of being collaborators by the SLPP government and arrested, manhandled, jailed or murdered by their agents. My Uncle the late Retired Major DABS Noah (commonly called Abu Noah) told me of the way he was treated by the SLPP government on its return to Freetown when he was accused as being a collaborator and thrown in prison. His only crime, he had written a letter to the Kabba Administration in exile and advised against the wanton shelling of certain heavily populated parts of freetown because such shelling would have untold civilian casualities.

Mr. Leigh the SLPP after the AFRC Interregnum became a vindictive party and it alienated many sierra leoneans then and continues to do so today by the demonstrated intolerance exhibited by its supporters both at home and abroad. This sir is the record of the SLPP and when the history of our dear republic is written, I do hope that juxtaposed with the ills of past APC regiemes will be a chapter on what the SLPP did after the AFRC interregnum.

Everyone knows that after the execution of Kula samba et al and their subsequent disgraceful burial at a mass grave at Rokupur cemetry, stories abound that acid was poured into the grave. Why were their corpses desecrated? It may be anybodys guess but I am sure that someone in the SLPP knows why this was done.

You guys must be very careful when you trumpet the perceived evils of the APC because the SLPP history is replete with evil acts compounding upon other more dastardly evil acts.

With bated breath and clenched teeth we await the 2007 elections when once again history willrepeat itself and we would throw the rascals in the SLPP out of power.

Stay Blessed my learned friend.

 


Subject: Re: WHO BETRAYED THE CDF – A response to the Honorable John Leig
From: Savage Betrayers
To: All
Date Posted: 11:23:57 07/21/06 ()
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SLPP still have the record of being the first party to face a comission of enquiry for official malfeasance.

The SLPP with NDOGBORWUSU began internal insurrection against citizens of Sierra Leone…Foday Sankoh and his feral minions perfected the art later with NDOGBORWUSU recruits.

SLPP was the first government to execute a female by firing squad at the time when she was experiencing her menstrual cycle…(they behaved as if they were not born of women)

Anyone proud of such a political record is insane.


Subject: Re: WHO BETRAYED THE CDF – A response to the Honorable John Leig
From: Albert Moinina
To: All
Date Posted: 04:55:12 07/21/06 ()
Email Address: albert_j27@yahoo.com
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Message:
The sad thing, my brother Alieu, is not what Hinga and others did or did not do, but why him and not the whole SLPP top leaders including Pres. Kabba. The Kamajors, Capras, etc. were not Hinga¡¦s personal forces although he may have been their coordinator or leader, but were sanctioned by both parliament and the government. I am making an educated guess, correct me if I am wrong with regards to parliament. It is completely unfair to use him as a scapegoat and I pray our SINS against this man and others who genuinely tried to save the country and its people whether directly or indirectly, would one day come hunting us all.

I read with dismay Kabbah’s strenuous efforts to desist from appearing before the Special Court. What a shame. Kabbah has two major blunders history will have to judge him as he leaves: one his neglect to seriously fight corruption (I don’t believe he is corrupt himself) and the Hinga issue. The third still hanging, if true and if Berewa “wins”, his imposition of Berewa on SLPP and God forbid winning the next election.

Come what may, we have to work together (Ernest and Margai) to get rid of our plunderers, opportunists, and good for nothing so called leaders we currently have. Margai has got the “arrogance” to deal with these types and that is why I fully support him. I strongly believe, Ernest and Margai can form a good team capable of dealing with the cancer of our beloved country. Influence your man if you have the opportunity, please. And for those who have influence with Charles, please do the same if this makes sense to you. How wonderful it would be to have Leigh on that team. I know it is not a simple task, but just my heart¡¦s desire though we are seeing signs of corporation between the two.

I only wish Leigh and other good SLPP members can realize that where the Banya¡¦s, Abass Bundu¡¦s and most of the opportunists and plunderers of old APC rule there is absolutely no hope. You cannot filter them either, because they come in all sizes, colours, religions, tribes, they are capable of turning black into white and vice versa, and blend in their environment or surroundings much better than the chameleon. It is never too late, rather better late than never to join the patriotic citizens in moving our beloved country forward.

