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A chat on the SLPP’S big mistake

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

 
(In response to Hashim Daboh on the Cocorioko Forum )
 
By Foday Mansaray
 
This was a disgruntled  breed of soldiers who were court Martialled  and dismissed just like Chief Norman. They had this idea of wrecking Sierra Leone with the sole intention of restoring the  SLPP. 
Kabba,  like Berewa,  is the same breed of people who is  knowingly aware  that the SLPP  is on the wrong side of history but still pushing against the grain hoping to glide to victory.
 
All these people sat and ate  at  the same table for years. How do you think they maneuvered a palace coup against Stresser to install Madaa Bio?  It was the master plan they brokered with Sankoh because that was his nephew. Sankoh had broken  out of the Gaddafi doctrine and as you can see the government is still much in line with those policies. Fundamentalist like Gaddafi have come to Sierra Leone to rip us of  our wealth but  he is always disguising himself as a savior . Why was he not put   on trials for crimes against Sierra Leone? How much diamond did he get in exchange for all these support to Berewa. ? 
How many people did Berewa eliminate viciously to get to the SLPP nomination? To name a  few : Margai, Demby and Chief Norman and  your famous John Leigh,  my most admired SLPP supporter. This guy will not stop at anything  to become President even for one day.
 
It is painful for most of us who go to Sierra Leone like traveling  to NY or DC. We do it honorably because we still believe and hope to see the day you can board a plane from JFK to Freetown in 6 hours in time to shop and be back in the USA the same day. That day will come when clean drinking water once again will become a theme of the past. That day will come when Education will be free like when I went to Services Primary and Secondary School. That day will come when you fly over Freetown and  you  think you are flying over the city that never sleeps (New York).That day will come when Sierra Leone will join the ranks FROM underdeveloped to developing countries such as Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria’s Abuja and Ivory Coast.
 
To accomplish any ambitious plans to rebuild Sierra Leone, you need sober- minded and motivated patriotic  leaders. I can assure you and everyone that Ernest koroma will transform Sierra Leone because he has the business savvy which Sierra Leonean leadership lacks.   We were told learning is better than silver and gold .Rest assured that if it means crossing over to SLPP , PMDC or Independence to get the best of the best of  Sierra Leoneans  ,  that is what Ernest Koroma  is going to do. 

 
At seventy four,  Berewa’s  health is not so good. His body and mind are  failing and  this is not the way Sierra Leone should be treated. The SLPP made a wrong choice. They cannot force Berewa down our throat in broad day light. I am not talking because I am supporting APC. I am talking because we are at the end of the rope  requesting for handouts which include massive accumulations of debt undisbursed from African Development Bank and nothing has been presented to us. There are no structures and  nothing tangibles to hold on to. How can you support a govt like that? We- to name a few  of us , including myself, Shamsu Deen, Obai Taylor Kamara, Victor Fakondo, Alex Mansaray, Ben Jalloh, Dauda Bangura , Isha Dyfan–
and many  Sierra Leoneans,   worked tirelessly to institute sanctions to restore Kabba in Power .Was it worth it?. The answer is No. But what was worth it was we truly supported democracy and that is the same tool we are going to use to send Kabba and Berewa to their safe retirement at Banana Island. Your new Paradise in Africa is  West of the Atlantic. 

 
Come to Sierra Leone After August 11th 2007. You will see the endless determination of ordinary sierra Leonean and even the dead will rise again to say  Amen
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This was a disgruntled  breed of soldiers who were court Martialled  and dismissed just like Chief Norman. They had this idea of wrecking Sierra Leone with the sole intention of restoring the  SLPP. 
Kabba,  like Berewa,  is the same breed of people who is  knowingly aware  that the SLPP  is on the wrong side of history but still pushing against the grain hoping to glide to victory.
 
All these people sat and ate  at  the same table for years. How do you think they maneuvered a palace coup against Stresser to install Madaa Bio?  It was the master plan they brokered with Sankoh because that was his nephew. Sankoh had broken  out of the Gaddafi doctrine and as you can see the government is still much in line with those policies. Fundamentalist like Gaddafi have come to Sierra Leone to rip us of  our wealth but  he is always disguising himself as a savior . Why was he not put   on trials for crimes against Sierra Leone? How much diamond did he get in exchange for all these support to Berewa. ? 
How many people did Berewa eliminate viciously to get to the SLPP nomination? To name a  few : Margai, Demby and Chief Norman and  your famous John Leigh,  my most admired SLPP supporter. This guy will not stop at anything  to become President even for one day.
 
It is painful for most of us who go to Sierra Leone like traveling  to NY or DC. We do it honorably because we still believe and hope to see the day you can board a plane from JFK to Freetown in 6 hours in time to shop and be back in the USA the same day. That day will come when clean drinking water once again will become a theme of the past. That day will come when Education will be free like when I went to Services Primary and Secondary School. That day will come when you fly over Freetown and  you  think you are flying over the city that never sleeps (New York).That day will come when Sierra Leone will join the ranks FROM underdeveloped to developing countries such as Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria’s Abuja and Ivory Coast.
 
