Archive for August, 2011
By Peter Lahai
Initially, I was very skeptical about the idea of setting up an inquest into the extra-judicial killings of Bambay Kamara, Yayah Kanu, Salami Coker and 23 others on that faithful day of 29th December 1992. I now have a totally different opinion as I was struck by the coldblooded thinking of the SLPP official mouthpieces; the Unity Now and the Global Times. With such thinking the SLPP clearly comes across as a bunch of sadistic and power thirsty people whose only aim is to get power at all cost. I couldn’t even believe that Sorie Fofanah of all people (although an SLPPian yet continue to give the impression that he’s running an independent newspaper) could allow such rubbish to be published in his paper on the 9th August, instant.
I was particularly taken aback by the statement in the article written by a certain Bantos Bangura; “Bambay Kamara, that scourge of Satan. It was proper that he died and buried without a prelate to bless, and without a noble to adorn. He lived by the sword and died by the sword.” What could be crueler than this is anyone’s guess? The above quote conveys nothing but the unmistakable impression that the SLPP is nothing but a coterie of misguided, power hungry extremist elements and ill-motivated malcontents ostensibly engaged in the criminal act of gloating with bumbling arrogance and impunity over the extra-judicial murder of 26 very important citizens without due process.
Is this government of President Koroma going to sit back and allow such impunity to stand unchecked, especially when the families of the victims have been crying for justice? According to former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Kofi Anan, “The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace…doesn’t help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand.” But such unfortunate and dastardly statements by SLPP operatives clearly contravene the spirit and letter of not just the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report but also the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.
Resultantly, government should emphatically maintain that on no uncertain terms should the freedom, justice and peace this country is enjoying currently be mutilated or tampered with to suit the convenience of any criminal culprit with respect to becoming president of Sierra Leone.
These miscreants and mischief makers, in an inordinate appetite for greed, unbridled arrogance and the glorification of the cult of mediocrity in violation of minimum standards of civilized society, are now assiduously working round the clock to trigger conflict over the issue of an inquest, disrupt the entire forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections and cause havoc leading to post elections power sharing arrangements typical of the Kenyan scenario.
Notwithstanding the above, I personally believe there is no cause for concern as this government under the indefatigable President Koroma would neither be taken aback nor for a ride as it will not sit by and allow uncouth wayward bunch of gangsters and rabble rousers to have their own way or to hold our motherland to ransom. God forbid!
This country had lacked for far too long, qualitative and meaningful leadership and had suffered from severe social and economic hemorrhage. Now that this government is trying to reverse these lamentable shortcomings by scaling the wall of state apparatus to ensure good governance and democracy with due diligence, steadfastness and dogged determination, the SLPP is busy plotting to take us back. But the people would leave no stone unturned in their desperate search for sustainable infrastructural development, lasting peace and harmony.
Mr.Amadu Tarrawallie, has blasted his countrymen for
focussing their ire on the civilian governments in
discussing the administrations that ruined Sierra
newspaper on Wednesday night, Mr.Tarawallie said that
one of the worst governments that helped to push
Sierra Leone to her doom was the National Provisional
Ruling Council (NPRC) military government , led first
blames on the APC and the SLPP. While he agreed that
both civilian governments had ruined the country, he
was however convinced that the NPRC should also be
blamed extensively for what happened to Sierra Leone.
to also be prosecuted for leading the Sierra Leonean
people to their destruction.He said that the NPRC coup
in 1992 which overthrew the APC government was not
necessary at all. He described that coup as not only a
major set-back to peace and stability in the country,
but the cause of the destruction of the genuine birth
of democracy in Sierra Leone.He called the 1996
General Elections “a farce”.
tribally-motivated coup that helped to make the rebel
war worse and spread throughout the country.
intervened in politics in 1992, the APC had already
set in motion the genuine birth of multi-party
democracy in the country. President Joseph Momoh had
yielded to pleas from the international community to
change over to a democratic system of government.
Mr.Tarrawallie and he named them as : The Democratic
People’s Party (DPP), the Unity Party (UP),the
National Action Party (NAP),the Sierra Leone People’s
Party (SLPP), the National Republic Party ( NRP), the
Civil Development Education Movement (CDEM) and the
National Unity Movement (NUM). Mr.Tarrawallie further
stated that an umbrella organization called
UNIFOM(United Front of political movements) had also
been formed to pursue the interests by some of the new
parties to fight the APC. He predicted that the APC
would have lost the General Elections that were in the
cards.That would have been the beginning of genuine
democracy in Sierra Leone.He complained that the NPRC
however intervened and destroyed a great experiment
that could have helped the country.
system had been allowed to be born, the RUF would have
had no reason to continue fighting and the
international community would have come to the rescue
of the nation. He grumbled that when the NPRC, with
their loud mouths , made the coup however and came to
power,promising to end the war, they also hindered the
chances of intervention by the international community
as no foreign nation likes to deal with a military
only interrupt the democratic process, they made peace
with the RUF impossible as the very soldiers became
rebels themselves and helped to commit atrocities
against the people of Sierra Leone.
?” he asked. He answered his own question : “Nothing
!” Instead of saving the nation as they promised, the
NPRC became one of the worst governments ever to rule
Sierra Leone, he grumbled further.He blamed the NPRC
for politically and tribally-motivated murders of
Bambay Kamara, Yaya Kanu, Salami Coker, Kawuta Dumbuya
and others; other vile human rights violations;
institutionalized corruption; violence and mayhem;
tribalism and revenge.He wants the NPRC members too to
Public Disclosure/Disclaimer Statement
The Rev. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu returned to the United States today after a 10-day trip to England and France. The Minister Plenipotentiary responsible for C-10 and Information and Public Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations in New York and family flew back home from a trip that he has described as very rewarding and educative.
KABS KANU AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE
The Minister was in England during the bitter riots that hit cities around London . Despite the chaos, and his busy schedule during the tour, the Minister utilized the opportunity to take his family to see the seat of power and other fashionable and historic sights in England and France.
We will bring you full reports of the trip in subsequent issues.