To end, I had an opportunity to chat online with a friend in Sierra Leone the other day I have not seen or talked with for several years. When I asked him how is Sa Leone? His reply was ¡§corruption is worse than under the APC government¡¨.

We are pathetic and it does have to be this way, but there is hope. The hope is PMDC.

 


Subject: Re: WHO BETRAYED THE CDF – A response to the Honorable John Leig
From: CADMUS
To: All
Date Posted: 08:14:55 07/21/06 ()
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MOININA
Nothing can be worse than the period of the APC in sierra leone.
Do you know how many SLPP supporters and members of Parliament were held at Pademba road prison without trial and without any recourse to the Law and proper judicial process under the APC? One of those I am told at one time is in fact your very own leader Charles F Margai, and the entire SLPP Parliamentarians. Do you know how many Journalists suffered the same fate under the APC? If you don’t please ask around.

As we write how many political prisoners do we have at Padember Road today? How many Journalist?In fact there is no one been held at Pademba road prison at the moment without legal justfication and who has not gone through the due process of the law and judiciary system.

Dont be fooled by Alieu Iscandry,his APC are bunch of Thugs, all they want to do is to scrap the lettle earned democracy we are now enjoying.
They are all fakes.

SLPP is by no mmeans perfect, by God, no one will ever be, just look at the great democracies in the world.. not even they are perfect..but for Sierra leone, and for now at least, SLPP is the only way OUT and the only way forward, always remembering the power of the people.


Subject: THE IGNORANCE AND SHALLOWNESS OF Dr. AL. N-W
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 20:46:52 07/20/06 ()
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Dr. AL. N-W:

I have read through your piece and I can confidently conclude that your analysis of my state of mind and cultural background is completely wrong and that you are ascribing your own deeply held prejudices unto another. It won’t work as explained below.

In order to carefully explain to forumites where your erroneous analysis is defective, I have broken down your personal attacks against into 9 or 10 shorter segments so that I can more effectively zero in on your monumental flaws and missed clues as follows below.

1. Dr. AL N-W, ATTACK: “As is characteristic of Mr. Leigh, and as evident in the achives of this forum, monikers engaging him with provincial (kontri) last names are summarily dismissed in a fury of derogatory tribalistic and regionalistic diatribes.

LEIGH REBUTTAL: The above claim is a very vague one. Please provide the forum with the specifics you relied on to make this wild claim. I will then respond to each and every one of them and demonstrate that the names of individuals or the monikers they use have nothing to do with my swift, tit-for-tat, point-for-point, rub-it-in counter-attacks.

2. ATTACK: “Yet this is the same man who has repeatedly denied using ethnic slurs against Limbas on American television when young forumite, Ishmael once accused him of doing so.”

REBUTTAL: I have asked Mr. Ishmael to obtain the tape of the TV show in which he claimed he saw speaking anti-Limba. I also told him that Mr. Bami Thompson of PMDC once told me that he has all my TV and radio tapes and that he ought to contact him to see whether he has the alleged anti—Limba tape.

Mr. Ishmael also accused me of being anti-Temne. I asked him for proof but he has not responded. What I suspect is that Mr. Ishmael might have heard the Frog Doctor’s falsities about me and started running his mouth without any valid proof.

Before you start running your own mouth with your shallow analysis of missed clues, may I suggest you help Mr. Ishmael obtain the proof he needs. TV stations are always willing to oblige. A professional analysis must be based on facts, not speculation, supposition, guesswork or hearsay. Please show forumites that we should take you seriously by proving your case rather than rushing to jump to erroneous conclusions.

3. ATTACK: “Leigh’s quoted words above have their origins in global racist systems which proceeded from centuries of slavery. Slavery as a mode of production predates racism in that through its institutionalized brutality of Blacks by Whites, it conferred a misplaced feeling of biological superiority on Whites. Colonial systems that developed in Africa after slavery was abolished pursued the legacy of slavery – racism, often in its most blatant forms. Consequently, Western colonialists viewed Africans as savages who had a lot to benefit from Christianity.”