To accomplish any ambitious plans to rebuild Sierra Leone, you need sober- minded and motivated patriotic  leaders. I can assure you and everyone that Ernest koroma will transform Sierra Leone because he has the business savvy which Sierra Leonean leadership lacks.   We were told learning is better than silver and gold .Rest assured that if it means crossing over to SLPP , PMDC or Independence to get the best of the best of  Sierra Leoneans  ,  that is what Ernest Koroma  is going to do. 

 
At seventy four,  Berewa’s  health is not so good. His body and mind are  failing and  this is not the way Sierra Leone should be treated. The SLPP made a wrong choice. They cannot force Berewa down our throat in broad day light. I am not talking because I am supporting APC. I am talking because we are at the end of the rope  requesting for handouts which include massive accumulations of debt undisbursed from African Development Bank and nothing has been presented to us. There are no structures and  nothing tangibles to hold on to. How can you support a govt like that? We- to name a few  of us , including myself, Shamsu Deen, Obai Taylor Kamara, Kabs Kanu, Victor Fakondo, Alex Mansaray, Ben Jalloh, Dauda Bangura , Isha Dyfan–and many  Sierra Leoneans,   worked tirelessly to institute sanctions to restore Kabba in Power .Was it worth it?. The answer is No. But what was worth it was we truly supported democracy and that is the same tool we are going to use to send Kabba and Berewa to their safe retirement at Banana Island. Your new Paradise in Africa is  West of the Atlantic. 

 
Come to Sierra Leone After August 11th 2007. You will see the endless determination of ordinary sierra Leonean and even the dead will rise again to say  Amen

112 PARLIAMENTARY ASPIRANTS WIN APC SYMBOLS : VICTOR FOH EXPLAINS HOW IT HAPPENED

Saturday, June 30th, 2007
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VICTOR FOH 
The opposition All People Congress (APC) last  Saturday announced the names of one-hundred –and-twelve parliamentary aspirants who won the APC party symbols for the August 11th contest.
 
Out of over the one hundred and fifteen aspirants who applied for the APC symbol, only one-hundred –and-twelve names were announced for parliamentary seats.
 
Making the pronouncement on We Yone Radio late Saturday night, The National Secretary General of the APC,  Victor Bockarie Foh , said that “Nobody lost the primary elections;  each and every member of the party won the race”. He said the APC was  calling on party stalwarts and aspirants to come onboard and support the victors in the primary not for him or herself but or the party. 
Amidst speculation by detractors of the APC  that the symbols went to the highest bidders, Mr.Foh explained  that “The panel which sat on the interview session of aspirants took into account so many parameters before awarding symbols to those who were considered qualified candidates” , said Mr. Foh. He admonished those who did not win the symbols not to lose hope as there are so many other positions to be held in government when the party shall have won after the August polls.
 
According to the National Secretary General, anybody who is a civil servant will not qualify for the APC symbol except if the person has resigned  a year before the awarding of  party symbols. He  therefore told supporters to stay calm and continue to give the APC the necessary support for the elections.
 
Speaking in an interview with Cocorioko.net , the National Publicity Secretary of the APC , William Joanah Smith , said symbols were awarded following interviews conducted by a panel headed by Mr.  D.F. Shears and the sub- committee of the National Advisory Council. He said the criteria for the eligibility for the APC symbols were that an aspirant vying for a parliamentary position has to be literate, loyal and a committed member to the cause of the APC.
 
Mr. Smith added that part of the requirement states that a candidate must have worked hard in his or her constituency and should be in the good books of the people the individual candidate is aspiring to represent in parliament.
 
Asked when the APC presidential candidate,  Ernest Bai Koroma , is going to name his running mate, Mr. Smith replied; “The running mate issue is the business of the leader him self” and added, “We are not going to interfere with who should be named or where the person should  come from to be the choice of our leader’s running mate.… All we know is that the person should be a Sierra Leonean regardless of where the person comes from.”    

ANOTHER SA. LEONE CHURCH IN NEW JERSEY ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE : MEMBERS CRY OUT TO COMMUNITY FOR INTERVENTION

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

 
 
It is happening again for the upteenth time in Somerset, New Jersey where Sierra Leone churches have the tendency to  break up. In so small a community, there are now four Sierra Leone churches .The latest church on the brink of collapse is Bethel United African Church of Franklin Township where a bitter battle is raging between the Pastor, Bishop Sam Boyabei and recalcitrant members.
Yesterday , some members of the church dashed to the COCORIOKO  office to appeal to the Editor to bring the crisis to the notice of the public  in a desperate attempt to get the community to intervene. They said that the situation in the church has worsened  with members openly pointing fingers at their pastor, hissing at him and threatening him. It was said that few sundays ago , while Pastor Boyabei was leading the Sunday Praises , the women’s leader,  whose name was given as Rebecca Jaka went and unplugged the microphone , thereby bringing the singing session to an end.  Scenes of chaos with members almost going into blows were described by the aggrieved congregants , one of whom cried bitterly in our office.
 
The members said that there is a big struggle for power in the church and this has pitched the Pastor against one of the founders, community activist and pharmacist , Mr. Victor Fakondo , who is solidly supported in the row with the pastor by the organist, Jonathan Vandi , one Frank Koroma and  Ms. Jaka . Calls made by COCORIOKO  to Mr. Fakondo did not go through .
 