REBUTTAL: My quoted words had their origins in the attack piece that was before me at the time I responded. I am not an intellectual and have never studied slave or racists systems as you credited me with unfairly. I am just a lawyer arguing my case based on the falsities and bogus allegations in front of me. You are reading far too much into my writings.

4. ATTACK: “Leigh was born in Bo Town of a Creole father and a Mende mother but grew up in Freetown with his father. Like any other Sierra Leonean, the environment in which Leigh grew up shaped his cultural views. This does not in any way indict all Creoles for tribalism or vindicate all descendants of the provinces of this social vice. It is a fact that both progressive Creoles and non-Creoles have at various times used our nation’s cultural diversity to support and promote policies that are progressive to nation building.”

REBUTTAL: What’s your point? I have a multi-cultural background different from what you based your shallow analysis. For your information, Freetown was not the only place I grew up in or my only base for cultural development.

Although I grew up in my father’s house, my father’s house was all over Sierra Leone – Bo, Kenema, Mano, Bonthe, Kono, Makeni, Lungi, etc. I myself spent a very happy period in Tonkolili District during a most formative time in my life – and my guardians were NOT CREOLES. My parents had hundreds of provincial friends in and out of our home. I like my father and two brothers, attended the Number One integrated secondary school in all of Sierra Leone then – the Albert Academy – from start to finish. I schooled with people from all over SLeone and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My background has also been shaped significantly by my US education and my many and varied experiences around the world, not just by my Freetown residence as you have recklessly concluded.

Because you based your sophomoric analysis wholly on the Freetown part of my life and ignored the larger experience, you are unable to correctly figure me out. Your analysis is extremely shallow and full of ignorant conclusions.

5. ATTACK: “A typical example of such pronouncements is the following pejorative onslaught in his continued crude dismissal of the moniker Albert Moinina:
“Mr. Moinina’s stink utterance… conjures up images of his highly primitive village with no paper, no pencil, no eraser, no pen, no books, no desk, no water-well, no electricity, no pipe-born water and worst of all, absolutely not a single latrine. So, he is used to defecating all over his backyard to feed flies and unthinkingly spread typhoid and other infectious diseases. Hence the stink, the flies on his brother’s food; not to mention the frequent sickness and very short life span of his own very people and with no immediate solution in sight for their painful plight…”

REBUTTAL: Mr. Moinina brought this attack upon himself. He invited my deluge by going public and erroneously accusing me of answering each and every personal attack against me like a frog who had been injected with a stimulant, ala frog doctor’s paramedic experiment.

I then went to my archives to review the various personal attacks against me that I have never countered. I then selected one Mr. Moinina had written weeks ago but which I thought was not worth my attention because I really pitied the writer. Had he pushed his luck by going public and poking his frogie fun at me, I would not have responded – whether or not his name or moniker was Freetownish or otherwise.

The substance of my counter-attack was borrowed in its entirety from his unhygienic personal attack and from no other source thus:

” MAN COOL OFF. WHAT IS THIS TRASH? IS IT REALLY TRUE
> THAT YOU HAVE LOST
> YOUR MIND AS REPORTED IN THE NEWS PAPER? PADDIE MAN
> BO TAKEM SAFUL.
YOU MUT E TOO SHARP AND GOOD FOR NOTHING.
STOP FOR DAY KAKA ALL SAI. E DAY SMELL TOO MUCH.”

I have been to villages all over the country – Western Area and the Provinces. I have seen villages or portions of villages in all sections of our country where the situation is as described by Mr. Moinina and me. That is why I never indicated I was referring to any particular district or province or area.

You have thus again rushed to conclusion, imposing your own 100% ethnic prejudices on forumites. You are wrong to do so, doctor! I never indicated that Moinina was provincial at all.

At any rate, Mr. Moinina has apologized fully like a gentleman. So, let us drop this particular incident and carefully search for suitable alternate remarks of mine should you wish to continue your poorly analyzed trash.

6. ATTACK: “Interestingly, Leigh makes the above remarks without any consideration of the possibility that Albert Moinina could either have been born or raised in Freetown or that it is a Creole forumite using the moniker Albert Moinina, a name with origins in the Southern and Eastern provinces of Sierra Leone.”

REBUTTAL: You sound like a Krio man who has never traveled beyond Waterloo because you do not seem to know your country at all. You write with extreme pomposity but you are truly ignorant. I cared nothing about Mr. Moinina’s tribe. What was on my mind was his uncivil, unhygeinic writing. You are needlessly fixated on Creoles vs. Kontriman. I am not.
Sierra Leone is slowly and steadily becoming an integrated society.

There are many genuine Creoles with provincial last names; and certain names such as “Kamara, Bangura, Kanu, Mansaray, Smith, John Bull, Leigh, Carter, Davis and Koroma” are found in all sections of the country, in all ethnic groups. If you think some Creoles do not carry a name such as “Koroma” and so on and Mendes are not named Ronald Smith or Eric Davis or Leslie Leigh, then you need to learn more before you write your next shallow analysis about anyone.

I went after Mr. Moinina because of his provocation and the nature of his unhygienic advice. Frankly, I cared nothing about his province of origin only that he sounded like a disgusting villager somewhere in SLeone. UNDERSTAND, Doctor?

7. ATTACK: “But this is typical Leigh –shoot from the lip and think later. To Leigh, Albert Moinina, by the very nature of the name, hails from a village in the provinces where it is usual for people to behave in a manner that fits his quoted words above.

REBUTTAL: You are clearly the reckless chap shooting from the hip without thinking. You seem to have a one-track mind: everything originates from your slave and racists studies. So you shoot first then revert to your superficial analysis later.

Not me. I am a street fellow, a practical man. Besides, my response to Mr. Moinina is not typical. I have responded to numerous personal attacks but only two dealt with unhygienic trash. Thus I saw a very damaging opening in my archives that would devastate Mr. Moinina and make nonsense of his personal attack on me.

Accordingly, I went for the kill. If his name was Erubami Johnson, Olayinka Gongorlee Wohwoh, or John Brima I would have done the exact same thing. I fear no foe and don’t give a damn about ethnicity. Please try and understand this cultural trait of mine.

The unhygienic conduct described in our words happens in all four provinces/Area of SLeone, not just outside the Western Area. You are the one with narrow-minded prejudices. You ought to try and get to understand your country much better.

8. ATTACK: “Perhaps an even more interesting aspect of Leigh’s shallowness and apparent ignorance lies in the fact that in his all too often characteristic rage especially as they relate to the social status of Sierra Leoneans, he ignores the fact that like many in the higher echelons of his party – the SLPP, his newly-found “best friend” Solomon Berewa had a very humble upbringing. Berewa was born and raised in a village called Yengema, which is three miles from Serabu in the Bo district.”

REBUTTAL: I have absolutely no shallowness in me. If you know the life I have made for myself as well as for a number of my relatives and friends; the things I have done for complete strangers all over SLeone and in Nigeria and the USA; as well as the things I have accomplished in my life and the real problems I have solved, you would never attempt to tag me with shallowness.

Next, there is no apparent ignorance about me as far as the social status of SLeoneans is concerned. I am familiar with virtually every single corner of Sierra Leone.

Just today, I received the following e-mail from a friend living in Kailahun who traveled to Kenema just to send it to me:

Subject: My honour
To: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com

Dear Sir,
I always feel happy within myself about your good responses that you make in any of the press conferences. Keep it up Sir ,you are a true patriot and i hope God will one day come your aid. Mohamed keeps in touch with me and others in Kailahun about any of your undertakings. I still continue to re-echo your good gesture made to us during your last visit in Kailahun. I know you have a lot of future plans for our country and i hope you will surely succeed in doing this ventures. Please inform me about your plan in making any special visit to us in Kailahun again.
Thanks so much for your courage.
Best regards,”
xxxxxxxxxxxx

You know far less about me than you purport or can ever imagine.

You next talked about my so-called “characteristic rage”. What you call rage is what I call “tit-for-tat, point-for-point, rub-it-in counter-attack. If I am not offended, I will attack no one. If the attacks on me are outrageous, I come back like a ton of bricks on my tormentor. If the attack is measured and not personal, I will return the decency.