Pastor Boyabei , by the way, is the founder of the Army of God Assemblies in Freetown , Sierra Leone. He was one of the teachers of the Editor of this newspaper , Rev. Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-Kanu , in Bible college in Liberia. He is a fiery and powerful preacher and a much-acclaimed man of God who set Liberia and Sierra Leone on fire with his sermons and teachings.
 
He came to the U.S.  on a preaching tour and was invited to the Bethel Church to preach during a special program .Boyabei met the church embriolled in another big conflict , involving another tug-of-war between Mr. Fakondo and the then Pastor, a Pentecostal preacher called Sangule . When Sangule left along with a top member , Mr. Bunting Macauley , to form his own church which now meets at the Fire  house at Somerset, Bishop Boyabei was asked to head the Bethel Church. But it did not take long for Rev. Boyabei to fall out with members as had previously happened to the church’s other ministers like Jonathan Decker , Billy Simbo and a Jamaican preacher , whose name was not given. Simbo formed his own church in Somerset, called the Evangel United Brethren ,  after he left Bethel.
 
The Bethel members want the public to know about the crisis this time so that a thorough investigation could be conducted on the reasons for all these conflicts in the Sierra Leone church in New Jersey.
 
We are going to interview Bishop Boyabei, Mr. Fakondo and other members relevant to the conflict in future articles. Our position as a newspaper is a neutral party .We will unearth all the problems and provide the community with something to work on to restore peace to the church for once.

SLPP’S WATERMELON SUPPORTERS

Saturday, June 30th, 2007
 
 
Francis Pa Santhikie Bangura, Acting Secretary General
APC North America
 
 
Walk the streets of Freetown or any major town in
Sierra Leone, you will be dazzled and baffled with the
Chameleon effect of the various party colors. It is
not uncommon to find SLPP agitators in public with
negative impressions of that party and its cohorts in
private. Freetown is especially attuned with the
impending regime change in pretty surreptitious ways.
One such way is for public servants and all those
under SLPP largesse to adapt to the inevitable change
by unorthodox camouflage of SLPP green party regalia –
for the benefit of keeping their livelihood. In
reality they are APC party voters! It is a very common
phenomena these days for people to encase themselves
in SLPP paraphernalia, only for “papi-show”. Scratched
beneath the surface you find pro-APC sentiments.
This will make APC victory all the more poignant as
well as shocking to SLPP diehards. Fact is people are
fed up with the status quo. And change will come with
the rise of the APC red sun in a land barren with life’s
basic necessities. Pipe-borne water, electricity, health 
and sanitation remains elusive. The All People’s Congress
under the dynamic leadership of Hon. Ernest Bai Koroma is 
the only viable alternative to the ruling clepto-SLPP regime.

In 36 months, that change would manifest itself into
demonstrable and substantive results. Visible and
viable results in sharp contrast to SLPP’s procedural,
pamphlet-only arm-chair oriented projects conceived in
bad faith and essentially doctored to justify donor
funds and thus placate donor suspicion. Results that
will change the lives of our country men and women
from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. We will see
a short, sharp Turn Around that will translate to
better public service delivery. The so far elusive
Feel Good Factor will finally hit town like the
biblical rapture envisaged in the scriptures.
Everyone will have a stake in transforming our country
from the water well (clepto-SLPP) era to the group of
civilized nations on the path of sustainable development.
 

LIBYAN LEADER GHADDAFI DEPARTS IN STYLE : LEAVES SIERRA LEONEANS WITH JOKE : “WEY ME YONE RESS? “

Saturday, June 30th, 2007
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Sierra Leoneans , never short of  humor, even at the peak of their sufferings , had a new joke yesterday with which they greeted each other on the streets, in poda podas and taxis — “Wey me yone ress? “

The joke was spurred by what government officials trying to do damage control are  UNWITTINGLY calling  “A Slip of the Tongue”  by visiting Libyan Leader , Col. Muamer Ghaddaffi , but to the savvy public they believe that the revelation was  deliberately done by Ghaddaffi to show the Sierra Leonean people how much aid he has been pouring into the country. 

According to calls and letters to COCORIOKO  yesterday morning from many witnesses from different parts of the city , when the Libyan leader addressed thousands of Sierra Leoneans at the Brookfields National Stadium in Freetown on Tuesday, he mentioned that he had been providing tons of rice and petrol for Sierra Leoneans , as well as financial aid running into millions of dollars . Good effort by the much -maligned Libyan leader, but the trouble about it was  that  President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah did not  reported it  to the Sierra Leonean people  .
 
Ghaddaffi’s revelation sparked speculations about what the President did with the aid that he did not apparently report :  “What happened to all the rice and petrol ?”   “Where is the money ? ” . Soon, the news spread in the capital and humor-loving Sierra Leoneans are joking with each other : ” Wey me yone?  ” ( Where is mine ? Where is my share ? )
 
But not everybody is joking about it. Many Sierra Leoneans are really fuming. Some of them are saying that if there was ever any prooof that this government was corrupt and did not act in the interest of the people, this was it . One man was quoted as saying that Sierra Leoneans were too unserious to turn the whole thing into a joke .”This is something that the President should account for. Although he is on the verge of leaving, he must be made to account for everything he received from Ghaddaffi. “

Muammar al-Gaddafi’s Squint-eyed View at United Africa

Friday, June 29th, 2007
Muammar al-Gaddafi’s Squint-eyed View at United Africa

By Karamoh Kabba

 
Maybe bored of living life as one of Africa’s longest serving dictators, could Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi be in search of a bigger political stage? He staunchly supports the African Unity (AU)’s agenda for United States of Africa. That may be somewhat attractive to some Africa leaders and citizens, who believe that Africa needs to consolidate its human and natural resources to consummate greatness and make poverty outdated.

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Some have argued that, like Nevada of the United States, great economic deserts in Africa may disappear with a strong federation and robust economic activities in a United States of Africa. The greatest question is, are African leaders prepared to shake off believing that united Africa is impossibility? If that is the case, a realization amongst African leaders must have set in on Kwame Nkrumah’s 1963 vision: “I have often been accused of pursuing a policy of the impossible. But I cannot believe in the impossibility of achieving African union . . . Africa must unite. We have before us not only an opportunity but an historic duty.”

Nkrumah’s vision may have been delayed for over fifty odd years for many reasons not unconnected to African leaders’ desire to stay in power forever. Is Africa, therefore, witnessing the making of an all-Africa dictator of an internationally known autocrat, with squint-eyed view on united Africa for a larger throne? Or is this an awakening of Gaddafi’s failed attempt to have greater power in Africa through rebellious movements now cloaked in all-African diplomacy?

The fact remains that Gadaffi supported Charles Taylor and Foday Sanchoh’s rebel wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia that left over 500,000 thousand dead and thousands more limbless in both countries. Taylor is now on trial in The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity in the civil wars and Foday Sankoh died in the custody of the Special Court of Sierra Leone while awaiting trial for alleged crimes against humanity. Intriguingly, Gaddafi is traversing in huge entourage complete with heavy bodyguard across the wide African plains and Savannah grasslands, peddling his all-African Agenda.

His sponsored rebellion in the region was through the very poorest nations along that west coast of Africa—Sierra Leone and Liberia. But he is now wooing their post-war leaders who have managed to carry on in fledgling democracies for support of his newfound diplomatic cause for a United States of Africa.
Poor countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone have been proven, over and over, to be more readily prepared to succumb to the golden rules of powerful and affluent nations in supporting their positions in world affairs rather than by their principles or convictions. They also often readily succumb to subversion from these powerful nations through leaders such as Taylor and Sankoh, who accept material and financial help to take power by force and carry out their masters’ bidding.
Gaddafi seems to be on both tracks in Africa in his approach for greater power.
The Colonel may represent what a true “benevolent dictator” is. What he does not know though about his fellow leaders on the west coast of Africa is the pervasive corruption in their rank. Unlike Gadaffi, they have fathomless affinity for both money and power. In an article I wrote for World Press on October 25, 2006 http://www.worldpress.org/Africa/2535.cfm I stated: “The Castros and the Muammar al-Qaddafis own the national bank vaults and the people in their countries. Because our [Sierra Leone’s] leaders are corrupt, they align themselves with these so-called benevolent dictators for the simple fact that they give aid that is intended to directly benefit the country, but without accountability. Only God that knows what happens after such goodwill.”
On his visit to Sierra Leone, addressing a hungry crowd that welcomed him, Gadaffi revealed that he made a donation of two shipments of rice and money up to the tune of $2 million to the people of Sierra Leone that disappeared like ships in the Bermuda Triangle. Too little too late, President Kabbah, frantically, tried with great effort to explain how his government had used the money that was never talked about. This has brought great shame upon the ruling party less than two months into the August 11, 2007 general elections.
 
 
He has left a big problem in Sierra Leone for the ruling party. People are calling in into local radio stations in dissatisfaction over especially the rice shipments.
Meanwhile, Libyans do not seem to be sold on the idea of a united Africa, lest, the eruption of xenophobia in Libya in recent years could not have happened. The BBC Talking Point program on Tuesday, October 10, 2000, stated, “Gaddafi’s Libya: African brother or simply racist? During the past week, thousands of African immigrants living in Libya have been attacked by local residents. Some have had to take refuge in their respective embassies. Nigeria has already taken steps to repatriate all illegal Nigerian immigrants from Libya. This eruption of xenophobia comes in the face of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s attempts to build an African Union.”

In Sierra Leone, he stated how disturbing it is to see Africans dying to cross into Europe in boats. He stated that the only place for Africans is Africa – Africans should not run away but to stay and tough it out in a united Africa. 

“What is next on Sierra Leone leaders’ agenda?” a Sierra Leonean youth residing in the United Sates since 1999 after losing two of his siblings in the civil war asked his friend, another immigrant because of the same reason. With an inflection compounded by an outburst of laughter replied, “Maybe the erection of a statue of Colonel Mohamarr al-Gadaffi, all stuck-up, across the street facing the Special Court of Sierra Leone, with a stuck out middle finger.”