My objective in all this is to teach the younger ones to do proper research before attacking others and to use logic and intelligence, not insults and phony frog experiments when arguing a case. Those who shoot first from the hip are likely to receive the full measure of my response. This is not misplaced rage. It is pinpoint accuracy to flatten and demoralize all those who engage in outrageous personal attacks against me.

How do you think I was able to make mincemeat out of the RUF, AFRC, Charles Taylor’s propaganda machine in Washington and the Ninjas? By rolling over and playing dead? No way. I counter-attacked measure-for-measure.

Finally, VP Berewa is not my “newly-found best friend”. I have never made such a claim and never will. Frankly, you have no right to imply such based on the very little you know. Suffice it to say that I have dealt with Mr. Berewa since 1992. And whether or not Mr. Berewa comes from humble origins is irrelevant in this case because the issue here is the actual unhygienic writing that I counter-attacked and not the origin of the writer or his name.

9. ATTACK: “And to even hit closer to home, chances are that Leigh’s mother who lives in Bo may have relatives living in some of the villages near Bo. But to Leigh who lives in luxury in Boston, Massachussetts, there is nothing wrong with ridiculing the poverty of a segment of Sierra Leone’s population even if such an exercise has the appearance of tribal or regional prejudice.”

I have relatives and friends who live or have lived in villages. And I have frequently fresh poyo with the “boys.” Its fun. I am as comfortable in my relatives village as I am in Massachusetts or in Freetown.

Although I live in Massachusetts, I do not live in luxury. I work every day. I cook for my wife and daughter frequently. I take the garbage out. I unload groceries from my wife’s car. I maintain our lawn and drive myself around.

Next, I have never ridiculed poverty and I think it is absolutely wrong to do so. In fact, I am deeply concerned about the endemic poverty in SLeone and would like to do something about it. Please read again my e-mail above. I am very, very serious about uplifting the lives of our suffering.

You do not appear to be a smart thinker at all and are constantly reaching unsubstantiated conclusions lacking in merit.

What I was ridiculing was our friend’s unhygienic advice but only after he had gone public and compared me inappropriately to a frog. I wanted to educate him about why unhygienic advice is uncivilized. So I rubbed it in with salt and pepper regardless of his province or area of origin.

Too often, our people rely on unhygienic sayings that make foreigners flinch. I took Mr. Moinina’s foolish mistake to teach him an excellent lesson he may never forget.

To me, Mr. Moinina seems far more intelligent than you and far more responsible. He has courageously recognized his error; graciously apologized publicly to all of us for this mistake like a perfect gentleman should; and he has moved on. My respect for him has shot off through the roof.

Meanwhile, you are wasting my time with your shallow analysis of ignorance, missing each and every one of the clues that should have given you a better understanding of my writings. Please don’t tell us that you are one of those brilliant people who got their fantastic degrees from some prestigious college or university somewhere! But if you do, I won’t be surprised.

IN CONCLUSION, your advice that I have “neither ideas nor a vision that can move Sierra Leone forward” and that “the prudent thing for [me] to do is to gracefully exit Sierra Leone’s political space” is utter rubbish and trashy.

You know very little about my work. Your own writing has now exposed your shallow intellectualism. And if you are a professor in one of America’s remedial colleges, your charges will need further remedial help after graduation if they are to make any headway in this world because to seem hard of understanding. How can you analyze when you can’t understand?

You know nothing about political developments in Sierra Leone as reflected in your misdirected writing as dissected above. Instead of officiously intermeddling in politics in SLeone, you ought to concentrate on improving whatever thinking faculty that you may have left.

In the meantime, I thank you for this opportunity to further explain my writings as well as my cultural background to all forumites. – JL

Subject: Re: WHO BETRAYED THE CDF?
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 21:09:42 07/20/06 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
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Message:
Dear Al:

I wholeheartedly agree with Moijue that Chief Norman and his CDF colleagues were treated poorly. They are heroes who should never have been charged, let alone thrown in jail. They belong to the Pinnacle of our society.