The Special Court of Sierra Leone is a hybrid court set up by the government of Sierra Leone and the United Nation to bring to book those who bear the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone during its civil war. And it seems Gaddafi is making an unintended mockery of the institution according to the sentiments that are being expressed by some Sierra Leoneans both in Sierra Leone and abroad. One social commentator, in a reply to a question from a concerned citizen who asked why are the people coming out in throng to welcome Gaddiffi, answered, “What do these people know about his [Gadaffi] connection to the civil war?”

But for the center to hold for a true united Africa, it must come from leaders who have manifested strong willingness to support and govern their people by good democratic and human rights principles. Ghana, the birth place of Nkrumah’s united Africa vision has been making great democratic steps since Jerry John Rawlings reversed what had seemed like a failed state before his two times military coup and transfer of power to a civilian government through the voice of the citizens.

With the knowledge of the atrocities committed by Charles Taylor and late Foday Sanchoh’s misguided rebels that were notorious for the hacking off of limbs of their victims akin to King Leopold’s Congo Free State, a concerned citizen called Gadaffi’s visit to that nation, “an affront to the people,” comparing it to the erection of King Leopold’s statue on a horse back in the heartland of Congo.

If Libya is dead serious about a democratically united Africa, it should be working behind the curtain with countries like South Africa, Botswana, and Ghana, maybe Nigeria etc., that can boast of some democratic feats under their belts, and stand behind them in public. This is because according to what many are saying, Africa may be in need of strong unity, but certainly not a colonel at the head in such a looming newfound political dispensation.

Ghadaffi skilfully and subtly reported greedy SLPP to the Sierra Leonean people

Thursday, June 28th, 2007
Cocorioko Special Feature :

Thursday June  28,  2007
GHADDAFI : HE REPORTED THE GREEDY SLPP TO THE SIERRA LEONEAN PEOPLE SKILFULLY
Sierra Leoneans , never short of  humor, even at the peak of their sufferings , had a new joke yesterday with which they greeted each other on the streets, in poda podas and taxis — “Wey me yone ress ? “The joke was spurred by what government officials trying to do damage control are  said to be  calling  “A Slip of the Tongue”  by visiting Libyan Leader , Col. Muamer Ghaddaffi , but which the savvy public believes was deliberately done by Ghaddaffi to show the Sierra Leonean people how much aid and food he has been pouring into the country for the people but which President Kabbah’s SLPP government has not been reporting to the people.  .
According to calls and letters to COCORIOKO  yesterday morning from many witnesses from different parts of the city , when the Libyan leader addressed thousands of Sierra Leoneans at the Brookfields National Stadium in Freetown on Tuesday, he mentioned that he had been providing tons of rice and petrol for Sierra Leoneans , as well as financial aid running into millions of dollars . Good effort by the much -maligned Libyan leader, but the trouble about it is that it did not appear to Sierra Leoneans as if  President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah  reported everything to the Sierra Leonean people  .
Ghaddaffi’s revelation sparked speculations about what the President did with the aid that he did not apparently report :  “What happened to all the rice and petrol ?”   “Where is the money ? ” . Soon, the news spread in the capital and humor-loving Sierra Leoneans are joking with each other : ” Wey me yone  ress ” ( Where is my own share of the rice ?  )
But not everybody is joking about it. Many Sierra Leoneans are really fuming. Some of them are saying that if there was ever any proof that this government was  CRIMINALLY corrupt and did not act in the interest of the people. One man was quoted as saying that Sierra Leoneans were too unserious to turn the whole thing into a joke .”This is something that the President should account for. Although he is on the verge of leaving, he must be made to account for everything he received from Ghaddaffi. ”
We will bring you more reports on this issue.

KANJI DARAMY, STOP TALKING TRASH

Thursday, June 28th, 2007
 
  S I Kamara

One thing that has always flabbergasted me about intellectuals in or from Africa, especially Sierra Leone, is their dishonesty, sycophancy and parasitism
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KANJI DARAMY
These are people born in Africa – Sierra Leone, grew up among their people and inculcated the culture of their people. The very essence of their education was to change that which has been bad for the betterment of their people. These are people given responsibilities by their people because of their supposed expertise to do things right to improve the lot of the people not to turn around and exploit their ignorance for personal aggrandizement.
 
 
Kanji Daramy is one intellectual who should have been well advised to shut his mouth rather than talk or write trash.
Wasn’t it this very Kanji Daramy who was given the responsibility to manage Salpost? If he did it well, why was he not only arraigned before the Peter Kamaray Commission of Inquiry but was also found culpable then sacked? In other countries, there was no way Kanji Daramy would have darkened the doors of the president’s office to be a presidential spokesman.
 
 
Let’s look at it this way. Tejan Kabba faced the Beoku Betts Commission of Inquiry in 1967 that actually wounded him and exposed his character as Sierra Leoneans have, in the end, known him to be. Kanji Daramy also faced the Peter Kamarary Commission of Inquiry and was also wounded and his malpractices exposed. Similar situations, eh? But the one that sealed everything is the fact that they are both Madingos and the Madingo link had to be upheld at all costs for they know not when next, if ever, a Madingo will become president of Sierra Leone. I do not want to be tribalistic here but if Sir Albert lost popularity, among other things, for being accused of tribalism and President Momoh also accused of same because of Akutay, the element of tribalism has to be brought out in the open because Sierra Leone does not belong to one tribe, otherwise it should be then be considered a lack of integrity and a blatant disrespect for the honour of the people of Sierra Leone by their elected leader, who also doubles as the fountain of Honour.
 
 
Kanji is really lacks integrity for defending a rotten government like the one Kabbah has lead for eight years.
Let Kanji realize that by the time Kabbah came to power, there was a government in power, the NPRC. That NPRC, through the influence of John Benjamin, made Kabbah the Chairman of the Advisory Council that was advising the NPRC to abolish both the APC and the SLPP which Kabbah now heads and have messed up. There was a semblance of stability as the RUF rebels were in Kailahun then. Even when Kabbah knew that the rebels were advancing towards the interior he did nothing until Makeni was occupied. Didn’t he Kabbah tell the Temnes in Makeni that it was their brother who wrecking havoc on the Mendes, something I feel led to his refusal to protect the people when the RUF actually appeared.
 
 
Kabbah’s nonchalant attitude continued till May 25, 1997 when the coup d’etat took place and Kabbah was bold enough to admit in an interview with Robin White of the BBC African Servcice, that he knew about the coup three weeks earlier. Had Kabbah been an effective leader who swore to defend the people, he would have moved quickly to nip it in the bud not to run away leaving the defenseless people behind. This is the man Kanji Daramy is defending. This is real trash.
Kabbah was naïve and weak, so when the coup materialized, he fled to Conakry leaving his people behind to battle it out with the AFRC and the RUF. The population, especially in Freetown and its environs, was severely brutalized. Students were murdered in broad daylight as they challenged the AFRC in order to bring back democracy. What was Kabbah’s gratitude towards the people especially the students? He turned against them, being continuously chastised by Berewa. Not even a monument in appreciation of the students sacrifice was erected. How ungrateful, OH, how ungrateful!!
 
 
Kabbah intended to disband the army had it not been for Brigadier General Maxwell Khobe. Instead he prosecuted soldiers in a mock show trial a la APC under Shaki during which time people became rich extremely rich collecting five thousand dollars each to let some of them off the hook. But, God nor dae sleep. Very recently, Berewa was heard, unguardedly, telling someone in a military parade that he, Berewa, would prefer doing business with the police rather than with the Army. How can someone intending to be head of state say such a thing about the soldiers who are our national defenders? The answer will come during the elections.
 
 
Kanji Daramy was insinuating by his writing that Kabbah brought peace and tranquility to Sierra Leone. I challenge Kanji to show or prove to us how Kabbah brought peace when Kabbah did not even know how things were planned and executed. This is a mockery of history especially when some of us are still alive and were witnesses to these events. But some of these guys around Kabbah just feel that their positions have suddenly made them cleverer than the rest. NO No no no. Get that Kanji.
 
 
Kanji tell us where Kabbah was that Sunday morning 6th May 2000, when Johnny Paul Koroma made that clarion call on soldiers to defend Freetown in whatever way they could, to thwart Foday Sankoh’s effort to take over the government when Johnny Paul Koroma was not the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces? Why was Kabbah president? Well, it was just for the glare and financial benefits he was deriving from the fact that he was president
 
 
Kanji Daramy says no huge capital infusion was done for Sierra Leone as was done for Europe especially Germany, under the Marshall Plan. Let Kanji Daramy be reminded again that there are people both within and without Sierra Leone who do remember their history or have been made to run quickly to their history books to find the truth. That truth is that the leaders at that time were never corrupt as Kabbah and his boys so they were able to get the people with them to build their countries and lift them from the rubbles of World War II. In Sierra Leone, Kabbah and his boys, the Kabbaists, squandered every bit of international financial aid that was sent to rebuild Sierra Leone. Where has Berewa been getting all the millions of leones he has been dishing out to Chiefs in Koinadugu and Kailahun and indeed everywhere he had gone within the country? Where has the fuel been coming from to move around in such long motorcades? What has been done with all that money from DFID to initially rebuild the destroyed houses of Chiefs? Where are all the six million bags of rice donated by Colonel Khaddafi for the people of Sierra Leone? What has Kabbah to say about that especially when his mentor and financier has openly told the people. People should now see why Kabbah wants immunity from prosecution for life because of all this embezzlement.
 
 
Where is the rice, while the people are starving? It was this very Kabbah in a feat of euphoria, who told the people of Sierra Leone that nobody would go to sleep hungry by the end of his last term. This is the greatest disappointment in a long time and Kabbah should be made to pay for it.

I will not be surprised if it comes out that Kanji Daramy has been a beneficiary of all these corrupt deeds of the Kabbah government. If he is not, then let him stop talking trash.
 