I believe that their plight is the unfortunate result of an error on our government’s part during the negotiations for the establishment of the Special Court. And the Kabbah Administration has apparently admitted as much.

In my view, the CDF leaders ought to have been given immunity from protection or protected from indictment, arrest and trial in some other way as are those who fought on the victorious sides in Rwanda and Cambodia.

On the other hand, it is quite possible that the SL Government lacked the clout to gain such a concession during the negotiations. To me, it is most painful to see genuine heroes who were the main bulwark against the RUF/AFRC barbarians despite their threadbare resources thrown in jail by winning victory for all of us.

Lets face it, I am unlikely to everr agree with you on this matter. – JL

 

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW VICE CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SIERRA LEONE

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

20/7/2006

Mr. Editor,

Please permit me space in your widely circulated and respected paper to air my views to the new Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sierra Leone , Prof. Aiah Kpakima, on his positive moves aimed at reforming the University.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW VICE CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SIERRA LEONE

Dear Sir,

I want to very much thank you for the unprecedented move you have undertaken to correct the mess that have characterized the University of Sierra Leone (USL) for decades, especially Fourah Bay College (FBC), more especially the Department of Law.

Sir, generally, most lecturers in the Law Department have arrogated to themselves the right to make and unmake lawyers arbitrarily. The acts of these lecturers are inspired not by motives that have to do with academic merits; their concerns are exclusively determined by their selfish needs. In their defense for the extremely poor results the Department has been producing over the years, they have struggled to generate explanations for actions that can only be described as maliciously inspired.

All the evidence seem to reinforce the widely held theory that these so-called lecturers have deliberately transformed the Law Department into a monster that wickedly swallows its own products because it hates the anticipated competition from “boys” and “girls” it has nurtured. Some how, these lecturers created some many alarming artificial structures that give the Department some exclusivity, making it “more important” and “powerful” than other Departments, the consequence of which is that there has been no counter balance able to checkmate it, thank God Dr. Ashely later managed to, thought belatedly.

With the advent of you Professor, it seems like the good times are now back or at least they are not far away. The constant happy chatter on the lips of many Sierra Leoneans about the institution of a committee to probe that Department, and hopefully others, has made room for fresh hopes especially for students still in the Department and the nation as a whole.

Over the years, the Law Department suffered the misfortune of having as Head of Department a “fortune teller” who foretells to his students the exact number of those that will qualify to the Law School long before that batch reaches final year. In my year, he “predicted” a said number and true to his word, I was among the exactly “predicted” number that scored the required mark. Under his leadership as Head of the Department, Law has produced some of the worst results. Last academic year saw some of the worst results in that Department. Out of 28 Students, only 11 passed, five flat failures and the rest got what the University of Sierra Leone calls “Allow To Pass” Degrees. Well, for those who passed, who can take them to further their studies with third class degrees anyway? I have never been able to secure a scholarship ever since I qualified as a lawyer because I am THIRD CLASS GRADUATE. For a man to prophesy correctly, who is not in the business of prophecy anyway, sends one logical conclusion, that he maybe actively involved in making his prophesy come true, especially if he is the Head of Department who may have arrogated to himself the right to change marks as and how he feels without the consent of his colleagues who in fact present these marks to him in good faith. Some lecturers are even grumbling around that some of their marks were arbitrarily and significantly changed.

The Law Department is the only Department in the University of Sierra Leone that has never produced a first class student. Is it that in its more than 15 years of existence there has never being a student, not one, that has the capacity to make a first class degree? I beg to differ; rather, I will argue that the lectures are more responsible for bad results from that Department than the students who suffer the humiliation of failure year in year out. On the other hand, there are other students who do not even posses the academic qualifications to enter the Department, but they are being admitted either because they have strong ties with well-placed people in the Department or their family members are staff of the College. These are facts the investigative committee will surely unearthed, trust me, Sir.