 
What more could Sierra Leoneans have done to demonstrate their trust and loyalty to Kabbah? The man just did not deserve it. He betrayed every bit of trust the people had in him. Kabbah had no respect for the people because he came to power feeling more superior to everybody else in the society. He was so intolerant of criticism that had it not been that world politics had changed, Paul Kamara would have languished in prisons. How did Kanji feel when Kabbah was being pleaded to like God Almighty to save the life of a fellow human being, Paul Kamara, for just reproducing a document that he, Paul Kamara, did not write? Kanji has been one of those making Kabbah feel he is god to Sierra Leoneans. Well, Kabbah is going in a few months like Sir Albert went, Siaka Stevens also went the way he went, S I Koroma the way he also went, C A Kamara-Taylor the way he also went, Johnny Paul Koroma the way he has disappeared, Strasser what has happened to him. Kabbah is going to face that loneliness that gripped Siaka Stevens and all others. Kabbah will have to reflect on all the bad things, the vindictiveness, the naiveté, the corruption, the way he has treated the soldiers with very low esteem, the way he let Hon Fatmata Hassan go scot-free for the killing of Harry Yansaneh, how he persistently interfered in the dispensing of justice. Kabbah, if the people don’t get you, God the Almighty will teach you the lesson you will never forget.
 
 
Let Kabbah go. Good riddance to bad rubbish. But for people like Kanji Daramy, they will be faced with that unending task of defending their unpatriotic actions till doomsday. They will have to continuously convince Sierra Leoneans why Kabbah allowed the country to deteriorate under his watch.
 
 
The Kabbah government and all their defenders should be ashamed of themselves. Looking at Liberia, a country that was torn apart by civil war that it provoked a hopeless situation in the minds of observers, has been working wonders under a woman, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, also in the same age bracket as Kabbah and Kanji Daramy is talking trash to us.
Sierra Leone is about to enter a new era of vibrant democracy where people like Kanji Daramy will no longer have any say. Their time is passed and gone. So let people like Kanji shut up and stop talking trash.  

President Kabbah denies Libyan rice, petrol bonanza

Thursday, June 28th, 2007
‘WEY ME YONE’ :KABBAH’S GOVERNMENT SAYS  ‘NAR LIE  !’
 
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With Sierra Leoneans still out there on the streets jokingly asking each other :” Wey me yone ? (‘Where is my share’ ? ), the government has swiftly responded to newspaper reports that  visiting Libyan Leader Muamer Ghadddaffi revealed that he had sent shiploads of rice and petrol to Sierra Leone that the public said President Tejan Kabbah never reported to the Sierra Leonean people. 

A statement from State House today said : “Government wishes the public to know that there is absolutely no iota of truth in the publication. Colonel Ghaddafi never made such a statement nor did he make any reference to donations made to Sierra Leone. On the contrary, it was President Kabbah who, in welcoming the Libyan Leader once again reminded the public about the various items Libya has donated to Sierra Leone. ”  READ THE STATEMENT :
 
 
SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT
Office of the President

PRESS RELEASE
27 JUNE 2007
 
 
Government wishes to correct the misrepresentation contained in the article published in the Wednesday 27th June edition of the Standard Times Newspaper captioned “BOMSHELL – COLONEL GHADDAFI EXPOSES GOVERNMENT”.
The said article refers to a statement allegedly made at the National Stadium by Colonel Ghaddafi on Tuesday June 26 2007 to wit – “At the National Stadium yesterday the visiting Libyan President revealed to the mammoth crowd which was predominantly Muslims, the numerous contributions he has made to this country through the Government of President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah. Among the items donated were two shiploads of rice, money to the tune of two million dollars, fleet of vehicles, forty tractors, skip trucks, bowzers of fuel, nineteen buses and other items. . . The two ship loads of rice, the President could not explain how it was utilized. What remains of serious concern to the majority of Sierra Leoneans present at the National Stadium is that the Government of President Kabbah has never informed the people about these gestures from Colonel Ghaddafi and his Government”.
 
 
Government wishes the public to know that there is absolutely no iota of truth in the publication. Colonel Ghaddafi never made such a statement nor did he make any reference to donations made to Sierra Leone. On the contrary, it was President Kabbah who, in welcoming the Libyan Leader once again reminded the public about the various items Libya has donated to Sierra Leone.
 
 
It will be recalled that on every occasion when donations have been made, the President has always informed the public either through press releases as in the case of the Libyan rice, when that rice was publicly sold and proceeds used as seed money to launch National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) or as in the case of the tractors, a public ceremony was held at the Youyi Building at which the President presented the forty tractors to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. So also in the case of the twenty buses, skip trucks and water bowsers a special ceremony was held at the National Stadium at which representatives of the Libyan Government were specially flown from Libya to Freetown to take part in the presentation. All these presentations were given the widest publicity on the radio, television and in the newspapers.
Apart from the public presentations President Kabbah has on numerous occasions all over the country referred to these gifts in his public speeches.
 
 
With respect to the one million dollars gifts, the cheque was prepared and issued in the personal name of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, who nonetheless endorsed it to the Accountant-General for payment into the Consolidated Revenue Fund. Again, a press release was made on that occasion.
 
 
Government considers the Standard Time publication as not only mischievous, malicious, inciting but also calculated to bring the President into hatred and excite public disaffection against the President and his Government.
The relationship between the Government and the people of the Arab Republic of Libya and the Government and people of Sierra Leone has been collaborative and transparent.
 
 
It is, therefore, the hope of Government that media practitioners would practise their trade with objectivity, integrity and caution. The referenced article in the Standard Times woefully failed to observe these basic rules of journalism.
Meanwhile, the matter has been referred to the Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice for necessary action.
 

Kabbah’s dash for cash: ‘Wae we yone?’

Thursday, June 28th, 2007
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Story: Sahr Musa Yamba in Canada
 
 
I read with trepidation as a friend in Sierra Leone revealed to me on Skype chat forum, Ghadaffi in his recent visit to Sierra Leone said he donated two ship-loads of rice as his support to the country recovering from war.
Still not believing my eyes, I picked up the phone and called another friend in Sierra Leone. He also confirmed that is the talk around. But I was still very skeptical, knowing Sierra Leone for rumour mongering. I then quickly started surfing the internet. First Awareness Times- ‘We are updating this website right now please stay connected,’ was the annoying part of it. Then the headline “Kabbah welcomes Ghadaffi to Sierra Leone.” Stale news!!!
 
I switched to Allafrica.com, desperate to find out what was amiss. But there again, there was nothing new, same old story: “Ghadaffi pushes for African Unity.” No news!!!! I hissed lengthily. If he is pushing for African unity, why did he support a rebellion that caused millions to become destitute, thousands killed, made homeless and hundreds maimed? Some lost their social status never to reclaim again!!
 
Several thoughts started racing through my mind. I had listened to Umaru Fofannah’s report, the previous day, on the BBC Focus on Africa about the Libyan leader’s visit. It sparked my interest and Umaru in his report mentioned, among other things, that “…..Ghadaffi stopped short of making an apology to the people of Sierra Leone….” I had earlier called Umaru about the report and commended him for a job well done. But that was not all, the sweetest part, Umaru said was, “listen to the Network Africa report” and hear how Charles Margai (not a fan of him please don’t misunderstand) tore the Libyan President apart by his criticism. I strongly believe Ghadaffi should at least apologize for the misery he caused us. Some of us are in foreign lands today putting up with all the odds from discrimination to doing odd jobs not because we want to, but because the foundations in our mother land for a better future have been shattered. And one of the architects for that is no less a person than Moamar Ghadaffi, the Libyan President. And now he ironically is “pushing for an African Unity,” how strange!
 
But what really sickens me is that our country’s leadership does not seem to see things that way. Their major focus is the dash for cash of the Libyan leader. Whatever misery he may have caused us, is not important. Who ever may have lost his family, friend or loved one should swallow the bitter pill hook line and sinker without ant apology from the unapologetic and pompous ‘perpetrator.’
Oh, lest I forget and get lost in wonderment, I switched to the Patriotic Vanguard website. And there my ears were right. A report from Sorie Sudan Sesay read: “There have been bitter reactions in the country over revelations made by the Libyan leader, Muhammar al-Qadaffi when he addressed thousands of Sierra Leoneans last Tuesday at the National Stadium.
“The Libyan leader was on a state visit to Sierra Leone to garner support for the African Union by calling on Sierra Leoneans to support the push for a United States of Africa of which he is a major proponent. 
“Qadaffi also used the opportunity to reveal to the mammoth crowd which was predominantly Muslim, the numerous donations he had made to this country through the government of President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, among which were two ship loads of rice, money to the tune of two million dollars, a fleet of vehicles, forty tractors, skip trucks, bowzers of fuel, nineteen buses and other items.
“These revelation from the Libyan leader has sent shock waves among Sierra Leoneans and although President Kabbah tried to explain that the money was used to set up the National Social Security Scheme (NASSIT), his explanation fell on deaf ears considering the fact that the people of this country are only knowing about that for the first time.
“As news of the Gadaffi revelation spread across the country, the question on many Sierra Leoneans lips’ is why is it that the government of President Kabbah never informed the people about these gifts from Col. Gaddafi and his government.
“During a telephone programme on Radio UNAMSIL FM 103, caller after caller expressed their dismay and disappointment over the President and his government.
“…Meanwhile, the slogan around town is, “Yu don eat?” meaning “have you eaten?” apparently referring to the two ship loads of rice donated by the Libyan leader.”
My eyes were again greeted with this, when I read the Cocorioko website and behold I saw in bold black and white reiterating that it was not fiction, but a fact. Ghadaffi had donated two-ship loads of rice and other gifts to Sierra Leone that have never been made public until now.
Hmmmm! I sighed. ‘Monkey nor dae lef en balck hand!’ ( A monkey will never leave its black hand) I thought to my self. 
 
I am still lost in wonderment, if Kabbah could dash for Ghadaffi’s cash, keep a sealed lip, then why the use of molesting others at the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). If the President used the money accrued from the sale of the two ship loads of rice donated by Gadhaffi to set up NASSIT, then why did he not account to the people first but only after the Libyan leader has spilled the beans? So if Ghadaffi hadn’t mentioned that, we would have been in the dark till thy kingdom come? I bet my life this is not the only gift to Sierra Leone that has been hushed.
 
If Kabbah could dash for Ghadiffi’s cash, keep it hush, hush, then why the hell is he not being investigated by the ACC? Oh, I forgot Presidential immunity!!!!  Then disgraced Minister of Transport and Communication, Dr. Prince Harding should be given back his job, because they are all the same soup, water melon SLPP. You don’t think so? Then Justin Musa should return to Sierra Leone untouched, because he also ‘borrowed’ from the people as the Pa did! Hmmm, the list is long.
Ah, Pah Kabbah, ‘wae we yone?’ (where is our share) we the hungry cry!!!!!!