Again, the Examinations Office cannot be easily exonerated in all of these. There have been instances in which marks sent by the Department to the Office have been systematically changed. To prove this Sir, let the investigating Committee check the raw scores sent by the lecturers to the Head of Department for onward transmission to the Examinations Office. Let these marks be crosschecked with the records kept by the lecturers themselves. Infact, there are instances in which the marks at the Examinations Office for a particular student are different from those sent to the Computer Room for conversion in line with the Modular System. The whole system is predicated on dangerous corruption.

Sir, I think I will do injustice to my conscience, the University and this country if I indict all of the lecturers in the Law Department. There are others who have displayed the highest peak of integrity. I say THANK YOU to them for their fairness.

Again, I want to thank you very much Mr Vice Chancellor. You are a refreshing breath to the University. Also, the Deputy Registrar and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, and some people in the Examinations Office, I am told, have been very helpful to those affected students who have launched their protests. To them, I say kudus.

Mr. Vice Chancellor, I have no doubt that you took the right decision in not only forming the committee, but also those who constitute the committee. Justice Bankole Thompson, and Speaker of the House, Edmond Cowan, among others, are just the right people with the right mentality who can restore credibility and justice to that Department. Those who failed but deserved to pass should be passed and the reverse must be done for the other category who only made it to the Law School because they are well connected. LET JUSTICE BE DONE NOW, BECAUSE JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED.

Professor Sir, keep up the good job.

A concerned past student.

SIERRA LEONE NEEDS A MESSSIANIC KING TO RULE : The cry for survival

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

By Victor Fakondo , Somerset, New Jersey

Wednesday July 19, 2006

Tyranny is nothing new in Sierra Leone. But it is now part and parcel of an increasing lawlessness that is far more significant than any coup, rebel incursion, or episodic experiment in democracy. Crime, poverty, and lacking basic necessities as my friend describe it, is what Sierra Leone a natural point of departure for my article on what the political character of our planet is likely to be in this century.

Sierra Leone is slowly or perhaps has become the symbol of worldwide demographic, environmental, and societal street, in which criminal anarchy emerges as the real strategic danger. Disease, AIDS, overpopulation, unprovoked crime, scarcity of resources, refugee migrations, the increasing erosion of nation-state and international borders, and the empowerment of private armies, security firms, and international drug cartels are now most tellingly demonstrated through a Sierra Leone prism. Sierra Leone provides an appropriate introduction to the issues, often extremely unpleasant to discuss, that will soon confront our civilization. To remap the political earth the way it will be a few decades hence, as I intend to cry for a messiah to rule.

Sierra Leone is a microcosm of what is occurring, albeit in more tempered and gradual manner, throughout the sub region and much of the underdeveloped world: the withering away of central governments, the rise of tribal and regional domains, and the unchecked spread of the AIDS virus- this will be my next article, and the growing pervasiveness of the diamond war. Sierra Leone manifests all the continent’s worst characteristics. It is an extreme, but not untypical, example of a country with all the epiphenomena and none of the institutions of government. It has poverty and disease in abundance, and riches too: Its diamonds once sustain the rebels who terrorize the place, present and other past leaders, who cleverly diverted proceeds of the minerals into their fat pockets (Borbor Belly). It is unusual only in its brutality: rape, cannibalism and amputation have been common, with children among the victim.

In Sierra Leone, there exists only one truly marketable resource left: the exportation of diamonds. Even in the midst of this rich mineral, yet Sierra Leone has been ranked within the world poorest nations, even with the supply of diamonds, which rest within its borders. It is interesting that even with the exports of diamonds in Sierra Leone crippled by the embargoes placed on them by the IMF and the UN; they are still mined and smuggled out.

The politicians intention of emerging as Presidents is all about power. They are not putting the interest of the country at heart, but rather their bank accounts. Their first official visit after their inauguration is in the Kono area, in pursuits of diamonds- a small pieces of carbon with no great intrinsic value- have been the cause of widespread death, destruction and misery for almost a decade in the small West African country of Sierra Leone.

There is a view that Sierra Leone’s war is a crisis of modernity caused by the failed patrimonial systems of successive post-colonial governments. Sierra Leonean writers have rejected this analysis on several grounds. While there is no doubt widespread public disenchantment with the failing country, with corruption and with a lack of opportunity, similar problems elsewhere have not led to years of brutality by forces devoid of ideology, political support and ethnic identity. Only the economic opportunity by a breakdown in law and order could sustain violence at the levels that have plagued Sierra Leone since the Siaka Stevens APC era.

Traditional economics, political science and military history are of little assistance in explaining Sierra Leone’s conflict. The point of the war may not actually have been to win it, but to engage in profitable crime under the cover of warfare. Diamonds, in fact, have fueled Sierra Leone’s conflict, destabilizing the country for the better part of three decades, stealing its patrimony and robbing an entire generation of children, putting the country dead last on the UNDP Human Development Index.

Over the years, no doubt the informal diamond mining sector, long dominated by what might be called a˜disorganized crime, became increasingly influenced by organized crime and by the transcontinental smuggling not just of diamonds, but of guns and drugs, and by vast sums of money in search of a laundry. Violence became central to the advancement of those with vested interests. As the mutation of the post war in the country, it still continues and spread through political turmoil and party conflicts, so did the number and type of predators, each seeking to gain from one side of the conflict or another.

Accordingly, my secondary sources indicate that even at the presidency, the diamond affairs are at the heart of running the country. There are many who have said and openly too, that the President and his second in command are not exempted from the personal mining business, just that they have high level proxies in these arrangements. Charles Margai and the APC presidential candidate, don’t get excited, you too are under strict scrutiny and under the microscope…
Alhaji Kabba regime hides under the shadow of the international community, particularly the United Nations, and Gaddafi to supply arms, to seek continued humanitarian aid, grants from foundations and others while at the same time remaining a vehicle for corruption and injustice, as well as the breeding ground for uncontrolled greed, both for the state power, wealth and unguided social influence.

Over the years, the country has suffered immensely from corrupt leaders, who for lack of better word emerged as saviors, who claims to have a messianic touch, but are they really messiahs? But they are all rogues, thieves, and start and end their regime with the popular say the business as usual ideology. Sierra Leone is actually in need of international support and consideration. These are desperately needed in the areas of democratic enhancement, economic empowerment and social integration. However, there is a need for the international community to make the current regime understand and appreciate that accountability, transparency, self help initiative and the fundamental application of basic principles are intertwined with any form of humanitarian assistance, be it mere relief or technical support. Infact, no note to the candidates, I am advocating that the International intervene and conduct the upcoming elections, to be devoid of corruptions, disappearance of ballot boxes, and fighting, all in the name of free and fear election outcome.

Outstanding amongst those basic principles are adherence to the norms of participatory democracy, promotion of a strong civil society, respecting and protecting human rights and civil liberties, appreciating and strengthening a free and independent media as well as supporting the rule of law and independent judiciary.

Predictably, Sierra Leone still has a brighter political, social and economic future considering the much potential the country and people have, and the interest of the international community in its affairs. However, in order for this future to be realized as expected, I will examine couple areas, that transparency, accountability, respect for human rights and the full and strict application of the rule of law be a yardstick for continued donor support to the present government and successor. Meaning the international community should assist human rights and civil society groups covering the country as watch dogs in order for the full review of the regime.

President Kabba, as you delivered your last state of the union address, the country or citizen will like to evaluate your regime. Have an exit interview done on you. Perhaps, the people have their hands full with the political mess currently in the country. But will like to act on their behalf.
How did you fare on with your leadership skills? F
Your handling of the country’s finances -D
Your handling of the past war “D
Long speeches C
Providing the basic necessities, like electricity, water and food- -F
Isolation from the public “F
International affiliation D
Diamond smuggling “F
Handling the affairs of the government F
Overall evaluationfiltered= F- well done good and poor leader.

In conclusion, the just ended nightmare of bloodshed and situation of hunger and displacement in Sierra Leone could be repeated if the citizen does not come down hard on the regime in the country and its leaders. The country has potentials and the required resources it takes a nation to be developed and, for its citizens to be able to at least afford the average lifestyle, preventing some of us staying too long abroad, and to produce a Messianic king to rule with dignity, contentiously, and with loyalty .

Victor Fakondo

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